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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (36,784 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is the story of Margaret Hale, a young English woman who accompanies her family's move from rural southern England to the industrial north. It proves to be a difficult change, with all the attendant social conflicts and cultural misunderstandings consequent to such situations. It is a study in contrasts. Mrs. Gaskell created one of the Victorian era's greatest heroines in Margaret Hale, a young lady of passionate intensity. Always filled with a fiery sense of justice, she feels herself, nevertheless, spiritually isolated from society.

Margaret finds her new surroundings shocking. Though appalled by the dirt, noise and the gruffness of the mercantile city, she reserves her greatest contempt for the mill owners themselves. When charismatic mill owner John Thornton begins to take classics lessons from her father, Margaret's distaste for this vulgar new class of industrial magnates crystallizes.

Over time, Margaret's opinion of the mill workers begins to soften, though not toward the owners - which makes her strange attraction to John Thornton all the more remarkable. The wrenching series of labor problems and deaths that occur as the story progresses serves as a background to the inner struggles Margaret endures...the turmoil of private family life in contrast to the struggle against the overt poverty and deprivation she witnesses around her.

Listen to one of the greatest of all Victorian novels and let the artistry of Elizabeth Gaskell sweep you away to another time and place. Considered her finest work, North and South will keep you listening breathlessly to the very end.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rakesh | 2/3/2014

    " A really fine book and it reveals an in-depth understanding of Victorian society and the problems faced by it due to industrial revolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Peach | 1/20/2014

    " A beautiful love story that took place in the background of the class conflicts of North and South and the industrialization of the North. Margaret Hale and John Thornton were wonderful characters and both of them had strong family values. Margaret was a strong and courageous woman who was able to stand up to the trials and tribulations thrown her way. John was absolutely swoon-worthy and his unyielding love for Margaret made your heart swell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle | 1/12/2014

    " Disappointed that I didn't like this more. I was looking for a great Austen-esque read. and this fell short. Gaskell has a lot to say here about unions, industrialization, religion, women's rights, etc. However, a lot of that just went on and on and got in the way of the story. Thornton is a good character, but Margaret is too busy hating his politics to see past that to the good man he is. And then at the end, all of a sudden, they fall in each other's arms. Rather unrealistic because they spend very little time getting to know each other, just talking about his mill and master vs. worker. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tamara | 1/9/2014

    " I recently finished listening to North and South on my Ipad. It was fine, very predictable and nothing overly exciting. Just another book I can check off my list. "

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