North and South

  • by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by Flo Gibson
  • 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"[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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Customer Reviews

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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 ....
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- Julie Lang

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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- Heather

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-08-2007
  • Publisher: Audio Book Contractors, Inc.