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    • North and South

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,825
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,436
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,452

    Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful

    • By Sally on 01-04-10

    Regular price: $24.51

    • Wives and Daughters

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 471
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 350
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 349

    Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centers on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries, a new stepsister enters Molly's quiet life, the loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It's not about the ending!

    • By Sandra on 07-25-05

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Mary Barton

    • A Tale of Manchester Life
    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 332
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 292
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 289

    When her father assassinates Henry Carson, his employer's son and Mary's admirer, suspicion falls on Mary's second admirer, Jem, a fellow worker. Mary has to prove her lover's innocence without incriminating her own father.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Narration as Brilliant Performance Art

    • By Amazon Customer on 09-14-10

    Regular price: $22.38

    • Cranford

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 220
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 152

    Elizabeth Gaskell's comic portrait of early Victorian life in a country town describes with poignant wit the uneventful lives of its lady-like inhabitants, offering an ironic commentary on the separate spheres and diverse experiences of men and women. As the external world necessarily impinges even on Cranford, the unlikely juxtapositions of old and new brought about by the pace of change are also explored.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliantly read

    • By Hazel on 01-23-09

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Wives and Daughters

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
    • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 588
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 429
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 428

    Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a widowed doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford, lost her mother when she was a child. Her father remarries wanting to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks. To Molly, any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs. Gibson is a self-absorbed, petty widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb! Story and Narration A++

    • By Jo on 05-24-10

    Regular price: $31.97

    • Ruth

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Eve Matheson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170

    The orphaned heroine Ruth, apprenticed to a dressmaker, is seduced by wealthy Henry Bellingham who is captivated by her simplicity and beauty. Their affair causes her to lose her home and job to which he offers her shelter, only to cruelly abandon her soon after. She is offered a chance of a new life though shamed in the eyes of society by her illegitimate son. When Henry reappears offering marriage she must choose between social acceptance and her own pride.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fallen Woman Finds Redemption

    • By Susan on 12-06-12

    Regular price: $24.51

    • North and South (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    When a crisis of faith prompts his departure from the Church of England, Margaret Hale’s father moves his family north to bleak, industrial Milton. At first, Margaret is put off by the town’s grit and poverty - a stark contrast to her rural southern hometown. But when she is awakened to the suffering of Milton’s hardworking citizens, she makes it her mission to improve their lives. However, Margaret soon finds herself at odds with the man she is falling in love with - the handsome, bullheaded industrialist John Thornton.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well Done!!

    • By Forrest Marx on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Short Stories Collection

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Evan Long
    • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Elizabeth Gaskell was a regular contributor to Charles Dickens's weekly magazine, Household Words, from 1850 through to 1858. In addition to three serialized novels, Cranford, North and South, and My Lady Ludlow, Dickens published 18 shorter works by Gaskell, which made her the major literary contributor to the magazine apart from Dickens himself. This collection brings together all of the short stories and non-fiction pieces that Gaskell published in the magazine between 1850 and 1853.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very relaxing

    • By KCMC on 10-11-18

    Regular price: $0.94

    • Cranford

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Clare Wille
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 204
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120

    This charming piece of social observation throws a gentle spotlight on life in a small village in northern England of the 1850s. The middle-aged ladies, existing in rather impoverished circumstances, nevertheless maintain the rules of politeness which they feel they should live by.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Charming episodes, beautifully told

    • By Angharad on 10-24-11

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Traits and Stories of the Hugenots

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Evan Long
    • Length: 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 1
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was a well known British novelist at one of the peak eras for female writers in England. A novelist and short story writer at the height of the Victorian Era, Gaskells novels weave a comprehensive, detailed image of the lives of all kinds of different classes in society during that age, ranging from the very poor to the cream of the aristocratic crop. Of course, given the era in which she wrote, Mrs. Gaskells writing included a wonderful style of prose that still continues to please literary critics, even while discussing the general themes of the day like religion and poverty.

