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I have been an audible listener for close to five years now and this is the best book I have ever listened to. I hated this book in college and,if it hadn't been for a friend who suggested I try it again,I would have continued to hate it. I now say pish on my earlier self, this is a fantastic story and George Eliot is an insightful woman whose perspective on life is timeless. But the very best part of this listen is Juliet Stevenson. Oh my, what a narrator: I may be forever spoiled by her mastery. My favorite characterizations were the stuffy Englishmen whose voices were so perfectly captured that I was in awe each time I heard them. This is a must read.
151 of 156 people found this review helpful
This book has been on my to-read list for years. This year, I read a a very positive review of Juliet Stevenson's narration in Booklist and decided that the time was right...and I loved it!
Without a doubt, she is one of the best narrators I have ever listened to - ranking up there with Jim Dale, George Guidall and Scott Brick.
Plus, Middlemarch, which had been highly recommended to me by friends who knew I was a fan of Jane Austen, was wonderful. It's a big, big novel, but it really is a timeless classic, full of observations about people that still ring true today.
Give it a go...you won't regret it.
95 of 100 people found this review helpful
Great audio book. It has totally disrupted my life over the last days because I've stayed awake to listen, not been able to work because I couldn't stop listening and thinking about it whilst not listening. Really brilliant reading and I will be totally bereft when it finishes in about an hours' time. Best audio book I've had for ages.
42 of 42 people found this review helpful
I first read Middlemarch many years ago and much enjoyed it. Browsing through the audible website recently I came across this version read by Juliet Stevenson and downloaded it on impulse. Since listening to it, I have been recommending it to anyone who will listen. Juliet Stevenson is a wonderful storyteller - she captures the mood of the book and the personalities of the characters. The combination of a good narrator and good book is irresistible - I resented every interruption!
33 of 33 people found this review helpful
I bought the Penguin Classic edition many years ago. Its solidity and the first pages of the story did not present an easy read especially when my busy life made any book hard to take on. Thanks to Audible i was able finally to tackle this masterful work. I listened to most of the book and occasionally read parts in my Penguin. I doubt i will come across a better reader anywhere. Juliet Stevenson read each character male or female, as well as the narrators part, sensitively, with great naturalness, and this perfect audible edition sparkled.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
It is almost impossible to describe how spellbinding is Juliet Stevenson's rendition of this outstanding novel. I am sure nobody needs me to pronounce on the genius of George Elliot's masterpiece but whether it is an old favourite or a new discovery- you could not do better than stop here to discover or rediscover its many delights. Listening to this audiobook has been thrilling - every character brought to life as if one had been at a full cast dramatisation.
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