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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,355 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Narrator: Patience Tomlinson Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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When her father remarries, the honest, innocent Molly Gibson suddenly finds herself with a new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, worldly, and impetuous. This would be more than enough to deal with, but the new wife is the deeply snobbish (and darkly secretive) Hyacinth.

Thwarted love, scheming ambition and small-town gossip underlie the warmth, irony, and brilliant social observation that link the relationships and the inevitable conflicts as profound change comes to rural England. The most mature and rewarding of her novels, Wives and Daughters placed Elizabeth Gaskell in the first rank of English authors.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie Bollard | 2/11/2014

    " It really is too bad that Ms. Gaskill didn't live to finish this novel. She only had a chapter left. And even though her editor knew the gist of what would happen in the story, it's not quite the same as reading it straight from her pen. In the beginning of the story, I absolutely hated Hycinth. She is a liar and makes poor Molly look bad. I cringed when I learned that she was to become Molly's step-mother. But even though she still lies, schemes, and plots, Molly is not affected by her because she chooses not to be and because everyone already knows that she's a liar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miste | 2/9/2014

    " Nicely written book from around the Austen era. Had seen it on PBS and wondered how the book would compare to the TV production. Actually weren't that much different. Found it to be a bit of a slog to get through and some of the characters annoying but still a worthwhile read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 2/4/2014

    " One of my new favorites. I also love the BBC DVD adaptation! "

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

    " Similar style to Jane Austen. Enjoyable story and amazing grasp of characters. Loved it! "

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

    " I would have given this 5 stars if it had an ending but unfortunately the author died before finishing it and no publisher has yet had the nerve to including their own version of an ending. It was an excellent tale though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle Ayala | 12/26/2013

    " I read this one for a book club. Had I known it was after the fashion of Jane Austen, I probably would have skipped it altogether. However, it is a pleasant enough story. VERY WORDY. Could have been 1/2 the size and twice as good in my opinion. The author clearly is talented. Just not my style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacey | 12/23/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, but was disappointed at the end because I was unaware that it was an unfinished work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia Olson | 12/21/2013

    " It took me awhile to get into this book, but now that I'm into it, I find it very enjoyable, It's always fun to read a book with a character in it that has your name. I just wish that "Cynthia" was more like Molly in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 12/20/2013

    " For Jane Austen fans. A leisurely read that I could pick up and put down, but that I was never tempted to give up on. I read it over several months - and felt like I was spending time with good friends each time I picked it up again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennilee Hill | 12/10/2013

    " I read this book a long time ago. I remember that I enjoyed it...until it suddenly ended with no conclusion except a note saying, "and then the author died". Not cool, dude. Not cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Judice | 11/27/2013

    " Great story, and while Victorian-era literature takes me longer to get through, this was worth the effort. Gaskell is somewhere in between Austen and Bronte in writing style (Bronte being at the top in my opinion). "

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

    " I liked the story. It is a long book and was written so long ago that some of the language is very descriptive and "flowery" but the story is great. I enjoy watching the miniseries on DVD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pei Pei | 7/27/2013

    " Life is so much simpler in Victorian romance novels. Sure, everyone is repressed and pining and socially immobile and you might die suddenly of an unexplained illness, but it all works out in the end. I'd take it over the real world in a heartbeat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ciara Halbleib | 2/2/2013

    " This is one story that never gets old. I've read it half a dozen times from cover to cover and never tire of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 elscorcho | 1/8/2013

    " my only regret is that it was never finished, and I will never know how it was to end. I was realy sad to come to the end and not be able to move further with the lives of molly and roger, or to hear what becomes of cynthia and her husband.. or any of the other people ive come to care about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miss Green | 12/31/2012

    " This book is one of my alltime favourites.. The only thing that really gets to me is that the autor died before finishing the book. So you never get to know how she had emagin the end.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shwride | 11/11/2012

    " This book would get 5 stars because the story is wonderful, but the author died before she finished it. I was extremely frustrated. They should really put a disclaimer on the cover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 2/20/2012

    " Reminiscent of Jane Austen, with the serial feel of Chas. Dickens. Romance, friendship, family, community--all aspects of love--seemingly simple themes but I couldn't put it down. The characters were fully formed, complex and fascinating, particularly Cynthia. Evoked the era like a 3D movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janae | 8/6/2011

    " I loved this book but was disappointed that it had no ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 6/30/2011

    " I liked this book a lot. The only thing that kept it from being 5 stars is that the first 200 pages are a bit of a chore to get through. Good, complex characters, but not a lot of action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryLynn | 5/22/2011

    " The book starts very slowly, but if you love 19th century British novels, you will love this. Gaskell is very skillful in drawing her characters, and I really enjoyed getting to know the players in this overly long drama. I will definitely read more books by Gaskell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/16/2011

    " It took me awhile to get into this book, but now that I'm into it, I find it very enjoyable, It's always fun to read a book with a character in it that has your name. I just wish that "Cynthia" was more like Molly in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 5/11/2011

    " Be warned, the book ends suddenly because Elizabeth Gaskell died before finishing it. That was the only thing I disliked about this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynner12 | 5/1/2011

    " i loved this book....i was really sad when i got to the back of the book and found that the author died before she was able to finish it. even without the end it is one of my favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.M. | 4/11/2011

    " Simultaneously lush and simple, drawing deep themes and sketching spectacularly complete characters. My only complaint is that the heroine lost some of her "muchness," in comparison to the portrayal in the BBC adaptation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily | 4/11/2011

    " LbW selection, May, 2009.

    Victorian Goodreads selection, April, 2011.

    Listened to part on CD, but MP3 and didn't work well. Have not really finished reading the entire book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 4/10/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Sadly, it abruptly ends, since the author died. It is still worth reading. There is enough of the conflict resolved that you can gather what will happen and the story is well done. I'd still read it again, knowing there is no ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 exquisitehouse | 4/8/2011

    " One of my favorite reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 4/7/2011

    " Even though the book was never finished, it definitely has resolution. You feel like the ending is good. It's an enjoyable read--definitely a for-fun book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 4/6/2011

    " I wish she had lived to write the ending I am sure I would have absolutely loved it then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 3/20/2011

    " For Jane Austen fans. A leisurely read that I could pick up and put down, but that I was never tempted to give up on. I read it over several months - and felt like I was spending time with good friends each time I picked it up again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tikabelle | 3/15/2011

    " Mrs. Gibson nee Kirkpatrick is a treasure of a wicked stepmother, and this novel contains that rarest of jewels: a Good Father. Love, love, love. The only thing that would have made this book better is if Mrs. Gaskell had lived to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonja | 3/14/2011

    " I forgot it was unfinished, but the author was so close to finishing it that I didn't mind. I really enjoyed the characters. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810–1865) was an English novelist and short-story writer born in London and raised in Knutsford, Cheshire, which became the model for village settings in her novels. In 1832 she married William Gaskell, a Unitarian minister. Her first novel, Mary Barton, published in 1848, was immensely popular and brought her to the attention of Charles Dickens, who solicited her work for his periodical, Household Words, for which she wrote the series subsequently reprinted as Cranford.

About the Narrator

Patience Tomlinson has appeared extensively in theater and radio in the UK. She has worked for the Royal National Theatre and the Young Vic and was twice a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company. She has made over 1,500 broadcasts, including stories, books, radio plays, and poetry.