Mary Barton

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(4.5 stars; 31 reviews)

Mary Barton is the first novel by English author Elizabeth Gaskell, published in 1848. The story is set in the English city of Manchester during the 1830s and 1840s and deals heavily with the difficulties faced by the Victorian lower class.
The novel begins in Manchester, where we are introduced to the Bartons and the Wilsons, two working class families. John Barton reveals himself to be a great questioner of the distribution of wealth and the relation between the rich and the poor. He also relates how his sister-in-law Esther has disappeared after she ran away from home.
Soon afterwards Mrs Barton dies, and John is left with his daughter Mary to cope in the harsh world around them. Having already been deeply affected by the loss of his son Tom at a young age, after the death of his wife, Barton tackles depression and begins to involve himself in the Chartist movement connected with the trade unions. (summary from Wikipedia) (15 hr 57 min)


A Mysterious Disappearance 26:59 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
A Manchester Tea-Party. 14:59 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
John Barton's Great Trouble. 22:05 Read by Wendy Belcher
Old Alice's History. 25:23 Read by Kim S
The Mill On Fire--Jem Wilson To The Rescue. 48:13 Read by Dawn
Poverty And Death. 46:09 Read by Dawn
Jem Wilson's Repulse. 19:46 Read by Wendy Belcher
Margaret's Debut As A Public Singer. 37:45 Read by Wendy Belcher
Barton's London Experiences. 35:55 Read by Wendy Belcher
Return Of The Prodigal. 31:37 Read by Wendy Belcher
Mr. Carson's Intentions Revealed. 33:05 Read by Wendy Belcher
Old Alice's Bairn. 20:51 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
A Traveller's Tales. 25:25 Read by Maire Rhode
Jem's Interview With Poor Esther. 29:52 Read by senshisteph
A Violent Meeting Between The Rivals. 40:42 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Meeting Between Masters And Workmen. 22:46 Read by Anna Dailey
Barton's Night Errand. 27:03 Read by ayngelwing
Murder. 24:06 Read by Sibella Denton
Jem Wilson Arrested On Suspicion. 25:30 Read by Sibella Denton
Mary's Dream--And The Awakening. 17:45 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
Esther's Motive In Seeking Mary. 24:21 Read by Stephanie Dupal-Demartin
Mary's Efforts To Prove An Alibi. 28:06 Read by Martina
The Sub-Poena. 30:12 Read by Kim S
With The Dying. 19:06 Read by Stephanie Dupal-Demartin
Mrs. Wilson's Determination. 19:47 Read by Belinda Brown
The Journey To Liverpool. 7:32 Read by Sibella Denton
In The Liverpool Docks. 16:10 Read by Sibella Denton
"John Cropper," Ahoy! 15:27 Read by Sibella Denton
A True Bill Against Jem. 11:43 Read by Sibella Denton
Job Legh's Deception. 10:11 Read by Sibella Denton
How Mary Passed The Night. 12:32 Read by Kim S
The Trial And Verdict--"Not Guilty!" 42:18 Read by Stephanie Dupal-Demartin
Requiescat In Pace. 28:54 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
The Return Home. 32:05 Read by Martina
"Forgive Us Our Trespasses." 34:02 Read by Martina
Jem's Interview With Mr. Duncombe. 15:28 Read by Stephanie Dupal-Demartin
Details Connected With The Murder. 21:25 Read by Stephanie Dupal-Demartin
Conclusion. 11:51 Read by Michelle Crandall


Great story

(5 stars)

Everyone did a great job reading lady who read the first chapter and anther one in the book.... It was so bad i had to skip it... But other then that amazing read and great story.

excellent story, difficult understanding readers

(3 stars)

It is a long, historical fiction, excellent story. There are some readers who are difficult to hear or understand due to either sound quality or diction.

still drying tears

(5 stars)

extremely powerful story, will listen again