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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (727 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Eliot Narrator: Wanda McCaddo Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“If a woman really believes herself to be a lower kind of being, she should place herself in subjection….If not, let her show her power of choosing something better.” This is the challenge thrown down to George Eliot’s heroine, Esther Lyon, who dreams of marrying into a life of refinement. But as she struggles to make her choice between two men, Esther finds her values challenged.

Felix Holt is a respectably educated young man who has relinquished opportunity for life as an artisan. An idealist, he burns to participate in political life so that he may improve the lot of his fellow artisans. Contrasted with Holt is the intelligent heir Harold Transome, whose political ambitions are a matter of business. Plot twists involving lines of inheritance and legitimacy complicate the love triangle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nadia May fills the listener in with brisk, breathless cadences, breezing through the lengthy descriptions like a lovable neighborhood gossip…[she] seems to be enjoying herself, which enables the listener to do the same.”


  • “George Eliot insists on dissatisfaction—which is the raw material of social and political change. We can see this effect clearly in [her] most overtly political novel, Felix Holt, the Radical…It has its own integrity, a unity arising from the complexly rendered interrelationships between its election plot and its compelling personal stories.”

    Rohan Maitzen, associate professor, Dalhousie University

  • “[A] powerful novel of social ambition and illicit love.”

    Margaret Harris, University of Sydney

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rashaan | 12/3/2013

    " My new literary crush, George Eliot. Must read this one again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Annette Hart | 11/25/2013

    " I read this while studying for my 'A'levels. I never thought I would enjoy a politically based novel but I did this - I don't know if that was because I was studying Victorian social history at the time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leah | 9/17/2013

    " Can't remember much about this one; it was okay, but just didn't leave much of a lasting impression as most of Eliot's other books do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nikki | 8/1/2013

    " Decent beginning, better middle, great ending. "

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