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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,128 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Eliot Narrator: Geraldine James Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN:
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Silas Marner, a weaver, is cast out from his religious community and arrives in Raveloe, where he is feared because of his mysterious nature and brooding manner. When he is left an unwanted child to care for, his love for the child grows, and the unlikely pair find that kindness from the community towards them does too. 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 Katherine | 2/7/2014

    " I loved this book! The story was touching on a lot of levels. The plot is simple and the language is not as complicated or elaborate as some, but served to tell a wonderful story. A new favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitch Duckworth | 2/5/2014

    " Read so long ago, I cannot remember why this book impressed me; it was required reading and I know that I resisted it for the the first half, but was pulled in, and gained enthusiasm, fairly galloping toward the end. No, it was not because it was almost over. Another read is in order. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerome Peterson | 2/4/2014

    " SILAS MARNER is a moving tale of guilt and innocence; a moral allegory of the redemptive power of love. It is also a finely drawn picture of early nineteenth-century England "in the days when spinning wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses." and a simple way of life which was soon to disappear. This is one of those delightful novels where you feel you are there living with the characters. Eliot does a masterful job of putting you with the weaver Silas. I thoroughly enjoy books like this because I can escape from the "in-your-face" realities of the modern world and hide in Silas Marners' room with his material and loom watching every so closely the fondling young girl play, who mysteriously comes into his life. A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 2/1/2014

    " Set in England in the mid 19th-century, the story is about a linen-weaver, named Silas Marner, who experiences several terrible wrongs. As a young man, while living and working in a poor neighbourhood called Lantern Yard, his best friend, William Dane may have framed Silas concerning the theft of money from their church, an evangelical Protestant congregation. The community, including Silas' fiancee, Sarah, rejects Silas, so that he is forced to leave the city and travel to another town to re-start his life. He settles on the edge of a village called Raveloe and, while not friendly with the villagers, is able to make a good living. He spends very little and enjoys counting his gold. Again, trouble strikes and Silas' gold is stolen. The people of Raveloe feel sorry for Silas and one woman in particular, Mrs. Winthrop, the wheelwright's wife, encourages Silas to join the community, at least for church. Silas does not, but one evening, while much of the community is enjoying the New Year's party at the home of the local squire, a very little girl toddles away from her mother who has collapsed in the snow on her way to the squire's home into Silas' home. This is Baby Eppie. She is unclaimed by anyone as her mother is unknown in Raveloe and her father, the squire's son, does not acknowledge either of them because the marriage and child are secret and could wipe away his potential bride who is the daughter of a prosperous farmer. Eppie proves to be Silas' link to the community and his joy as he raises her and she brings out the best qualities of humanity, care for another, selflessness and loyalty, in him. The book was first published in 1861. As a staple on high school and college reading lists, many people have written about what Eliot meant to say in the novel. I found her thoughts about the upper class (didn't like them as well as the lower class), organized religion and women particularly interesting. Eliot seemed critical of the upper class. Squire Cass, who was a widower, was a poor father to his 4 boys - in contrast to Silas' thoughtful and caring attention to Eppie. Squire Cass' older son, Godfrey, only later in life assumed responsibility for his youthful mistakes. Dunston Cass was poorly behaved to animals, his family and society in general. The rich eat and drink too much and suffer from gout and other afflictions, while the poor savor what they have, and are generally healthier. Ultimately, when given a choice of which class to join, Eppie chooses to remain with her father rather than enjoy a softer life with the Cass'. Eliot seemed to have little use for organized religion. Despite the importance of church to Lantern Yard, no one gave Silas the benefit of the doubt when circumstantial evidence suggested that he was a thief. Spirituality and the golden rule are important as Mrs. Winthrop urges Silas not to weave on Sunday and puts holy letters on her baking, even though she can't read herself. I wasn't sure what Eliot thought about women, but I'm thinking she was sympathetic to the fact that their role in society didn't always take advantage of their strengths. When Squire Cass is criticizing his oldest son, he comments ' You're a shilly-shally fellow: you take after your poor mther. She never had a will of her own; a woman has no coall for one if she' got a proper man for her husband. But your wife had need have one,...' Miss Nancy who eventually weds Godfrey Cass is not well educated, going no further than the rudiments of reading and writing. Basic mathematics is hard as 'in order to balance an account, she was obliged to effect her subtraction by removing visible metallic shillings and sixpences from a visible metallic totals. and most servant-maids were better informed.: Nancy also seems to have limited insight into alternative decisions that could be made than what she perceives to be the rules. She insists that she and her sister wear the same dresses, simply because they are sisters. She believed that even a distant kinship with crime was a dishonor. The vocabulary is wonderful and includes some great words that I rarely/never come across. What is the Anthansian Creed? or Lytherly society? How does one hold ones head like a sodger? I'm glad to have a chance to enjoy this 'classic'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 1/31/2014

    " A good story and great writing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Lichtenberg | 1/10/2014

    " character, plot, action, emotion, dialogue - this novel has it all at the very highest level. what an excellent book! "

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

    " This book is about a very strange man. He lived in a quiet village and fell in love with his best friend. The other village people banished him from his home. They thought that he stole money and riches. There is a great ending to this novel. It teaches the reader about life lessons. People cannot always get what they wnat when they want it. It takes a lot of hard work to succeed in life because life is not easy. There is some sensory images, but it is mostly written in metaphors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evan | 1/7/2014

    " I never read this in school, so when found it for 99 pesos I decided to give it a go. Interesting characters and overall a pretty good story. The choice of cover art for this edition is bizarre - it's a man working in a forge with a little girl [Marner is a weaver]. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 1/7/2014

    " Middlemarch is one of my favorite books ever, and perhaps that gave me high standards for this book. It was not, by far, one of the better books I've read recently - but I did enjoy it, and do think it has its own merits. Suffice to say that, in the end, I think it was too simplistic. If you're going to read something by Eliot, read Middlemarch. Just do it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex Zarate | 12/11/2013

    " A nice read if your looking for a story with a happy ending which many don't have now in days. Check out the movie staring Sir Ben Kingsley. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melodie | 11/22/2013

    " One of the worst books ever foisted upon the American people!! Hated it in high school & it's even worse now! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annapurna Barry | 11/16/2013

    " Every page was like torture. I'm definitely not an Eliot fan, probably because I hate Victorian Realism. Yawn. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lily | 10/31/2013

    " LbW selection, February, 2009. Had fun with students who participated online. The story, however, seems light weight at this point to me. I know I did also read this one years and years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audra | 10/21/2013

    " Everything about this book is compelling, from the characters to the plot twists. Even though it is from another century, and the characters and prose are written as such, I still found it hard to put down. LOVED IT. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephan | 3/21/2013

    " Thus book is worth the time, but barely, and cause it's short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth Kujawa | 1/21/2013

    " Much better then I expected! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 1/16/2012

    " Listened to this one. Very sweet story. Easy and simple and nice. Kind of a classic story of the old miserly man who isn't as miserly as everyone thinks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherrylea | 11/21/2011

    " I suppose it was okay, but a bit too dull for my tastes... (English analysis - can you blame me?) "

  • 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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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

Geraldine James, OBE, is a four-time BAFTA TV Award nominee who was also nominated for a Tony Award for her role in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. She has appeared in such notable films as Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, among many others.