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Lady Susan is an epistolary novel by Jane Austen about a beautiful and manipulative widow scheming to arrange wealthy marriages for herself and her daughter. This book is the basis for the film Love & Friendship, written and directed by Whit Stillman, and starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. This dramatized production is presented by the Online Stage.

Cast: Elizabeth Klett as Lady Susan Vernon and the Narrator; Beth Thomas as Catherine Vernon; Ben Lindsey-Clark as Mr. de Courcy; Amanda Friday as Alicia Johnson; Denis Daly as Sir Reginald de Courcy; Becca Maggie as Frederica Vernon; Carol Box as Lady de Courcy.

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  • Elaine
  • MIDDLETOWN, NJ, United States
  • 04-25-16

Excellent dramatization!

Through letters the listener learns of the adventures of Lady Susan Vernon and those who come in contact with her. We learn the fate of her daughter who is most unfortunate to have Lady Susan for a mother, but you will have to listen to find out why. My favorite actor was Elizabeth Klett who read the letters of Lady Susan, herself. I've listened to many of Ms. Klett's audio books and she has a wonderful English accent and a beautiful voice. In addition, all the other reader/performers were excellent, also. They read their letters with great expression and feeling. All in all, a truly enjoyable listening experience. I wish it could have been longer!

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Listen Instead of Seeing New Movie

Whit Stillman's abysmal new allegedly Jane Austen-inspired movie, Love and Friendship (unaccountably bearing the title of a separate work from Austen's Juvenilia) is based on Lady Susan. Therefore, to help wash away the foul taste of that cinematic abomination, I sat down to reacquaint myself with this little-known gem after we got home from the theater. What fun! Jane Austen at age 19 was already wickedly smart, and her cutting satire in this epistolary novella about a sharklike woman who cares for no one but herself is truly not to be missed by Austen fans. The readers of the letters are mostly good, although Catherine Vernon and to some degree her mother Lady De Courcy sound Aussie, not British, and the actor reading the letters of Sir Reginald is so over-the-top in his zeal to sound old and stuffy that it's occasionally difficult to understand what he's saying. On the whole, though, it's a solid B plus/A minus, not bad for a work written by a teenager in the early 1790s!

Bechdel test: Definite pass. There are multiple named female characters, two of them very frequently converse, and the topic is often Lady Susan, not a man!

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social media: intrigue of its time

Although it was required reading for a fiction class, I'm glad it was. Different type of Austen...loved it!

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Perfect

Marrying a Jane Austen novella with talented narrators is a match made in heaven. Lady Susan is an epistolary novel (written in letters) which is perfectly suited to multiple narrators. It had been years since I've read this and enjoyed the audio rendition very much. Listening to this also made me appreciate the recent film version (Love and Friendship) even more.

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The language is beautiful

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The twist in the story was down played and it took the wind out of the ending. The movie Love and Friendship is based on this book and is an excellent watch.

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Early Jane Austen

Not much plot, and a lot of names and family/social connections to keep track of in this short novella. Some of narrators were good, a few were overly dramatic or difficult to understand. The movie version of this story, "Love and Friendship", offers a different interpretation of the material here.

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  • sarah
  • NEVADA CITY, CA, United States
  • 10-18-16

awful narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

no

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

Juliet Stephenson should narrate all books

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someone who can't do an english accent narrates this book, it is the worst

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  • Catherine
  • 07-06-16

Great book, but bad choice of narrators

The audio sample of this book gives a bad representation of what one is to expect. Lady Susan's letters are read very well, but there are some odd voices for the letters of the other characters. In particular an Australian and wholly unladylike sounding person reads Mrs Vernon's letters which are plentiful indeed. Most annoying.

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