• by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Narrated by Davina Porter
  • 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This classic novel has been thrice adapted for the screen by the BBC. Mary Smith relates the story of her time with middle-aged spinster sisters Miss Matty and Miss Deborah. Witty, poignant, and often ironic, Cranford is the tale of what these two women will do to remain respectable, proper, and kind with only moderate means.


Audible Editor Reviews

Award-winning voice actor Davina Porter delivers a refined performance of Cranford a novel by Victorian writer Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. Porter’s enunciation is impeccable, allowing the story to unfold in a cultivated manner suited to the prose and subject matter. In a small parish in Cheshire, England, Mary Smith, her friends Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, and other upper class members of society pass their days by calling on neighbors, engaging in polite conversation, practicing elegant economy, and avoiding vulgarities of any sort.


What the Critics Say

"... an extremely clever piece of writing." (Guardian (UK))


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Customer Reviews

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A Lovely Relaxing Listen

My first experience with Cranford was the version filmed for Masterpiece Theater. I had been looking for an audible version and this is it! Davina Porter does her usual wonderful job of characterization and brings to life the charming characters of a special place known as Cranford. The story is humorous and heartbreaking. Author Elizabeth Gaskell does not make life perfect for everyone. The world of Cranford is real and pulls you in with every word. If you enjoy the novels of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and E.M. Forster, I guarantee that you will enjoy this!
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- Tami "I discovered the joy of audiobooks several years ago when I got a job which is a 45 min drive one way. It continued to keep me mostly sane."

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Would you consider the audio edition of Cranford to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book but love hearing it read. I always love hearing an English accent.

What other book might you compare Cranford to and why?

Miss Read's "Thrush Green", Jan Karon's "Mitford" come to mind as they are small town settings and have quirky, loveable characters.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

I love her voice quality - soothing and her inflection really brings out the meaning and emotion behind the words. Next to Gwen Watford narrating the Thrush Green books and Juliet Mills in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, she is my next favorite narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Ladies Rule

Any additional comments?

I am so pleased with this purchase. I'll be listening to this again and again. Well, worth the money.

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- Debi "reader"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books