Award-winning voice actor Davina Porter delivers a refined performance of Cranford a novel by Victorian writer Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. Porter's enunciation is impeccable, allowing the story to unfold in a cultivated manner suited to the prose and subject matter. In a small parish in Cheshire, England, Mary Smith, her friends Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, and other upper class members of society pass their days by calling on neighbors, engaging in polite conversation, practicing elegant economy, and avoiding vulgarities of any sort.
©2008 Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
"... an extremely clever piece of writing." (Guardian (UK))
A beautiful story of little nothing's in a small rural town in the 19th century. 11 out of 10 for the narration by Davina Porter, excellent, sympathetic way of speaking. I loved this book, but can't quite see how it was translated into a TV series, which I haven't seen. Don't think I will, as it always ruins a good story!
I knew the basic outline of Cranford and was expecting a slow start. There was actually quite a bit going on in the first few chapters but it then laboured around a series of family letters that were being read out before being destroyed. These in themselves painted a beautiful picture of a love story but they didn't seem to fit within the bigger scheme. (they probably owe more to Cranford originally being a series of short stories serialised in a magazine). The story picked up again and ultimately left me feeling happy that I'd persevered. Elizabeth Gaskell 's ability to analyse and articulate the various facets of human nature and behaviour is amazing as always.
"A Lovely Relaxing Listen"
My first experience with Cranford was the version filmed for Masterpiece Theater. I had been looking for an audible version and this is it! Davina Porter does her usual wonderful job of characterization and brings to life the charming characters of a special place known as Cranford. The story is humorous and heartbreaking. Author Elizabeth Gaskell does not make life perfect for everyone. The world of Cranford is real and pulls you in with every word. If you enjoy the novels of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and E.M. Forster, I guarantee that you will enjoy this!
"Another Favorite Place"
I haven't read the book but love hearing it read. I always love hearing an English accent.
Miss Read's "Thrush Green", Jan Karon's "Mitford" come to mind as they are small town settings and have quirky, loveable characters.
I love her voice quality - soothing and her inflection really brings out the meaning and emotion behind the words. Next to Gwen Watford narrating the Thrush Green books and Juliet Mills in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, she is my next favorite narrator.
I am so pleased with this purchase. I'll be listening to this again and again. Well, worth the money.
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