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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,521 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Narrator: Eve Matheson Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN:
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The orphaned heroine Ruth, apprenticed to a dressmaker, is seduced and then abandoned by wealthy Henry Bellingham. Shamed in the eyes of society by her illegitimate son, and yet rejecting the opportunity to marry her seducer, Ruth finds a path that affirms we are not bound to repeat our mistakes. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Winkler | 2/5/2014

    " One of the reasons I love the Victorian Era of literature is because of all the wonderful women novelists that emerged at that time. Gaskell is one of the best writers of the era. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ian | 1/9/2014

    " Ruth is, to the modern reader, an interesting piece of social history and a damning indictment of the Victorians' attitude to illegitimacy. However I did think that it dragged in places and was overly sentimental, especially towards the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 12/18/2013

    " I was a bit skeptical about this book because it's about an unmarried girl who becomes pregnant as a teenager. Because of the author, and the time period it was written, I decided to try it anyway. I loved it! It's an amazing story of repentance and forgiveness, a totally different type of story from a lot of her other books. The girl realizes in full her mistake, and while surrounded by a society for which there is no tolerance for a woman like her with few exceptions, devotes her life to being and teaching her son all that is good and virtuous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Curtis | 12/18/2013

    " Love this book! a simaler story to Hester Pryne in a Scarlet letter but with a better moral lesson. who are we to judge someones past when they have proved themselves to society? wonderful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Parry | 12/17/2013

    " Very similar to the Scarlet Letter, only Ruth is a whole lot better. I just can't relate the Puritans and their unforgiving hateful nature toward Hester. This book showed the combination of people who judged Ruth harshly for her mistake and those who treat her with compassion and help her to change, overcome obstacles and become a truly great person. While it is slow at times, this is a good book overall, and a real example of the way we should treat people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/13/2013

    " Profoundly moving. This novel actually galvanized an entire society to examine the harshness of their cultural practices-namely, holding the woman responsible for every consequence of immoral behavior. Ruth's story is heartbreaking, especially considering the fact that her major crime was in being gullible...something most honest women admit has happened once or twice in our romantic histories. This is a period piece- the writing is classically superb and requires patience from the reader who is not comfortable with this genre of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla | 12/6/2013

    " I was glued to this novel...although I have to admit that it took me about the first two chapters to get there. The author, Gaskell, has a Jane Austen feel so if you like that genre, I think you'd enjoy this story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sonja | 11/20/2013

    " In the first part of the book the characters seemed very one dimensional and at times it was tedious. I almost didn't finish it. The last third of the book was the best because the characters became more real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/15/2013

    " My friend Mary recommended this... By the same author as Cranford. I loved the plot of RUTH, but felt it bogged down in the middle. The characters of Ruth and her illegitimate son tug at your heart strings. As I age, I am having more trouble reading books with the small type and dense text! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shiloh | 11/14/2013

    " This isn't my favorite Elizabeth Gaskell, but I still enjoyed reading (listening to) it. An interesting view of the fallen Victorian woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priya | 10/23/2013

    " Good but very tragic. I wished it had ended differently than it actually had--but still an interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shala Howell | 6/19/2013

    " I generally enjoy Gaskell's novels, but I found this one to be too Morally Uplifting for my taste. It's as if she needed to compensate for writing the story of an unwed mother by almost constant sermonizing. If you're looking for a good Gaskell, try either _North and South_ or _Mary Barton_. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Drew | 3/6/2013

    " If I could possibly rate this any worse, I would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martina | 10/21/2012

    " Like a fairytale somehow, despite the sadness. Or maybe something biblical. Very intimate, worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 3/14/2012

    " One of my very favorite books- not very cheery like a good J. Austen, but a lovely story. It challenges me to see others like their Creator sees them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ileana | 3/1/2012

    " I absolutely loved this book. Ruth is the embodiment of inner beauty and she is physically also gorgeous. Her inner strength and faith are beautifully portrayed in this book. I laughed and cried, and enjoyed every word. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/3/2012

    " Gosh, I couldn't even tell this was by E.G. And I've given up halfway through. Too much Tess of the D'Urbervilles for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 12/26/2011

    " Ruth: both beautiful inside and outside. A novel about religious and societal induced repentance, shame and hypocrisy, that is only for the young dame, not for the lord. Oh, what a sentimental sap I can be, and how well did Elizabeth Gaskell get me into her corner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 9/4/2011

    " I liked the rapid flow of time jumping over the years, the characters and their heated debates, and the occasional comic bits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/20/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 4/11/2011

    " You have to read this book a portion of the time. It has moments where it can be a bit too much to take at one time. "

  • 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.