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Brought to you by Penguin.  

This Penguin Classic is performed by Juliet Aubrey, who won the BAFTA for Best Actress for her role as Dorothea in the BBC serial Middlemarch. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by Rosemary Ashton.   

George Eliot's most ambitious novel is a masterly evocation of diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial community. Peopling its landscape are Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfillment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; the charming but tactless Dr Lydgate, whose marriage to the spendthrift beauty Rosamund and pioneering medical methods threaten to undermine his career; and the religious hypocrite Bulstrode, hiding scandalous crimes from his past.

Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Beautiful narration brings this wonderful book to life

This was my first introduction to a book by George Eliot. What a story. And the narration hi Juliet Aubrey was perfect. I can’t believe how many characters she managed to bring an individual voice to, and I hope to hear more audiobooks by her in future. I will also be seeking out more books by George Eliot.

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Compulsive listening...brilliant

Really enjoyed this brilliant rendition of Middlemarch by Juliet Aubrey, who played Dorothea in the television production some years ago. Particularly fascinated by the evocation of characters through the voices and accents, amazing how anyone can master each individual voice with such precision and energy. I suppose that is what the finest actors give you....hard to think what to choose next that won't be an anticlimax!!

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Not enough superlatives for this audiobook

Juliet Aubrey was the perfect Dorothea in the TV serial and now she is the perfect reader for this very long complex novel , bringing .the characters to life with subtle variations of pace and tone as well as accents. She is one of the best readers of Victorian novels, up there with Timothy West and Trollope and Prunella Scales reading Wives and Daughters.
Middlemarch has always been one of my favourite books (despite "doing " it for A level) and it is a total pleasure listening to this wonderful reading.

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epic epic epic epic epic epic epic epic epic!!!

epoque epic epoque epic epoque epoque epic epoque epic epoque epic epoque epic epoque epic epoque epic epoque epic. incredible, fascinating, rediculously good!

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Simply extraordinary

The greatest novel ever written in english? I’m not qualified to judge, but it’s a brilliant novel full of insight, compassion, drama and beautiful writing. The performance excellent.

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Excellent dramatic narration

I have read the novel a few times and while i always thought it was over rated I thoroughly enjoyed this dramatic narration.

It is impossible not to read Victorian novels without grating from a modern perspective. Middlemarch contains blatant antisemitism and the usual one dimensional depiction of the ideal woman (saintly, deferential to her husband, beautiful without any vanity, self sacrificing etc).

It always strikes me that Jane Austen, writing in an earlier period, is a more modern writer than either Eliot or Dickens. Her books have a much more realistic and rounded portrayal of womanhood, while acknowledging the limitations placed on their lives. Her plots don't rely on far fetched events or huge coincidences for their drama like Dickens and she never bores with long winded philosophising or moralising like Eliot. Yes, her subjects cover a narrow sphere but she does that sphere perfectly.

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The story was a struggle, but amazing narration

I struggled with the story sometimes. The indirect communication and way of talking was difficult for me to get used to. The narration really got me through, Juliet Aubrey did a great job. She made the world come alive, as well as the characters, each with their own voice. I would love to listen to more of her work.

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Strangely addicting

I started listening to this book as an obligation to familiarize myself with classics. Unexpectedly, I became invested in it and by the second half started feeling as if I actually lived in Middlemarch, addicted to observing all the characters. I enjoyed the author's insight into human nature and the way she laid out the story.
However, I can't say I cared much for any character besides doctor Lydgate. His fate has moved me deeply and made feel depressed.

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  • 06-02-20

Beautifully done!

I wish all BBC Masterpiece actors would read the audiobooks for the stories they’ve portrayed!! This story is read by Juliet Aubrey, who played Dorothea in an adaption of Middlemarch. She did a marvelous job! I could almost see the movie in my head as she read. And this is a beautiful story.

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  • 27-01-20

A good read

I was so happy to add one more classic to my listening library. Very similar to Pride and Prejudice. Knowing the background of the author made this all the more fascinating. A quality read.

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  • 02-12-20

Excellent classic

Wonderful story and excellent narration. Although it is long, it didn't feel tiresome. Well done.

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  • 03-08-22

Basically- a masterpiece of literature

I can’t imagine having anything new to say about Middlemarch that hasn’t already been said, except that I stumbled onto it. I’d never heard of it before, but previously had listened to Silas Marner and thoroughly enjoyed it. The version with Juliet Aubrey ( I believe that was her name) as narrator could not have been better. I absolutely loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-22

Greatest Novel

Everyone wishing to be well read should spend the time with this book. It is a blueprint for all great modern literature.

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  • Anders
  • 08-09-21

Best audiobook version of Middlemarch

A real pleasure to listen from beginning to end. Excellent recording, very true to the sensibility and warmth of the text.