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Maggie Tulliver has two lovers: Philip Wakem, son of her father’s enemy, and Stephen Guest, already promised to her cousin. But the love she wants most in the world is that of her brother Tom. Maggie’s struggle against her passionate and sensual nature leads her to a deeper understanding and to eventual tragedy.

Public Domain (P)2012 Naxos AudioBooks

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Great compassion

Would you listen to The Mill on the Floss again? Why?

Eliot looks deeply with great compassion into the lives of simple people, especially the troubled heroine, Maggie. The language is beautiful and witty, the performance is golden.

What did you like best about this story?

Eliot mixes compassion with wit and satire...AND tells a great story. It's quite a sprawling narrative, not as carefully conceived as Middlemarch, but it has the same great range of characters and emotions.

What does Laura Paton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her English pronunciation is golden and gorgeous, and she does brilliant work acting out the different voices of the characters. Her interpretation of Eliot's satirical voice is spot on, and she also reads the gentle, philosophical passages with great sincerity. I wish, I hope, that she will read more books!

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

No...it took me a few weeks. I didn't want it to end.

Any additional comments?

This book has the power to open your heart, to break it and heal it. And you'll learn a lot about England in the 1800s!

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I loved it

Excellent narration. A joy to listen to. Of course George Elliot is simply marvelous, as always.

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Loved it, but it did not have to end so tragically

The story is totally engaging, the writing superb, the characters are mostly well-developed. The family dynamics are great - if you ever think you have a dysfunctional family, or a grandmother or aunt (or parent) that is too critical of everything you wear, or your hair style, your life choices - read this. The depiction of the choices of women is what we find in literature of this era, and much has been written from the feminist angle, from the angle of the sibling relationship, and other aspects. The book is definitely deserving of such analyses and that is testament to its caliber. However, I was troubled by the depiction of different types of love. Stephen Guest's love does not show any depth. What is it that he loves about Maggie? It really isn't clear. Is it just that she represents what his parents would never have chosen for him, and she is pretty, too? There is not intelllectual connection that we can see. A bit of singing? Philip, on the other hand, appreciated Maggie on an intellectual level, and would be someone with whom she could have achieved the intellectual promise she showed from such a young age, if not at the professional level, at least at the personal level. Is the need for desire on the part of a "handsome, tall, desirable" guy so great that it puts all reason aside? Is all this a reason to seek the kind of "redemption" (as a reviewer I read put it) that she had at the end? What psychological problems did Maggie have that her connection to her brother was so much stronger than any other need, including life? It is certainly interesting to see how Eliot chose to end this, and certainly engaging.
The narration is excellent, even if at times it seems a little too pitiful sounding.

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Beautifully told lyrical classic

This novel is beautifully told, both by the renowned author George Eliot and by narrator Laura Paton. I recommend it for the reader who enjoys complex character studies within the genres of lyrical fiction and classic literature. The Mill on the Floss moved my heart in its joys and its sorrows.

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Incredible reader!

This book exceeded my expectations in many ways. The narration was perfect, giving emphasis or not in all the right places and the different character's voices enhanced each of them well. The characters were interesting and familiar, beautifully drawn and reflecting the very issues we deal with today. Heartbreaking, but a compelling book; a large and small story.

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One for the Books

I'll admit to being rather a fan of George Eliot. This novel is nuanced, gentle, heart wrenching, and captivating, and worth a read. But Laura Paton's reading deserves special mention. She finds so much humor and vivacity in this book, that I found myself laughing often, whereas I'd only have smiled if I'd been reading it to myself. Her accents and voices are all at the service of the book, and make it easy to follow. So I highly recommend both the novel, but particularly this reading, which really charmed me.

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Incredible narrator, incredible book

The narrator was incredible, giving such life and emotion to an already stunning book. George Elliot has such insights into the human heart and soul, and her characters are always so well developed and multi-dimensional. This book is no exception.

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wonderful

Beautiful book read in a beautiful manner. I couldn't stop listening. I haven't been so absorbed in a book in a long while

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A dated moral drama

In this story of family struggle, fealty, love, passion and self denial, there is the redeeming quality of much tongue in cheek humor directed at human kind and society. The excellent narration also lead to my overall enjoyment, such that the very dated drama was a pleasant diversion from my usual Audible fare.

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First half great; second half disappointing

In terms of character development and plot, the first half of this book was involving, with a really interesting heroine. But the second half turned into an overwrought overwritten melodrama.

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  • seahorse
  • 02-14-15

Captivated

Where does The Mill on the Floss rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A favourite to listen to again and again. It's a hard act to follow for my next choice of audiobook.

What other book might you compare The Mill on the Floss to, and why?

Adam Bede and Middlemarch that were also written by George Eliot. I have found a challenge for reading/ listening in Eliot's stories, that I have yet to find in those that are written by modern authors.

Which character – as performed by Laura Paton – was your favourite?

Maggie Tulliver, the heroine and victim.

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

No, this story weaves images of characters, places and situations that are too good to rush, in case I missed a bit and had to retrace my listening.

Any additional comments?

I was unprepared for the ending, it was worthy of the anticipation created by Eliot.I enjoyed listening to the different voices that Laura Paton portrayed.

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  • Catherine
  • 05-04-16

Superb Narrator For A Gripping Story

Where does The Mill on the Floss rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My favourite book so far.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mill on the Floss?

Not really moments, but the characters are so well drawn (helped by Laura Paton's narration) so are really vivid: Tom, Mrs Tulliver, Lucy and Philip Wakem in particular.

What does Laura Paton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Really brought it alive. I doubt I would have had the persistence to finish the book if reading it but I really loved how she had different voices for the different characters.

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

Without giving the story away, I thought the ending was a bit contrived.

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  • Maria
  • 03-30-17

Mill on the Floss

A powerful story, beautifully and thoughtfully read. I recommend it without any hesitation at all.

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  • janien
  • 08-14-17

A sublime classic with a powerful life message

What made the experience of listening to The Mill on the Floss the most enjoyable?

Narration was superb and the storyline sublime. I adored little Maggie and her world; she's definately one of my all time classical fiction characters.

Some reviewers are confused or shocked about the ending. For me it was a total sit up and take note moment. A powerful life message from Eliot, for certain a brilliant writer of her time.

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  • Jaki
  • 02-15-15

More than I bargained for.

It is an immense undertaking, in writing and performance, and since I got more than the experience I'd hoped for, I have no further opinion on those things.
As for George Eliot. No person who has been forced to reflect long on life and it's tendency to be impossible, as well as morally inscrutable, could ask for a better mentor, ten times worth the patience. I read for those passages of lucid reflection which immediately call up my own muddle of past events, and begin rearranging the furniture in my conscience. I'm old, by the way.

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  • Josephine
  • 03-11-16

great classic, beautifully narrated

I have taken it upon myself to read a classic book in between each newer title. this is a charming story of it's time

2 of 3 people found this review helpful