This multi-layered novel concerns complex social relationships in a provincial Victorian neighborhood and the struggle to hold fast to personal integrity in a materialistic environment. Years later, Virginia Woolf described "Middlemarch" as "the magnificent book that, with all its imperfections, is one of the few English novels written for grown-up people". AVAILABLE ON CASSETTE AND CD.
I listened to Middlemarch on the 12-hour flight to and from London and was completely enthralled. Plastic food, a terrible movie, and loud seatmates. Nothing could disturb the wonderful flow of your reading. Thanks for a wonderful "head experience.''...
I have just finished listening to “Middlemarch” and though I don't quite say with Emily Dickinson, "Pity me," still there's a distinct sense of loss for me as well now that the drama is settled. Your reading is magnificent and surely would have thrilled George Eliot herself. You brought so much more enjoyment than could have been supplied by the words on the printed page and, also, made an extensive driving trip to and around New England very easy...
Sincerely, Polly Longsworth
Those who find it a bit much to tackle the reading of the lengthy novel with its complex plots of personal and social relationships will be delighted with this audiobook presentation. Seasoned reader Gibson gives her usual superb professional delivery, skillfully conveying the spirit and wit of the novel as well as its romantic and tragic moods. …She handles Eliot's rich characterization with ease, bringing each character to life…This audiobook should be in every listening library's collection of classic novels.
Kliatt January, 1995
This multilevel look at love and politics has been called the greatest English novel ever written, and Gibson’s rendition does it full justice.
Kenneth Turan, New Choices, June 1993