Extended Audio Sample

Download Wives and Daughters (BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour Drama) Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Wives and Daughters (BBC Radio 4: Womans Hour Drama) Audiobook, by Elizabeth Gaskell
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: April 2011 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

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.

Download and start listening now!

RT_BBCW_004489

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz DeCoster | 1/14/2014

    " While I liked this book, I was not without reservations. The book gets off to a slow start, and the lack of ending leaves the reader with a strange feeling after 650 pages. I would recommend it for people interested in novels of this period, but not for anybody looking for a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 1/10/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book. There is not a lot of action throughout the storyline but it has characters you love to love, and love to hate, and it demonstrates human nature (the good, the bad, the ugly) and every day life's highs and lows in a really captivating way. I was so sad to read that the author passed away before writing the ending, but we all know where it was leading, and notes by the editor explain what was going to happen. It was a very satisfying ending, indeed, but I wish the author could have written it. If you are a fan of Jane Austen's books, you will surely love this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/4/2014

    " I absolutely adored this book. The only disappointment was that the author died before finishing it so the conclusion is based on shat she had told family and friends she planned to do with the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camille | 12/25/2013

    " I really liked this book, right up until I realized the author never finished it. If you are willing to watch the TV version and take that as the ending, go ahead and read it, but be warned. It ends two chapters too early. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Britt | 11/11/2013

    " Well-written portrait of society and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 10/27/2013

    " Another classic by Elizabeth Gaskell. It's been too long for me to remember all that I liked about it, but I definitely enjoy reading Gaskell's books. It's a dryer commentary of society than an Austen book but still great. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen Hogan | 10/2/2013

    " I really hoped that I would like this novel, but I just couldnt get into it. It started off too slow for my tastes and didnt capture my interest. After reading the other reviews, I realized that the author died before finishing the book and it was completed by someone else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Wolf | 10/1/2013

    " One of Gaskell's better books. The relationships of Molly & her father, and Molly and her new step-sister Cynthia are wonderful. You kind of want to slap Molly for not being more assertive where her love life is concerned, but hey, this was the Victorian era. Also a fine mini-series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathely | 2/19/2013

    " i hadn't realized she never quite finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 1/16/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Telisha | 10/2/2012

    " Love love love the book and the movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 7/29/2012

    " Such a shame Gaskell died before finishing this. The BBC series fills in the ending quite well for when you feel like you've been left hanging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna French | 2/25/2012

    " WARNING: THIS BOOK ISN'T FINISHED. It stops when you've just gotten to the good part. This is the author's last novel, and she died before completing it. I really liked it otherwise, but was seriously annoyed when I discovered this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aari Ludvigsen | 12/4/2011

    " I went on a Gaskell tear & read almost her whole oeuvre (ghost stories aside) on Stanza and this book is just marvelous, should be much more well known, an absolutely delightful masterpiece of 19th c. fiction. Her detail & realism & humor are fresh & winning to a modern ear. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
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.