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Publisher's Summary

Named for the fictional community in which it is set, Middlemarch is George Eliot's rich and teeming portrait of provincial life in Victorian England. In it, a panoply of complicated characters attempt to carry out their destinies against the various social expectations that accompany their classes and genders.

At the center of the narrative is Dorothea Brooke, a thoughtful and idealistic young woman determined to make a difference with her life. Enamored of a man she believes is setting this example, she traps herself into a loveless marriage. Her parallel is Tertius Lydgate, a young doctor from the city whose passionate ambition to spread the new science of medicine is complicated by his love for the wrong woman.

Epic in scope and unsurpassed in its study of human nature, Middlemarch is one of the greatest works of world literature.

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(P)1994 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"One of the few English novels written for grown-up people." (Virginia Woolf)
"One of the most profound, wise, and absorbing of English novels...and above all, truthful and forgiving about human behavior." (Hermione Lee)
"No Victorian novel approaches Middlemarch in its width of reference, its intellectual power, or the imperturbable spaciousness of its narrative....No writer has ever represented the ambiguities of moral choice so fully." (V.S. Pritchett)

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  • Sara
  • Montebelluna, Italy
  • 10-11-11

Wonderful classic

This is a true pearl of all British classics!Delightful description of society tainted with passion and wit, erudite literature but plenty of fun and entertainment! Read masterly too. Loved every second of it!

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  • Elizabeth
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • 08-25-11

Don't give up on it - listen to the end!

Middlemarch is incredibly well written - so much so that you'll often rush over to whatever you're listening on and "bookmark" certain phrases.
However, it starts out slow and there are a lot of characters.
But, if you stick it out, it really is an excellent 'read.'
It is actually the only audiobook I've gone back and listened to more than once.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely Fantastic!

This is a fantastic audiobook - great voice, lovely to listen to, performs different chatacters faithfully. The only problem I had is that it misses out one of the shorter chapters (chapter 40).

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding Novel; Marvelous Performance

This is a classic of English literature for good reason. Sure, it is written in mid-19th C language, but it you pay attention you will be richly rewarded. Profound insights into the themes of marriage and vocation permeate the story. Each major character, and there are many, is well developed and, almost without fail, never stereotyped. The performer, Nadia May, once again is able to convey the personality and nature of the characters by the tone, inflection, and pacing of her voice.

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  • Marek
  • Galiano, British Columbia, Canada
  • 03-14-08

Excellent reading

I loved this reading.

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meh

meh, took too long to get going. though i could understand someone loving it. thanks

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work of genius

nobody can use the English language this well anymore. what brilliantly complex and subtly informative sentences.

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The Best of The Best

Middlemarch offers entry into the intimate lives of inhabitants of a small English town during 1820-1822. Nadia May is the PERFECT narrator for this and other books by the remarkable writer, George Eliot, a woman who defied conventions in her own time. Middlemarch incorporates views of the time but also mocks the elitist attitudes of English upper classes. By the time she wrote her last novel, Daniel Deronda, she had moved far beyond the pervasive class and anti-Semitic portrayals of the time.

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Is there anything you would change about this book?

I love Eliot, but this book is so long-winded, subtle, and complex that I missed key plot points.

Has Middlemarch turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I enjoyed Tess and Deronda.

Was Middlemarch worth the listening time?

This is an acclaimed book, but I'm not sure why. There are too many others that I could have filled this time with.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful reading voice, but I finished and had no idea what the author's message was because of the length and structure of the book.

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Excellent narrator for a great novel

This is one of my favorite novels and Nadia May's narration was perfect in every way! Would listen to this audiobook again and again.