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Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: George Eliot

Narrated By: Nadia May

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: June 2011

Duration: 32 hours 3 minutes


Dorothea Brooke is a thoughtful and idealistic young woman determined to make a difference with her life. Enamored of a man whom she believes is setting this example, she unwittingly traps herself into a loveless marriage. Her parallel is Tertius Lydgate, a visionary young doctor from the city, whose passionate ambition to spread the new science of medicine to the village is complicated by his love for the wrong woman.

Featuring a panoply of complex, brilliantly drawn characters from every walk of life, Eliot's masterpiece is a rich and teeming portrait of provincial life in Victorian England. Yet her characters' struggles to retain their moral integrity in the midst of temptation and tragedy are strikingly modern in their painful ironies. The incomparable psychological insight of Middlemarch was pivotal in the shaping of twentieth-century literary realism.

"Nadia May makes [Middlemarch] come alive. She is in wonderful form as she slides from character to character, giving them their distinctiveness through intonation and pacing. May's voice is that of the genteel British woman, and it's the perfect thing for Eliot."—Library Journal


  • Tim Norfolk

    I have laughed, cried, and smiled so many times as I listened to this wonderful narration of a novel I know well but hadn't read for many years. I didn't want it to end. So real was the characterization created by Nadia May. A magical experience, to disappear back into the gentle but searing language of Victorian satire, the playful moralizing that Thackeray and Eliot mastered so effortlessly. There is more truth, more deep understanding of flawed, but occasionally, brave humanity between the pages of Middlemarch than in a lifetime of offerings on Facebook or Twitter. Thank you so much Nadia May for 32 hours of pure joy.

  • Jenifer Gardner

    If you love English novels, this is a must! We learn about ourselves through George Eliot's characters. Are we more like the kind, compassionate Dorthea or self-centered Rosamond? We see how other lives are affected through the actions of these characters and can reflect on our own behavior. A great story about believing in someone when all others do not. Amazing narration!!


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