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Wives and Daughters Audiobook

Wives and Daughters

Molly Gibson lost her mother when she was a child. Any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs Gibson is a self-absorbed, silly little widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.
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Molly Gibson lost her mother when she was a child. Any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs Gibson is a self-absorbed, silly little widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.

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    Sarah 03-09-07
    Sarah 03-09-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley CA, United States 11-29-07
    Kelley CA, United States 11-29-07 Member Since 2012

    Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.

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    "Endless hours"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    lyl nashville, tn, United States 05-21-12
    lyl nashville, tn, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't turn it off!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Macksville, Australia 10-01-11
    Amazon Customer Macksville, Australia 10-01-11
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    "Enjoyable"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Prunella Scales’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first book I have bought in which Prunella Scales is the narrator.. She is excellent


    Was Wives and Daughters worth the listening time?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather S. WI, US 10-06-15
    Heather S. WI, US 10-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing performance!"

    One of the best performances I have listened too. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and didn't want it to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PAUL 08-05-15
    PAUL 08-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Only one problem..."

    Be forewarned. I listed to this very long and delightful book all the way to the point where it suddenly says "and we'll never know what happens because the author died." This is quite literally right at the point where the story is about to climax. I still suggest it, but now you know what I did not.

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    cas 06-08-15
    cas 06-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very slow"

    Good story but just too much rambling for me. I did finish it.
    I loved the old English and characters just too drawn out

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    Jane Oliver 04-11-15
    Jane Oliver 04-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Depth of characters admirable"

    Cynthia's veiled, modern sentiments towards suitors of both country and London ways in old English country settings contrasts well with traditional Scottish stepfather prudence and kindness.

    If you understand what I have written here you will embrace this beautifully executed audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    khstudio 11-14-14
    khstudio 11-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Jane Austin on Steroids"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it's a great long read in the style of Jane Austin, but with a little more of an edge, so it kept my interest up. Prunella Scales is an immaculate portrayer of different characters of different ages, backgrounds, and gender - she never missed a beat or hit a false note. From here on I will listen to anything she has recorded!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edyta Niemyjska 06-27-14
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    "Very Victorian Novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend who feels like reading a victorian story. The description of characters is excellent, particularly the insights into the characters' motivations. The story line is engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Portraits of the characters. Gaskel's descriptions are clear and sympathetic.


    What does Prunella Scales bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know how to answer this question. The reader was very good.


    If you could take any character from Wives and Daughters out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Lady Harriet! I would know for sure that she would be honest with me.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I would recommend this book to any person who enjoys victorian literature, I have to note that the book was left unfinished. The author died before finishing the last chapter. Instead of the last chapter there is a lovely short essay buy her publisher that explains what Gaskel was planning to write. It was very pleasant to listen to it because it provided a reflection on the novel and the author. It was like a voice from the past, putting the novel into the context of her contemporary readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    2/10/16
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    "Heartbreakingly lovely"

    Delightful. Well crafted and complex characterisations. Highly recommended. Had no idea it was unfinished. Brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    6/22/15
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    "Superb Value"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    armaco de pera, Portugal
    1/29/08
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    "gabbled"

    much as I really like Prunnella Scales.I found this reading very gabbled and irritating........ and gave up .will give it another go. but..........

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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