• by George Eliot
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 32 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Named for the fictional community in which it is set, Middlemarch is George Eliot's rich and teeming portrait of provincial life in Victorian England. In it, a panoply of complicated characters attempt to carry out their destinies against the various social expectations that accompany their classes and genders.At the center of the narrative is Dorothea Brooke, a thoughtful and idealistic young woman determined to make a difference with her life. Enamored of a man she believes is setting this example, she traps herself into a loveless marriage. Her parallel is Tertius Lydgate, a young doctor from the city whose passionate ambition to spread the new science of medicine is complicated by his love for the wrong woman.Epic in scope and unsurpassed in its study of human nature, Middlemarch is one of the greatest works of world literature.


What the Critics Say

"One of the few English novels written for grown-up people." (Virginia Woolf)
"One of the most profound, wise, and absorbing of English novels...and above all, truthful and forgiving about human behavior." (Hermione Lee)
"No Victorian novel approaches Middlemarch in its width of reference, its intellectual power, or the imperturbable spaciousness of its narrative....No writer has ever represented the ambiguities of moral choice so fully." (V.S. Pritchett)


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2 Chapters and your hooked

George Eliot was a brand new author for me. Having seen Middlemarch on DVD I partially knew the story line; well as much as a movie can tell such a rich story. However, the book is so much richer in plot, theory, beauty and action than any movie other than PBS could create. No surprise there! However, for some reason it did take me two Chapters before I became truly hooked. If you find yourself in the same situation, plug along and I believe that you will be very glad that you did.

The characters are very real: a lovely and lonely women with true purpose and hope for life; a mean spirited husband, which is good because you feel NO grief over his demise; several handsome young men with flaws but good hearts; a mix of beautiful young women; physicians, clergy and merchants with the good, bad and ugly mixed in. A life story; that is interwoven so uniquely that you will love reading it. Even the real scoundrels are worthy of the read.

The narrator made listening to it an extra plus. Even though I say this now, I will admit that the narrator's voice initially turned me off ... or it could have just been the opening lines. However, the narrator brilliantly brought each character alive; you could feel their essence. No real need for "He said," and "She said."

Finishing it was like losing friends. THAT is when I know I have read a good book; when I literally MISS the people, feel a loss, want more of them. So, I will reread in six months or so. However, she does not leave you dangling like some authors do. You do find out what happens years later. So, if you enjoy good plots, laughter, sadness, great richness of characters, along with a better understanding of the period time then THIS book is for you.
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- Wanda S Sauerland "Wanda the artist"

Human nature revealed in all its complexity

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.
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- Deborah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.