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I will definitely be listeningto another work of this author. I chose it because I enjoyed the BBC drama production of it so much. I was really put at first because that the book is unfinished (the author died before writing the last chapter), but the narrative summing up the book by a magazine editor of the time was wonderful and very appropriate. I would say a much read if you enjoy Victorian novels and even if you don't.
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
Prunella Scales is fabuous and brought additional charm to the work but I really think everyone should know that the author died before she could write the ending and after the 14th hour, that's a little frustrating.
If you like Jane Austin you will love this book. The story is set in a small village in England and it centers around a doctor and his family and their neighbors. Gas kin uses this setup as a microcosm showing the nature of people and their reactions to each other and life in general. Although the book was written over 150 yrs ago, people are the same. I recognized more than one personalty! But you must like this type of book to enjoy it. Think Jane Austin! Also, the narrator is outstanding.
I quite enjoyed this book. the heroine is very honourable but rather tearful which is rather off putting.. Perhaps she is a reflection of her age. Elizabeth Gaskell's characters do not have the sparkle of Jane Austen's but Jane Austen sets the bar rather high and Elizabeth Gaskell writes a very readable and enjoyable story. She puts quite a lot of "social conscience" stuff in her books.... I suppose it is because she was the daughter and wife of a minister. This does rather make the main character too good to be true. However, it all comes out in the end and I like the book well enough to buy more of Elizabeth Gaskell's titles as they become available on Audible.
This is the first book I have bought in which Prunella Scales is the narrator.. She is excellent
Definitely. Overall I was sorry when it was finished.. The story doesn't have many highs and lows... It just trundles along. but it is an easy listen and you feel at the end of the book that you know and like the characters.
The book and its author are great favorites of mine, but the performance was immensely more enjoyable.
Mrs. Gaskell's nuanced characterization is superb.
Prunella Scales not only gives a very unique performance for each of the main characters, she adds her own sensitive interpretation of them as well.
It is difficult to choose... I loved Ms. scales' Dr. Gibson best I think. But the maturity of Molly's voice with the passage of time was also very well done and Mrs. Gibson was superb!
I have also purchased Prunella Scales' performance of Mrs. Gaskell's Cranford, but I wish she had covered all her major novels including North and South.
The story seemed slow to start but then I really got engrossed in it. I really enjoyed the reading style and variety of voices. I appreciated the extra touches and effort put into the performance!
I have listened to many dozen Victorian novels and this is the most amazing novel and the most amazing reading I have come across. Don't expect an explosion a minute but Gaskell is an absolute genius at wonderfully subtle character development.
Prunella Scales was an inspired choice for this book. character voices consistent and every detail came alive through the intelligent, compassionate, beautiful voice of this narrator. Thank you Ms Scales xx
"lovely story and an engaging narrater"
loved the story, too bad the author died before she finished the book. although well wrapped up by the publisher and narrater. they managed to make a plausible and satisfying end to the story.
Prunella Scales is the most talented reader I have heard so far. Her characters from a middle-aged Scottish doctor to a two year old French child are so convincing that I forgot I was listening to one voice. If only there were more books read by her.
"Good story well read"
This is a really good read. One immediately warms to Molly and the ups and downs of her young life. Many twists and turns and many well written characters.
This book is brilliantly read by Prunella Scales. Proving what a very gifted actress she is. She was very well prepared and her voice characterisations were a delight.
All in all a delight to listen to.
"Prunella scales is outstanding"
A beautiful story brought to life by first class narration. I thoroughly recommend it for any fan of this genre
"A world I am sad to leave!"
Oh yes! Firstly because I miss the characters; also because there is much detail which cannot be fully savoured in one visit. One is fully absorbed as part of the scene, as a guest at their tables. Surprises await around many corners; thoughts and emotions are so intelligently conveyed. The old squire and the doctor are my favourite men, their equals possibly lacking in modern society. I lived in their world, their joys and sorrows being felt more keenly than in the best films could provide. It was sad that Mrs Gaskell died before she could finish it but we all have our hopes for how it might end. Here is an experience to be remembered fondly, long after listening to or reading such a treasure.
The depth and complexities of the characters, the twists and turns of so many lives, the feeling of a very different society from ours, the sorrows of the so called privileged class, glimpses into the hearts and concerns of people who must conceal them and the vividness of the writing.
Not on audio. She deals wonderfully with the vast assortment of characters. Somehow the men are truly masculine. Her varying accents and tones of voice make us feel we can see and hear these people speaking in all their diversity.
Many! Especially the way in which the old Squire takes to the sudden arrival of his small French Grandson, of whose existence he was quite unaware. This, after the death of his beloved elder son, is beautifully and poignantly described.
Better value for £7.99 is hard to imagine.
Delightful. Well crafted and complex characterisations. Highly recommended. Had no idea it was unfinished. Brilliant.
This is a book I'd never 'read' much as I might like to think I would, but it is so long and so much of it is exactly the sort of prose I'd skim or skip if I was reading it myself. However, read to me by Prunella Scales, it was just superb.
The lengthy passages of internal dialogue from Molly (and others) were never dull, even the lists of often very boring activities, meals, visits and so on were all brought vividly to life.
I think the combination of Prunella Scales reading EG's often very witty, sly and funny prose is just perfect. The story is exactly what the title indicates - a tale of the relationships between and around the wives and daughters of the main family. Characters are sympathetically drawn, faults and all, but never meanly portrayed. Even the 'baddies' are given some redeeming qualities, and faults and foibles are noted, but often lovingly described.
I absolutely loved it and I hope you do too. Keep listening past the opening rather slow first hour or so, and gradually you will be lost in this beautiful, clever and simple book.
much as I really like Prunnella Scales.I found this reading very gabbled and irritating........ and gave up .will give it another go. but..........
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