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Publisher's Summary

Against a background of industrial unrest, misery, suspicion, jealousy, and the deaths of family and dear friends, the star-crossed love between mill owner John Thornton and the cultivated Margaret Hale is put to the test.
Public Domain © and (P)2006 Audio Book Contractors, Inc.
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"[Gaskell] was a keen observer of human behaviour and speech, among both industrial workers in Manchester and farming and country-town communities, and a careful researcher of the background and technicalities of her novels." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature)
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By K. Krieger on 11-18-07

Very poor audio quality

I love the book and I love the BBC series but this audiobook is NOT worth its price ! Very, very poor sound quality. And Flo Gibson's narration is not worth mentioning. Very disappointing !

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful


By Thornton on 05-29-08

not this one

The book is good, however, Flo isn't right for this reading. She is great on other's, but not this one.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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By Julie Lang on 06-27-08

Disappointed

I know this story and love it but this version is deeply disappointing. The quality of the recording is muffled and I have needed to keep the volume up much higher to hear it. The voice of the narrator doesn't suit the age and period of the story. It is sadly reminscient of the paranormal woman from Poltergeist the movie. While I love this book, I am struggling to stay focused on the story telling and this just takes too much effort to relate or feel for the characters. Simply disappointing ....

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful


By Heather on 02-21-08

Enjoyable

I bought this book as holiday listening, having read it years ago and enjoyed it as much as ever. It may be a chunky novel with unambigious Victorian values but there is something engagingly subversive in well bred Margaret Hale's attraction, almost despite herself, to a 'bit of rough' northern mill owner that keeps one listening. The narration is a little odd though, particularly the way the reader drops her voice mid-sentence. However I found I barely noticed after a while. Overall, if you enjoy a good, old fashioned read, you will love this.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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