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  • North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centers on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries, a new stepsister enters Molly's quiet life, the loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.

  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
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    Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a widowed doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford, lost her mother when she was a child. Her father remarries wanting to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks. To Molly, any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs. Gibson is a self-absorbed, petty widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.

  • Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    When her father assassinates Henry Carson, his employer's son and Mary's admirer, suspicion falls on Mary's second admirer, Jem, a fellow worker. Mary has to prove her lover's innocence without incriminating her own father.

  • Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
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    A vivid and affectionate portrait of the residents of an English country town in the mid-19th century, Cranford describes a community dominated by its independent and refined women, relating the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances. Through a series of satirical vignettes, Gaskell sympathetically portrays changing small town customs and values in mid-Victorian England....

  • Ruth | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Ruth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
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    The orphaned heroine Ruth, apprenticed to a dressmaker, is seduced by wealthy Henry Bellingham who is captivated by her simplicity and beauty. Their affair causes her to lose her home and job to which he offers her shelter, only to cruelly abandon her soon after. She is offered a chance of a new life though shamed in the eyes of society by her illegitimate son. When Henry reappears offering marriage she must choose between social acceptance and her own pride.

  • North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
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    When her father leaves the church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill owner and self-made man John Thornton.

  • Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Elizabeth Gaskell's comic portrait of early Victorian life in a country town describes with poignant wit the uneventful lives of its lady-like inhabitants, offering an ironic commentary on the separate spheres and diverse experiences of men and women. As the external world necessarily impinges even on Cranford, the unlikely juxtapositions of old and new brought about by the pace of change are also explored.

  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
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    Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel, is regarded by many as her masterpiece. Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks, but until the arrival of Cynthia, her dazzling stepsister, Molly finds her situation hard to accept. Intertwined with the story of the Gibsons is that of Squire Hamley and his two sons.

  • Cousin Phillis | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cousin Phillis

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Joe Marsh
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    Cousin Phillis – a miniature masterpiece – is set in the 1840s, when the coming of the railway was changing the face of England, and quiet rural communities, coming into contact with the outside world, were changed forever. The story focuses on the effect these changes have on a naïve country girl, Phillis, as she encounters love, with all its pains and pleasures, for the first time.

  • Great British Short Stories: A Vintage Collection of Classic Tales | Arthur Conan Doyle,Charles Dickens,Robert Louis Stevenson,Arnold Bennet,Elizabeth Gaskell,William J. Locke,Barry Pain

    Great British Short Stories: A Vintage Collection of Classic Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A glorious collection of some of the finest British short stories ever written. The Dog – Arnold Bennet, Not On The Passenger List – Barry Pain, The Old Man’s Tale About The Queer Client – Charles Dickens, The Half Brothers – Elizabeth Gaskell, The Veiled Portrait – James McGovan, Markheim – Robert Louis Stevenson, The Bottle Imp – Robert Louis Stevenson, The Adventures Of The Kind Mr. Smith – William J. Locke, The Man Of Mystery – Barry Pain, The Brazilian Cat – Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle.

  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
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    When her father remarries, the honest, innocent Molly Gibson suddenly finds herself with a new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, worldly and impetuous. This would be more than enough to deal with, but the new wife is the deeply snobbish (and darkly secretive) Hyacinth. Thwarted love, scheming ambition and small-town gossip underlie the warmth, irony and brilliant social observation which link the relationships and the inevitable conflicts as profound change comes to rural England.

  • Great Horror Stories: Ghost Tales, Horror Stories, and Supernatural Legends | Arthur Conan Doyle,Robert Louis Stevenson,Edith Nesbit, Saki,Elizabeth Gaskell,Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Charles Dickens

    Great Horror Stories: Ghost Tales, Horror Stories, and Supernatural Legends

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edith Nesbit, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    Great Horror Stories is a vintage collection of some of the finest ghost tales, horror stories, and supernatural legends ever written, by the best writers the genre has to offer.

  • Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Linda Barrans
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    "In the first place, Cranford is in possession of the Amazons; all the holders of houses above a certain rent are women." This is how our guide and narrator, Mary Smith, introduces us to the small English country town of Cranford. Young, modern Mary gives us her Austen-like view of small-town customs, Victorian values, decorum, and etiquette. Mary gives us a charming, sometimes gently mocking comedy of manners.

  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
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    When her father remarries, the honest, innocent Molly Gibson suddenly finds herself with a new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, worldly and impetuous. This would be more than enough to deal with, but the new wife is the deeply snobbish (and darkly secretive) Hyacinth. Thwarted love, scheming ambition and small-town gossip underlie the warmth, irony and brilliant social observation which link the relationships and the inevitable conflicts as profound change comes to rural England.

  • Cranford | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    This classic novel has been thrice adapted for the screen by the BBC. Mary Smith relates the story of her time with middle-aged spinster sisters Miss Matty and Miss Deborah. Witty, poignant, and often ironic, Cranford is the tale of what these two women will do to remain respectable, proper, and kind with only moderate means.

  • North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Kate Petrie
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    Margaret Hale returns home to her family in the rural south of England, after living with a wealthy aunt for 10 years, learning how to become a proper young woman. She is not home for long before her life is uprooted and her family moves to a town called Milton, in Northern England, where her father intends to be a tutor, leaving their Pastoral life, and the Church of England behind.

  • Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
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    This charming piece of social observation throws a gentle spotlight on life in a small village in northern England of the 1850s. The middle-aged ladies, existing in rather impoverished circumstances, nevertheless maintain the rules of politeness which they feel they should live by.

  • North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
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    When Margaret Hale moves with her father from the comfort of the south of England to the industrial north, she is at first repulsed by what she sees; and then when she discovers the conditions under which the workers are forced to live, she is outraged. But this throws her into direct conflict with the powerful young mill-owner, John Thornton. Using personal passions to explore deep social divisions, North and South is a great romance and one of Elizabeth Gaskell's finest works.

  • Norden und Süden | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Norden und Süden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Gabriele Blum
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    England inmitten der industriellen Revolution: Die ebenso selbstbewusste wie prinzipientreue Pfarrerstochter Margaret Hale zieht mit ihren Eltern vom ländlichen Süden in eine aufstrebende Metropole im Norden. Nur langsam gewöhnt sie sich an den Rauch, den Lärm und den rauen Umgangston. Als sie den erfolgreichen Fabrikbesitzer John Thornton kennenlernt, wird er zur Zielscheibe ihrer Vorurteile. Noch ahnt sie nicht, welch einflussreiche Rolle er bald in ihrem Leben spielen wird.

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