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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (327 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Narrator: Peter Joyce Publisher: Assembled Stories Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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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. When Paul introduces his new employer and friend to Phillis he little realises the traumatic effect this will have on the young girl.

Elizabeth Gaskell is never judgemental and sketches a subtle portrait of an unsophisticated mode of living that once touched by irresistible forces will never be the same again.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 2/19/2014

    " Cousin Phyllis was actually one of my least favorite out of the short stories, though I still enjoyed it. I love North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, and Wives and Daughters. The short stories were, to me, so different than these. There were ghost stories, tragic endings, and they were quite different than her other novels that I've read. Also, Cousin Phillis was supposedly going to have two more books to it. So it kind of just, ends. I really enjoyed these other sides of Elizabeth Gaskell. "

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

    " It was intricately written. The descriptions of people superb. Very short story and the plot was expected. I did enjoy it tremendously tho. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fanny | 2/4/2014

    " I was disappointed by this book, there was not much of a story, the characters were flat and uninteresting. The writing was good but I'm happy I read other Gaskell books before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 1/15/2014

    " Good story. Not my favorite of hers, but I did enjoy it. Sweet, simple story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 1/10/2014

    " A charming short character sketch and lovely description of a period in the 19th century English countryside. The story is a familiar one of unrequited love, but the surrounding details of a society of religious and rural values facing the energy of change in the form of the railroad is well expressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/4/2014

    " This was an easy to read shorter story by Gaskell. It was a good story but I felt the ending was a little weak for me...as in unresolved. I'm glad I read it and enjoyed the story overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/3/2014

    " This book is melodramatic in the 19th century style. It seemed to me that it needed more of an ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivianne | 11/24/2013

    " A richly-written small story of a young girl's disastrous first love. No surprises, but the descriptions of farm life are utterly beguiling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Winnie | 7/18/2013

    " Another beautifully written story which takes you back to gentler times and is such a delight to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ange | 4/10/2013

    " Enjoyed. The had a pastor/farmer who was refreshing. And the problem of a tall & smart girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/9/2012

    " I like Elizabeth Gaskell's writing. A simple story of faith and adolescence . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 12/1/2012

    " I like anything by Gaskell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adelaide | 11/23/2012

    " This book was more about things than didn't happen to the characters than things that did. Much more sad than anticipated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krisannekerr | 10/12/2011

    " This book reminded me a little of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. I once again loved the virtue displayed by the lady character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 8/14/2011

    " Probably my least favorite so far by Elizabeth Gaskell. Still well written, interesting characters. They just don't seem to do anything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daisy Leather | 7/6/2011

    " Very enjoyable for a 'realist' novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 6/29/2011

    " I truly love her characters. Even in this short book they are so complete and alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/19/2011

    " Short and sentimental, but not maudlin, this book tells the story of a young woman who becomes ill from disappointed love but eventually resolves to embrace life for the sake of her family, who love and support her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krisannekerr | 2/13/2011

    " This book reminded me a little of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. I once again loved the virtue displayed by the lady character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivianne | 1/24/2011

    " A richly-written small story of a young girl's disastrous first love. No surprises, but the descriptions of farm life are utterly beguiling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ShinAe | 8/16/2010

    " Even though Gaskell's stories always contain some of that Victorian-era primness that, frankly, drives me nuts, I love them because they also contain insight that can be funny, sad, beautiful, or all of the above. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 7/13/2010

    " Good story. Not my favorite of hers, but I did enjoy it. Sweet, simple story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 6/24/2010

    " It was intricately written. The descriptions of people superb. Very short story and the plot was expected. I did enjoy it tremendously tho. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 3/5/2010

    " I like anything by Gaskell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ange | 2/16/2010

    " Enjoyed. The had a pastor/farmer who was refreshing. And the problem of a tall & smart girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/25/2009

    " Short and sentimental, but not maudlin, this book tells the story of a young woman who becomes ill from disappointed love but eventually resolves to embrace life for the sake of her family, who love and support her. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810–1865) was an English novelist and short-story writer born in London and raised in Knutsford, Cheshire, which became the model for village settings in her novels. In 1832 she married William Gaskell, a Unitarian minister. Her first novel, Mary Barton, published in 1848, was immensely popular and brought her to the attention of Charles Dickens, who solicited her work for his periodical, Household Words, for which she wrote the series subsequently reprinted as Cranford.

About the Narrator

Peter Joyce trained at Rose Bruford College and won the Radio Prize. There followed a catalog of repertory work throughout the United Kingdom including two years at the prestigious Victoria Theatre, Stoke on Trent. His credits include appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the West End and he is currently the director of two companies: Assembled Stories, which records classic literature onto CD, and Past Present Science, for which he travels the world performing his one man shows about Galileo and Newton.