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Middlemarch Audiobook

Middlemarch

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Publisher's Summary

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

Dorothea Brooke is an outstanding heroine; Middlemarch is filled with characters that are vivid and true, comic and moving. It is one of the greatest novels in the English language.

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Public Domain (P)2011 Naxos AudioBooks

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    Mary Ray 06-24-17
    Mary Ray 06-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant"

    Brilliant Performance of a extraordinarily brilliantly written story of which much can be learned of human nature.

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    Barbara 06-22-17
    Barbara 06-22-17
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    "A lengthy listen worth it!"

    Best performance ever. A great timeless tale repeating in old English what is still the culture today. Instead of internet media, rumors were fed over frequent dinner parties.

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    Elisa 05-19-17
    Elisa 05-19-17
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    "Excellent book read by the best."

    I would listen to anything read by Juliet Stevenson. She is such a pleasure to listen!
    Add an excellent story and this is a real treat. I strongly recommend

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    Marcia S. Ludwig 05-15-17

    Dangerous Beauty

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    "Super Boring - Of Another Era..."
    Has Middlemarch turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A sound reminder, one that I didn't really want, of how petty people are.

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    Martha 05-12-17
    Martha 05-12-17 Member Since 2017

    Writer. Dog lover.

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    "This is the book to I return to again and again"
    What made the experience of listening to Middlemarch the most enjoyable?

    Juliet Stevenson is an absolute master of characters. And Eliot is her twin.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It changes with every read, every listen. I will admit to a weakness for Fred Vincy. Listen to see why.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too hard to answer. I am really fond of the fact that Eliot likes dogs.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "This is a book too big-hearted and complex to have a single movie tagline."


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be blunt: this is a looooong book. And there is no conventional hero or heroine in this novel, only people struggling to be human. What I love about it as an audio book is that Juliet Stevenson reads it as if it is news, or gossip, not One of the Great Works of English Literature. Who among us hasn't spent too much money, goofed off on a job, fallen in love with the wrong person? These are the building blocks of the story of "Middlemarch." What makes this a great book, and a great listening experience, is the humanity of the story. Nobody is perfect, and nobody is evil. We are all just complicated creatures, trying to get by.

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    Christina Ball Charlottesville, VA United States 05-08-17
    Christina Ball Charlottesville, VA United States 05-08-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Best audio book performance ever!"

    Juliet Stevenson is such a gifted performer, and her reading truly brought all of the Middlemarch characters to vivid life. If I ever had the chance to study English dialects, I'd want her as my instructor!

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    Christopher Boondoc Seattle, WA 05-03-17
    Christopher Boondoc Seattle, WA 05-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the Best"

    I've read many of the classics, and I agree with others that this novel may take its place in the top 10 novels of all time. Kudos to the writer, a woman of the Edwardian age.

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    Brian 05-02-17
    Brian 05-02-17
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    "Tremendous work, brilliantly told"

    A bravura performance of a splendidly intricate and charming story. Eliot has crafted a world filled with the heroic and the mundane, a microcosm of the universal human experience embodied in a particular time and place. You will see reflections of yourself and everyone you know in the denizens of Middlemarch. Juliet Stevenson reads with precision, dynamism, and warmth. I'm sad to be at the end of this tale.

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    S. Mollinet Layton, Utah USA 05-01-17
    S. Mollinet Layton, Utah USA 05-01-17
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    "Couldn't hold my interest"

    This supposed classic was longer and more boring than I expected it to be. I pushed through to get to the ending. It's a slice of 19th-century life in England, but without much happening along the way. The characters rang hollow to me. I'm glad it's over.

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    Vivian Grant Toronto, Canada 05-01-17
    Vivian Grant Toronto, Canada 05-01-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Superb"

    The narration of this book is brilliant. The work itself is a classic, but the narrator brings it to life in a most enjoyable way. I highly recommend it

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  • Deborah W
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    5/3/17
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    "Spellbinding"

    I became so immersed in this story with its compelling, brightly drawn characters. All the charm of Jane Austen but with more depth, and social and political insight. Long but I enjoyed every minute. Beautiful description especially about inner thoughts and motivations. Juliet Stevenson brings characters to life and her tone is perfect. Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
    5/2/17
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    "You need to be in it for the long haul!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book, but I did find myself counting down the hours. I would have given up, but I was determined to listen to a story I had heard so many good things about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Some very good characterisations. A magnificent picture of human frailties and strengths.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes. As good as always. She kept me going!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Hell no. Who could manage 35+ hours of anything in one go?!


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  • Mrs. H. J. Trick
    4/17/17
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    "Wonderful"

    A wonderful book, wonderfully read. I shall miss the characters, and Juliette Stevenson's voice, for quite a while to come.

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  • Anthony
    4/5/17
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    "Wow. What a story."

    Brilliant story. Brilliantly told. Juliet Stevenson manages so many different voices for all the characters, giving them such depth to their characters.

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  • Ronni Lamont
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    4/2/17
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    "Superb book beautifully read"

    Middlemarch is one of the best books in English, and this reading brings it to life in a stunning manner. Hours of delight.

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  • sj
    3/27/17
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    "Wonderful in every way"

    This is a magnificent recording of a magnificent novel. I have tried to read Middlemarch many times over the years and could never get beyond the first couple of pages. This recording brings the book to life so completely that it feels like you are zooming around in a drone actually going into the rooms and gardens where the action takes place and eavesdropping on real conversations. Towards the end of the book, I switched to reading the paperback because I was so impatient to find out what happens, and then I went back to the recording to get to the end because it's too good to miss.

    The is literally the best book anyone has ever written and the best thing I have ever listened to on Audible. Don't die without reading this book!

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  • John Lewis
    3/21/17
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    "Just brilliant!"

    A masterpiece read with superb fluency and sensitivity.
    George Eliot writes with wit, compassion and a wonderful understanding of human nature. It is a pity that she gives us more of a caricature of evangelical beliefs and shows how far she had moved from orthodoxy.

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  • L.M
    3/20/17
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    "Classic English Literature at its best"

    Juliet Stevenson excels narrating the dialogue of the very difficult language used by this early nineteenth century author and it was enjoyable listening to her interpretation of the many characters within the story, which took many hours to complete.

    Kept having to remind myself that it was a story written for the time and not a period drama imagined by a current author.

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  • mrs
    3/15/17
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    "fantastic"
    What did you like most about Middlemarch?

    I have always wanted to read this book but have struggled to get into the print version. I absolutely loved this, it was a total pleasure to be in the hands of such an acomplished writer.I wasnt full immersed until around chapter 20 so give it time!


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  • SEA, Charente
    3/7/17
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    "Not to be missed"

    What a pleasure to find so perfect a match between author and narrator. Surely Eliot herself could not have hoped for a better rendition at any time.
    A monumental tale of early nineteenth century provincial life, hopes and dreams, whose every character is beautifully and convincingly portrayed by Juliet Stevenson. A classic whose appeal will only be increased by this audio version.

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