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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,607 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Narrator: Maggie Ollerensha Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mary Barton has a choice to make: either protect a member of her family or sit back and watch a terrible miscarriage of justice. Will she make the right decision in time?

Elizabeth Gaskell was born in the south of England, but became a strong advocate for the (mainly northern) working classes, and the trials and tribulations they faced daily in the factories and mills during the time of the Industrial Revolution. She was an active Unitarian, and her religious beliefs were very important to her, giving her a strong set of morals and sense of justice, which feature strongly in her stories. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jane | 2/18/2014

    " I learned so much about the history of Manchester from reading this. I 'knew' about the cotton industry and how it worked, how the workers lived in abject poverty and how children who weren't fast enough under the machines got bits of their anatomy lopped off, but it was largely a detached knowing. 'Mary Barton' made it very personal- it's a fantastic story part romance, part who-dunnit- thriller and worthy of a read by anyone with even the remotest interest in the English end of the cotton industry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vicki | 2/12/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book, because I like Elizabeth Gaskell, and, for the most part, I enjoyed it. While there is some heavy-handed moralization, I chalk up some of that to the time period, and simply let it go (though I have to admit that there were some rather long moralizing parts that I just simply skipped). The plot is a little melodramatic (and at times a little hard to believe), but it was entertaining. I like books that show the condition of the times, and this was certainly not a rosy picture. Overall, not as good as North and South, but worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Valerie | 2/4/2014

    " I loved the plot in this book and thought it would make a fabulous Masterpiece Theater film. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Abi | 2/2/2014

    " Elizabeth Gaskell was a bit of a hippy. Her response to the conflicts between factory owners and labourers in rapidly industralised Manchester can pretty much be summarised, "Why can't we all just try and get along?". And if things don't work out where you are, just move to Canada. "

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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.