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Mrs. Gaskell as she was popularly known, had a hard and lonely childhood, spent with various aunts and relatives after her mother died and her father left her. The young Elizabeth met and married a clergyman and moved to Manchester with him. It was here that she developed her strong sense of social justice and the themes which form the basis of her writing. Her biography of her dear friend Charlotte Bronte is considered a classic and provides a wonderfully human picture of the Yorkshire genius and her equally talented, tragic family. North and South is set in a fictional town called Milton and located north of England. The heroine Margaret Hale arrives here, having suffered a series of unfortunate events. Her father, a wealthy churchman who lives in the idyllic English countryside suddenly finds himself losing the faith that has sustained him all these years. He leaves the church and moves his family to this preindustrial, ugly and uninspiring city, where poverty, crime and hopelessness dominate. Margaret soon encounters the handsome, but materialistic, cotton mill owner and tycoon, John Thornton. Their values and philosophies are poles apart, leading to an inevitable clash, which forms the basis of the title of the novel, North and South. The book traces the advent of the Industrial Revolution in England, the pathetic condition of workers and the callous, greedy attitude of the mill owners who formed the bedrock of the new rich in the country. She also wrote several very popular ghost stories which were regularly published by Dickens in his magazine, Household Words. However, Mrs. Gaskell's works, though immensely popular in her lifetime, soon faded into obscurity. Today, her works are known chiefly through television adaptations of her novels like Cranford and North and South. Her enduring themes of tradition verses modernity, feminism, the changing nature of relationships and the falsity of first impressions all resonate with the interests of readers today.
I can not listen to one of the narrators with the "southern accent". I am from the south and I still could not get through it. Everyone else was good just had to skip those chapters.
LOVE the book, love the TV miniseries - however it was incredibly difficult to follow the chapters of the woman with the extremely southern accent. There are some wonderful readers in this series, but the few bad ones made it so disconnected.
I highly recommend this book. it might seem quite wordy and hard to follow at first, but the more you listen, the more you learn to love her style of writing and get to know each character so much more. I would recommend listening to the version 3 though, because this one has several different voices for different chapters and some of the voices aren't very pleasant to listen to. but I enjoyed version 3 immensely.
the book is legend but some of the narrators made my experience horrible. the lifeless narration throws ones sense of ease quite off.
The reading of (version 3) is magnificent. MaryAnns is such a great performer.
the voice of one of the narrators is just irritating.
some chapters i had to skip because the voice of one of the readers, sadly irritated me to the point of not been able to keep on. its a shame for me... Still, i am sensible of the dedication given by those who made the audiobook possible. i hope i will have more chance with my next audiobook.
Wonderful book made very much alive by an excellent team of readers! Love it (except for some chapters like 19, 28, 29... when I sort of got thrown off the High horse of smooth narration :))
As a non-native English speaker, the heavy US accent chapters were at times difficult for me to understand (and it made immersing into the story more difficult, considering that the story takes place in England. ) Some of the chapters had very poor sound quality and thus hard to listen to, so nicking another star for that. Still, thank you for the possibility of reading this book even with a busy schedule, it probably saved my grade.
Love this book.....grateful for the readings, but some o the accents I did not care for. Particularly, the Southern accent. When you read this type of book I imagine the traditional English accent, throws it off a bit. But good overall.