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    • Cranford

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
    • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 174

    A vivid and affectionate portrait of the residents of an English country town in the mid-19th century, Cranford describes a community dominated by its independent and refined women, relating the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances. Through a series of satirical vignettes, Gaskell sympathetically portrays changing small town customs and values in mid-Victorian England....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Quietly, subtly sweet and heartwarming

    • By T. on 03-26-12

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Wives and Daughters

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
    • Length: 26 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel, is regarded by many as her masterpiece. Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks, but until the arrival of Cynthia, her dazzling stepsister, Molly finds her situation hard to accept. Intertwined with the story of the Gibsons is that of Squire Hamley and his two sons.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is a great book

    • By Diana on 07-11-11

    Regular price: $38.49

    • The Haunted House

    • By: Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, and others
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22

    On Christmas Eve, a party of friends descends on a purportedly haunted country retreat, charged with the task of discovering evidence of the supernatural. Sequestered in their rooms for the holiday, the friends reconvene on Twelfth Night at a great feast and share their stories of spectral encounters.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not Scary--But Rather Romantic

    • By Tomsde on 08-23-12

    Regular price: $9.80

    • Norden und Süden

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Gabriele Blum
    • Length: 20 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    England inmitten der industriellen Revolution: Die ebenso selbstbewusste wie prinzipientreue Pfarrerstochter Margaret Hale zieht mit ihren Eltern vom ländlichen Süden in eine aufstrebende Metropole im Norden. Nur langsam gewöhnt sie sich an den Rauch, den Lärm und den rauen Umgangston. Als sie den erfolgreichen Fabrikbesitzer John Thornton kennenlernt, wird er zur Zielscheibe ihrer Vorurteile. Noch ahnt sie nicht, welch einflussreiche Rolle er bald in ihrem Leben spielen wird.

    Regular price: $35.76

    • The Old Nurse's Story

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Evan Long
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    Elizabeth Gaskell was a regular contributor to Charles Dickens's weekly magazine, Household Words, from 1850 through to 1858. In addition to three serialized novels, Cranford, North and South, and My Lady Ludlow, Dickens published 18 shorter works by Gaskell, which made her the major literary contributor to the magazine apart from Dickens himself. This collection brings together all of the short stories and non-fiction pieces that Gaskell published in the magazine between 1850 and 1853. "The Old Nurse's Story", is a ghostly tale taken from this collection.

    Regular price: $0.94

    • Lizzie Leigh

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Evan Long
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    The trope of the "fallen woman" has been a constant presence in world literature for centuries. Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell breathes new life into that tired archetype in the engaging short story "Lizzie Leigh," in which love ultimately triumphs even in the face of the most formidable odds.

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    • Wives and Daughters

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 27 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    When her father remarries, the honest, innocent Molly Gibson suddenly finds herself with a new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, worldly and impetuous. This would be more than enough to deal with, but the new wife is the deeply snobbish (and darkly secretive) Hyacinth. Thwarted love, scheming ambition and small-town gossip underlie the warmth, irony and brilliant social observation which link the relationships and the inevitable conflicts as profound change comes to rural England.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Masterpiece - I LOVE THIS BOOK!

    • By Mimi Routh on 03-30-15

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Cranford

    • By: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Sibella Denton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    "Cranford" is the best-known novel of the 19th century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell. It was first published in 1851 as a serial in the magazine "Household Words", which was edited by Charles Dickens.

    Regular price: $8.91

    • North and South

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Kate Petrie
    • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    Margaret Hale returns home to her family in the rural south of England, after living with a wealthy aunt for 10 years, learning how to become a proper young woman. She is not home for long before her life is uprooted and her family moves to a town called Milton, in Northern England, where her father intends to be a tutor, leaving their Pastoral life, and the Church of England behind.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spectacular Story!

    • By Julia on 12-01-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Morton Hall

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Evan Long
    • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    "Morton Hall" (1853) is a story written by Elizabeth Gaskell, one of the leading representatives of British literature of the Victorian era. The book weaves together many different elements from the description of ancient houses and noble lineages to the commemoration of historical events, all with the background of childhood memories of the protagonists. This text has the ability to offer a wide reflection on social and Political Affairs of England: Elizabeth Gaskell traces back several vicissitudes until they reach the intestine foiled attack on King James I, Cromwell's Protectorate, the so-called witch hunt, until you get to touch the social and cultural revolution produced by colonial politics.

    Regular price: $0.94

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