Wives and Daughters

  • by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by Josephine Bailey
  • 26 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. As Molly grows up and falls in love, she learns to judge people for what they are, not what they seem. Through Molly's observations the hierarchies, social values, and social changes of early-19th-century English life are made vivid in a novel that is timeless in its representation of human relationships.

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Warning! Well, There Should Be One...

I didn't realise when I bought this - despite having a degree in Eng Lit and having read most of Gaskell's other novels - that this book is incomplete. Rather selfishly, Elizabeth G died in the middle of writing it. Well, almost at the end of writing it. Which means even if you're enjoying it, it is a blow. Maybe we were warned somewhere on Audible that it is an incomplete book - but if we were, I missed it. I prefer every other EG novel, to this one. It is a very mature work, and quite subtle. Stick with 'Cranford'. 'Cousin Phillis' or 'The Life of Charlotte Bronte' if you want a more readable and engrossing intro to Mrs G.
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- YorkshireTyke "I enjoy listening to Tolkien, G.R.R.Martin, Dickens and all kinds of things. I spend credits on fat books."

An excellent listen

I spent a long time deciding which audible 'Wives and Daughters' to listen to. I am very pleased with my choice as the characterisation from Josephine Bailey was excellent and she really brings the story to life. At times I truely believe that there is more than one person involved. The story is very good and deserves to be more well known. I hope you enjoy it too.
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- Julia Brown

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-02-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio