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Sintesi dell'editore

Relinquishing thoughts of a materially rewarding life, the respectably educated Felix Holt returns to his native village in North Loamshire and becomes an artisan. He is a forceful young man of honor, integrity, and idealism, burning to participate in political life so that he may improve the lot of his fellow artisans.

Contrasted with Felix Holt is the intelligent, economically secure Harold Transome, just returned from the East to assume responsibility for Transome Court, his inherited manor home, and to take a seat in Parliament.

Both men vie for the hand of Esther, a young woman of charm and virtue, who must choose between a life of idealism and a life of refinement.

The narrative is enhanced by plot twists involving illegitimacy and lines of inheritances, as well as by Eliot's vivid character studies, including the corrupt political agent Johnson; Harold Transome's mother, with her fears of a secret being revealed; and the loyal servant Denner.

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"George Eliot's work places great importance on setting...much background is provided to make the 19th-century love triangle come alive. Narrator Nadia May fills the listener in with brisk, breathless cadences, breezing through the lengthy descriptions like a lovable neighborhood gossip. Her crisp accent, pauses between sentences, and mastery of tone help the listener understand the predicament of Esther Lyon....As she reads the text, May seems to be enjoying it herself, which enables the listener to do the same." (AudioFile)

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • connie
  • 02/01/2008

four and a half stars

Felix is not a five, but better than a four. I found Eliot's Middlemarsh, Daniel Deronda, and Adam Bede to be more satisfying reads all round. Like Adam Bede, Felix Holt starts with a great deal of exposition that might put off some listeners --but If you like 19th century British lit and/or social history - or even engaging characters and action in "historical fiction" this (once you are past the opening exposition), is very satisfying. I think it much stronger as a novel and more engaging than Bronte's Shirley, for ex.

If you are new to Eliot, then think Austen meets all the Bronte sisters with a touch of Dickens, and a good bit more implicit feminism.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Tad Davis
  • 14/04/2018

Rewarding

Although there’s an insanely complicated legal situation at the heart of this novel, I found it to be one of Eliot’s more agreeable and rewarding works. All characters (except the truly worst) are treated with a broad and humane sympathy, and there are touches of humor - something that her novels often lack. Despite the title, Felix Holt is not the most interesting character in the book. That would have to be Esther, daughter of the local curate, and someone who begins with a shallow love of appearances and ends with love and courage - and a delightful sense of flirtatiousness.

As always, Nadia May gives a sterling performance.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Claire
  • 30/08/2020

insight and depth; no gratuitous sex or violence

one of the most wonderful books I have ever read. I wish I had discovered this amazing author earlier. I actually read some of her books some years ago. only now do I really appreciate her.

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lil Y. M. Judd
  • 16/11/2021

I'm done with George Eliot :(

So I believe I've listened through all of George Eliot's books by now. I loved Middlemarch, but slowly and steadily I've gotten fed up as I've listened through the rest of them. I believe this one is the one I dislike the most. I disliked the character Felix Holt the minute we were introduced to him. Honestly, there's really not a single character in the book I'm fond of and truly care about. Who in this book is actually an interesting character which we want to care about. For me there's none. Yes, people are flawed and need improvement etc and yes it's a book written in 1866 and life was so different and women had such a different standing in the world. But really, by now I'm fed up with men deciding to tell women what failures they are and how they're to improve to be what is to, at the time, considered a good woman. But over and over again these female characters are doing everything to lower themselves to the male character's standard. I'm so done with it. I'm glad I've now heard them all and if there were any more I'd skip listening or reading them. Women being demeaned and belittled over and over again. Glad I'm done. Read or listen to Middlemarch and skip this one is my recommendation.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • DFK
  • 06/01/2021

It should have more of the political aspect

This is a political story with romance thrown in. The political ideas should be dealt with more in depth; the romance is less of value here. I’ve liked several books by George Eliot, but this one is just OK, and nothing brilliant. I would not suggest it as a book to introduce a listener (or reader) to the author. The narrator would have been great - good voices and accents, but she ruins it by stalling too much and too often between sentences. I wish there were a way for me to delete the “white space”. That certainly could be done by Blackstone, and would greatly improve the listening pleasure.

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Ross D McCauley
  • 31/12/2019

Worst!

I have other George Eliot titles in my library. I have been an audiobook fan for decades. But this book is horrible 😝.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Shannon Adams
  • 22/04/2022

Not my favorite Eliot

This one is more dated than some others- and characters are less absorbing to me. Still, it’s Eliot and worth the listen but story is just not on par with Middlemarch or Silas Marner

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Rob McDaniel
  • 20/03/2022

The second half is worth the wait

This is a meandering story, that takes its time to come together and come to life.The subjects discussed with such deft introspection are as relatable to today’s world as at the time it was written so long ago. It’s a delightful story!

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • carla k
  • 10/10/2021

A great, moral tale.

A wonderful story, made so much easier to appreciate by a remarkable performer. The soaring glory of the English language at its finest.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Christine C.
  • 23/04/2021

Excellent book

Very pleasant narrative. Brings us back to the early 19th century countryside in England. Great insight into the social structure and preoccupations of the people at that time. It is amusing to see that the heroine was motivated only by love and the highest moral principles. Very little frivolity and zero hormonal distractions kept her perfectly pure. Unfortunately I believe real life is pretty far removed from the authors skillfully crafted construction.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ian
  • 08/07/2013

Mixed feelings

I listened to this book after thoroughly enjoying Middlemarch and I am not so enthusiastic about this. There is still Eliot's enjoyable humour and her fantastic descriptions of nineteenth century life.
However, my main problem was that I did not like Felix Holt or Harold Transome. Part of me is glad about this but at other times I found it hard to engage with these characters. We were promised so much mystery surrounding Harold that was never delivered upon.
The story is set around the Reform Act of 1832 and the book is a great way of looking at social tensions around at that time however, some, like me, may find that there is a little too much detail on this front.

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Shirley
  • 08/02/2022

Too difficult to understand

Please can I return this book.
I have tried hard to follow the story however, I have found it too difficult to comprehend

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mel Graham
  • 22/04/2022

A captivating, story with historical interest

A thought provoking story with lots of philosophy and high ideals. Also a great snapshot of local life in England at the time.

I really enjoyed the pace with which the action and the mysteries in the novel unfolded. It kept me interested until the very end.

Although I found the voice of the narrator slightly dry, I cannot fault the style and the quality of the narration which was really exceptional for such a long book. She successfully brought all the characters to life.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Valerie Kennett
  • 15/11/2021

Limit your expectations.

Well I still enjoyed this book, because George Eliot is such a wonderfully informative writer.
But the political talk was a bit long winded, & so was Felix mother. And although the narrator was generally good, Mrs Holt wasn’t so easy on the ear.

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lisa
  • 28/09/2021

to many characters

boring I gave up on it, no story to take hold of very disappointing

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 30/03/2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel

Felix Holt is a very enjoyable novel, bringing insights into 19th century elections, the non-conformist versus established church and small town life. The latter two being very popular subjects with George Eliot. This is not her finest or most gripping novel, but she writes so well, that it's still a joy, especially to listen to. Nadia May's reading is excellent and I will look out for other books narrated by her.