Silas Marner

  • by George Eliot
  • Narrated by Margaret Hilton
  • 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For 15 years Silas Marner, the lonely, friendless weaver, has lived in exile, shunned by society after being falsely accused of a robbery. The only thing Marner cares about is his pile of gold, which suddenly disappears one day. Bitter and despondent, the weaver finds an abandoned young girl named Eppie and decides to take care of her. This classic novel was one of the most popular and acclaimed novels of the 19th century. It is a timeless fable about love, friendship, redemption, and the danger of choosing greed over true happiness.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Silas Marner tells the story of its namesake character, betrayed, exiled, and defrauded of the meager earnings from his loom. Margaret Hilton, a veteran performer of unabridged classics, brings a steadfast, understated eloquence to the hapless Marner, as he perseveres through seemingly endless misfortune. Increasingly isolated and despondent, Marner's prospects change when he finds a young orphan girl shivering in the snow. As Marner finds redemption in the love of his adoptive daughter, he manages to shake the demons of his past and find contentment in the arms of friends and family. Ultimately, Marner's plight is a testament to love, community, and faith - qualities that endure for Marner even as the corrupting tendencies of industrialization and greed threaten to destroy them.

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Rather sentimental story

Silas Marner is a bit sentimental by modern standards, but is a good story still. I found the characters somewhat thinly drawn, and the audio quality of this reading rather poor. Even a bit of road noise tended to drown out large chunks of the narrative.

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- William

A beautiful text but poor recording

I am giving this book five stars because of its content, and not the recording. I'll discuss the recording below.

What makes this book fascinating is what readers generally find in George Eliot's work: a concern with ethics, religion, and humanity. Eliot approaches these topics in this text through the figure of Silas Marner, a weaver who has been wronged by the (religious) community he grew up in and, as a result, lives a solitary life.

Eliot tries to show how social constraints affect the way we think about people and the world, as well as the great struggle that people have when their faith in people and the world are challenged. Eliot never gives us simple answers; instead she asks us to think about why we hold the values we do and how these values are constructed.

The book is a quick and pleasurable read. It is also very sad. You will likely find yourself not being able to put the audiobook down, so to speak.

One note of caution: this recording is absolutely terrible. It took me a couple of hours--despite the fact that I listen to audiobooks often and am accustomed to English accents--to adjust to the narrator's voice, largely because of the poor recording and despite the narrator's beautiful reading. I usually listen while walking my dog, and had trouble hearing the book when there was even the slightest noise around me. If you plan on listening to the book at home, this may not matter to you.
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- Cydney

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books