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This book is what audiobooks are for - so many vivid characters brought wonderfully to life by a fine narrator. I couldn't believe she could have so many distinct voices, some of which are quite funny, and keep true to them all through this long book. Fantastic writing, wonderful insights into the human condition in all its grand, foolish, endearing and enraging complexity. This was my first Eliot novel and I look forward to listening to more. I also want to hear more books with this narrator. First rate.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
It took a while to get into this because of all the characters involved. For a lot of the book, I only really cared about Dorothea's story. But it gained pace, and I really enjoyed the intelligence of Eliot's observations. I also liked the reading; although it sounded slightly raspy at first, the reader had such a talent for the many characters' voices that it really brought the story to life.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
What a shame for one of the greatest novels ever written.
I think I recognised the reader's voice under another name from the absolute worst book I've ever read or heard - Kate Mosse's Labyrinth - which put me off, but if you are going to read a book like Middlemarch with a cast of thousands and the characters so diverse and beautifully written, you've surely got to able to make one voice sound different from another. Just listen to Martin Jarvis reading David Copperfield and you will get the point.
And for the reader's benefit "fingers" doesn't rhyme with wringers in any dialect.
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