Wives and Daughters

  • by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by Josephine Bailey
  • 26 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel, is regarded by many as her masterpiece. Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks, but until the arrival of Cynthia, her dazzling stepsister, Molly finds her situation hard to accept. Intertwined with the story of the Gibsons is that of Squire Hamley and his two sons. As Molly grows up and falls in love, she learns to judge people for what they are, not what they seem. Through Molly's observations the hierarchies, social values, and social changes of early-19th-century English life are made vivid in a novel that is timeless in its representation of human relationships.


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The performance of this wonderful book is flawless and mesmerizing. Gaskell's skill at drawing the details and sharing the heart of daily village life makes this touching story of love, family and coming of age a classic, worthy of savouring. A must "read".
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- Ilya Treleaven


Incredibly well written. Loved every minute of it. Would love to listen to it again! I couldn't get enough this amazing piece of art.
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- grace

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio