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Publisher's Summary

Against a background of industrial unrest, misery, suspicion, jealousy, and the deaths of family and dear friends, the star-crossed love between mill owner John Thornton and the cultivated Margaret Hale is put to the test.

Public Domain © and (P)2006 Audio Book Contractors, Inc.

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"[Gaskell] was a keen observer of human behaviour and speech, among both industrial workers in Manchester and farming and country-town communities, and a careful researcher of the background and technicalities of her novels." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature)

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Very poor audio quality

I love the book and I love the BBC series but this audiobook is NOT worth its price ! Very, very poor sound quality. And Flo Gibson's narration is not worth mentioning. Very disappointing !

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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not this one

The book is good, however, Flo isn't right for this reading. She is great on other's, but not this one.

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  • Leann
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 04-29-08

Not the Best Audio Verison

Although a fantastic book, the reader for this particular audiobook (Flo Gibson) is NOT recommended. She sounds rather elderly and thus gives every character in the book an older sounding, crackly voice. I got used to the voice by the last part but found it very hard to get through for the first 2/3 of the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Classic Story, Narrator and Audio Lacking

What did you love best about North and South?

The story. It iz the same classic I have read before. It is hard to find an unabridged version.

What other book might you compare North and South to and why?

Persuasion
Pride and Prejudice

How could the performance have been better?

The audio sounds like a bad long distance phone call. The narrator is just not my style. Too much like a even toned college lecture. No range of emotion. Would have prefered a narrator closer to the age of the character.

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

No, stages over a week.

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  • Emma
  • Farmington, UT, USA
  • 08-04-08

North and South

Great story. I would recommend reading it rather than listening to it, but either way I loved the story and I plan on reading it many times. The BBC also made an excellent miniseries based on this book.

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  • Julie Lang
  • 06-27-08

Disappointed

I know this story and love it but this version is deeply disappointing. The quality of the recording is muffled and I have needed to keep the volume up much higher to hear it. The voice of the narrator doesn't suit the age and period of the story. It is sadly reminscient of the paranormal woman from Poltergeist the movie. While I love this book, I am struggling to stay focused on the story telling and this just takes too much effort to relate or feel for the characters. Simply disappointing ....

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Heather
  • 02-21-08

Enjoyable

I bought this book as holiday listening, having read it years ago and enjoyed it as much as ever. It may be a chunky novel with unambigious Victorian values but there is something engagingly subversive in well bred Margaret Hale's attraction, almost despite herself, to a 'bit of rough' northern mill owner that keeps one listening. The narration is a little odd though, particularly the way the reader drops her voice mid-sentence. However I found I barely noticed after a while. Overall, if you enjoy a good, old fashioned read, you will love this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-08

An awful recording of a great book

I read this book several years ago and very much enjoyed it, so bought the audio version so my husband and I could listen together on holiday, as we are both admirers of Mrs. Gaskell's work. The narrator's reading voice is dreadful, quite unsuitable for a book of this period (or any period come to that - will not buy any more books read by her). It actually sounds worse on our downloaded version than the excerpt on the web page. We initially thought it was being played at the wrong speed - shades of Pinky and Perky. Too off putting, we gave up after 10 minutes, as we just could not enjoy listening. Would not award any star rating at all if the system would accept this review without a star.
This is the first duff we have downloaded from Audible.

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  • Mrs Carol Meadows
  • 12-15-15

Brilliantly lively telling of a familiar story.

Would you consider the audio edition of North and South to be better than the print version?

Any audio book has the advantage of enabling you to listen as you do other things. I preferred the audio version for that reason.

What was one of the most memorable moments of North and South?

Although the ending seems to screech to a halt, it has to be the most memorable part for me and Mrs. Gaskell herself was not happy with it, or so I have read. However, it is the desired happy ending after everything that has come between Margaret and John.

Which character – as performed by Flo Gibson – was your favourite?

I thought that Margaret was a little too feeble. She was a strong character and she seemed to simper a little. Overall, each character was clearly recognizable which is helpful.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I have read the book too often to shed tears any more and being a Victorian tale there are not many laughs in it.The deepening gloom up to the last few pages is all too apparent.

Any additional comments?

I considered the pace of the narrator to be just right. A quick tempo was kept all the way through, which I like. The accents I am not too sure about but it was an enjoyable listen and I am pleased to have this in my library.

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