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  • The Mill on the Floss

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  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Anne Marie Duff
  • Length: 20 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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The Mill on the Floss

By: George Eliot
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This Penguin Classic is performed by Anne-Marie Duff, star of the BBC's The Salisbury Poisonings and Shameless. This definitive recording features an introduction by A.S Byatt, writer, critic and author of Possession.

Brought up at Dorlcote Mill, Maggie Tulliver worships her brother Tom and is desperate to win the approval of her parents, but her passionate, wayward nature and her fierce intelligence bring her into constant conflict with her family. As she reaches adulthood, the clash between their expectations and her desires is painfully played out as she finds herself torn between her relationships with three very different men: her proud and stubborn brother, a close friend who is also the son of her family's worst enemy, and a charismatic but dangerous suitor. With its poignant portrayal of sibling relationships, The Mill on the Floss is considered George Eliot's most autobiographical novel; it is also one of her most powerful and moving.

©2019 George Eliot (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Reasonable narration, editing needs attention

Chose to listen to, rather than read this long novel. The narrator does a good job with accents and most pronunciation. It was a reasonable listening experience, though I would guess, under-directed.

There are some repeated phrases that should have been picked up in post production editing, especially in the reading of the very interesting introduction (that actually appears at the end of the audiobook). At one point the narrator apologises for a mistake because her glasses slipped down.

However, very worthwhile.

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Excellent narration of a flawed novel

An excellent narration by Anne Marie Duff of this good but flawed novel, in which excellent character descriptions and great 19th century dialogue struggle to reach a believable ending. The behaviour of the main character is so inconsistent as to make it feel like it was written by someone who was changing (or at least, changing their mind) as they wrote the book. The Mill on the Floss is not a patch on Middlemarch IMHO (MM is my favourite novel of all time)but the latter could not have happened without the former. If you liked Middlemarch but haven’t read The Mill on the Floss then I wouldn’t bother with this book. But if you want to read all things Eliot then it isn’t a bad story. You could do worse.

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