Mary Barton

  • by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by Juliet Stevenson
  • 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth Gaskell's remarkable first novel, Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life portrays a love that defies the rigid boundaries of class with tragic consequences.

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Moments of wonderful intensity

It is not for the plot but for the writing that one reads or listens to Mrs Gaskell, and here Juliet Stevenson is exactly the right reader. The intensity and passion of that scene, for example, where Mary Barton tries to contact Jem before he sails away, so that he can give his testimony at court: the tension that builds is masterful. It is a scene I shall remember for a very long time, and to which I shall surely return on this recording.
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- Nicholas

Lovely listen!

Juliet Stevenson does it again! She has such a beautiful, soothing voice. I could listen to anything narrated by her. It doesn't hurt that Elizabeth Gaskell is an author that I really like and admire. The themes explored in this novel are very deep but I didn't find them melodramatic as other people did - I only found them dramatic. I really liked this book - maybe not as much as North and South, but it's close behind.
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- Daniel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios