Adam Bede


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Adam Bede, the first novel written by George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans), was published in 1859. It was published pseudonymously, even though Evans was a well-published and highly respected scholar of her time. The novel has remained in print ever since, and is used in university studies of 19th century English literature. The story's plot follows four characters rural lives in the fictional community of Hayslope—a rural, pastoral and close-knit community in 1799. The novel revolves around a love triangle between beautiful but thoughtless Hetty Sorrel, Captain Arthur Donnithorne, the young squire who seduces her, Adam Bede, her unacknowledged lover, and Dinah Morris, Hetty's cousin, a fervent Methodist lay preacher. (Summary Wikipedia) (20 hr 34 min)

Chapters

Book 1, Chapter 1:The Workshop 20:25 Read by Anita Roy Dobbs
Book 1, Chapter 2: The Preaching 43:51 Read by Missie
Book 1, Chapter 3: After the Preaching 18:48 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Book 1, Chapter 4: Home and Its Sorrows 31:16 Read by Missie
Book 1, Chapter 5: The Rector 36:42 Read by iremonger
Book 1, Chapter 6: The Hall Farm 31:08 Read by amycsj
Book 1, Chapter 7: The Dairy 15:16 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Book 1, Chapter 8: A Vocation 18:52 Read by Robin Cotter
Book 1, Chapter 9: Hetty's World 14:33 Read by Carmina Sansone
Book 1, Chapter 10: Dinah Visits Lisbeth 36:48 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Book 1, Chapter 11: In the Cottage 24:14 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Book 1, Chapter 12: In the Wood 24:16 Read by Missie
Book 1, Chapter 13: Evening in the Wood 11:36 Read by Carmina Sansone
Book 1, Chapter 14: The Return Home 18:41 Read by Missie
Book 1, Chapter 15: The Two Bed-Chambers 29:00 Read by Carmina Sansone
Book 1, Chapter 16: Links 27:32 Read by Carmina Sansone
Book 2, Chapter 17: In Which the Story Pauses a Little 20:17 Read by Carmina Sansone
Book 2, Chapter 18: Church 48:27 Read by Missie
Book 2, Chapter 19: Adam on a Working Day 14:45 Read by Missie
Book 2, Chapter 20: Adam Visits the Hall Farm 36:44 Read by Missie
Book 2, Chapter 21: The Night-School and the Schoolmaster 34:52 Read by Simon Evers
Book 3, Chapter 22: Going to the Birthday Feast 24:56 Read by Tony Ashworth
Book 3, Chapter 23: Dinner-Time 10:44 Read by Angela Kelley
Book 3, Chapter 24: The Health-Drinking 17:17 Read by Angela Kelley
Book 3, Chapter 25: The Games 20:44 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
Book 3, Chapter 26: The Dance 27:38 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
Book 4, Chapter 27: A crisis 22:13 Read by Carmina Sansone
Book 4, Chapter 28: A Dilemma 16:10 Read by Carmina Sansone
Book 4, Chapter 29: The Next Morning 18:29 Read by Annise
Book 4, Chapter 30: The Delivery of the Letter (Chapter XXX!) 26:45 Read by Lorie Heinrichs
Book 4, Chapter 31: In Hetty's Bed-Chamber 20:05 Read by Lorie Heinrichs
Book 4, Chapter 32: Mrs. Poyser "Has Her Say Out" 23:05 Read by Catherine Millward
Book 4, Chapter 33: More Links 15:15 Read by Belinda Brown
Book 4, Chapter 34: The Betrothal 9:31 Read by Carmina Sansone
Book 4, Chapter 35: The Hidden Dread 12:18 Read by Carmina Sansone
Book 5, Chapter 36: The Journey of Hope 20:07 Read by Tony Ashworth
Book 5, Chapter 37: The Journey in Despair 31:10 Read by Jack Farrell
Book 5, Chapter 38: The Quest 35:19 Read by Jack Farrell
Book 5, Chapter 39: The Tidings 15:49 Read by Tony Ashworth
Book 5, Chapter 40: The Bitter Waters Spread 20:06 Read by Tony Ashworth
Book 5, Chapter 41: The Eve of the Trial 13:33 Read by Catherine Millward
Book 5, Chapter 42: The Morning of the Trial 10:44 Read by Tony Ashworth
Book 5, Chapter 43: The Verdict 17:32 Read by Belinda Brown
Book 5, Chapter 44: Arthur's Return 18:35 Read by Belinda Brown
Book 5, Chapter 45: In the Prison 27:34 Read by Catherine Millward
Book 5, Chapter 46: The Hours of Suspense 15:27 Read by Catherine Millward
Book 5, Chapter 47: The Last Moment 3:01 Read by Catherine Millward
Book 5, Chapter 48: Another Meeting in the Wood 23:50 Read by Catherine Millward
Book 6, Chapter 49: At the Hall Farm 26:50 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Book 6, Chapter 50: In the Cottage 24:13 Read by Janna
Book 6, Chapter 51: Sunday Morning 26:35 Read by Janna
Book 6, Chapter 52: Adam and Dinah 19:46 Read by Shirley Ellen
Book 6, Chapter 53: The Harvest Supper 30:47 Read by Shirley Ellen
Book 6, Chapter 54: The Meeting on the Hill 14:42 Read by Belinda Brown
Book 6, Chapter 55: Marriage Bells 7:02 Read by Belinda Brown
Epilogue 8:13 Read by Aaron Elliott

Reviews

Great story of a tragedy redeemed

(3.5 stars)

Most of the readers did well, but there are some who just should not do it. I'm sorry to say so because it seems unkind, but reading out loud simply is not for everyone & they'd do better to find their true talents. Five stars for the story, 3 for the reading overall.

Excellent story

(4 stars)

Another great story by GE. Some readers more to my taste than oters. Thanks to all of them for their contributions.

A fine tale of country folk of yesteryear

(5 stars)

The efforts of readers appreciated, but some poor recording and pronunciation, and rare accents difficult.

LONG LONG

(4.5 stars)

The first 40 chapters drag a bit, but it is still a fine story. The readers mostly did a fine job.