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"[Gaskell] was a keen observer of human behaviour and speech, among both industrial workers in Manchester and farming and country-town communities, and a careful researcher of the background and technicalities of her novels." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature)
I know this story and love it but this version is deeply disappointing. The quality of the recording is muffled and I have needed to keep the volume up much higher to hear it. The voice of the narrator doesn't suit the age and period of the story. It is sadly reminscient of the paranormal woman from Poltergeist the movie. While I love this book, I am struggling to stay focused on the story telling and this just takes too much effort to relate or feel for the characters. Simply disappointing ....
I bought this book as holiday listening, having read it years ago and enjoyed it as much as ever. It may be a chunky novel with unambigious Victorian values but there is something engagingly subversive in well bred Margaret Hale's attraction, almost despite herself, to a 'bit of rough' northern mill owner that keeps one listening. The narration is a little odd though, particularly the way the reader drops her voice mid-sentence. However I found I barely noticed after a while. Overall, if you enjoy a good, old fashioned read, you will love this.
I read this book several years ago and very much enjoyed it, so bought the audio version so my husband and I could listen together on holiday, as we are both admirers of Mrs. Gaskell's work. The narrator's reading voice is dreadful, quite unsuitable for a book of this period (or any period come to that - will not buy any more books read by her). It actually sounds worse on our downloaded version than the excerpt on the web page. We initially thought it was being played at the wrong speed - shades of Pinky and Perky. Too off putting, we gave up after 10 minutes, as we just could not enjoy listening. Would not award any star rating at all if the system would accept this review without a star.
This is the first duff we have downloaded from Audible.
Any audio book has the advantage of enabling you to listen as you do other things. I preferred the audio version for that reason.
Although the ending seems to screech to a halt, it has to be the most memorable part for me and Mrs. Gaskell herself was not happy with it, or so I have read. However, it is the desired happy ending after everything that has come between Margaret and John.
I thought that Margaret was a little too feeble. She was a strong character and she seemed to simper a little. Overall, each character was clearly recognizable which is helpful.
I have read the book too often to shed tears any more and being a Victorian tale there are not many laughs in it.The deepening gloom up to the last few pages is all too apparent.
I considered the pace of the narrator to be just right. A quick tempo was kept all the way through, which I like. The accents I am not too sure about but it was an enjoyable listen and I am pleased to have this in my library.
"Very poor audio quality"
I love the book and I love the BBC series but this audiobook is NOT worth its price ! Very, very poor sound quality. And Flo Gibson's narration is not worth mentioning. Very disappointing !
"not this one"
The book is good, however, Flo isn't right for this reading. She is great on other's, but not this one.
"Not the Best Audio Verison"
Although a fantastic book, the reader for this particular audiobook (Flo Gibson) is NOT recommended. She sounds rather elderly and thus gives every character in the book an older sounding, crackly voice. I got used to the voice by the last part but found it very hard to get through for the first 2/3 of the book.
"North and South"
Great story. I would recommend reading it rather than listening to it, but either way I loved the story and I plan on reading it many times. The BBC also made an excellent miniseries based on this book.
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