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North and South is set in the fictional industrial town of Milton in the North of England. Forced to leave her home in the tranquil rural south, Margaret Hale settles with her parents in Milton where she witnesses the brutal world wrought by the industrial revolution and employers and workers clashing in the first organized strikes. Sympathetic to the poor whose courage and tenacity she admires and among whom she makes friends, she clashes with John Thornton, a cotton mill manufacturer who belongs to the nouveaux riches and whose contemptuous attitude to workers Margaret despises.
I highly recommend this book. it might seem quite wordy and hard to follow at first, but the more you listen, the more you learn to love her style of writing and get to know each character so much more. I would recommend listening to the version 3 though, because this one has several different voices for different chapters and some of the voices aren't very pleasant to listen to. but I enjoyed version 3 immensely.
the book is legend but some of the narrators made my experience horrible. the lifeless narration throws ones sense of ease quite off.
The reading of (version 3) is magnificent. MaryAnns is such a great performer.
the voice of one of the narrators is just irritating.
some chapters i had to skip because the voice of one of the readers, sadly irritated me to the point of not been able to keep on. its a shame for me... Still, i am sensible of the dedication given by those who made the audiobook possible. i hope i will have more chance with my next audiobook.
Wonderful book made very much alive by an excellent team of readers! Love it (except for some chapters like 19, 28, 29... when I sort of got thrown off the High horse of smooth narration :))
As a non-native English speaker, the heavy US accent chapters were at times difficult for me to understand (and it made immersing into the story more difficult, considering that the story takes place in England. ) Some of the chapters had very poor sound quality and thus hard to listen to, so nicking another star for that. Still, thank you for the possibility of reading this book even with a busy schedule, it probably saved my grade.
Love this book.....grateful for the readings, but some o the accents I did not care for. Particularly, the Southern accent. When you read this type of book I imagine the traditional English accent, throws it off a bit. But good overall.
Many thanks to the talented and dedicated narrators who took the time to make this wonderful book available in audio form. I felt swept away in the story and am grateful for the chance to listen to a book I probably would have never had time to sit down and read.
This is one of my favorite stories. The characters have depth and their flaws bring them to life in a way that makes the reader cheer them on in their struggles. For the most part I really enjoyed this reading but if you're put off by more than one reader this isn't for you. The final two chapters, where you most want to get lost in the narrative, are read in an almost expressionless voice, punctuated seemingly at random. There are also a couple of chapters where you really have to concentrate hard due to the accent of the reader. But if you love a story where the principle characters learn to let go of some of their pride and value the perspective of others, I recommend North and South.
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