Jane Austen's novel is as good as ever, but Ms. Agliotta's vocal interpretation is nearly impossible to listen to.
The story is quintessential Austen and though not her best work, will please Austen fans.
This reading cannot be called a "performance" in any sense of the word. Ms. Agliotta simply reads, and reads, and reads -- rapidly and with no character voices or even pauses. Most of Austen's dialogue (and there is an abundance) does not use he/she said tags, but relies on quotation marks and line spacing to identify changes in speakers. So an audible experience requires the reader to skillfully depict each character's voice. There is no such skill in Ms. Agliotta's reading. Even with close listening it was difficult to discern who was speaking, and there was no differentiation between male or female. The best parts of this audible book were the chapter announcements - at least then she took a breath and I knew who was speaking.
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