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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Diana on 07-11-11

This is a great book

I loved this book. The nuances and character developement as well as the authors insight into human nature. Josephine Bailey reads the novel with perfection. I think she is one of the absolutely BEST narrators out there!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ilya Treleaven on 02-18-17

Timeless

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Blake's Tyger on 12-23-12

Warning! Well, There Should Be One...

I didn't realise when I bought this - despite having a degree in Eng Lit and having read most of Gaskell's other novels - that this book is incomplete. Rather selfishly, Elizabeth G died in the middle of writing it. Well, almost at the end of writing it. Which means even if you're enjoying it, it is a blow. Maybe we were warned somewhere on Audible that it is an incomplete book - but if we were, I missed it. I prefer every other EG novel, to this one. It is a very mature work, and quite subtle. Stick with 'Cranford'. 'Cousin Phillis' or 'The Life of Charlotte Bronte' if you want a more readable and engrossing intro to Mrs G.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Julia Brown on 11-07-11

An excellent listen

I spent a long time deciding which audible 'Wives and Daughters' to listen to. I am very pleased with my choice as the characterisation from Josephine Bailey was excellent and she really brings the story to life. At times I truely believe that there is more than one person involved. The story is very good and deserves to be more well known. I hope you enjoy it too.

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By Anneliese on 10-24-16

wonderful narrating and story ❤

I love this story and the narrator is so pleasant to listen to. I'm already listening again ☺

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