The Moorland Cottage

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.2 stars; 162 reviews)

"Maggie Brown is torn between her mother who constantly tells her to live for her selfish brother (to whom she gives all her love) to her wish to marry Frank and live for herself. Maggie's plight for independence shows the change in women's role, which started to take place during that time. But it also keeps to the tradition of an almost Cinderella story: the pure woman does the best for everyone but herself and is rewarded for that. In addition, this is a very interesting story, written in Gaskell's remarkable style. When you read it, you are transported to another time, and place". (Summary by Stav Nisser.) (4 hr 30 min)


Chapter I 26:56 Read by Lynne T
Chapter II 21:42 Read by Lynne T
Chapter III 24:38 Read by Edmund Lilley
Chapter IV 20:48 Read by Gina Belmonde
Chapter V 32:17 Read by Gina Belmonde
Chapter VI 24:01 Read by mlaura
Chapter VII 19:08 Read by Claudia Salto
Chapter VIII 26:43 Read by Gina Belmonde
Chapter IX 28:17 Read by Jesse Bordwin
Chapter X 17:20 Read by Tara Dow
Chapter XI 28:45 Read by mlaura


(5 stars)

This is a beautiful, sad story about love, duty and sacrifice. I really enjoyed the conversations between Maggie and Frank; the characters and the relationships between them were very interesting. Their various views and ambitions reflect the changing world at the time this was written, so it's interesting from a historical standpoint too. The story could be a little too pious or sentimental for some, although it didn't bother me. I highly recommend it, especially to Gaskell fans. A couple of the recordings aren't the best quality, but most of them are clear and they're all well read. Thank you to the readers. :)

Delightful Tale

(4.5 stars)

Another wonderful tale by Elizabeth Gaskell. I would love to see this one made into a movie also.

lovely story.

(3.5 stars)

the story is lovely, some readers are excellent, some others need a better mic. Thanks to all readers.

(5 stars)

Great book. Most readers were very skilled. Thank you LibriVox!!

a sweet love story

(4 stars)

i dont usually listen to books read by multiple volunteers. but i tried this one and the readers did good for the most part. a few short chapters by a poor reader, but that reader found her rhythm in the end. a sweet love story and some moral lessons. you kind of know how it will end, but the writer throws in a real surprise towards the end - so it ends up being a more interesting conclusion.

(4 stars)

Very “Wives and daughters”-esque. Too good for her own good under appreciated heroine, a parent that dies before the start of the story, kind rich family with takes her as their own, but don’t want her near their heir son. Even though there were multiple readers it wasn’t unbearable. Some I liked more than others, but they all read clearly at a steady pace.

Beautifully written story

(5 stars)

The story is well crafted with unexpected turns. The readers of this book are good and have made listen to this story a delight. Thank you readers.

Pleasant book of varied types of love.

(4 stars)

Prefer single reader through, but despite very few mispronounced words by one reader, all were very good. All are much appreciated.