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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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