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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,082 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Eliot Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN:
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Penguin Classics presents George Eliot's Silas Marner, adapted for audio and available as a digital downloads as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by Tim Pigott-Smith.

To look almost pretty, is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain the first 15 years of her life, than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive. Wrongly accused of theft and exiled from a religious community many years before, the embittered weaver Silas Marner lives alone in Raveloe, living only for work and his precious hoard of money. But when his money is stolen and an orphaned child finds her way into his house, Silas is given the chance to transform his life. His fate, and that of the little girl he adopts, is entwined with Godfrey Cass, son of the village Squire, who, like Silas, is trapped by his past.

Silas Marner, George Eliot's favourite of her novels, combines humour, rich symbolism, and pointed social criticism to create an unsentimental but affectionate portrait of rural life.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wafa | 1/27/2014

    " fIRST CLASSICAL BOOK I LOVED "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah Taylor | 1/25/2014

    " I absolutely love this book :) its so sweet how Silas takes to the little girl <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emese | 1/20/2014

    " A classic! Heart warming tale of an old man and a baby girl who grows up into a lovely young woman and their loylaty for each other "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meadow | 1/18/2014

    " it was really sweet. Little Eppie just captures your heart, and the plots within the plots are quite good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cess | 1/6/2014

    " His gold was gone but what he found afterwards is the greatest treasure of all, his daughter. The story talks about how a man's life was changed after he lost his gold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Bijas | 1/1/2014

    " Story of a miser. Wondefully written. Very quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona Robson | 12/31/2013

    " Really, really enjoyed this one. One of those books I've always felt I should read and have only just got around to it. Excellent story, but frustrating throughout that Silas had been wrongly charged with theft and was never quite vindicated for that. Happy ending and worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allyson | 12/26/2013

    " I enjoyed reading about each different person in the book. I liked to read how Silas and Godfrey for better and worse and the way it effected their lives. I really enjoyed all of the personalities in the book and seeing what happens to each of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Winter | 12/25/2013

    " This book was hard to get into, but was very touching and offered an important lesson in life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maryann | 12/8/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Hippert | 12/7/2013

    " One of the greatest classics I have ever read. You cannot help but fall in love with Silas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/6/2013

    " Loved the language and prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck | 12/4/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dania | 11/24/2013

    " At first Silas Marner was a difficult read and I had to fore myself to go through the first half of the book but as the book came to an end, it took a turn and I enjoyed it immensely. I loved the ending, it was a happy, satisfying ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 11/4/2013

    " Eliot's abilities with language never cease to amaze. Neither do her sharp observations of human behavior. No wonder she's my favorite author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 9/13/2013

    " This is a great novel which illustrates that love for people and love of money are both life determining quests. It takes place in the middle ages (probably) in England. Silas is a poor weaver who is robbed but who later finds an orphan whom he raises and loves. Good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Borcherding | 8/10/2013

    " An excellent tale of human nature. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toria | 7/20/2013

    " A lovely demonstration of what's important in life - people, not money. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Margaret | 7/18/2013

    " I read this in my bookclub a while back and I really liked it. It's an interesting read and does have a surprise twist in the book that you will have to read to find out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace Best-Page | 6/7/2013

    " A timeless story - I read it in high school and it still resonates with me. It feels like a warm friend. Some may find the style old-fashioned, but I loved it then and I love it now. Oh, and the Ben Kingsley movie version does it justice. I love it, too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 6/3/2013

    " So the story actually started at the end.. I was bored stiff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skylerpix | 5/21/2013

    " Excellent read! Don't be deceived by the slow, depressing beginning. It just sets it up for a fabulous ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 5/3/2013

    " Classic. Sweet story of the power others can have in helping to heal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kealan O'ver | 2/26/2013

    " Too short to get engrossed in. Too dull to be gripped. Not bad but there's nothing really to it and several of the character relations are developed for no good reason. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 1/31/2013

    " A tale of love and hope. Found it a bit difficult to follow dialogue at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee (528491) | 12/15/2012

    " It was hard to get through; the sentences were endless! But the storykept me interested, and in the end, everyone got what they deserved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 12/8/2012

    " I liked it more than any other George Eliot book I've read. And suddenly, I'm understanding all sorts of "Eppie" jokes from high school. "

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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

Tim Pigott-Smith is an award-winning English actor of film, television, and stage and an audiobook narrator. He has narrated several notable television documentaries, including Crimes That Shook the World. He has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards, for The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyesvky. He was a three-time finalist for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Original Work for the three-part Eyewitness series by Joanna Burke. His film career includes roles in major motion pictures, including V for Vendetta, Quantum of Solace, The Remains of the Day, Gangs of New York, and more. His numerous television credits include Downton Abbey, The Jewel in the Crown, and North and South. He is also a noted radio actor, appearing in many productions on BBC Radio 4, and a regular stage actor in Shakespearean and Greek roles.