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by | Read by Kate Reading

Classics • 32 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

Known for her social commentary on women's roles and class strictures, Eliot delves into the romantic dilemmas of the Brooke sisters and others in a provincial Midlands town. Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans) surrounds the protagonists with a gallery of characters from many social classes—laborers, shopkeepers, clergy, landed gentry, and others. Kate Reading portrays Eliot's characters with a faultless British accent and lends the prose emphasis and expression. As the novel’s several couples are trapped by societal judgments, irreversible mistakes, indecision, and restraint, their dilemmas, as well as Eliot’s psychological insights and use of irony, make them sound like modern figures. Reading's well-paced, measured narration captures the novel's realism—with its fresh rendering of a complex and often harsh social world. A.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2008]



Trade Ed. • Tantor Media • 2008

CD ISBN 9781400102167 $69.99 • Twenty-six CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781400152162 $44.99 • Four MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Tantor Media • 2008

CD ISBN 9781400132164 $139.99 • Twenty-six CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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