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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 1,136
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 957
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 956

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • an interesting novel made special by the reading

    • By Margaret on 27-12-10

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Mary Barton

    • A Tale of Manchester Life
    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135

    Elizabeth Gaskell's remarkable first novel, Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life portrays a love that defies the rigid boundaries of class with tragic consequences.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lovely listen!

    • By Daniel on 16-10-15

    Regular price: £20.99

    • Wives and Daughters

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
    • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 329
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 261
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258

    Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a widowed doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford, lost her mother when she was a child. Her father remarries wanting to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks. To Molly, any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs. Gibson is a self-absorbed, petty widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb characterisation by a first class reader

    • By Philadelphus on 01-06-07

    Regular price: £29.99

    • Cranford

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
    • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 262
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 203
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201

    A vivid and affectionate portrait of the residents of an English country town in the mid-19th century, Cranford describes a community dominated by its independent and refined women, relating the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances. Through a series of satirical vignettes, Gaskell sympathetically portrays changing small town customs and values in mid-Victorian England....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Cranford Reading!

    • By Sharon on 26-05-09

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Ruth

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Eve Matheson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 71

    The orphaned heroine Ruth, apprenticed to a dressmaker, is seduced by wealthy Henry Bellingham who is captivated by her simplicity and beauty. Their affair causes her to lose her home and job to which he offers her shelter, only to cruelly abandon her soon after. She is offered a chance of a new life though shamed in the eyes of society by her illegitimate son. When Henry reappears offering marriage she must choose between social acceptance and her own pride.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The

    • By Lisa on 10-02-09

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Wives and Daughters

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 27 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    When her father remarries, the honest, innocent Molly Gibson suddenly finds herself with a new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, worldly and impetuous. This would be more than enough to deal with, but the new wife is the deeply snobbish (and darkly secretive) Hyacinth. Thwarted love, scheming ambition and small-town gossip underlie the warmth, irony and brilliant social observation which link the relationships and the inevitable conflicts as profound change comes to rural England.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • comfort for the soul

    • By Amazon Customer on 20-09-18

    Regular price: £27.09

    • Cousin Phillis

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Claire Walsh
    • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    "Cousin Phillis" (1864) is a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell about Paul Manning, a youth of seventeen who moves to the country and befriends his mother's family and his second cousin Phillis Holman, who is confused by her own placement at the edge of adolescence. Most critics agree that Cousin Phillis is Gaskell's crowning achievement in the short novel. The story is uncomplicated; its virtues are in the manner of its development and telling.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Really?

    • By Tracy on 26-12-18

    Regular price: £0.89

    • Short Stories Collection

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Evan Long
    • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Evan who?? More appropriately, Evan why?

    • By Alphi1847 on 05-09-18

    Regular price: £0.89

    • North and South

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Clare Wille
    • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 19

    When Margaret Hale moves with her father from the comfort of the south of England to the industrial north, she is at first repulsed by what she sees; and then when she discovers the conditions under which the workers are forced to live, she is outraged. But this throws her into direct conflict with the powerful young mill-owner, John Thornton. Using personal passions to explore deep social divisions, North and South is a great romance and one of Elizabeth Gaskell's finest works.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A new favourite

    • By J. G. on 24-04-19

    Regular price: £28.99

    • Wives and Daughters

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Penelope Wilton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Seventeen-year-old Molly Gibson worships her widowed father. But when he decides to remarry, Molly’s life is thrown off course by the arrival of her vain, shallow, and selfish stepmother. There is some solace in the shape of her new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, sophisticated and irresistible to every man she meets. Soon the girls become close, and Molly finds herself cajoled into becoming a go-between in Cynthia’s love affairs. But in doing so, Molly risks ruining her reputation in the gossiping village of Hollingford - and jeopardizing everything with the man she is secretly in love with.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Just lovely!

