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- Listening Length: 18 hours and 18 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 18 Sept. 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQH8GS
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Opening with the wedding of her vivacious cousin Edith Shaw to Captain Lennox, our nineteen year-old heroine Miss Margaret Hale is at an important juncture in her life. Raised in London by her wealthy Aunt Shaw, her duties as companion to her cousin are now over and she returns to her family as an educated and sophisticated young lady. Her parents live in Helstone, an idyllic rural Hampshire village where her father is the local Church of England minister and her mother a former county belle. Higher born than her husband she married for love against her family's wishes. They lead a comfortable, but frugal life until her father's decision to leave the church on principal; uprooting his family to the only opportunity available to them. His former Oxford tutor Mr. Bell has connections in Milton-Northern, an industrial city of cotton mills and coal smoke in the north of England, a far cry from the comforts, sunny climes and verdant countryside of the south in Hampshire. On the same day of Margaret's fathers shocking announcement, Henry Lennox a young lawyer and brother of Edith's husband visits the Hales in Helstone with the objective of proposing marriage to Margaret.Read more ›
Basic storyline: Margaret Hale and her family move to the Northern industrial town of Milton from their sweet Southern village. The whole family is uprooted and struggles to settle into the smoky, noisy, dank atmosphere of their new home. Their earliest acquaintances there are the Thorntons - dignified Mrs Thornton, her silly daughter Fanny, and her handsome son John, wealthy master of the Marlborough Mills and a famous name in cotton. Despite Mr Thornton's best efforts, Margaret believes Milton society to be inferior to their status as gentlefolk, and so the scene is set for a 'Pride and Prejudice'-esque story of wounded egos, longing glances, misunderstandings and, finally, true love.
Despite the similarities between this novel and the Austen favourite, there are big differences. This book is much more complex, and much grittier, leaning further towards Dickens in some respects. The poverty of the Milton workers, in which Margaret takes a philanthropic interest, is a major focus of the novel. The misfortunes of the Higgins and Boucher families, and their constant struggles against injustice, illness and uncaring employers, are carefully explored and movingly rendered. At the same time the progressive ambitions and difficult decisions made by the masters are never overlooked, providing a balanced view of industrial progress in the mid-19th century.Read more ›
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I have read this book before and seen the TV adaptation. I love both and would recommend it to those who enjoy similar books like Pride and PrejudicePublished 11 days ago by Charlies Angel
A great recommendation from a friend when I asked what I should read to learn about the 19th Century. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Julia FilmDaze
One of my favourite nineteenth century novels, this is beautifully read by Juliet Stevenson. She has a nuanced understanding of character and the text itself and brings both out... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roman Clodia
Bought as a present for my mum after she watched it on TV series.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Set in 1850s when it was written. It tells the story of Margaret Hale who lives with her father the parson and her mother in a small village. Read morePublished 1 month ago by cherryred
Bought this as a book club read and the added bonus was the audio upgrade (Juliet Stevenson). Not something I would have chosen myself, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer