SUMMARY - by Dani
Set in Victorian England, North and South is the story of Margaret Hale, a young woman whose life is turned upside down when her family relocates to northern England. As an outsider from the agricultural south, Margaret is initially shocked by the aggressive northerners of the dirty, smoky, industrial town of Milton. But as she adapts to her new home, she defies social conventions with her ready sympathy and defense of the working poor. Her passionate advocacy leads her to repeatedly clash with charismatic mill owner John Thornton over his treatment of his workers. While Margaret denies her growing attraction to him, Thornton agonizes over his foolish passion for her, in spite of their heated disagreements. As tensions mount between them, a violent unionization strike explodes in Milton, leaving everyone to deal with the aftermath in the town and in their personal lives.
Elizabeth Gaskell serialized North and South between September 1854 and January 1855 in Charles Dickens’s magazine Household Words. Upon its publication, Gaskell established herself as a novelist capable of serious discourse on social responsibility and advocacy for change in defiance of established authority.
*This is another version of North and South, separate and in addition to the wonderful project still in progress which was started by luciburg. Both projects will eventually be available in the catalog side by side - another example of multiple recordings meaning multiple success!
This audiobook-in-the-making was put together by a group of women who share a common interest in 19th century literature. The voices reading these chapters truly are a delight to listen to, with recordings (and accents ) literally coming from all over the world.
The magic window should be up to date shortly. Until then, here is the chapter/reader information (note that not all readers are registered at Librivox, however all have been contacted and asked to register):
Chapter 01 - I - Haste To The Wedding - Opheliad (forum name)
Chapter 02 - II - Roses And Thorns - Remontant (forum name)
Chapter 03 - III - The More Haste The Worse Speed - Jo (forum name)
Chapter 04 - IV - Doubts And Difficulties - Neelma (forum name)
Chapter 05 - V - Decision - leonardswench (forum name)
Chapter 06 - VI - Farewell - Polly (forum name)
Chapter 07 - VII - New Scenes And Faces - lc
Chapter 08 - VIII - Home Sickness - intothelight (forum name)
Chapter 09 - IX - Dressing For Tea - RicHadje
Chapter 10 - X - Wrought Iron And Gold - elisavet (forum name)
Chapter 11 - XI - First Impressions - Winam (forum name)
Chapter 12 - XII - Morning Calls - Remontant (forum name)
Chapter 13 - XIII - A Soft Breeze In A Sultry Place - Polly (forum name)
Chapter 14 - XIV - The Mutiny - hanne (forum name)
Chapter 15 - XV - Masters And Men - anon
Chapter 16 - XVI - The Shadow Of Death - charybdis4 (forum name)
Chapter 17 - XVII - What Is A Strike? - lauralee (forum name)
Chapter 18 - XVIII - Likes And Dislikes - helenworcs (forum name)
Chapter 19 - XIX - Angel Visits - Anne-Marie (forum name)
Chapter 20 - XX - Men And Gentlemen - grovejade
Chapter 21 - XXI - The Dark Night - Red Queen (forum name)
Chapter 22 - XXII - A Blow And Its Consequences - Classicsfan (forum name)
Chapter 23 - XXIII - Mistakes - newtons05 (forum name)
Chapter 24 - XXIV - Mistakes Cleared Up - Jo (forum name)
Chapter 25 - XXV - Frederick - hedvig
Chapter 26 - XXVI - Mother And Son - opheliad (forum name)
Chapter 27 - XXVII - Fruit-Piece - IslaJane (forum name)
Chapter 28 - XXVIII - Comfort In Sorrow - 4cullen (forum name)
Chapter 29 - XXIX - A Ray Of Sunshine - robas
Chapter 30 - XXX - Home At Last - tesoro007
Chapter 31 - XXXI - 'Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot?' - pj (forum name)
Chapter 32 - XXXII - Mischances - penelope (forum name = penelopeC19)
Chapter 33 - XXXIII - Peace - cats22 (forum name)
Chapter 34 - XXXIV - False And True - Andromeda (forum name)
Chapter 35 - XXXV - Expiation - Bestelle20 (forum name)
Chapter 36 - XXXVI - Union Not Always Strength - JB (forum name)
Chapter 37 - XXXVII - Looking South - LuvDemBrooders
Chapter 38 - XXXVIII - Promises Fulfilled - Steph (forum name)
Chapter 39 - XXXIX - Making Friends - IslaJane (forum name)
Chapter 40 - XL - Out Of Tune - darcywil (forum name)
Chapter 41 - XLI - The Journey's End - Marianna (forum name = MariannaC19)
Chapter 42 - XLII - Alone! Alone! - janeite (forum name)
Chapter 43 - XLIII - Margaret's Flittin' - Linnéa (forum name)
Chapter 44 - XLIV - Ease not Peace - tittletattle (forum name)
Chapter 45 - XLV - Not All A Dream - Milton lass (forum name)
Chapter 46 - XLVI - Once And Now - dani (forum name)
Chapter 47 - XLVII - Something Wanting - Marie
Chapter 48 - XLVIII - 'Ne'er To Be Found Again' - flo99 (may not be able to contact this reader)
Chapter 49 - XLIX - Breathing Tranquility - Librarian (forum name)
Chapter 50 - L - Changes At Milton - ania
Chapter 51 - LI - Meeting Again - woohoo (forum name)
Chapter 52 - LII - 'Pack Clouds Away' - Dorothea23
North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell.
- How to claim a part, and 'how it all works' here
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- BEFORE recording:
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Start of recording (Intro)
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"North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell. [Chapter]"
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Title: ## - [Section title]
Artist: Elizabeth Gaskell
Album: North and South
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