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North and South

Penguin Classics
Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
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Brought to you by Penguin.   

This Penguin Classic is performed by Gemma Whelan, best known for her roles in Game of Thrones, Gentleman Jack and Upstart Crow. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Patricia Ingham.  

When her father leaves the Church, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the North of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice.   

In North and South Gaskell skillfully fused individual feeling with social concern and in Margaret Hale created one of the most original heroines of Victorian literature.

Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Exquisite!

Great emotional story despite all the hardship and melancholy. Beautiful performance! Just can't stop listening to it.

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had to read for school

this made it so much easier! the narration greatly assisted my comprehension and focus. the story is awful, but the performance was lovely :)

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  • 12-06-2020

wonderful!! a great story that's not just romantic

I found this book because I first saw the BBC miniseries based upon it. While rewatching it a while back I realized the book existed. And I'm so glad I bought it. It's a fantastic story even better than the show which was already awesome. But the reason I loved this book so much is that it gives you so much more. Margret is a great character. she's lovable and very human, she's a good person but of course she makes mistakes but admits them. And seeing her grow is a pleasure and very satisfactory to watch. Mr Thornton too, grows and is so sweet to watch especially in regards to his love for Margret. And if you've seen the show and admired the way it addresses class struggles and unions you'll like the way it handles it in the book. It's not quite as dramatic but that seems to be because it was written from the perspective of back then so its not as harsh a judgement. it doesn't try to force a happy ending, it's more open ended on if things will wide spread change for the better or not but I liked that because it seems more realistic. But the philosophical conversations upon ithose subjects are interesting to think about and enjoyable to hear. Even though I did have to go back and re-listen to those philosophical passages sometimes to make sure I understood(I recommend listening to the prologue) But that's more because of the old language than because of the Narrator. Gemma is a fantastic narrator. although there were a few times I didn't immediately realized someone else was talking but overall she's great with the voices and puts feeling into it. So overall it was a fantastic listen and I'll definitely be listening to it many more times.

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  • Christy Alborn
  • 14-04-2020

The misunderstandings of culture

A great look into the misunderstandings of three cultures come together with a harsh clacks. All disinterested in learning the other, until their lives depend on it. And the wonderful move towards mutual assimilation, acceptance, friendship, and love.

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  • Tad Davis
  • 15-10-2020

Great story and narration

Where has Elizabeth Gaskell been all my life? I’d never heard of her till PBS broadcast the Cranford miniseries. Silly me.... I wish I could say I’ve made up for lost time, but this is only the third book of hers I’ve read; I picked it largely because of yet another miniseries. It’s a wonderful book, with a bit of a Jane Austen flavor; but it’s a Jane Austen world where people die of cancer or risk being hanged for mutiny. Her central character, Margaret Hale, is vivid and convincing, and the characters that surround her only slightly less vivid. The conclusion is immensely satisfying. I admit I picked Gemma Whelan as narrator because she’d been in Game of Thrones. She’s obviously quite experienced as a narrator who just, like Gaskell, hadn’t shown up on my radar yet. Loved her voice(s), loved her expressiveness; she’s now on my list of favorites. (Plus the Penguin introduction, always a nice bonus....)

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  • 18-08-2020

loved!!!

i love this book. the narrator is wonderful and did a wonderful job of imitating the voices from the bbc rendition. unless you want a preface not included in the original book skip to chapter 2. dont hesitate get your self ths copy. you wont regret it!

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  • Aniko Sz. Cs.
  • 16-07-2020

Great characters and story accompanied by a expressive narrator.

I loved every minute of it. I like the story in general as I had read it before and Gemma Whelan’s voice and imitation of accents were really a great pleasure to listen to.

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  • 13-06-2020

Didn’t like the narration

Narration not great at all. Full stops often missed completely and the wrong emphasis placed on words making sentences confusing. Often the wrong word is said, “interpreted” instead of “interrupted” for example and words are missed out.