We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
Mansfield Park (Naxos Edition) | [Jane Austen]

Mansfield Park (Naxos Edition)

At the tender age of 10, Fanny Price is 'adopted' by her rich relations and is removed from the poverty of her home in Portsmouth to the opulence of Mansfield Park. The transplantation is not a happy one. Dependent, helpless, neglected and forgotten, Fanny struggles to come to terms with her new life until, tested almost to the limits of endurance, she assumes her rightful role....
Regular Price:$16.09
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

At the tender age of 10, Fanny Price is 'adopted' by her rich relations and is removed from the poverty of her home in Portsmouth to the opulence of Mansfield Park. The transplantation is not a happy one. Dependent, helpless, neglected and forgotten, Fanny struggles to come to terms with her new life until, tested almost to the limits of endurance, she assumes her rightful role....

Download the accompanying reference guide.

Public Domain (P)1995 Naxos Audiobooks

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (319 )
5 star
 (170)
4 star
 (94)
3 star
 (48)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (4)
Overall
4.3 (244 )
5 star
 (129)
4 star
 (69)
3 star
 (36)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.5 (237 )
5 star
 (157)
4 star
 (59)
3 star
 (17)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Neil Chisholm Buninyong, Australia 02-05-12
    Neil Chisholm Buninyong, Australia 02-05-12 Member Since 2011

    "fabric artist and quilter"

    HELPFUL VOTES
    229
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    93
    81
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    42
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Oh such felicity, such gaiety, such rapture!"

    I had read this book before but many years ago and like so many others knew Jane Austen from Pride and Prejudice and more from the tv series than reading the book. However, Jane is at her most observational in this book - characters are so real that they are recognisable from people we know today and she is also at her most cynical - the wit is brilliant. Its a fantastic book and Juliet Stevenson is masterly in her narration. If I could have given it six stars I would have done!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Diane Iron Station, NC, United States 10-07-11
    Diane Iron Station, NC, United States 10-07-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    165
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    153
    105
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    16
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "classic, great narrator, long..."

    Well, it's a classic. I love this type of story so it appeals to me right up front. This narrator is the best at this type of story. Just only negative is it's so long and somewhats meanders so much that I almost quit out of boredom but then it would pick up again. Descriptions are wonderful - I like listening to it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dawnmichelle West Palm Beach, FL, United States 09-27-10
    Dawnmichelle West Palm Beach, FL, United States 09-27-10

    frg

    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    87
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "A great book of a girl comming of age."

    A well spoken narrator reads this book with the upmost perfection. "A timless classic"

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 10-22-11
    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 10-22-11 Member Since 2011

    Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    331
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    265
    111
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    64
    11
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Comments from a Jane Austen Novice"

    From the many reviews I've read, I know this novel isn't that popular among Jane Austen fans, most finding the heroine Fanny Price to be too much of a wallflower for a lead character. To me it seemed like she was on the contrary a young woman of conviction with a strong moral fiber, who seemed to have more depth than the leading young women in the other two novels I've read by Jane Austen (S&S and P&P), which I found too frothy for my liking. The secondary characters were very entertaining; indeed, their presence was essential in moving the story forward and providing plenty of spice and drama. Excellent performance by Juliet Stevenson, who is one of my favourite narrators.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sheryl A Georgetown, TX, US Minor Outlying Islands 03-29-09
    Sheryl A Georgetown, TX, US Minor Outlying Islands 03-29-09 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    26
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Well read and Well edited"

    An exceptional narration and abridgement of a classic. But I bought it because of the narrator Juliette Stevenson.....superb.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Shelly M. Felton Gainesville. FL 08-27-12
    Shelly M. Felton Gainesville. FL 08-27-12 Member Since 2005

    shellian731

    HELPFUL VOTES
    136
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    186
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fanny Price, ugh!"

    Juliet Stevenson's narration is superb in all the audiobooks I've listened to, but even her skill cannot lift Mansfield Park to the heights of Pride and Prejudice. Fanny Price is a drip! Edmund is a doofus! The story is a treadmill of reiteration! But if you feel compelled to read Mansfield Park anyway, this edition is the best I've heard. For those not familiar with Jane Austen's works I recommend Northanger Abbey. It's goofy on purpose.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Erica Irving, TX, United States 02-04-13
    Erica Irving, TX, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "People tend to come down hard on Fanny..."

