Wives and Daughters

  • by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by Patience Tomlinson
  • 27 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When her father remarries, the honest, innocent Molly Gibson suddenly finds herself with a new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, worldly and impetuous. This would be more than enough to deal with, but the new wife is the deeply snobbish (and darkly secretive) Hyacinth. Thwarted love, scheming ambition and small-town gossip underlie the warmth, irony and brilliant social observation which link the relationships and the inevitable conflicts as profound change comes to rural England.
The most mature and rewarding of her novels, Wives and Daughters places Elizabeth Gaskell in the first rank of English authors.
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Audible Editor Reviews

The eternal theme of thwarted love and scheming ambition is set in the microcosm of a provincial British village. Narrator Patience Tomlinson possesses an astonishing vocal range - from the high pitches of youth to the gruff basses of elderly gentlemen. Her portrayals of the novel's many characters and dialects are distinctive, making all the characters identifiable in terms of their age, gender, and station. Replete with nineteenth-century social values and hierarchies, Gaskell's important work follows the life of Molly Gibson. Tomlinson's expressiveness keeps the listener spellbound.

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Good story, less than great narration

I enjoyed this audiobook despite the narration which irritated me from time to time; I prefer narrators that read the book with subtle interpretation and this one, unfortunately, tried way too much (in my opinion) to 'act' the book, going as far as to add sobbing and whistling, which I found grating. I got through it however so it could've been worse.

I was a little startled to find the final chapter was actually written as a summary on the notes left by Ms Gaskell as she passed away just before the book's completion. It was all nearly wrapped up though so I didn't feel cheated as much as surprised. Thought I ought to mention it here to hopefully save others from this feeling, but as I say, I wouldn't let this deter you from reading the book.
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- Miko

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-11-2010
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks