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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,597 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Narrator: Maggie Ollerenshaw Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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There are stark differences between rich and poor in the Manchester of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel, Mary Barton. Factory owners such as Mr Carson, do not understand the anger of their poverty stricken workers, and care little for their welfare. For the mill-workers, employment means food on the table and being one step away from starvation, but trying to gain any political power means risking a loss of livelihood. The author does not depict the owners as intrinsically wicked, but shows through her writing that it is characters like The Barton's who deserve the reader's sympathy. By the end of the novel, Mrs Gaskell proves that the rich need not be heartless.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erica | 2/14/2014

    " I loved this book... I had to read it for class and once I started I couldn't put it down... It's a great read for those people that love powerful endings:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joanna | 2/12/2014

    " Murder, prostitution, blindness, a melodramatic love story - what more could you want from a Victorian novel? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shu Chadwick | 2/7/2014

    " I'd forgotten how good Mrs Gaskell is. Mary Barton made me want to re-read North and South, her brilliant novel of the textile trade during the Industrial Revolution. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mindy | 2/1/2014

    " I found little to enjoy about this book. The characters are vapid...the insight I gained into their lives and motivations was inadequate to capture my interest and concern. I would not recommend it. I left the book feeling unconvinced that Elizabeth Gaskell truly cared about the social issues she wrote about. On second thought, maybe she did care, but she had not really made a conclusion about it and thus didn't have a cohesive point to make. I wasn't sure what to conclude at the end of it all, and didn't really care. "

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About the Narrator

Maggie Ollerenshaw’s theater work is extensive, ranging from several Alan Ayckbourn roles, to Martha in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Similarly, her many television credits cover Open All Hours and The House of Eliott, to a BAFTA nomination for her performance in Last of the Summer Wine. She has written for radio and has written and performed a one-woman musical play about Vera Lynn titled Yours Sincerely.