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  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808

Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Romance and Finance

  • By grainne on 15-02-10

Bewitching!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-15

If you could sum up North and South in three words, what would they be?

Absorbing, beautiful, emotional

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator - Juliet Stevenson was outstanding. I have listened to so many audio books but this is by far and away the best I have ever heard. I knew the story already but the life and emotion she poured into every character was spellbinding. I was mesmerised from start to finish. Each character had a different voice and manner, she conveyed the despair and passion of the story even more than I could do in my head when I read the book.

Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favourite?

John Thornton. She captured his manner, tone and passion exquisitely. I could also feel every emotion of Margaret in the story too.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I would have done so if I could.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Juliet Stevenson!

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  • These Old Shades

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Society believes the worst of Justin Alastair, the notorious Duke of Avon who is clearly proud of his Sobriquet, Satanas. It is he who buys Leon body and soul from a scoundrel in a Paris backstreet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT BOOK FOUND THE VOICE ACTING DIFFICULT

  • By Lindsay on 06-06-12

Awful narration!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-12

I have read this book several times over the years. One of the main characters, the Duke of Avon, is portrayed wonderfully by the author as somewhat sinister, cool and softly spoken. I imagine a voice similar to Alan Rickman in my head! Yet when reading his part, the narrator gives him a loud, almost shouting voice, with a strange accent that almost sounds like a speech impediment! Leon/ie has a sweet French accent, but he gives her French brother a cockney accent, totally incongruous. Such a shame, one of my favourite books of all time, but I had to stop listening after 2 chapters as I couldn't bear it anymore. I shan't be purchasing any more books read by the same narrator.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful