The Mill on the Floss

  • by George Eliot
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 19 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in 19-century England, this great novel of domestic realism sympathetically portrays a young woman's vain efforts to adapt to her provincial world.Maggie Tulliver, whose father owns a mill perched on the banks of the River Floss, is intelligent and imaginative beyond the understanding of her community, her relatives, and particularly her brother Tom. Despite their opposite temperaments, Maggie and Tom are united by a strong bond. But this bond suffers when Tom's sense of family honor leads him to forbid her to associate with the one friend who appreciates her intelligence and imagination.Later, when Maggie falls in love with the handsome and passionate fiancé of her cousin and is caught in a compromising situation, she fears her relationship with Tom may never recover.


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not Eliot's best

I wish I could give this 4.5 stars, because most of the novel is classic Eliot, but I found much of the first third almost as "narrowly oppressive" as the life and characters she described - a little too much repeated exposition. The remainder contained Eliot's usual insights in to the human condiiton, advocacy of women, a pleasant 19th century love story, but a better than conventional ending.
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- connie "Narrative makes the world go round."

Great audio for great book.

Nadia May is an amazing storyteller. She gets into the characters' minds and represents their speech beautifully and beliveably. I highly recommend this audio version of this novel.

As for the novel itself: Although I was obligated to read it for a Victorian literature class it is a great read. It provides a unique picture of Victorian England's countryside. And Eliot is a master at capturing voice and of depicting childhood from a child's point of view.

The story is centered around the coming of age of Maggie Tulliver -- an clever, idealistic girl who longs for knowledge, acceptance and love.

This is a semi-biographical work so, it's a must-read if you want to know more about Eliot.
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- Pilar

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.