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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,601 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN:
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Mary Barton is young, kind, and beautiful - perhaps dangerously so. John Barton, her hearty and intelligent but grievously uneducated father, who could never abide the gentlefolk, pours fierce love and courage into his family and work. One day, circumstance causes Mary to be faced with a terrible choice: 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?

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 2/15/2014

    " I got bored with this one and skimmed through the last 40% of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawna | 2/11/2014

    " Love this era authors. Wish there were more. Everything by Elizabeth Gaskell is great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcene | 2/2/2014

    " This book has it all; flirtation, revenge, murder, justice, forgiveness and everlasting love. Characters among three families in different classes/ranks, struggle to accept their walks of life and the love found in and outside of their class. Fantastic ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/29/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Stern | 1/29/2014

    " Great until the ending which was very slow reading for me. The book's main point is to address an issue that is extremely relevant in today's political landscape: What is our obligation to others in society, especially the poor and the working class? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremiah Henry | 1/16/2014

    " The condition of England presented in this novel is absolutely appalling, much attributed to barriers in communication between the classes, and these barriers are repeated thematically throughout the novel. 3/5 stars because it's a much slower read than I generally prefer. I'm looking forward to reading Gaskell's North and South some time in the not too distant future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/16/2014

    " It was a little hard to get into - and I like "Wives & Daughters" and "North & South" better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C | 1/7/2014

    " The story was great but got a little ridiculous at parts....could have been about 10 chapters shorter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jolene | 12/19/2013

    " This read like a Dickens novel and I really enjoyed it! Wouldn't it be great to live in England a year or two?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 12/7/2013

    " A tad melodramatic, and for a while I wondered if anyone was going to be still standing at the end. Still, there's insight into the lives of the less fortunate at that time, a murder trial and a love story thrown in. A quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janna | 11/27/2013

    " Gaskell is a favorite author. I thought this was a good novel. From a modern perspective the amazing recovery from near blindness was a stretch. I liked the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 7/9/2013

    " Am at the point where Mary's father has just killed her ex-boyfriend. It's slow going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 6/28/2013

    " In this particular novel, Gaskell's prose serves less as a commentary on social mores and more as a commentary on social condition than her other works: that said, this quality is exactly what makes Mary Barton a gem of a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staff Favorites | 11/4/2012

    " 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 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristina | 10/6/2012

    " This should get no stars because 1: downer, and 2: I really hate Victorian women who faint a lot. That's just stupid and unhelpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 7/13/2012

    " Please tell me why BBC has not made this in to a movie yet? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 6/10/2012

    " I got 80 pages into this book and just gave up. It was much dryer than Gaskell's novel, North and South. After 80 pages I still had no idea where the little romance was headed and who to root for. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 2/14/2012

    " Not my normal cup of tea but a good story. More along the depressing side with all the hunger and death, but a happy ending that made me smile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/31/2012

    " 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 Jennifer Tanabe | 7/22/2011

    " I enjoyed this book - once I got into it! "

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

    " I always enjoy Elizabeth Gaskell! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 3/28/2011

    " Story was predictable. She has better novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 3/12/2011

    " Another fantastic book by Elizabeth Gaskell!! Hard to decide which of her books to read next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/1/2011

    " Reminds me of Dreiser's Jenny Gehrhardt. I'm only on Chapter 3, but can't put it down. So far, I think this will be my favorite by this author.

    PS: Reading this on Kobo. c. 2010 The Floating Press ISBN: 978-1-775450-05-4 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 2/10/2011

    " I liked the rapid flow of time jumping over the years, the characters and their heated debates, and the occasional comic bits.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 2/4/2011

    " Really enjoyable on a subject which today doesn't seem such a big deal. Interesting how sypathetic Gaskell is and you feel that Ruth was a character she cared about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 María | 12/8/2010

    " The philosophy is quite old fashioned but it is a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/8/2010

    " Deeply moving story which surprisingly contains only one death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Azure | 9/10/2010

    " Wonderful story about true humility, charity, and hope. Hope in the goodness of people, and hope in the Savior. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/1/2010

    " Ruth is the same type of story as Scarlet Letter and Tess of the D'Urbervilles, but it is written with all of Gaskell's tenderness. I loved the mentioned books and I love Gaskell so this was a winner for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 6/21/2010

    " This book was so marvellous! I love Elizabeth Gaskell. =) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/26/2010

    " About an unwed mother in 19th century England. In opposition to the harsh rejection prescribed by much of society, it deals with the truly Christlike way of responding to such a situation. Not an exciting, fast-paced story, but one that made me think. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Juliet Stevenson has won an Audie Award and thirteen Earphones Awards for her narrations. She is a British actress on stage and screen and notably a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has also appeared in popular films such as Bend It Like Beckham and Mona Lisa Smile. She was honored as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. She received further recognition when she was nominated for several BAFTA Awards, and she earned an Olivier Award for her role in Death and the Maiden.