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Mansfield Park | [Jane Austen]

Mansfield Park

One of Jane Austen's most complex and mature works, Mansfield Park shows the writer at the top of her form, tackling the manners and customs of early 19th-century society with wit and irony that still resonate with readers two centuries after the book's initial publication. Flo Gibson's compelling narration gives perfect voice to the trials and tribulations of Fanny Price, sent at a young age to live with her rich relations.
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Audible Editor Reviews

"A lady" was the attributed author of 1811’s smash success, Sense and Sensibility. That lady was Jane Austen, one of the novel’s earliest masters and still a worldwide favorite. Any fan of Downton Abbey, Harry Potter, or the works of Henry James has Austen at least partly to thank for it.

Following her first successes, Austen wrote Mansfield Park,arguably her most complex effort. Performed in a grandmotherly alto by Flo Gibson (who has over one thousand audiobooks to her credit!), Mansfield Parkintroduces the listener to Fanny Price, that shy, intelligent, lower-class girl who, at age 10, is sent to live with her rich extended family. Listeners experience Fanny’s growth into a young woman with all the irony, despair, and humor that entails.

Publisher's Summary

One of Jane Austen's most complex and mature works, Mansfield Park shows the writer at the top of her form, tackling the manners and customs of early 19th-century society with wit and irony that still resonate with readers two centuries after the book's initial publication. Flo Gibson's compelling narration gives perfect voice to the trials and tribulations of Fanny Price, sent at a young age to live with her rich relations.

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What the Critics Say

"Mansfield Park, a chronicle of the trials of Fanny Price, is very recommendable....Narrator Flo Gibson reads clearly and meaningfully, distinguishing voices, and does justice to the humor and style of Austen's prose." (Library Journal)

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    Michael PELHAM, NH, USA 06-02-03
    Michael PELHAM, NH, USA 06-02-03
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    "Wonderful story !"

    I love this story, it is my favorite of the "Austen" books... I have read them all! The narrator's voice is not quite what I would have chosen for this story, but once you are engrossed in the life of Fanny Price you forget about that.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    jaspersu 08-05-05
    jaspersu 08-05-05 Member Since 2007

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    "Flo sounds fine."

    I enjoyed this as much as any audio book of a Jane Austen novel that I've come across. I was hesitant to select it because others weren't happy with Flo Gibson's voice. I thought her voice was fine and perfectly clear enough to understand. I think she does a very good job differentiating the male character voices, too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bennett somewhere in the midwest 07-06-05
    Elizabeth Bennett somewhere in the midwest 07-06-05 Listener Since 2005
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    "Reader perfect"

    Personally I like listening to Flo. Her voice gives character to the reading. She is animated and gives different voices to each of the characters. What a riot. This is the second book of hers that I have listened to and I really enjoy them!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Woodville, TX, United States 03-29-05
    Marie Woodville, TX, United States 03-29-05 Member Since 2004

    I love mysteries in the style of P.D. James, Rex Stout, Elizabeth Peters, Dave Duncan, etc. I love sci fi written by Issac Asimov (the robot books), Douglas Adams, Jack McDevitt (Alex Benedict series) and Susan Collins. I love fantasy written by Terry Pratchett, and Kim Harrison. I love Kate Morton. I don't like graphic descriptions of violence.

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    "Austin and Gibson are an unbeatable combination"

    Austin is my favorite author and Gibson my favorite reader. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite of Austin's books, but everything she wrote is fabulous.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Point Marion, PA, USA 12-05-05
    Sherry Point Marion, PA, USA 12-05-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Poor quality"

    I tried listening to this book, but could not take the poor quality. I have it in written form. I will read it the old fashion way and enjoy it much more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    India J Brooklyn, NY, USA 07-04-05
    India J Brooklyn, NY, USA 07-04-05 Member Since 2004
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    "All the terrible reviews of the narrator are true"

    Such overacting! Such misreading! Such a grating voice! Gaaah!

    I downloaded this despite the negative reviews, thinking, "But I love _Mansfield Park_. How bad could it be?" The answer is, Very bad. Flo Gibson makes everyone in the book sound like an idiot. Her attempts at an English accent are embarrassing. Her phrasing and intonation are so unnatural that it's hard to follow the story and take the characters seriously. In sum, she's very a obtrusive reader, utterly lacking in subtlety, and she significantly diminishes my enjoyment of the book. I wish Audible would offer a different unabridged edition.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stacie L. Helsing MA United States 05-18-03
    Stacie L. Helsing MA United States 05-18-03 Member Since 2002

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    "TERRIBLE NARRATOR"

    I have never had such a hard time understanding someone. She sounds like an 80 year old chain smoker. I listened for an hour and didn't have any idea what was going on!

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra 03-27-06
    Alexandra 03-27-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Go for the Abridged version"

    I always believed in reading Unabridged versions of books. But in this case - go for the abridged one. There is truly little in this book that could not be cut out without making the book better. (And I stand by this assertion, even though I'm an avid Austen fan.) Also, I believe there are Abridged versions available with a different narrator - an advantage if there ever was one.
    It's amasing that Jane Austen would produce such an unsimpathetic heroine and hero. Both of them are such prudes you really want them to get together just so they wouldn't spoil anyone else's life. The hero is a spoil sport and exessively full of himself, and the heroine... well, lets just say a doormat would have more interesting a character. The only time she grows a back bone it is to refuse an offer of marriage that she should have accepted. I simply don't understand her. Furthermore, she doesn't grow as a character through the text! In Jane Austen's heroine that is unprecedented! She is just the proper, self efacing (and which is worse, extremely and sinserely self efacing) feminine ideal. As with any angel - it is hard to believe she is alive. Oh, if I could only bury her in the first chapters of the book...
    The narrator only adds to the trial that reading this book presents. She speaks clearly, but with such tones and inflections as to make you dislike EVERY character. If you are going to listen to this book - at least aleviate the task by choosing another narrator.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nikole Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 09-08-05
    Nikole Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 09-08-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Bad Narrator"

    I hated the narrator; agree with the previous critic that she sounds like an 80 year old chain smoker. Had difficulty distinguishing the characters. Could not get past the first hour either. I hope this will be available with another narrator. I would really like to listen to the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Twin Bridges, MT, United States 03-21-05
    Debra Twin Bridges, MT, United States 03-21-05 Member Since 2005

    Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.

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    "Good narrator, not my favorite Jane Austen novel"

    I think Flo Gibson does an excellent job with Mansfield Park. However, I found the plot rather tedious until I got halfway through the 15 hours. The last 7 hours were very engaging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Hawick Rugby Club-Lady Bertram gets sin binned"

    This is the centre of the Jane Austen melting pot and is probably about as good as it gets within this particular oeuvre. A plot that takes you along, funny asides, great insights and a feeling of reaching across the years and the divide to speak to the modern reader. Interesting to see that the current production stars Billie Piper - what price Fanny Price I wonder?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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