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4.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 5 4.18 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN:
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When her father assassinates Henry Carson, his employer's son and Mary's admirer, suspicion falls on Mary's second admirer, Jem, a fellow worker. Mary has to prove her lover's innocence without incriminating her own father.

First published in 1848 and subtitled A Tale of Manchester Life, the author's invention of entirely working-class characters for this novel was for the times an innovation.

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  • 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 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.