My first experience with Cranford was the version filmed for Masterpiece Theater. I had been looking for an audible version and this is it! Davina Porter does her usual wonderful job of characterization and brings to life the charming characters of a special place known as Cranford. The story is humorous and heartbreaking. Author Elizabeth Gaskell does not make life perfect for everyone. The world of Cranford is real and pulls you in with every word. If you enjoy the novels of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and E.M. Forster, I guarantee that you will enjoy this!
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Would you consider the audio edition of Cranford to be better than the print version?
I haven't read the book but love hearing it read. I always love hearing an English accent.
What other book might you compare Cranford to and why?
Miss Read's "Thrush Green", Jan Karon's "Mitford" come to mind as they are small town settings and have quirky, loveable characters.
What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?
I love her voice quality - soothing and her inflection really brings out the meaning and emotion behind the words. Next to Gwen Watford narrating the Thrush Green books and Juliet Mills in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, she is my next favorite narrator.
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Any additional comments?
I am so pleased with this purchase. I'll be listening to this again and again. Well, worth the money.
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Highly entertaining and cleverly written. The characters are richly drawn and very engaging. It's like visiting a comfortable village where there is no concern for the larger world issues, but high concern for neighbors and friends. Wish we could all live in such a world, as narrow and unrealistic as it is. Davina Porter is an accomplished narrator and can be counted on to deliver masterful performances.