Fanny Price, one of a dozen children born into a family that can ill afford so many, is sent at the age of 10 to live with her wealthy relatives. In typical Jane Austen form, immutable laws of propriety frame acts both vicious and virtuous, enabling Fanny to find her place in the world. Wanda McCaddon is the ideal choice to present this classic. Her impeccable elocution fits Austen's persnickety style. McCaddon gives a soft, sweet cadence to Fanny's thoughts and words while conveying all the author's derision toward the story's shallow characters. Both story and performance deliver a nineteenth-century "tell-all" just as impossible to resist as the tabloids in the checkout line.
Shy, fragile Fanny Price is the consummate "poor relation". Sent to live with her wealthy uncle Thomas, she clashes with his spoiled, selfish daughters and falls in love with his son. Their lives are further complicated by the arrival of a pair of witty, sophisticated Londoners, whose flair for flirtation collides with the quiet, conservative country ways of Mansfield Park.
Written several years after the early manuscripts that eventually became Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park retains Jane Austen's familiar compassion and humor but offers a far more complex exploration of moral choices and their emotional consequences.
Not as captivating as Pride and Prejudice, but worth a listen. As expected with Jane Austen there are foibles, there is humor, and a commitment to propriety. The characters were like able.
I had previously attempted to read this once or twice, but had been put off of it early on by the ill treatment of Fanny by all but Edmond. Even this time it gave me unease, but I was determined to finish reading it in order to be satisfied of a happy ending at last. The poor girl, to grow up first nearly ignored in her own impoverished home, and then ripped from it to live in a grand house with overbearing aunts and uncle - who to my mind did her great disservice and mistreatment and I can hardly comprehend how good-natured and accepting of her inferior lot Fanny was - and with cousins who abused her and gave her no thought except that she was so inferior, and judged her so wrongly by any account. It was not Fanny's fault she had never been taught geography or to speak French, and yet this perceived ignorance became innate stupidity to the girl's minds...
Thank goodness Edmond took notice of her and became a source for at least some happiness. It broke my heart that she remained his confidant when he fell for another woman, and she could not give her full confidence or opinions to him. That he was blinded to her greater-than-fraternal feeling I had little doubt or surprise, as she'd never show it, but she bore more distress on that account than such a kind and soft person ever should. She was stronger than any of them imagined.
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I was even more pained at the family's disapproval and even disdain at her refusing Mr. Crawford and without even bothering to comprehend why. I was more than impressed by her staying true to her principles and morals in the face of such pressure and the strife caused. Again I was impressed by her fortitude when confronted with the home and lifestyle of her parents, and trying to cope with the change it brought in her own activities. I am glad she was able to be of use to her sister Susan, I'd have been sad if that end had bot been provided for. Of Fanny's cousins, no less resulted for them than expected, and the faults of the spoiled unprincipled girls I think we'll deserved their fates. And the same for the Crawford siblings. I was happy at last for Edmond and for Fanny.
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Austen never ceases to depict so wonderfully so many different characters in her portraits of society. The frivolous and the insipid are just as much attended to and detailed by her pen as the noble and happy individuals, making up just as an important part of the gatherings - for there could hardly be as much truth without them, nor as much appreciation for the quick-witted and gracious without the indolent and dull. And she always incorporates beautiful scenes of the wonderful country parks and villages. Retired and peaceful woods and estates, always coming into contrast with the bustle and greater vice in London, and the darkness and lack of vegetation (so missed by Fanny when spring came to Portsmouth) in the city. But no matter the hardships of situation or degree of trying relatives, Austen did not disappoint me in bring about the well deserved happiness for her most reserved and most deserving heroine.
Wanda McCaddon narrated very well. Most main characters had distinct voices, and the were seldom inconsistent or confused in dialogue. A few male voices now and then became similar and hard to differentiate by sound alone, but that's not to be unexpected -and there were rather more male characters about the place than usual during the theatrical fiasco. In general though it was well done, and her emotions, especially in the letters and Fanny's thoughts were well conveyed.
I quite enjoyed it.
It's likely I would listen to this again. I enjoyed it more this time, both reading on my Fire and listening at the same time, than I have previously.
Mansfield Park is a typical Austin satire on manners and morals of British society and can be compared pretty much to any of her others. Those who like Austin might find themselves liking Thackeray's *Vanity Fair*, too. I consider him a superior author to Austin.
Her voice has character, but character that matches the story and doesn't distract from it. Her characterizations are (generally) well done, and sometimes very well done.
My last reading of Mansfield Park didn't impress me much, so I was surprised to find that this time I did want to keep going until it was done. I got much more out of it, perhaps because of my own level of maturity increasing, as well as Wanda McCaddon's narration.
Well probably not, but it was really good for people who like these older stories, and I do, the story is engageing.
I liked her reading, it was clear, and made me lose myself in the story, which cannot be said about all who do the speaking on audiobooks.
It ended how I would have liked, and so it was worthwhile. It really make me laugh or cry, but it was very good.
I loved Pride and Prejudice and I was hoping this book would hold up to my expectations but it fell far from it. It is extremely slow to start and never picks up. The narrating is decent, not great though. The ending was very rushed and just felt like she couldn't figure out how she wanted it all to end so she just threw this together. It was extremely cheesy and predictable.
I love Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility, are great books to read. However, Fanny, the main character in Mansfield Park is less engaging than all the other characters in the 3 previous books mentioned. She would be someone less sure of herself, and I believe people can some times relate however.
"Just love Jane Austen"
I find Jane Austen difficult to read so it brilliant to listen to
Fanny Price a sweet girl with a strong sense of values
Is does most of them very well but she does a very good Lady Bertrem
The 1983 version of Mansfield park is done really well through to story what I like, Fanny Price is a much to strong persona in the later film
Just a good and easy listen
This is an enjoyable reading of Mansfield Park. Wanda McCaddon is not tempted (as in other adaptations of this novel) to make Fanny into Elizabeth Bennett.
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