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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,863 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Eliot Narrator: Hannah Gordon Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781780002880
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The fictitious landscape of Loamshire provides the setting for this country tragedy, with little peace about the intertwined lives of its inhabitants. Dinah Morris is an earnest Methodist preacher who rejects Seth Bede for a life devoted to God. Adam Bede, his brother, is also rejected, but by Hetty Sorrel, a gullible dairymaid who falls for dashing Arthur Donnithorne, the squire’s heir. The passions roused in the community of Hayslope have disastrous consequences: a fight between two rivals, an illegitimate pregnancy and a woman driven to desperate deeds. In Adam Bede George Eliot gripped her readers with an imaginative and complex tale. 

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara Walton | 2/20/2014

    " This is George Eliot's first novel. To read it after Middlemarch is to be aware both of how she improved as an author and of how inherently talented she always was. This was not my favorite of her works. The characters were flatter than in her later novels, the plot less complex. However, the narrative style is a force to be reckoned with, and Adam Bede is certainly worth reading just to experience Eliot's experimentation with the form of the novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thequaminator | 2/18/2014

    " A good story that grabs at your heart. The scene descriptions are wonderfully written although the book gets tediously long at time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cherri | 2/14/2014

    " I actually cheated and watched the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Christensen | 2/10/2014

    " I absolutely loved the main character(s) of this novel and was so uplifted by its message. I wish there were more people in this world with such morality, courage and strength. The final scene is beautiful to me. One of my favorite books of George Eliot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rahima Siddika | 2/9/2014

    " Initially, the book didn't really capture my attention and I wondered if this was going to be a book where I had to force myself through the pages, but after the first fifty pages, it became far more interesting so I was very pleasantly surprised. Adam Bede is an absolutely lovely character who really stole my heart with the way he understood the world and the way he lived and loved and he made me want a happy ending for him because he thoroughly deserved it. I loved that George Eliot created characters that were so righteous and so flawed at the same time and that even when you feel like you should hate Hetty Sorrel for how manipulative she can be, you were also made to feel sympathy for her and how childlike she was and that really, she was also a victim in this book and not to be judged so harshly. Eliot's periodic little ramblings about love or her attempts to persuade the reader to understand why the characters act the way they do, that emotion sometimes triumphs reason, that we too might not have acted differently had we been in Adam's shoes or Arthur's place, are also quite admirable. This is a fantastic book, where it's hard not to get emotionally invested in the characters who are human and real and wonderfully created. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip Smith | 2/7/2014

    " This book stood out in my memory for its title character, who is something of a male, working-class Elizabeth Bennet in his virtuous, principled and confident posture, so charming that his slight errors in judgment are effortlessly ignored. Apart from the story of his marriage Eliot says a lot about grief, sin, sympathy, honesty, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 2/6/2014

    " Its an overly dramatic thought, I know, but while I was reading this I couldn't help but think that if this book was written today, it would be a non-fiction book by Helen Garner and it would spend a lot of time examining Hetty Sorrel's 'psychotic tendencies'. Where Eliot chose to emphasise a perception of youthful "vanity" (and in doing so shows, indeed, that even after 150 years the propensities of teenage girls have not changed...), the modern version would focus (justly or unjustly) on demonstrating how her heart was "like a pebble" - how the "little chickens" or the "kittens at play" did nothing to excite her compassion and her indifference towards little children ("that annoying Tottie, that everybody seems to make so much of"). Poor old Adam Bede would be a minor character, mentioned every now and then as part of a list of Hetty's conquests to illustrate Hetty's bewitching charms, and for whom we would feel a momentary sadness. A book like that would align with our modern taste for sensation, for action, for repulsion and detailed descriptions of unimaginable crimes. It would shock, so it would sell. Oh how grateful we must be to Eliot for leaving us this beautiful, intelligent novel instead! I was already an Eliot fan - reading this novel has pushed me over the edge and into fanatic territory - it really is that Wonderful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roberta | 2/6/2014

    " I slogged through this mess when I was in college with my ever-faithful Cliffnotes at hand. I think I fell asleep at the end of every sentence. How I ever passed that George Eliot class is beyond me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Jean | 2/4/2014

    " Yes, it's a little slow until the main scandal, as many other reviewers of this book will tell you, but the author does such a good job of recreating rural life in the late 1790s and introducing us to the characters and their flaws, that it's enjoyable and all necessary. The ending is satisfying as everyone recognizes and repents of their trespasses. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 1/25/2014

    " The colloquial made it difficult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 1/20/2014

    " The problem with reviewing books I read a long time ago is that I can barely recall details. I remember loving this book. George Eliot's "seriousness" was no doubt at work here, but she gives one so much to think about that I cannot help but loving pretty much everything she writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eman Ahmed | 1/20/2014

    " Adam is somewhat immature though; his rather strict view of life has not been tempered by experience. As his reactions to his father show, he lacks sympathy for other people's weaknesses; "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 1/12/2014

