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Elizabeth Gaskell's comic portrait of early Victorian life in a country town describes with poignant wit the uneventful lives of its lady-like inhabitants, offering an ironic commentary on the separate spheres and diverse experiences of men and women. As the external world necessarily impinges even on Cranford, the unlikely juxtapositions of old and new brought about by the pace of change are also explored: the effects of Victorian commerce and imperial expansion co-exist with the survival of customs and habits of thought from much earlier times.

This critically up-to-date edition includes Gaskell's essay "The Last Generation in England", containing reminiscences of her childhood in Knutsford, and the comic story "The Cage at Cranford", as well as a lucid new introduction that discusses the originality and subtlety of Gaskell's portrayal of women's experience.

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  • Hazel
  • 23 01 2009

Brilliantly read

Wonderful delivery of the charming story. Hours of pleasure that do not pale - worth every penny, you will laugh and cry over the inhabitants of Cranford.

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  • Susan
  • 08 10 2012

Wistfully Charming Story

Elizabeth Gaskell came to my attention through Jane Austen's novels. While her writing style is more loquacious than Austen's, Gaskell's gentle sentimentality, reflected through her character Mattie's hopes and disappointments for love and marriage, made the novel more memorable than many of Austen's novels whose heroines always get the most honorable guy of flawless character. Gaskell is more realistic yet created characters who are endearing. Both writers use satire and Austen has more precise and succinct prose, but Gaskell demonstrated human frailty and how friends, companions and the community, in spite of irksomeness, make life tolerable through unspoken kindness and understanding.

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  • MARY
  • 28 05 2012

Elizabeth Gaskell + Nadia May= Great Entertainment

Would you listen to Cranford again? Why?

Yes, it rocks! It is so funny and witty!

What other book might you compare Cranford to and why?

Anything by Elizabeth Gaskell or Jane Austen

Which scene was your favorite?

Spooky walk at night

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

Love it and love Audible!

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  • Padden
  • 21 10 2006


I am sorry to say that I did not enjoy this book as much as I have other books by this author. There are some funny statements threaded through the book but I had difficulty holding onto the plot, if there was one.

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  • L. E. Weyts
  • 28 09 2017

Lovely Story.

Women run Cranford's society on different levels but they are all of one community.
I love these stories about old English villages & society.
Different generations of these ladies & their lives all come together in this sweet narrative which draws you right into their company.
The narrator is wonderful & captured each character to a "tee".

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  • Julie
  • 29 08 2017

Just a good book

I have read this in print and also listened to it done by different narrators. It withstands the test of time and is a quality story. I like how the little village and all the characters come to life. Very well done story and the narrator did a nice job also. Just the right length for a pleasant listen.

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  • J Ohlin
  • 20 03 2017

Audible didn't work

Would you try another book from Elizabeth Gaskell and/or Nadia May?

I don't know. Audible didn't work

Any additional comments?

Disappointed. I tried the download 3 times and it didn't work :-(

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23 02 2017

Sweet Slice-of- Life Story

If you're looking for a quick -paced page turner, this is not it. However, this is a sweet story telling of the everyday life in a very small town. I found it very endearing, with little parts that made me laugh and other parts that made me sigh. The narrator does a good job portraying the different characters. You will be touched by this glimpse into the life of Miss Maddie and her fellow townspeople.

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  • Tina
  • 18 09 2015

Not the strongest storyline

While I enjoyed this book it was tedious at times. It is and old book and the manner of story is not like modern books. The performance of the reading was excellent and this helped get things back on track.

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  • Kristi Richardson
  • 31 08 2013

Fun story about old ladies in a small town.

What did you love best about Cranford?

The characters were real and I enjoyed the way they meddled in every ones lives.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was very happy in the ending and glad to know that Miss Maddy would be just fine. She did everything for every one else and then was nearly penniless...

What about Nadia May’s performance did you like?

She has an exquisite voice, quite like Audrey Hepburn. I love her narrations.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed and cried, the narrator is great and the story is top notch. Fun, quick listen.

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  • Kate
  • 05 01 2008


A lovely book, describing the lives of the ladies of Cranford. Admittedly not a great deal happens to them for much of the book - but that doesn't matter; in fact I think it's part of the point. Cranford is full of wit, and this audio version is read very well by Nadia May, who brings out the humour in her narration. I very much enjoyed listening and it made me laugh a lot.

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  • Ann
  • 04 05 2009

A Perfect Classic

Possibly the best version of Cranford I have read, heard or seen. I did not want it to end.

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