    • By Elizabeth on 19-10-18

    Regular price: £20.00

    • North and South

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Against a background of industrial unrest, misery, suspicion, jealousy, and the deaths of family and dear friends, the star-crossed love between mill owner John Thornton and the cultivated Margaret Hale is put to the test.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed

    • By Julie Lang on 27-06-08

    Regular price: £27.49

    • Wives and Daughters

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
    • Length: 26 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel, is regarded by many as her masterpiece. Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks, but until the arrival of Cynthia, her dazzling stepsister, Molly finds her situation hard to accept. Intertwined with the story of the Gibsons is that of Squire Hamley and his two sons.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ripping yarn!

    • By Nellig on 16-03-11

    Regular price: £36.19

    • Morton Hall

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Evan Long
    • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    "Morton Hall" (1853) is a story written by Elizabeth Gaskell, one of the leading representatives of British literature of the Victorian era. The book weaves together many different elements from the description of ancient houses and noble lineages to the commemoration of historical events, all with the background of childhood memories of the protagonists. This text has the ability to offer a wide reflection on social and Political Affairs of England: Elizabeth Gaskell traces back several vicissitudes until they reach the intestine foiled attack on King James I, Cromwell's Protectorate, the so-called witch hunt, until you get to touch the social and cultural revolution produced by colonial politics.

    Regular price: £0.89

    • The Heart of John Middleton

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Evan Long
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, often referred to as Mrs Gaskell, was an English novelist, biographer, and short story writer. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of Victorian society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature.

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    • The Old Nurse's Story

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Evan Long
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    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. "The Old Nurse's Story", is a ghostly tale taken from this collection.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Badly read

    • By Dcm on 08-01-19

    Regular price: £0.89

    • Great British Short Stories

    • A Vintage Collection of Classic Tales
    • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    A glorious collection of some of the finest British short stories ever written. The Dog – Arnold Bennet, Not On The Passenger List – Barry Pain, The Old Man’s Tale About The Queer Client – Charles Dickens, The Half Brothers – Elizabeth Gaskell, The Veiled Portrait – James McGovan, Markheim – Robert Louis Stevenson, The Bottle Imp – Robert Louis Stevenson, The Adventures Of The Kind Mr. Smith – William J. Locke, The Man Of Mystery – Barry Pain, The Brazilian Cat – Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Can't listen to this!

    • By Anne on 07-04-12

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Cranford

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Linda Barrans
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    "In the first place, Cranford is in possession of the Amazons; all the holders of houses above a certain rent are women." This is how our guide and narrator, Mary Smith, introduces us to the small English country town of Cranford. Young, modern Mary gives us her Austen-like view of small-town customs, Victorian values, decorum, and etiquette. Mary gives us a charming, sometimes gently mocking comedy of manners.

    Regular price: £16.59

    • Disappearances

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Evan Long
    • Length: 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was an English novelist, biographer, and short story writer. Her first novel, "Mary Barton", was published anonymously in 1848. The best-known of her remaining novels are "Cranford" (1853), "North and South" (1854), and "Wives and Daughters" (1865). Gaskell became popular for her writing, especially her ghost stories, aided by Charles Dickens, who published her work in his magazine "Household Words". Her supernatural stories are superior examples of the sentimental ghost tale so typical of the Victorian period.

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    • Cumberland Sheep Shearers

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Evan Long
    • Length: 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    "Three or four years ago we spent part of a summer in one of the dales in the neighbourhood of Keswick. We lodged at the house of a small Statesman, who added to his occupation of a sheep-farmer that of a woollen manufacturer. His own flock was not large, but he bought up other people's fleeces, either on commission, or for his own purposes; and his life seemed to unite many pleasant and various modes of employment, and the great jolly burly man throve upon all, both in body and mind."

    Regular price: £0.89

    • My French Master

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Evan Long
    • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    " My French master" is a short novel written by Elizabeth Gaskell in 1853. The British author is considered one of the most representative of the Victorian age.

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