    " The problem with reviewing books I read a long time ago is that I can barely recall details. I remember loving this book. George Eliot's "seriousness" was no doubt at work here, but she gives one so much to think about that I cannot help but loving pretty much everything she writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 1/12/2014

    " Middlemarch is one of my all-time favorite books but I've never read any other Eliot. So, I decided to read all of George Eliot's works this summer but, unfortunately, I was only able to finish this one. Highly reccommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 1/5/2014

    " I loved Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life so much, I found this book a disappointment. If I didn't know George Eliot could do better, I'd consider giving it a higher rating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlyn | 1/1/2014

    " Honestly, I read half of it and then got so bored with it that I read the Spark Notes. I really wanted to finish it, but after a full month of not reading a single page out of sheer dread, I decided it was time to read a synopsis and move on with my life. Just not my kind of book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 12/18/2013

    " The colloquial made it difficult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Stephenson | 12/18/2013

    " Immediately turned me into an ardent fan of Maryanne Evans, a true genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bettie | 11/22/2013

    " mp3 Brilliant writing again from Eliot, she was a prodigious talent indeed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 11/5/2013

    " I read it for class. It wasn't as bad as some people made it out to be. Good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willow | 9/27/2013

    " George Eliot rocks my socks. This book has some interesting and inspiring moments and characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Simonetti | 8/18/2013

    " I was first exposed to Elliott in school and I was glad to have read this. Although this is stilted, I enjoyed the experience and recommend this those interested in in a classic of English literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 8/16/2013

    " 4.5 stars rather than 5...but that's not an option. A tale of unrequited love, requited love that crossed class boundaries, and suppressed love...wrapped up in a pastoral setting. Probably not for the "The Davinci Code" crowd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Stephenson | 8/4/2013

    " Immediately turned me into an ardent fan of Maryanne Evans, a true genius. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noah | 6/25/2013

    " A charming little (long) story. George Eliot is more entertaining and insightful than her contemporaries Thomas Hardy and Thomas Carlyle but despite the romantic appeal, the story is awefully moralistic, conventional and religeous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/30/2013

    " Beautifully written with some great moments and insights. Maybe one to read again when life is less hectic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassy | 1/5/2013

    " Not the best writing, but a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 1/1/2013

    " Eliot's ability to write believable and colorful characters is just one aspect of this beautifully written novel. The love triangle and 'fallen woman getting into trouble' theme is old news, but refreshingly told here. Highly recommend...as I do all of Eliot's books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanna | 12/25/2012

    " She develops well-rounded characters that have a life of their own, and her writing really conveys the attitudes, accents, and lifestyles of rural 18th century England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/23/2012

    " The Reconciliation part with prayer was rather powerful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ballardkate | 10/7/2012

    " Too much adultery, lovers, etc. Didn't finish but I was part of a book club that did. The end was very twisted and problems very complex due to the sexual controversy so lesson learned, but I still chose not to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nerida Hart | 9/22/2012

    " I really enjoyed this novel. I enjoyed the way Eliot communicated and expressed things to her readers, not to mention her characters and the level of description. I felt a fondness for Adam from the word go, such a shame that such a gentleman rarely exists in this day and age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Roy | 9/5/2012

    " An interesting love story sparked by wonderful characterization and observations of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle Caldwell | 4/24/2012

    " I was mostly bored by this book untill the last several chapters. Overall, I thought it was pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chase | 12/23/2011

    " This is the first book I read by George Elliot. She can be a little slow, but she's an outstanding writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 11/15/2011

    " Fits its genre well. Think of "Mill on the Floss". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 4/28/2011

    " Loved this book. The author had a lot of insight into love, forgiveness, and the depth of human emotion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lily | 2/28/2011

    " "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful!" HETTY SORREL "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 2/20/2011

    " An interesting love story sparked by wonderful characterization and observations of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 2/2/2011

    " Tess of the D'Urbervilles with a happier ending. Enjoyed Middlemarch more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 1/31/2011

    " A beautifully written sad story of people, interaction, love, revenge and forgiveness. The words are flowery and expressive. The thoughts are detailed and draw you into the minds of others. A lovely book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/26/2011

    " Elliot's first novel, and it shows. But an interesting slice of lower class English life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/15/2011

    " Started out as a typical story of countryside England in the 1800s, then got REALLY dark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/12/2011

    " Just finished this book. I really liked it. George Eliot is such an amazing observer of human nature. "

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About the Author
Author George Eliot

George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Ann, or Marian, Evans (1819–1880), was an English Victorian novelist of the first rank. An assistant editor for the Westminster Review from 1851 to 1854, she wrote her first fiction in 1857 and her first full-length novel, Adam Bede, in 1859. In her writing, she was chiefly preoccupied with moral problems, especially the moral development and psychological analysis of her characters. She is known for her sensitive and honest depiction of life and people in works that are acclaimed as classics.

About the Narrator

Hannah Gordon is a Scottish actress who is well known in the United Kingdom for her television work, including My Wife Next Door, Telford’s Change, and Upstairs, Downstairs. In addition to her television performances, she has also lent her voice to several audio books as well as narrating Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf in a Christmas concert with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra in London.