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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,414 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Bowles | 2/20/2014

    " While I found the stories in this book entertaining, I left each story slightly confused as to how it related in the storyline. I also couldn't avoid the feeling of being abandoned at the end of the book, no real enfing was provided. I did enjoy it though as more of a collection of short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 2/17/2014

    " If you like Jane Austin and the Anne of Green Gables books, you will enjoy this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 2/13/2014

    " More a series of vignettes than a continuous plot-- this collection was an enjoyable picture of the lives of some interesting characters. I appreciated the wit and humor that characterized gaskell's writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/9/2014

    " The charming small hardback edition I read includes a short novel (Cranford), a short story (The Cage at Cranford) and a novella (The Moorland Cottage). Cranford focuses on the foibles and particularities of the mostly feminine residents of 19th century Cranford, and reminded me a little of the Miss Read books with its gentle humor and feeling. The Moorland Cottage had a somewhat melodramatic plot. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the landscape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn Wolstenholme | 2/5/2014

    " I found Cranford to be a page turner. It is full of characters who reminded me of people or types of people I've known so its easy to relate to and to feel involved. An interesting take on how class effects our perspectives. Not life-altering but fun and easy. Looking forward to re-reading this some day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Westley | 1/29/2014

    " Beautifully written, amusing portrait of life in a small, middle-class town. "

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

    " A beautiful and well-drawn snap shot of English town life. The characters are wonderfully well-drawn and portray a beautiful tenderness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/10/2014

    " I read a lot of Gaskell in grad school, and I really can't remember reading this book. I might have read it, but there's nothing about it that's very memorable. There's really not much plot, but it was still kind of a fun read because Gaskell's Austen-like humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy | 11/24/2013

    " I have read this before, happy to have one on my Kindle. Yay, me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenna | 11/20/2013

    " Ah ha! I finished it! Just in time! Watched part of the movie last night, will finish it tonight. I liked the book, but am definitely liking the movie better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 10/27/2013

    " Amusing and highly enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jess | 10/22/2013

    " Cranford is a more like a book of short stories than a novel. I found it a bit incongruous and over-long. Not a novel I would recommend to a friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leonie | 9/30/2013

    " Just delightful. It's like sitting down to a nice cup of teas and some scones with your Nana! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 9/28/2013

    " More disjointed than I remembered, but an interesting story nonetheless. I REALLY like the movie version as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 7/31/2013

    " What a lovely little book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenalyn | 1/31/2013

    " Slow-moving, but good. I enjoyed the movie more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacie | 1/20/2013

    " A really cute book, although slightly boring. Not a lot happens, but the relationships with the characters are touching. It's short, so worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 9/20/2012

    " Classics, Masterpiece Theatre: May, 2010. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 9/18/2012

    " It's an amazingly charming book about middle-aged, gossipy women. At first, the story didn't seem to have a clear purpose, but it's winding plot settled nicely in the end. Now I"m going to watch the Masterpiece miniseries and compare! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhea | 12/25/2011

    " Such fun. It is a little clunky at first but quickly becomes quite engrossing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/13/2011

    " Charming. At times melodramatic, but isn't that one of the things we love about Victorian writers? Even without the draw of a young romance in the story, I still found the book highly enjoyable. Gaskell's portrait of the spinsters of Cranford was painted with respectful humor and insight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Martin | 8/22/2011

    " On the surface, this is an account of pastoral English life in the 18th century. On a deeper level it is about a community of spinsters who are definitely in charge! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 7/24/2011

    " No real plot, just a ramble through the lives of some elderly genteel ladies in a country town, not very exciting but, with some gentle humour, a very engaging and enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 5/16/2011

    " I really wish I'd discovered this when I was younger. Cranford is absolutely delightful, full of humour and wonderful characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 5/4/2011

    " I have read most of Elizabeth Gaskell's books but somehow had never got round to this. A gentle read with lots of wry humour and a real insight into the lives of middle class Victorian of a certain age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/26/2011

    " Good, but more of a collection of random stories. Little dry, sometimes hard to get through, but worth a read :)



    The BBC mini series is excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Purlewe | 4/25/2011

    " I loved this. And I am not ashamed to say some stories brought tears to my eyes. Something about the smiplistic description just made me fall into this world. I will be reading more Gaskell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroldunn | 4/23/2011

    " I loved this book and its characters, but it's a very old fashioned read. You have to be in the right mood to enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/19/2011

    " Elizabeth Gaskell. We're friends now. Austen + Dickens + delightful characters = what's not to love? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms_prue | 3/31/2011

    " I LOLed. Several times. I think that's pretty good for a book written in the 1850s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 3/23/2011

    " Very nice. Knowing that this was originally serialized in Dickens' Household Words, I think the format of the book suits the publication very well. Miss Matty is a delightful cahracter, although you do want to shake her on occasion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 3/23/2011

    " I've enjoyed other books by Elizebeth Gaskell, but I found this book lacking in character. Most likely because it was a collection of anecdotes rather than a novel.

    An enjoyable read, but not one I'd add to my list to buy or revisit in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 3/22/2011

    " Although it took me a little bit to get into the book, I ended up liking the oddities of Cranford! So many chuckles! I heard the movie is great and covers the other books in the series. When I am able to find 4 spare hours, I will watch it! "

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