Mary Barton

  • by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by Juliet Stevenson
  • 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
First published in 1848 and subtitled "A Tale of Manchester Life", the author's invention of entirely working-class characters for this novel was for the times an innovation.

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Another ripper from Mrs Gaskell

I listen to any unabridged audio book read by Juliet Stevenson, and read any novel by Mrs Gaskell. This is another great one. Mary Barton isn't up there with North and South for a great inspiring romance, but it's a solid, well-drawn and interesting story of a young woman's journey to the realisation that sometimes the life you thought you wanted for yourself isn't the life you needed after all. Jem Wilson is a good stolid hero with a sound moral principle, and the villain is suitably arrogant to make his come-uppance just a little bit welcome. Written from several perspectives, Mrs Gaskell once again shows that no one dies unregretted by no one -- everyone matters from someone's point of view. I thought this novel particularly good in its portrayal of Victorian life and justice -- better than North and South, which is usually regarded as Mrs Gaskell's finest.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios