North and South

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Elizabeth Gaskell

Narrated By: Various Narrators

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2011

Duration: 18 hours 43 minutes


The book is a social novel that tries to show the industrial North and its conflicts in the mid-19th century as seen by an outsider, a socially sensitive lady from the South. The story: the heroine, Margaret Hale, is the daughter of a Nonconformist minister who moves to the fictional industrial town of Milton after leaving the Church of England. The town is modeled after Manchester, where Gaskell lived as the wife of a Unitarian minister.


  • Robin H.

    The book content was excellent. A little off putting that each chapter is narrated by a different person. Some of the readers were excellent but others had difficult accents and poor sound quality. Overall I’d recommend it.

  • Jessica Canjar

    I really enjoyed the story. If you like Pride and Prejudice, this will be enjoyable. But Gaskell is no Austin. Now to the most important part, the narration was frustrating. Each chapter is done by a different person and not every chapter has great sound quality. As if that isn't bad enough, some of the narrators have accents so thick that they might as have been speaking Russian.

  • Carolyn BushCarolynB

    This is a love story from an earlier time in England, The characters are a little too good to be true., which is often the case with novels of the period. Nonetheless, North and South is a good read and informs the reader of social upheaval and conflict in England at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. This American reader was pleased to discover that most of the narrators were narrated by women from the UK or Europe.

North and South

by Elizabeth Gaskell

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