This critically up-to-date edition includes Gaskell's essay "The Last Generation in England", containing reminiscences of her childhood in Knutsford, and the comic story "The Cage at Cranford", as well as a lucid new introduction that discusses the originality and subtlety of Gaskell's portrayal of women's experience.
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A lovely book, describing the lives of the ladies of Cranford. Admittedly not a great deal happens to them for much of the book - but that doesn't matter; in fact I think it's part of the point. Cranford is full of wit, and this audio version is read very well by Nadia May, who brings out the humour in her narration. I very much enjoyed listening and it made me laugh a lot.
Wonderful delivery of the charming story. Hours of pleasure that do not pale - worth every penny, you will laugh and cry over the inhabitants of Cranford.
"Wistfully Charming Story"
Elizabeth Gaskell came to my attention through Jane Austen's novels. While her writing style is more loquacious than Austen's, Gaskell's gentle sentimentality, reflected through her character Mattie's hopes and disappointments for love and marriage, made the novel more memorable than many of Austen's novels whose heroines always get the most honorable guy of flawless character. Gaskell is more realistic yet created characters who are endearing. Both writers use satire and Austen has more precise and succinct prose, but Gaskell demonstrated human frailty and how friends, companions and the community, in spite of irksomeness, make life tolerable through unspoken kindness and understanding.
"Elizabeth Gaskell + Nadia May= Great Entertainment"
Yes, it rocks! It is so funny and witty!
Anything by Elizabeth Gaskell or Jane Austen
Spooky walk at night
Love it and love Audible!
I am sorry to say that I did not enjoy this book as much as I have other books by this author. There are some funny statements threaded through the book but I had difficulty holding onto the plot, if there was one.
"Audible didn't work"
I don't know. Audible didn't work
Disappointed. I tried the download 3 times and it didn't work :-(
"Sweet Slice-of- Life Story"
If you're looking for a quick -paced page turner, this is not it. However, this is a sweet story telling of the everyday life in a very small town. I found it very endearing, with little parts that made me laugh and other parts that made me sigh. The narrator does a good job portraying the different characters. You will be touched by this glimpse into the life of Miss Maddie and her fellow townspeople.
"Not the strongest storyline"
While I enjoyed this book it was tedious at times. It is and old book and the manner of story is not like modern books. The performance of the reading was excellent and this helped get things back on track.
"Fun story about old ladies in a small town."
The characters were real and I enjoyed the way they meddled in every ones lives.
I was very happy in the ending and glad to know that Miss Maddy would be just fine. She did everything for every one else and then was nearly penniless...
She has an exquisite voice, quite like Audrey Hepburn. I love her narrations.
Laughed and cried, the narrator is great and the story is top notch. Fun, quick listen.
"unevenly written, colorful characters"
Narration is well done and helps with the uneven pace & flow of the book. Colorful characters. Would have asked for a refund if I had paid full price instead of getting it on sale.
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