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  • North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    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....

    grainne says: "Romance and Finance"
  • Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
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    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....

    Sharon says: "Best Cranford Reading!"
  • Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    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.

    Nicholas says: "Moments of wonderful intensity"
  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
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    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.

    Sharon says: "Just brilliant"
  • Ruth | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Ruth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
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    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.

    Lisa says: "The"
  • Mary Barton (Dramatised) | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Mary Barton (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By uncredited
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    This BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Elizabeth Gaskell's tale of Manchester life is set in the 19th century, when a series of bad harvests placed a heavy tax burden on workers. Gaskell's powerful drama, adapted here for Woman's Hour, is regarded as one of the most important novels of its time.

    Christine says: "a good Lancashire tale"
  • North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    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.

    Julie Lang says: "Disappointed"
  • My Lady Ludlow | Elizabeth Gaskell

    My Lady Ludlow

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Susannah York
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    Lady Ludlow's appalling snobbery, prejudice and bred-in-the-bone conviction as to the superiority of the English aristocracy and their feudal way of life are deliciously tested, and found wanting, in this gently radical tale of the collapse of a social system. Elizabeth Gaskell's My Lady Ludlow is a brilliant picture of the shift in power in a rural northern village, from the velvety feudal Ludlows to the glitter of the new money rattling through the system courtesy of the brazen baker from Birmingham.

  • North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
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    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.

    Stephanie Paul says: "Such a wonderful book, brought to life"
  • Cousin Phillis | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cousin Phillis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    The tale of a rural habitation in the late 19th Century and the effect of industrialisation on the local community.Seventeen year old Phillis lives on Hope Farm with her parents Minister Ebenezer Holman and his simple wife. Her second cousin Paul Manning, at first reluctantly, comes to visit. He is the son of a rising inventor from Birmingham and is employed as a clerk to Edward Holdsworth, the managing engineer of a railway company laying a line close to the farm.

    Susan Whitehead says: "Cousin Phillis"
  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centers on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries, a new stepsister enters Molly's quiet life, the loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.

    Jill says: "Lovely novel; wonderful reader (Nadia May)"
  • Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
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    This charming piece of social observation throws a gentle spotlight on life in a small village in northern England of the 1850s. The middle-aged ladies, existing in rather impoverished circumstances, nevertheless maintain the rules of politeness which they feel they should live by.

    P says: "A good listen, classic Gaskell!"
  • Great British Short Stories: A Vintage Collection of Classic Tales | Arthur Conan Doyle,Charles Dickens,Robert Louis Stevenson,Arnold Bennet,Elizabeth Gaskell,William J. Locke,Barry Pain

    Great British Short Stories: A Vintage Collection of Classic Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    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.

    Anne says: "Can't listen to this!"
  • North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Kate Petrie
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    Margaret Hale returns home to her family in the rural south of England, after living with a wealthy aunt for 10 years, learning how to become a proper young woman. She is not home for long before her life is uprooted and her family moves to a town called Milton, in Northern England, where her father intends to be a tutor, leaving their Pastoral life, and the Church of England behind.

    rachel e gregory says: "North and South"
  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
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    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.

    Miko says: "Good story, less than great narration"
  • Wives and Daughters (BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour Drama) | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters (BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour Drama)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Deborah McAndrew, Emerald O'Hanrahan, Jamie Newall
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    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novel of everyday provincial life in the 1820s, ‘Wives and Daughters’, first broadcast in the ‘Woman’s Hour Drama’ slots from 29 November 2010 - 10 December 2010.‘Wives and Daughters’ was written in the 1860s and serialised in the Cornhill Magazine. It is set in the 1820s and deals to a large extent with the position of women in society.

    Amazon Customer says: "A bit disappointed"
  • Cranford | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    This classic novel has been thrice adapted for the screen by the BBC. Mary Smith relates the story of her time with middle-aged spinster sisters Miss Matty and Miss Deborah. Witty, poignant, and often ironic, Cranford is the tale of what these two women will do to remain respectable, proper, and kind with only moderate means.

    Miss says: "Splendid"
  • The Poor Clare | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    The Poor Clare

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    The intentional killing of a woman's dog unleashes a torrent of rage. In her desire for revenge, the woman curses the dog's killer: All that the murderer loves most, he will lose. This haunting tale brilliantly demonstrates Elizabeth Gaskell's understanding of the tensions between Catholics and Protestants and the harsh realities of class society.

  • Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Elizabeth Gaskell's comic portrait of early Victorian life in a country town describes with poignant wit the uneventful lives of its lady-like inhabitants, offering an ironic commentary on the separate spheres and diverse experiences of men and women. As the external world necessarily impinges even on Cranford, the unlikely juxtapositions of old and new brought about by the pace of change are also explored.

    Kate says: "Excellent"
  • A Round of Stories by the Christmas Fire | Charles Dickens,Elizabeth Gaskell

    A Round of Stories by the Christmas Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    A Victorian family gathers round the hearth, and one by one they tell each other their Winter's tales. Charles Dickens begins 'the round of stories they were to relate, as they sat in a goodly circle by the Christmas fire', and then hands over to Elizabeth Gaskell, Samuel Sidney and other respected contributors to the Christmas 1852 number of Household Words.

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