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3.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 5 3.64 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Eliot Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781400178636
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Middlemarch is a recognized masterpiece that explores the complex social world of nineteenth-century England. It is concerned with the lives of several ordinary people, albeit ones with high social standing.

The novel is set in the small town of Middlemarch and follows the interrelated lives of several characters. At the heart of the book is Dorothea, a kind-hearted and honest woman who longs to find some way to improve the world. She marries an older academic, Casaubon, against the advice of her friends and family. Casaubon tries to assert his influence over Dorthea, but she refuses to succumb to his will. Casaubon soon dies of a heart attack, and Dorothea marries his cousin, Will. But, in a final attempt to control Dorothea’s life, Casaubon’s will states that if Dorothea marries Will, she will lose her claim to Casaubon’s estate.

Meanwhile, the young doctor, Lydgate, comes to Middlemarch to start his own practice. He soon falls in love with Rosamund, a woman who has spent her life in Middlemarch, and they eventually marry. Fred Vincey, used to a lavish lifestyle but also a gambler, falls into debt as he waits to inherit money from a rich neighbor. He drifts toward the clergy and longs to marry Mary Garth. But until he proves himself worthy, Mary will have nothing to do with him.

Through these various characters and their relationships, the novel explores the very fabric of Victorian society in the 1800s, showing how various human passions—heroism, egotism, love, and lust—interrelate within this society.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sdprince | 9/30/2012

    " Silas Marner and Middlemarch are terrific. The Mill on the Floss is very good, but depressing as hell. Adam Bede is above-average. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Lou | 3/30/2012

    " George Eliot rules the fascinating and selective world between Victorian fantasy and true modernism, and Middlemarch is one shining example of her expertise. Not just a good reads these are, but some of the very best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sdprince | 1/18/2012

    " Silas Marner and Middlemarch are terrific. The Mill on the Floss is very good, but depressing as hell. Adam Bede is above-average. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Lou | 9/16/2011

    " George Eliot rules the fascinating and selective world between Victorian fantasy and true modernism, and Middlemarch is one shining example of her expertise. Not just a good reads these are, but some of the very best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Lou | 7/5/2011

    " George Eliot rules the fascinating and selective world between Victorian fantasy and true modernism, and Middlemarch is one shining example of her expertise. Not just a good reads these are, but some of the very best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sdprince | 6/21/2011

    " Silas Marner and Middlemarch are terrific. The Mill on the Floss is very good, but depressing as hell. Adam Bede is above-average. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 5/24/2011

    " Wonderfully rich novel exhibiting the glacier-like, fatal, but also somehow benign momentum of social history and individual lives. Calls for rereading, I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 5/24/2011

    " Wonderfully rich novel exhibiting the glacier-like, fatal, but somehow also benign momentum of both social history and individual lives. Demands rereading, I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilya | 5/23/2011

    " OK, it's really excellent. And I even copied a couple passages into my journal. And I read it fast enough, while on vacation. BUT for reasons I can't quite put my finger on, I didn't love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/15/2011

    " One of my favorite books! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/5/2011

    " this was my second go with this book. i read about 100 more pages, and just couldnt continue. it bounces allover the place too much, and most of the characters are quite boring. I gave up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/3/2011

    " George Eliot is the greatest. Why, Oh Why doesn't anyone read her any more? It really makes you wonder if Joanna Russ wasn't right after all. "

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

    " I thought the story was great and the characters, but it was so long. (I'm not decreasing my rating becasue of that). I like how Dorothea and Rosamond's view on marriage and life in general were such opposites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly A. | 4/26/2011

    " I was bored reading about the hum-drum lives of this little community. At times I felt myself wishing everyone had a bit more common sense. "

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About the Author
Author George Eliot

George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Ann, or Marian, Evans (1819–1880), was an English Victorian novelist of the first rank. An assistant editor for the Westminster Review from 1851 to 1854, she wrote her first fiction in 1857 and her first full-length novel, Adam Bede, in 1859. In her writing, she was chiefly preoccupied with moral problems, especially the moral development and psychological analysis of her characters. She is known for her sensitive and honest depiction of life and people in works that are acclaimed as classics.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.