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Penguin Classics presents George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda, adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by the actress Eleanor Bron.

"What can I do.... I must get up in the morning and do what everyone else does. It is all like a dance set beforehand. I seem to see all that can be - and I am tired and sick of it. And the world is all confusion to me." George Eliot’s last, most controversial novel opens as the spoiled Gwendolen Harleth, poised at a roulette table about to throw away a small fortune, captivates Daniel Deronda. As their lives become intertwined, they are also transformed by suffering, misfortune, revelations and Daniel’s fascination with the Jewish singer Mirah.

Daniel Deronda shocked Victorian readers with its portrayal of the Jewish experience in British society, and remains a moving and epic portrayal of human passions. Part of a series of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.

©2012 George Eliot (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Julie
  • 08-08-13

Great Reading of Sadly Abridged Bbook

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This audiobook suffers from being abridged- at least as it has been here. Developments unprepared for and a bit disconnnected.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Eleanor Bron is a great reader and her voice suits the text. The depiction of Jewry in 19th Century London is an unusual and fascinating aspect of the book.

Any additional comments?

My own fault for not noticing it was abridged. I was so keen to avoid the Nadia May narration I clicked too quickly.

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  • Rodney Wetherell
  • 09-03-18

Fine reading of lesser masterpiece

I very much enjoyed this book and the reading by Eleaner Bron - and I chose this abridged version deliberately, feeling I might not last the 36 hours of a full reading. It is a lesser masterpiece by George Eliot, one of my very favourite writers, but in five and a half hours we get the essence of the stories of Gwendolen Harleth and Daniel Deronda. Eleanor Bron was the ideal reader for this Victorian novel, going from the world of the British upper crust to the more hiden Jewish world of Britain and Europe.