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Roberta

A good narrator reading a Jane Austen novel on audible is my pleasurable escape to a slower paced world. I chose my readers carefully!

New York City, NY, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Lindsay Duncan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (567)

    Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down.

    Louise says: "excellent reading"
    "Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice"
    Overall

    I listened briefly to all the "Pide and Prejudice" audios on our list, before buying this production narrated by Linsey Duncan. Ms Ducan's reading is superb. Each character is given a unique voice and portrayed with such subtlety, that the novel easily flows in currents of reality. Miss Austen's language is preserved and alive. I am a serious reader of Ms Austen and I am totally satisfied with this audio.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Mansfield Park

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (126)

    Fanny Price, a poor relation of the rich Bertrams, is reluctantly adopted into the family, to be brought up at Mansfield Park, where she is condescendingly treated. Only her cousin, Edmund, a young clergyman, appreciates her fine qualities. Fanny soon falls in love with him, but Edmund is, unfortunately, drawn to the shallow and worldly Mary Crawford.

    Youngna says: "Monotone narration."
    "Most complex Jane Austen novel & best narrator"
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    What did you love best about Mansfield Park?

    Mansfield Park is a 19th century literary classic, which is totally accessible to the readers of today. The moral and romantic challenges confronted by its' fictional characters, would reflect the sensibilities of many discerning readers across global cultures and time frame.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the penetrating character descriptions narrated by the writer. Character development was beautiful and the story was filled with surprises, just as life is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As she walked with rich Henry Crawford on the ramparts of Portsmouth Bay, Fanny Price realized that Henry might truly love her. Nevertheless, Fanny also remembered that Henry was emotionally impulsive and callus in his flirtatious social displays of attachments to women. For example, Fanny's female cousin Maria, who was then an engaged to be married woman, was first pursued by Henry Crawford, and then suddenly with no explanation dropped by him. Thus, Fanny decided Henry was untrustworthy and it would be unwise for her to marry him --- in spite of her current family pressure to do so.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I have listened to this entire book more than once, and never spent more than one hour or read more than one chapter at any one time. I can't imagine anyone listening to the entire book in one sitting; not if that person wants to understand it fully. Reader intelligence, tenacity and some knowledge of British cultural history is helpful, if not necessary to an enjoyment of Mansfield Park.


    Any additional comments?

    I have invested a lot of time and effort in writing this review. I hope that it is useful to Audible --- a company that has given me many years of pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (22376)
    Performance
    (9027)
    Story
    (9237)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Unfolding awareness of relationship loss. Good"
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    This book, whether it is in the category of "self help," romance fiction, or American literature might appeal to an unmarried readership --- people who are searching for a permanent relationship. The brief voice quote submitted for my review is saturated with personal feelings of ambivelance and restrained anxiety, emmotions which are often stirred during such a search. The book might promote self refection and clearer thinking about possible parteners.
    Dr. Roberta, psychoanalyst, New York City.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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