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Completely engrossing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-2018

What a beautiful novel - the wonderful characters brought to life in their simultaneously flawed and redeeming ways. Glaskell at her best, by far my favourite of all her novels. It was endearing to the heart. Prunella Scales narrated it so brilliantly. I have never enjoyed a narration as much as hers in Wives and Daughters. I really felt she was able to convey each of the characters accurately. I enjoyed particularly her narrating Hyacinth Gisbon - her personality was captured to perfection.

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Outstanding performance

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-2018

Colin Firth was the best thing about this audiobook for me. I can understand why it is so critically acclaimed, however it simply did not resonate with me personally.

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Great storytelling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-2018

Engrossing. I love the historical content especially because it is so accurate. I personally learnt a lot and was inspired to research more about the English Civil War. At times the contemporary speech and outlook of characters is distracting and I have to consciously envision 17th century scenarios. I also found it more difficult as the novel progresses to empathise with Honor's love for Richard as Richard's stubborn, egotistical disposition is reiterated with little reference to any affection for Honor (as had been more apparent in first half). Despite this, I felt it an example of wonderful storytelling that is not hijacked by a greater moral agenda of the author, as is often the case. Juliet Stevenson narrates wonderfully yet again.

Sue drives me nuts!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-2018

So extremely insightful and forward thinking of Hardy but, literary merits aside, I couldn't abide Sue as a character. Drove me nuts. But why she drive me nuts would be why so many others love her. Very well narrated and was effortless to listen and appreciate (aside from Sue's antics). Not my favourite Hardy novel, but overall glad to have listened to it.

Probably would have been better read as a book.

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-2018

I like Henry James, but this is the first time I've listened as opposed to read one of his novels. Found it too obtuse to follow along in audio format. I needed to be able to slow down and re-read bits every now and then. Also, I usually love Juliet Stevenson as a narrator, but this was a poor match. She has an awful American accent, esp when so many are required for so many characters. One accent might have been passable, but trying to do so many left no hope. And this is coming from someone who is English. Must be really grating for Americans to listen to. When all the protagonists are American, use an American narrator.

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Good book but...

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-2018

... don't get what the fuss is so about. Excellent narration. don't think I would have been motivated to read the novel for myself otherwise.

Very satisfying experience

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-2018

I really enjoy Gaskell and I really enjoy all of Juliet Stevenson's narrations (I have listened to so many). This is a great novel with an emphasis an a certain socio-political issue told by means of a story that is worthwhile within itself. Whilst the socio-political viewpoint is obviously one-sided, it offers valuable insight into working class life all that time ago. Stevenson captures characters' personalities so well, she is spot-on with her regional accents, and I feel she does justice to the novelist's intentions.