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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: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell’s last novel, is regarded by many as her masterpiece. Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman’s presence he feels she lacks, but until the arrival of Cynthia, her dazzling stepsister, Molly finds her situation hard to accept. Intertwined with the story of the Gibsons is that of Squire Hamley and his two sons. As Molly grows up and falls in love, she learns to judge people for what they are, not what they seem.

Through Molly’s observations the hierarchies, social values, and social changes of early-nineteenth-century English life are made vivid in a novel that is timeless in its representation of human relationships.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ginny | 2/19/2014

    " Not so much about wives---Mrs. Gibson reminded me of Mrs. Olsen on Little House on the Prairie. I could almost hear her voice in the dialogue. The daughters were so different---one a flirt, selfish, and unfeeling. The other was quiet, sensitive and extremely kind. After 600 plus pages, I was relieved to reach the end and it didn't matter that the author died before the book was finished because it was such a continuing story. This book was written as a serial, to be read in installments. Too bad books aren't published like that anymore. I know I'd be running to the bookstore for the next volume to satisfy my book fever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kailey | 2/18/2014

    " Marvelous! Wonderful! Such a pity that it remained unfinished, b/c the whole thing is just so.... there aren't words to describe how lovely. "

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

    " This was the first Gaskell I read, and it was a wonderful introduction. Though 'North and South' is my favorite, this is a definite re-read, I even liked the movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angie Bollard | 2/6/2014

    " 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. "

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