I think Flo Gibson does a good job at narrating this book (and I don't know her personally or anything, I swear). I only give it three stars because I think the story itself is not one of Austin's best.
I could not listen to this great story because of her reading. My blood pressure went up just trying to understand her. Audible do another unabridged version of this book without FLO so I can listen to this classic.
One of the great pleasures of Jane Austen is how she uses her cool, cultured tone to set up the little digs she takes at her characters. Flo Gibson catches that slight air of detachment. And, of course, it's Mansfield Park -- maybe not Jane's best (I'm sure there are arguments about that), but still Jane, and any Jane is better than almost everyone else.
Perhaps I would enjoy this plot more if the reader had more lively delivery. A generally sad story, of course, in which foolishness is justified by 'social restraint'. A wonder the English ever got together! Still worth reading for the social context.
It's true that the quality of her voice left something to desire for, but otherwise she plays the characters well and is animated enough to draw me into the book. She has given life to most of the characters, and it's enjoyable to listen to the book. I thought she's much better than the narrator of Emma--who has made Emma quite a lanquid and sometimes conceited woman, and whose reading totally lacks the vitality and humor that I have always attributed to the book.