I enjoyed the plot and the writing style very much. The reading was perfect. The only reason I didn't give five stars to the story was because of the author's occasionally digressing into comparison of herself with other authors. This is humorous and entertaining in itself, but it momentarily distracts from the story.
Juliet Stevenson's voices for each character were entertaining and amusingly portrayed. I prefer a single reader's voice and enjoyed this rendition so much I purchased Persuasion to listen to next.
What will I do once I've listened to every Stevenson reading of Austen? Maybe I'll just start all over again. Stevenson and Austen would be invited to my "ultimate dinner party for which you invite anyone you want, alive or dead".
This is a little different from typical Austen. I love be her social commentary and the intelligent way she offers the simple pleasure of a happy ending.
In my opinion no one reads Austen better than Juliet. She also does a wonderful job with the Brontes and other classic material. I absolutely love her. Don't hesitate to purchase.
A sweet and twisting tale of love, misunderstandings and the excitement of youth. I always feel elevated after a Jane Austen novel, like I did something good for myself!
Reader, reviewer, blogger
There's nothing like a Jane Austin novel to demonstrate the family values of the Regency period in England. This story, of a rather sheltered young woman and her wild imagination, shows the horrors of reading too many novels. Plenty of humor throughout and misunderstandings galore. Absolutely top shelf narration is the icing on the cake.
I have never "read" a Jane Austin book before, but listening to this one was quite entertaining as well as historically interesting. A light book, full of fun.
A long time fan and frequent re-reader of Jane Austin's books, when I decided I wanted to listen to Austin, I found it hard to find a narrator I could tolerate. Finally, I stumbled upon Juliet Stevenson and at last found a narrator who, for me, captured Jane Austin. If I were to compare her to someone else, I'd have to say Simon Vance reading Charles Dickens - a pure delight to listen to.
I will be seeking out more Jane Austin narrated by Juliet Stevenson, and I see that she's recorded other classics as well. Yeah!
Dark Shadows fanatic
The narrator's portrayal of the heroine was perhaps a bit too vapid, though perhaps Miss Austen really did write her that way to a certain degree. At any rate, I found humor and wit in the writing and the character. The heroine, Catherine Moreland, has some character flaws, largely developed in her by an addiction to Gothic novels. Miss Austen's satirical treatment of that genre makes this a very engaging novel.
Except as a BBC series with great actors. I'm sorry, I just couldn't finish this in spite of the excellent reader. Maybe I'll try again someday.
The young women are just too silly and dense (at least in the first hour) and the guys down right annoying.