The Mill on the Floss

  • by George Eliot
  • Narrated by Jill Tanner
  • 23 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

First published in 1861, The Mill on the Floss was a best-seller in its day. This classic novel explores the traditions and moral expectations of an English rural community. Maggie Tulliver is a girl of uncontrollable romantic ideals. But her brother, along with most of society, cannot accept her brashness and vitality. Narrator Jill Tanner gracefully unfolds this tragic tale of love and loss.

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Audible Editor Reviews

This novel has no great relevance to modern Americans, but you'd never guess it from Jill Tanner's narration. Here we get a lengthy, discursive account of the love between siblings Tom and Maggie, scions of a country miller in the mid-1800s, surrounding the story of how they dealt with many trials while growing into young adults, how they became estranged, and how they reconciled seconds before their tragic deaths. Tanner vividly animates the characters, making them seem familiar and worthy of our concern. She also makes apparent the charm, humor, grace, compassion, and subtlety in Eliot's work, which so often elude today's readers. Through Tanner, the virtues that captivated Eliot's contemporaries and still keep her books in print come into sharp focus.

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A beautiful, clear reading of a classic novel

I read this novel many years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed revisiting it by listening to Jill Tanner's excellent reading. Her voice is perfect for extended listening and she puts just the right amount of characterisation into each of the different voices, so that the characters really come alive. Her reading of the climactic final chapter is completely involving. Thoroughly recommended.
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- Chris Byrd

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books