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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,356 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Narrator: Deborah McAndrew, Emerald O'Hanrahan, Jamie Newall Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatization of Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novel of everyday provincial life in the 1820s, 'Wives and Daughters', first broadcast in the 'Woman's Hour Drama' slots from 29 November 2010 - 10 December 2010.

'Wives and Daughters' was written in the 1860s and serialised in the Cornhill Magazine. It is set in the 1820s and deals to a large extent with the position of women in society. Elizabeth Gaskell left it unfinished, so any dramatizer of the novel is faced with guessing the intended outcome of the story. This BBC Radio 4 adaptation by Theresa Heskins stars Deborah McAndrew as Lily Gaskell, Emerald O'Hanrahan as Molly Gibson and Jamie Newall as Dr Gibson. Also included amongst the cast are Julia Hills, Claire Neilson, Marian Kemmer, Susan Jeffrey, Kate Layden and Henry Devas. Produced and directed by Peter Leslie Wild.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 1/24/2014

    " Great book! The only let down is that the author died before finishing the book, so you come to care about the characters and then there is no conclusion. However, the BBC movie is excellent and provides a plausible and sweet ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ashlie Nunnally | 1/20/2014

    " Fueling the Gaskell obsession...who knew there was life after Austen? Such beautifully flawed characters, loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bonnie | 1/19/2014

    " This was Elizabeth Gaskell's last and longest book. It's an interesting look at Victorian society and everyday life in a small English community. I loved the detailed descriptions and the characterizations were wonderful. I saw the PBS movie a few years ago and really enjoyed it. It was a very good adaptation and took many lines of diologue directly from the book. I didn't realize that Gaskell died before she finished the book until I got to the end and the lask chapter is a summary by the editor based on Gaskell's notes written before her death. It was a suprise and a disappointment not to be able to read that last chapter in the author's own words. I recommend this book if you like a nice long story that goes on forever. Otherwise, just rent the movie. I liked Elizabeth Gaskell's "North and South" better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jewell | 1/16/2014

    " Good book, but a disappointment. I like a book which actually has an "ending" and this one really leaves you hanging! "

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