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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Eliot Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455175376
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George Eliot’s brilliant fiction debut contains three stories from the lives of clergymen, with the aim of disclosing the value hidden in the commonplace.

“The Sad Fortunes of the Rev. Amos Barton” portrays a character who is hard to like and generally despised—until his suffering shocks others into fellowship and sympathy.

In “Mr. Gilfil’s Love-Story,” young Caterina is courted by two opposite men: Wybrow, who is capable of loving only himself, and Mr. Gilfil, whose love is selfless.

“Janet’s Repentance” recounts a conversion from sinfulness to righteousness, achieved through the selfless endeavors of an evangelical clergyman.        

Written more than a decade after her break with the Christian faith, these tales represent Eliot’s search for a “religion of humanity” compatible with the best qualities of Christianity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The exquisite truth and delicacy, both of the humour and the pathos of those stories, I have never seen the like of.”

    Charles Dickens

  • “As one comes back to [Eliot’s] books after years of absence, they pour out, even against our expectations, the same store of energy and heat, so that we want more than anything to idle in the warmth.”

    Virginia Woolf

  • “May leads the pack…bringing subtleties and shadings to her interpretations that few can equal.”

    Whitney Scott

  • “It is a first-rate novel, and its author takes rank at once among the masters of the art.”

    Times (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martina | 12/11/2013

    " George Eliot bliss at its beginnings. Excellent characters "

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

    " Not a lot of action, but the novels contain some excellent sentences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryAnn | 1/8/2013

    " Broken up into three short novellas. The beginning of each new story lost my interest, but by the end of each I was totally riveted. This was especially true of the last story about Janet Dempster, which was a hope filled story about overcoming domestic violence and substance abuse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Lichtenberg | 11/10/2012

    " A wonderful book, full of humanity, vivid characters and exquisite writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Derocher | 3/6/2012

    " Delightful vignettes of life in late eighteenth century rural England. Over two hundred years later, Eliot still provokes feeling and visual clarity that crosses generations and countries. The woman was a magical writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 8/19/2011

    " I somehow managed to leave The Golden Notebook at our favorite breakfast joint. Wanting to read but lacking a book, I picked up this Eliot volume last night. Absolutely wonderful so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyndsey Reed | 6/1/2011

    " I loved this. George Eliot is incredibly clever and I think totally understands people and their inner workings. The third story (this is three short-ish stories) had a verrrrrry long beginning but once it got going, it was worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn | 11/11/2010

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of George Eliot's first works. It is hard to say which of the three novellas I liked best. "Janet's Repentance" and "Mr. Gilfil's Love-Story" had characters I identified with and had sympathy for. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 9/21/2010

    " These vignettes are merely okay - Eliot's definitely written better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyndsey | 8/8/2010

    " I loved this. George Eliot is incredibly clever and I think totally understands people and their inner workings. The third story (this is three short-ish stories) had a verrrrrry long beginning but once it got going, it was worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn | 8/3/2010

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of George Eliot's first works. It is hard to say which of the three novellas I liked best. "Janet's Repentance" and "Mr. Gilfil's Love-Story" had characters I identified with and had sympathy for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/30/2010

    " A wonderful book, full of humanity, vivid characters and exquisite writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryAnn | 5/22/2010

    " Broken up into three short novellas. The beginning of each new story lost my interest, but by the end of each I was totally riveted. This was especially true of the last story about Janet Dempster, which was a hope filled story about overcoming domestic violence and substance abuse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 1/3/2010

    " Not a lot of action, but the novels contain some excellent sentences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 7/24/2007

    " These vignettes are merely okay - Eliot's definitely written better. "

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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

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.