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Wives and Daughters | [Elizabeth Gaskell]

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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    Kristen Geneva, NY, United States 12-02-09
    Kristen Geneva, NY, United States 12-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful company"

    This is my first audio book, so I don't have a lot of context in which to judge, but I enjoyed every second of it. I already knew the story, and was impressed with Prunella Scales's voicing of the characters. Unlike a reviewer below, I didn't find her narration "flat;" I don't want the reader's voice to overwhelm the text. I think I'm going to purchase more of Mrs. Gaskell, as read by Scales.

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    Genevieve Kineke New England 09-29-09
    Genevieve Kineke New England 09-29-09 Member Since 2008

    feminine-genius

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    "Brilliant narration"

    While Elizabeth Gaskell novels are always excellent, the narration of this one surpassed all expectations and enhanced the story immeasurably. From Welsh to Scots, from high-born to low, Ms Scales was spot on and could slip from one to the other seamlessly. Astonishing gift and perfect vehicle. One of my favourite purchases from Audible.

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    R. Hughes New York, NY United States 07-16-09
    R. Hughes New York, NY United States 07-16-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Enchantment and Wisdom"

    Prunella Scales brings great variety to the characters here, and her superb reading allows us to savor the profound depths of Elizabeth Gaskell's masterpiece. It's a great narrative of a great novel -- I didn't want it to end, and Ms. Scales is able to give us every character distinctly. A real triumph. I wish she read more Victorian novels!

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    ellen 01-11-09
    ellen 01-11-09
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    "wives and daughters"

    great listen, narrator terrific

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    Mebythesea 10-30-08
    Mebythesea 10-30-08

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Not my cup of tea..."

    I tried...gave it my best shot...but yawn....couldn't get past the first 4 chapters. Waste of my credit.

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    Kimberly 02-04-08
    Kimberly 02-04-08
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    "Excellent"

    Really excellent! I love the characters in the world Ms. Gaskell has created. They are engrossing, some are devilishly clever, some are very flawed, some extremely kind. And, even though she was unable to finish it, we all know how it ends. Lovely

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    Wanda S Sauerland Reno 03-10-10
    Wanda S Sauerland Reno 03-10-10 Member Since 2008

    Wanda the artist

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    "Hard. VERY hard to listen to."

    She is like a speed reader. Perhaps the director told her she had only **so** many CDs for her work, so she had to pace herself to get all of the unabridged text on the CDs. For whatever reason, she reads the text so incredibly fast that even a seasoned reader or listener has to pay 100% attention to her reading to understand what is happening. THAT is not why I buy an audio book. I purchase an audio book to HELP me get through a tedious task, or actually to help me go to sleep at night. NOT to listen to it, and it alone. I can’t even tell you what the story line is about … after having tried to listen to it three times! Beware. Unless you are a speed listener this book might not be for you. I will watch out for this narrator.

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    Jan Ambler, PA, United States 09-15-09
    Jan Ambler, PA, United States 09-15-09
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    "monotonous"

    The narrators voice was flat and without expression, it ruined the telling of a great story.

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