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.
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.
I knew that this book would be full of old fashioned English verbiage as I have read other Austin stories but the narration was so fast, garbled and complex that I could not follow the story at all. Had to turn it off (never to listen to again) as it was irritating to try to follow.
The story wasn't the problem.
I liked the variation of the characters and their interaction with eachother,
I have several of Jane Austen's books on tape and I would prefer hearing Kate Redding
I enjoyed the book, but the narration was hard to hear. I often listen while driving and some of the narrator's character voices were softer than others and I missed the dialogue. I would not listen to another book narrated by Wanda McCaddon. I have not had this problem with any other Audible book and I have over 35 on my IPod
Love the book & excited to listen but Narrator made this an impossible listen for me. Her inflection, intonation, shrillness at times and general delivery got on my nerves before the first chapter was done. Stopped it, found a better narrator and starting over. Going to request a refund for this version.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable book and I am quite impressed by Miss Austen's work. Whereas I could not finish Pride & Prejudice and liked Emma, I consider Mansfield Park a prime example of fine literature and I look forward to reading more of her novels though, after reading this, I fear I may be disappointed.
Story and Narration
Austen's ability to recognize the rediculous of the period in which she lived.
She brought life to the characters. I loved it.
Mary's description of the clergy's duty and actions
Rereading all of Austen was on my bucket list. I am sad to say I have now completed this book. Manchester Park was the last book. I have never thought Pride and Prejudice to be her best book and now on rereading them, I am sure Manchester park is the best! Emma is my least favorite.
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.
"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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