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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN:
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This BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Elizabeth Gaskell's tale of Manchester life is set in the 19th century, when a series of bad harvests placed a heavy tax burden on workers. Gaskell's powerful drama, adapted here for Woman's Hour, is regarded as one of the most important novels of its time. 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 Emily | 5/24/2011

    " Elizabeth Gaskell weaves quite a tale in this book. She strikes me as a cross between Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. At times, it was a bit hard to follow, but overall, well worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christie | 5/5/2011

    " The first time teaching this...and it was SO MUCH BETTER than I expected. Not that the students loved it, but the discussions were fabulous and well worth the attempt to teach a social problem novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 3/3/2011

    " Glad I read it but a bit melodramatic for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 2/5/2011

    " I enjoyed this book in spite of its depressing setting because it gave me insight to what kind of life my great great great grandmother led in England before immigrating to the United States. It also illustrated the strength and weakness of the human spirit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 1/29/2011

    " Liked it. I love the minutiae of Victorian life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/6/2011

    " I'm so squeamish, I didn't like the murder part, even though it was very brief. Loved Job's character and the Christian commentary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kami | 11/10/2010

    " I loved North and South, so thought I'd try another Elizabeth Gaskel novel. This book felt like a repeat of North and South several times, with the issues between the unions and masters in the cotton mills. The end got better, but I wouldn't read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/8/2010

    " I found Mary to be an idiot and I think the idea was done better in North and South. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staff Favorites | 11/4/2010

    " This is the author's first novel and the lessons that one learns about class structure and the haves and have-nots will remain vivid in the reader's mind for a long time. --Joni "

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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.