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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,102 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Eliot Narrator: Geraldine James Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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Although set in the heart of rural England, in a place still untouched by industrial development or social upheaval, Silas Marner is no idyllic country tale. Eliot depicts village life good and bad: Silas's suspicious neighbours are far from perfect and both the squire's sons are deeply flawed characters. The hero himself is a naïve individual and - in his unhappiness - becomes a miser. But the long suffering Silas finds new meaning to life through the love for an orphaned child, and finally this gentle moral fable has a happy ending.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren | 2/4/2014

    " A small book in size but not always an easy read. I had to keep the ol' dictionary handy. A seminary professor highly recommended this book during a study on Ecclesiastes which was the major draw for me to read. At some points I absolutely loved the story and at other points I was somewhat bored and wondered if the difficult read was worth the challenge. Well to answer that, it was totally worth it. Loved the message that even if you hit rock bottom and it seems that all things are against you, there is a purpose for these afflictions and there is always hope. I want to give it a 3.5 but I can't, so I'm rounding it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Warren | 1/30/2014

    " Sweet story. Language caught me off guard at first, but I got used to it quickly. I was tempted to put it away for a while due to the slow start which tells a great deal of backstory. Glad I did not heed that impulse. I'll be on the lookout for more George Eliot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa (scarlet21) | 1/29/2014

    " An easy enough read, a bit moralistic but I did really enjoy it. A feel good book where the baddies got their comeuppance and good prevailed. Lots of lovely, lyrical writing that shows great understanding of the way the human mind works. Good portrayal of character - strong characters. A very enjoyable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Guffey | 1/18/2014

    " My first George Eliot and a little difficult to start, but I really liked it, and it was short. And the story had a timeless meaning, with lots of symbolism, and real characters that you would expect from a classic. Eliot's writing style included lots of side comments to the reader, which were insightful, sarcastic and were basically my favorite part. This was an excellent book club choice as it was fun to discuss too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Ingram | 1/17/2014

    " For such a short book, there is so much to enjoy, though perseverance is key in the first third. The darkness does give way to light! No more can be said without spoilers. I loved the country voices especially hearing 'Maaaaaster Marrrnerr' as I read. In conclusion, a wonderful story of emotional highs and lows. Love Eliot's writing, a joy. P.S. I managed to find the BBC's 1985 adaptation on YouTube after I'd finished, with Ben Kingsley and Jim Broadbent!!! Some bits missing from the book, but worth watching. Wait 'till you see who plays Eppie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/13/2014

    " This "classic" is very good. I enjoy books that shows the transformation of good people into better people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E | 1/11/2014

    " I thought this a moving story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Mirabile | 1/6/2014

    " Not my favorite, I think I should re-read it. I read it in 9th grade, so now I might understand it better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jac | 1/4/2014

    " how can you like a book when they make you read it. all i wanted was mad comics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edith | 12/17/2013

    " Love this book! I've read it three times now and it gets better every time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aumogh Sengupta | 12/13/2013

    " Was really very good.Nothing like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramonamcconkie | 11/26/2013

    " 4.5 There is a reason this is a classic. I love that there is no fear or even realization that the authors of this time period were presenting what are now conflicting moral views and absolutes. How refreshing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann Scott | 10/2/2013

    " Had to read for a class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Morris | 7/6/2013

    " I think you need to enjoy period books to really enjoy this book. However, it's also a wonderful story about opening oneself up to love and the importance of personal integrity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 5/24/2013

    " Miserly old man comes to raise a little girl by an accident of fate, and through her is drawn out of his isolation and into some kind of happy place in the community. This was heartwarming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jlynn | 3/7/2013

    " I quite liked this book. It's a good (if simple) story, and the writing is top notch. Amateur historians, especially church historians, will be fascinated by some of the events alluded to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Williams | 12/12/2012

    " This was one of my father's favorite books. He said it had it all- greed, temptation, lust, prejudice, love, compassion, selfishness, etc. It even has a happy ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 6/18/2012

    " [audiobook] Loved this story. I listened to the audiobook from librevox.org "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck | 6/4/2012

    " Here's my choice for melodrama! I've read this book over and over again and still enjoy it. It's a great find from my high school reading list. Some things about high school do endure! I was going to give it lesser stars but hey, it has staying power. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Jordan | 2/18/2012

    " Trekked through this in a high school lit class, and it was a LONG journey. Boring and depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alysia | 2/3/2012

    " Lovely! I think this would make a great movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maryann | 11/11/2011

    " I read this book about 10 years ago. From what I remember, I didn't really like it. It was clean, but a little drab. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sɑɳɗrɑ☼ | 9/10/2011

    " It was good, but too descriptive and things progressed SO SLOWLY!!! It was scandulous but good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thequaminator | 5/16/2011

    " One of the best stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 5/14/2011

    " Just a delightful story, a true classic. The prose style can keep you on your toes, commas, semi-colons and colons abound, so skimming is not going to happen; but who would want to as Ms. Eliot expertly weaves some social commentary into her simple moral tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 V.E. | 5/12/2011

    " It was a little hard to get through but a pretty sweet story anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anastasia | 4/30/2011

    " Excellent read. I could read this book one hundred times over. I would recommend it to anyone. Definitely top ten. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby | 4/30/2011

    " One of my favorites. I need to read it again but I remember being wholly glad that I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 4/29/2011

    " I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Granted there were a few places that got a bit verbose for me, but I was intrigued by the characters and how things did and did not turn out for them. I loved the underlying theme of how love can change a character. Worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 4/26/2011

    " I skipped reading this book in high school. What a treasure I missed by not reading it then. It is a marvelous book and I heartily recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 4/25/2011

    " Old Victorian novel that is very familiar, but the strength of it is that themes are so clearly presented, the book wins you over. Typically don't like heavy handed symbolism but it doesn't matter because Silas is so fully realized as a character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 4/13/2011

    " I found the first two thirds tedious. But when Eppy came to live with him, not only was Silas redeemed, but the book was redeemed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony | 4/13/2011

    " After wading my way through 100 pages or so of frequently opaque syntax, I find that there was very little point or drama to this story. "

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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.