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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (688 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Winifred Holtby Narrator: Charles Laughton Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN:
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Charles Laughton presents the classic tale set in the fictional area of South Riding.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia Gensler | 2/13/2014

    " If you loved MIDDLEMARCH and are interested in 1930s rural England, you probably should check this one out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janelle V. | 1/29/2014

    " A collection of wonderful character pieces that the author regrettably did not have time to tie adequately together before her death at a young age. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/6/2014

    " A book meant to be leisurely read, meandering as it did over the English countryside, briefly touching on the lives of many inhabitants. The prose did not justify spending that much time on it. Meaningful observations, but could have been written in many fewer pages. Maybe I'm just growing weary of the epic English novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilee | 1/5/2014

    " I wanted to read this book before watching the BBC production, which I've had on my DVR the last few months. The book is fine enough. The storylines are interesting, although many of the main characters aren't as fun and lovable as I would have liked. I guess that's what you would expect of a novel taking place in the depression era. I found the book a little long and a little preachy. Very anti capitalism. Still, it grabbed me, and I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 12/15/2013

    " Not really my sort of book but I read it for a reading group. Its easy to read, but very soap opera-ish. Some characters did seem to act out of character sometimes, that was slightly annoying. The end was also disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gemma | 12/15/2013

    " Josie should read this! Middlemarch of the 20th Century? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen Smith | 12/15/2013

    " I wanted to read this because it's set fairly near where I grew up. And it turned out to be a Rattling Good Read as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 10/28/2013

    " Wonderful writing. Each character seemed to come to you fully formed and felt as if you knew them even though she uses very deft strokes of her pen to describe them. Brilliantly told story of social struggles and personal ambitions and morals. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara Byrne | 9/7/2013

    " Found this had too many characters and was pleased about the list of characters at the front of the book as I kept turning back to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey Combe | 8/1/2013

    " I remember loving this when I read it at school, look forward to seeing the tv adaptation "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 6/3/2013

    " I got interested in Winifred Holtby from watching the miniseries of Testament of Youth and Testament of Friendship that appeared in the late 70s/early 80s. At that time, her books were published in the wonderful Virago Classics series, with the green covers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Rork | 5/21/2013

    " A tale of local politics doesn't sound promising, but I truly enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gareth Evans | 2/6/2013

    " This book is a real acheivement. A huge cast, a clever episodic structure and real characters make this book, not only one of the best novels of the 1930s (and it is so much of it's time), but also very distinctive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie Jensen | 5/16/2012

    " Another influential and great book. I can't believe I hadn't heard of Winifred Holtby until the new Tv Series, written by Andrew Davies "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/13/2011

    " 'Now a major BBC drama' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 5/14/2011

    " I was interested in reading this book because Masterpiece Classics made a miniseries adaptation of it. It's thought-provoking. There are parts of the story that irritate me. It's also kind of depressing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ali | 5/10/2011

    " Not my bag. Read for book group, otherwise I wouldn't have. "

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

    " Loved the Masterpiece version on PBS. I'm 20% through the book, and I'm taking my time reading it slowly to enjoy the details. "

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

    " Very much an early 20th century Elizabeth Gaskell, which is to say brilliant and very real but a bit on the depressing side. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 3/28/2011

    " If you loved MIDDLEMARCH and are interested in 1930s rural England, you probably should check this one out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 3/17/2011

    " This novel, set in Yorkshire in the 1930's, has a caste of fascinating characters, and the writing is superb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 3/1/2011

    " I enjoyed this. The characters are brilliantly written. Its a bit to philosophical at times and sometimes I wanted to shout 'Oh pull yourself together !' at Sarah but on the whole a lovely book. "

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About the Author
Author Winifred Holtby

Winifred Holtby (1893–1935) was born in the East Riding of Yorkshire. She was educated at Scarborough College, Oxford, and gave up her studies to join the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps in France during the First World War. Later she became an ardent feminist and lecturer on politics and was a prolific contributor to many newspapers. Her last and best-known novel was South Riding, which was finished shortly before her early death.