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Cousin Phillis

By: Elizabeth Gaskell
Narrated by: Joe Marsh
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Narrator Joe Marsh finds the perfect voice for 17-year-old Paul Manning. By turns sensible and naive, straightforward and wistful, Paul moves to the countryside and befriends his beautiful, sheltered cousin Phillis. Both Paul and Phillis are witness to the changes wrought by the coming of the railway to 1840s rural England, with communities forever changed by their contact with the outside world. Marsh subtly evokes the story's delicate eroticism, and, like Paul, listeners will feel as allured by Phillis' chaste sensuality as she encounters love for the first time.

Summary

Cousin Phillis – a miniature masterpiece – is set in the 1840s, when the coming of the railway was changing the face of England, and quiet rural communities, coming into contact with the outside world, were changed forever. The story focuses on the effect these changes have on a naïve country girl, Phillis, as she encounters love, with all its pains and pleasures, for the first time.

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Beautiful story

This is a favourite of mine. The story has a powerful simplicity, and the fact that it is told from Paul's point of view is interesting and, in my opinion, effective. The audiobook's narrator does an excellent job. I highly recommend this book.

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Sweet!😊

Such a lovely quiet book to listen to. Such a change to have a story you never have to be embarrassed to have someone else listening with you. You could listen with even small tots! In comparison to the world today, it could almost be a fairy tale without the wicked witch -stepmother, or such!

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The coming of the railway in the 19th century...

A rather sad tale - and not worth the money, though it gives a good feel for country life in the 19th century.

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