Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America/ Chivers 1994
CS ISBN $114.95 Fourteen cassettes
CD ISBN 9780792786245 $49.95 Fourteen CDs
DD ISBN 978079278625 $29.95
Mrs. Gaskell uses the contrast of northern and southern England as a framework for an indepth examination of Victorian society. Her characters are complex, representing the rising working class, the intelligence, the aristocracy and the clergy. The narrator does an excellent job of rendering dialect differences among characters, adding depth to the story. Through her compassionate voice we are able to feel the conflict, vexation and the introspective struggle of the main characters. The prolonged conversations among characters make listening somewhat tedious, but the listener will be rewarded by persevering to the end. J.K.R. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 94]
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