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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,293 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set in nineteenth-century England, Wives and Daughters centers on the story of the youthful Molly Gibson, raised by her doctor father. When he remarries, a new stepsister enters Molly’s quiet life, the loveable but worldly and troubling Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.

Wives and Daughters, generally thought to be Elizabeth Gaskell’s finest achievement, is far more than a nostalgic evocation of village life. It offers an ironic critique of mid-Victorian society through the themes of Darwinism, the role of women, and the concept of Englishness.

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  • “Wonderfully funny…profound ideas and strong values sleep beneath everyday details of bonnets and cakes.”

    Jenny Uglow, award-winning biographer and publisher

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie Boardman | 2/8/2014

    " I loved this book until the end. There is no end! However there is a darling movie that ends it just the way I would have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michele | 2/8/2014

    " I read this book after seeing the wonderful mini-series - both are excellent! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa Jacobson | 2/2/2014

    " You're probably not supposed to admit that the movie made of this book is one of your favorites...so I won't. BUT, even still I enjoyed the book even more. I enjoy everything written by Mrs. Gaskell and this is one is, I believe, the best. A truly delightful story of romance, sibling and parental relationships, and set in a most lovely time and place. Best read while drinking a "proper" cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Angela | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed the audiobook version of this classic so much it's going straight to the top of my favorites list. It's like Pride and Prejudice mixed with Downton Abbey in one ball of literature goodness. I can hardly wait to read more by Elizabeth Gaskell. "

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