    I actually really enjoyed this book. There are a number of reviews where people harp on the frailty of Fanny Price and her timid nature. While, she is no Elizabeth Bennett... I do think there is something to be said about the true soul of Miss Price. She lives in a world where she has been told again & again that her station was beneath those around her. Wouldn't being sent away from parents and siblings to a world of fashion and elegance where people make sure you know that you are inferior and should be grateful of EVERYTHING could make one want to blend into the background? I think that Henry Crawford starting his attentions just to relieve boredom by making her fall in love with him and then falling in love with her because of her nature and how different it is to those around her. I'm ashamed to say that I watched the 1999 movie before reading the book. I like the relationship with her brother; who is not in the movie at all. But, I prefer that Edmund seems to love Fanny all along in the movie rather then the original story of disappointment in Mary showing him the benefit of Fanny. Still, it's worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cynthia Portland 11-21-11
    Cynthia Portland 11-21-11 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    141
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Jane Austen and Juliet Stevenson"

    If you like Jane Austen you can't do better than Juliet Stevenson. She manages all of the characters' voices, including the men' and the narrator's, providing a dramatic yet sensitive reading catching what we might imagine was Austen's own voice. Each time I listen to one of the books I hear a new line or thread in the narration that I didn't catch before. Love them all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Randall Whitesboro, TX, United States 06-22-14
    Randall Whitesboro, TX, United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent narrator and a great story"
    Any additional comments?

    Juliet Stevenson is my favorite narrator for the Jane Austen books. The only one I don't have by Stevenson (can't find) is Pride and Prejudice, which is my favorite JA novel. Maybe she hasn't narrated it? Her voice is easy to listen to, and doesn't go to extreme high volumes, which can be annoying in an audio book.

    The reason I love Mansfield Park is all summed up in the very last chapter. It does move a little slow, and it can be very trying to follow Fanny Price, but only because her personality is steady and quiet. In the end, she is rewarded for her upstanding character, and every other character in the book receives their just reward, as well. The summation of the entire story is so well done in that last chapter. I love listening to it just to get to that part.

    I've listened to this one many times and am not tired of it yet!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Belle Australia 03-15-14
    Belle Australia 03-15-14 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    24
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not my fave Austen"
    Any additional comments?

    Still my least favourite Austen. Of course, Austen at her worst is better than pretty much anyone at their best. Mansfield Park is a compelling and enjoyable story, but I just find Fanny and Edmund so frustrating. I actually liked the secondary characters so much more. They're not so perfect and prissy, and I found them much easier to sympathise with for most of the book. Plus what happens to them is so much more interesting - the scandal! The snark! It's so much fun. Fanny, meanwhile, is so weak and insipid, and Edmund is stern and completely clueless. Fanny spends the whole book mooning over him and it literally took til the last eight minutes of the audiobook before Edmund realised it or even thought about her as more than a friend (or, I should say, cousin). Definitely not my favourite romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 18 results PREVIOUS12NEXT
Sort by:
  • Bookthrower
    UK
    8/25/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Better than some more expensive versions"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this very highly. Jane Austen's characterisation and dialogue are, as always, brilliant, and seem to be particularly effective when read aloud.Since reading circles were a common social activity in J.A.'s time, perhaps she intended this. Juliet Stevenson does full justice to the text. She uses different voices for different characters, which bring out their character beautifully, yet sound quite natural. I am pleasantly surprised, because this is one of the cheapest versions of Mansfield Park, and yet it must be one of the best (I haven't tried the others, but other people's reviews seem to indicate some are not as good).


    What other book might you compare Mansfield Park to, and why?

    Just as good as Jane Austen's other novels.


    Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favourite?

    Lady Bertram -I can just picture her laid out on the chaise longue,so outrageously self-absorbed and indolent that she becomes comic..


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I rationed myself, so I would have it to look forward to.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    Stockport, United Kingdom
    4/16/13
    Overall
    "Sparkling wit at its best!"

    Ah, the wit and wonder of Jane Austen is second to none - many an acerbic observation made me gasp or laugh out loud throughout this, one of my favourite of her books. I think Fanny Price is such a gentle natured girl that she may be in danger of getting overlooked as one of Austen's main characters most deserving of attention.  She is full of both sense and sensitivity and is rather lovely to spend time with!  The other characters are flawed and very human indeed, with foibles a plenty and scandals abounding.  Plenty of opportunity for Austen to get out her claws and hold her mirror up to society. Things have changed since, the scandals may seem tame but the hurts they would cause would still be far reaching even if the consequences very different now. The ending still makes me smile and sigh with relief (trying not to spoil things for future readers too much!) and it is over all too quickly.

    Juliet Stevenson's reading of the audio book is excellent with some brilliant voices for the different characters, she certainly sounded like she was having a lot of fun as she was reading it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stacey
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    9/20/11
    Overall
    "Julliet Stevenson Narrating at her best"

    Brilliant a joy to listen too, the characters are portraied so well, I could listen to it over and over again

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Brentwood, United Kingdom
    11/11/10
    Overall
    "Rushed ending disappointed me."

    Juliet Stevenson does an excellent job of narrating this book.

    This is my least favourite Jane Austen novel for the simple reason that she seemed to rush the ending. Waiting for the climax of the book with baited breath, I was extremely disappointed that she told the conclusion in summary rather than describing the culminating events through the eyes of the characters as they happened.

    For this reason I can only give three stars, though the bulk of the story is excellent, and what I would expect from Jane Austen. It seemed to me that the author got tired of telling this story and finished it in too much of a hurry. What a shame.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-4 of 4 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.