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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Eliot Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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George Eliot’s first full-length novel is the moving, realistic portrait of three people troubled by unwise love.

Adam Bede is a hardy young carpenter who cares for his aging mother. His one weakness is the woman he loves blindly: the trifling town beauty, Hetty Sorrel, who delights only in her baubles—and the delusion that the careless Captain Donnithorne may ask for her hand.

Betrayed by their innocence, both Adam and Hetty allow their foolish hearts to trap them in a triangle of seduction, murder, and retribution. Only in the lovely Dinah Morris, a preacher, does Adam find his redemption.

Addressing questions of morality and the role of women in society, Adam Bede explores the dangers of relying on religious and social norms to govern destructive desires.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Adam Bede has taken its place among the actual experiences and endurances of my life.”

    Charles Dickens

  • “A first-rate novel.”

    Times (London)

  • Adam Bede was Eliot’s first long novel. Its masterly realism—evident, for example, in the recording of Derbyshire dialect—brought to English fiction the same truthful observation of minute detail that John Ruskin was commending in the Pre-Raphaelites. But what was new in this work of English fiction was the combination of deep human sympathy and rigorous moral judgment.”

    Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily | 2/20/2014

    " George Eliot is a stunning writer, and Adam Bede is the perfect man. Enough said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rrshively | 2/20/2014

    " This novel demonstrates why George Elliot is considered a great novelist. She defines the motives of her characters with such understanding! As a Methodist I was interested in the weaving of the early Methodist faith into the story. This is a story bringing together several characters and tells the ripple effect of one careless deed. It is a satisfying 19th Century novel. I especially like the fact that the lives of the more common people are most important to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ferris | 2/18/2014

    " Very enjoyable read, with three lovely main characters and several interesting minor characters. If you are a George Eliot fan, this one is not quite on par with "Silas Marner" or "Middlemarch", but it is definitely worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Valerie | 2/16/2014

    " So great. I love the language. "

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