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Set in the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch during the period 1830 - 32 and subtitled "A Study of Provincial Life", the novel creates a concept of life and society confronting the scepticism that was taking over the age.
English novelist George Eliot (1819-1880), real name Mary Ann (Marian) Evans was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Her novels, largely set in provincial England, are well known for their realism and psychological perspicacity.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
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By Miss Belgravia on 02-11-10
I Loved It!
I agree that the production values are a little unprofessional, but I love Gabriel Woolf. He is a brilliant actor, and he brings the characters to life. Yes, once in awhile you hear a car horn honking, or occasionally the faint sound of an airplane flying overhead, neither of which belong in a book set in the 19th Century. And Woolf does occasionally stumble over a word here and there. But it just makes me smile when those things happen. It's rather like having someone read you a bedtime story, albeit someone incredibly talented and erudite.
And Middlemarch itself is brilliant. The characters are so fully drawn, the subtle nuances of their emotions and actions are so skillfully rendered -- little wonder this novel ranks at or near the top of every list of "bests."
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Ro on 01-22-10
Worst Narration Of Absolute Classic
The 1-Star rating was kind. In fact, he is the worst narrator of the 125 audio books I own. I have read this classic at least 15 times, and it only gets better as the years go on. But I can't believe how it's destroyed by Mr Woolf's narration. Sounds as if he recorded this in a closet. Eliot has created the best characters in literary history, only to be flattened by bland emotion. Also, he seems to lose his place often. TERRIBLE. I am shocked Audible sells this.
Stay away from the Great Literary Classics. They are generally of inferior quality. Some are "fair" (2-Stars), but you are better paying full price for other classic narrations.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By KOPONEN ALEKSI I on 02-17-11
I would advise everyone to stay at large from this rendering of George Eliot's classic; Eliot's fantastic novel has been completely butchered by this reader.
There are stumblings and mistakes on every page and, on the whole, listening to this is like listening to a sublime piece of music which is just too difficult or alien for the musician. Every character is delivered in the same tedious monotone. The reader loses all the subtlety of Eliot's finely crafted sentences, mispronounces words and pauses in awkward, unnatural places so that the rhythm and even meaning is often lost.
The result of all of the above is something utterly frustrating. Go with the other unabridged version.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Jennifer on 05-15-10
Hard to recomment this book too higly. One of the great novels of all times. Try it if have not read it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful