• by George Eliot
  • Narrated by Gabriel Woolf
  • 24 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Romola is the fourth novel from the great Victorian novelist George Eliot and her first historical novel. Published in 1862 - 63, it is set in Florence at the end of the fifteenth century and events during the Italian Renaissance, and includes in its plot several notable figures from Florentine history.
The story is of a girl's devotion to her blind father, her marriage to and betrayal by a young Greek and ultimate life of self-sacrifice.
English novelist George Eliot (1819-1880), real name Mary Ann (Marian) Evans was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.


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A fascinating story excellently read. Woolf?s rich tone of voice and laconic delivery are ideal for this book and, with few exceptions, he pronounces the Italian words authentically. If you know Florence you will recognise many familiar place names and if you aren?t, the book may inspire you to visit this timeless city. I haven?t read 'Romola' since I was a teenager and as an adult I am impressed with Eliot?s grasp of, and ability to render interesting, the convoluted politics of the Medician period. It?s also a ?jolly good yarn?!
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- Celia


During listening I sometimes wondered if Woolf got bored, suspecting him of suppressing a yawn now and then. Not enjoyable this lulling-the-listener-into-a-doze way of narrating and not getting an understanding of Eliot's meaning in this way. Not recommended.
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- Caroline

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2009
  • Publisher: RNIB