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    • North and South

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
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      5 out of 5 stars 116
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

    Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Juliet does it again.

    • By Diana on 07-10-2014

    Non-member price: $35.90

    • Cranford

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
    • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 13
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 13

    A vivid and affectionate portrait of the residents of an English country town in the mid-19th century, Cranford describes a community dominated by its independent and refined women, relating the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances. Through a series of satirical vignettes, Gaskell sympathetically portrays changing small town customs and values in mid-Victorian England....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • love!!!!!

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-10-2016

    Non-member price: $23.41

    • Ruth

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Eve Matheson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    The orphaned heroine Ruth, apprenticed to a dressmaker, is seduced by wealthy Henry Bellingham who is captivated by her simplicity and beauty. Their affair causes her to lose her home and job to which he offers her shelter, only to cruelly abandon her soon after. She is offered a chance of a new life though shamed in the eyes of society by her illegitimate son. When Henry reappears offering marriage she must choose between social acceptance and her own pride.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unforgettable

    • By Daren on 30-04-2018

    Non-member price: $35.90

    • Wives and Daughters

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
    • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 21
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      5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a widowed doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford, lost her mother when she was a child. Her father remarries wanting to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks. To Molly, any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs. Gibson is a self-absorbed, petty widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Completely engrossing

    • By Jenny on 14-10-2018

    Non-member price: $46.83

    • Wives and Daughters

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 27 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    When her father remarries, the honest, innocent Molly Gibson suddenly finds herself with a new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, worldly and impetuous. This would be more than enough to deal with, but the new wife is the deeply snobbish (and darkly secretive) Hyacinth. Thwarted love, scheming ambition and small-town gossip underlie the warmth, irony and brilliant social observation which link the relationships and the inevitable conflicts as profound change comes to rural England.

    Non-member price: $40.58

    • North and South

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    This is the story of Margaret Hale, a young English woman who accompanies her family's move from rural southern England to the industrial north. It proves to be a difficult change, with all the attendant social conflicts and cultural misunderstandings consequent to such situations. It is a study in contrasts. Mrs. Gaskell created one of the Victorian era's greatest heroines in Margaret Hale, a young lady of passionate intensity.

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • Mary Barton

    • A Tale of Manchester Life
    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    When her father assassinates Henry Carson, his employer's son and Mary's admirer, suspicion falls on Mary's second admirer, Jem, a fellow worker. Mary has to prove her lover's innocence without incriminating her own father.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very satisfying experience

    • By Jenny on 01-04-2018

    Non-member price: $32.77

    • Cousin Phillis

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Joe Marsh
    • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Cousin Phillis – a miniature masterpiece – is set in the 1840s, when the coming of the railway was changing the face of England, and quiet rural communities, coming into contact with the outside world, were changed forever. The story focuses on the effect these changes have on a naïve country girl, Phillis, as she encounters love, with all its pains and pleasures, for the first time.

    Non-member price: $23.34

    • North and South (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    When a crisis of faith prompts his departure from the Church of England, Margaret Hale’s father moves his family north to bleak, industrial Milton. At first, Margaret is put off by the town’s grit and poverty - a stark contrast to her rural southern hometown. But when she is awakened to the suffering of Milton’s hardworking citizens, she makes it her mission to improve their lives. However, Margaret soon finds herself at odds with the man she is falling in love with - the handsome, bullheaded industrialist John Thornton.

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • Cousin Phillis

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Claire Walsh
    • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    "Cousin Phillis" (1864) is a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell about Paul Manning, a youth of seventeen who moves to the country and befriends his mother's family and his second cousin Phillis Holman, who is confused by her own placement at the edge of adolescence. Most critics agree that Cousin Phillis is Gaskell's crowning achievement in the short novel. The story is uncomplicated; its virtues are in the manner of its development and telling.

    Non-member price: $1.31

    • North and South, Mary Barton, Wives and Daughters (Annotated)

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Mary Ann, Elizabeth Klett, Tony Foster
    • Length: 59 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This audiobook collection includes three Elizabeth Gaskell classics: North and South, Mary Barton, and Wives and Daughters.

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • North and South

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Clare Wille
    • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 5

    When Margaret Hale moves with her father from the comfort of the south of England to the industrial north, she is at first repulsed by what she sees; and then when she discovers the conditions under which the workers are forced to live, she is outraged. But this throws her into direct conflict with the powerful young mill-owner, John Thornton. Using personal passions to explore deep social divisions, North and South is a great romance and one of Elizabeth Gaskell's finest works.

    Non-member price: $43.45

    • Cranford

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Linda Barrans
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "In the first place, Cranford is in possession of the Amazons; all the holders of houses above a certain rent are women." This is how our guide and narrator, Mary Smith, introduces us to the small English country town of Cranford. Young, modern Mary gives us her Austen-like view of small-town customs, Victorian values, decorum, and etiquette. Mary gives us a charming, sometimes gently mocking comedy of manners.

    Non-member price: $24.85

    • Great Horror Stories

    • Ghost Tales, Horror Stories, and Supernatural Legends
    • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edith Nesbit, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Great Horror Stories is a vintage collection of some of the finest ghost tales, horror stories, and supernatural legends ever written, by the best writers the genre has to offer.

    Non-member price: $35.95

    • North and South

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Kate Petrie
    • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Margaret Hale returns home to her family in the rural south of England, after living with a wealthy aunt for 10 years, learning how to become a proper young woman. She is not home for long before her life is uprooted and her family moves to a town called Milton, in Northern England, where her father intends to be a tutor, leaving their Pastoral life, and the Church of England behind.

    Non-member price: $36.20

    • Cranford

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Clare Wille
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    This charming piece of social observation throws a gentle spotlight on life in a small village in northern England of the 1850s. The middle-aged ladies, existing in rather impoverished circumstances, nevertheless maintain the rules of politeness which they feel they should live by.

    Non-member price: $35.87

    • Wives and Daughters

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
    • Length: 26 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wonderful narrating and story ❤

    • By Anneliese on 24-10-2016

    Non-member price: $56.38

    • My Lady Ludlow

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Susannah York
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Lady Ludlow's appalling snobbery, prejudice and bred-in-the-bone conviction as to the superiority of the English aristocracy and their feudal way of life are deliciously tested, and found wanting, in this gently radical tale of the collapse of a social system. Elizabeth Gaskell's My Lady Ludlow is a brilliant picture of the shift in power in a rural northern village, from the velvety feudal Ludlows to the glitter of the new money rattling through the system courtesy of the brazen baker from Birmingham.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Social history of late 18th century England

    • By Mr on 06-03-2018

    Non-member price: $31.21

    • North and South  

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Clare Wille
    • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    When Margaret Hale moves with her parents from the comfort of the south of England to the industrial north, she is at first repulsed by what she sees; and then, when she discovers the conditions under which the workers are forced to live, she is outraged. But this throws her into direct conflict with the powerful young mill-owner John Thornton. Using personal passions to explore deep social divisions, North and South is a great romance - and one of Elizabeth Gaskell’s finest works.

    Non-member price: $27.79

    • Cranford

    • By: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    This classic novel has been thrice adapted for the screen by the BBC. Mary Smith relates the story of her time with middle-aged spinster sisters Miss Matty and Miss Deborah. Witty, poignant, and often ironic, Cranford is the tale of what these two women will do to remain respectable, proper, and kind with only moderate means.

    Non-member price: $34.12

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