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Publisher's Summary

George Eliot's first full-length novel Adam Bede is a profound rendering of 19th century English pastoral life. This timeless story of seduction and betrayal follows the virtuous carpenter Adam Bede, whose world is soon disrupted when the all-too-beautiful Hetty betrays him for another villager. Her actions precipitate a turmoil of tragic events that shake the very foundations of their serene rural community. Eliot's gift for leisurely and lyrical prose is in full effect here and her insight into human emotion and complexity is unrivalled.

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Great narration

Didn’t think anybody could come close to Juliet Stevenson as a narrator, but this Georgina Sutton is marvelous!

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Soul satisfied

It's a slow pace and yet when it was over I wanted wanted more. The reader is multi talented. I loved her authentic and lyrical delivery of the authors work.

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Good story but uneven narrator

The characters in this novel speak in very strong local dialect. While The narrator has a good handle on this, she voices some of the characters in a very irritating high-pitched way that was very unpleasant to listen to

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Ghastly distortion of one character's voice

I've just started, and while the main narration is good, there's an unlistenable distortion in her performance of "Wiry Ben," to the point that if Wiry Ben returns in the next chapters, I may have to leave off listening.
It's as if the recording in his dialogue has been sped up to Alvin and the Chipmunks speed, though without any of their charm.
Did a producer do this deliberately? It sounds like a vandalization.

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  • Bill M
  • 04-07-17

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Good Story. Excellent narration that brought the characters to life and held my interest throughout the book:-):-)

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  • Ellabeck
  • 04-03-15

A story of country folk in the time of John Wesley

I did not expect quite so much preaching, and found the book rather long. The plot could well have been dealt with in half as many words. The narrator captured the mood perfectly and was adept at voicing the recognisable characters with great variety of tone and dialect.

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  • Paula H. A. Levey
  • 06-12-20

The best

This book is absolutely wonderful. The characters are terrific. Mrs Poyser is so entertaining in her speech I’m tempted to start the book all over again. And Adam Bede is the hero for me! I wish I had read it in my teens.

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  • M. Bolch
  • 05-20-19

an unread classic?

A really good story well written by Mary - a brilliant writer,

I purchased the book but print was too small so i bought this instead and i’m so glad that I did.

I loved the different accents of the narrator - well spoken and easy to understand all the way through.

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  • M S Kent
  • 06-21-21

Timeless tale.

I wonderful story. The narration was one of the best performances that I have ever heard.

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  • Myopic
  • 05-09-21

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Good book. Another dreadful performance. Why not just read the book? Waste of money. Useless

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  • Julieb
  • 04-06-21

a classic and excellent narrator

made all the better by the skills of the narrator. beautiful book wonderfully read. recommended.

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  • highlander
  • 11-18-20

wonderful story

just loved this book as I enjoy most by george eliot

full of wisdom and understanding of human nature.