Cousin Phillis

Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.1 stars; 336 reviews)

Cousin Phillis (1864) is a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell about Paul Manning, a youth of seventeen who moves to the country and befriends his mother's family and his second cousin Phillis Holman, who is confused by her own placement at the edge of adolescence. Most critics agree that Cousin Phillis is Gaskell's crowning achievement in the short novel. The story is uncomplicated; its virtues are in the manner of its development and telling. (Summary by Wikipedia) (3 hr 46 min)


Part 1, Section 1 24:38 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 1, Section 2 29:27 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 2, Section 1 31:42 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 2, Section 2 25:41 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 3, Section 1 24:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 3, Section 2 19:40 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 4, Section 1 32:55 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 4, Section 2 37:54 Read by Elizabeth Klett


Abrupt Ending

(3 stars)

As always, Gaskell is a delightful author. She managed to keep my attention through a story that probably would have been boring if written by anyone else. The narrator did a wonderful job as well, and did fun accents for each character. I was dissapointed in the ending though. It felt a little abrupt, and there really wasn't any closure or explanation as to why Paul even tells the story in the first place.

Really lovely..!!

(3.5 stars)

The story of a young teen and her first love was really a treat to read and listen to... Phillis is so full of life but was shattered once she found out her first love married another woman once he had gone away to Canada. Paul from whose pov the narrative is given is very fond of his sweet cousin. Though he was the bearer of both the good and bad news, he couldn't help but stay by his cousins side in the hour of need. really enjoyed this short book and Gaskell never fails to make me fall in love with her works again.

good character development.

(4 stars)

after read other books by ECG I decided to try this one as it was praised do highly as one of the best works in short stories. I felt like there was little plot. I almost quit halfway through because I felt like it wasn't going anywhere but decided to keep going because the character were well developed. I do admire how the author used a single perspective of an (not very bright) third party to develop characters and tell a story. the reader is phenomenal as always. Thank your Elizabeth Klett! Keep reading. I'm a big fan

a sweet story of early love

(4 stars)

a short story that is very well read. but one thing of note, the reader is female BUT try to keep in mind that the actual narrator of the story (the main character) is male. i was confused for the first part before i realized it was a male! but the story is sweet and simple and ends very realistically, some may like it and some may not... i felt it was fitting.

worth the time - possibly wide audience

(5 stars)

Insightful and interesting look at 1) the history of emerging educated nurtured woman who deals with ups and downs of falling in love; 2) changing roles of ministry/ministers; 3) how new technologies of the era affected work and mobility Good basic writing techniques and tools. Very good read/listen. Reader has lovely voice and strong portrayal abilities. I will look for other works read by her! Thank you. :-)

lovely book, beautifully read

(5 stars)

This book will resonate to those people who have had their hearts broken. Although some reviewers believe the book to be not quite finished, I think the book leaves us feeling optimistic that Cousin Phillips will recover from her heartbreak and illness. As usual, I really enjoyed listening to Elizabeth Klett's reading. She is truly awesome.

great reader, unfinished story

(2.5 stars)

I wish I knew this book wasn’t fully finished before I invested the time listening to it. The story was okay but a bit pathetic. Maybe people really can get that sick from a heart break but not likely when there is so little attached.


(4 stars)

Lovely country story of family life and love in the 1800s. Vivid descriptions. How the nature of people, life and relationships has not altered! Very well read in English accents which is appropriate to the context. Again great to have a single reader throughout.