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Short Stories Collection

Narrated by: Evan Long
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
2.5 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)
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Summary

Elizabeth Gaskell was a regular contributor to Charles Dickens's weekly magazine, Household Words, from 1850 through to 1858. In addition to three serialized novels, Cranford, North and South, and My Lady Ludlow, Dickens published 18 shorter works by Gaskell, which made her the major literary contributor to the magazine apart from Dickens himself. This collection brings together all of the short stories and non-fiction pieces that Gaskell published in the magazine between 1850 and 1853. "Lizzie Leigh" and "The Heart of John Middleton" are examples of Gaskell's writing on the working classes of the industrial north of England, while "The Well of Pen Morfa" is set in rural North Wales. "The Old Nurse's Story", a ghostly tale, and "The Squire's Story", a mystery, were written for Christmas editions of the magazine.

Appearing in 1853, "Morton Hall" and "My French Master", are among Gaskell's most sophisticated works. Historical fictions of the decline of the aristocracy in England and France, both have happy endings, but deal poignantly with themes of loss and the passage of time. From Gaskell's varied non-fiction pieces, we learn about inexplicable disappearances, the life of an expatriate gardener at the Persian court, the history of the Huguenots, and are invited to a day out on a sheep farm in the far north of England.

©2018 Elizabeth Gaskell (P)2018 Oregan Publishing

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Evan who?? More appropriately, Evan why?

Very interesting tales, exquisitely ruined by a dreadful, amateurish attempt at narration. How did Mr. Long ever get through the selection process for this work? Entire listening experience ruined by this abysmal effort at storytelling.
Note to self; Look out for this man's name cropping up again and save your money by avoiding like the plague.

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Hard work!

I have previously enjoyed Elizabeth Gaskell's writing but other than the first story, these are boring!

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Narration terrible

Halted, stunting, very difficult to concentrate when it is read so badly
lovely stories however.

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  • KCMC
  • 11-10-18

Very relaxing

This is just what I was looking for. I wanted some short stories that were interesting but relaxing enough to help me fall asleep. No disrespect intended to the author or the narrator but these are perfect. They help me drift off to sleep in 10 minutes or less every time. Bedtime stories for adults that lull you to sleep. I also love the other Bedtime Stories for Adults series but it is so funny that I don't always drift off.

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  • ShirleyC
  • 12-02-19

OK, nothing to rave about, but interesting.

A collection of short stories that listens well. Definitely worth the money -- but am about burnt out on short stories (even those with a moral at the end).