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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (895 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Alex Jennings Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is a diverting delight, a window on romance in literature. There are high lovers and low lovers, tragic lovers, comic lovers, and lovers who shouldn't be doing what they are doing at all and certainly not then and there. There is even Fanny Hill trying not to discover what physical love is about when set upon by an old roué who has paid for the privilege. Though of special interest for lovers and their special lover's day of St. Valentine, it is an amusing and sometimes surprising collection.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carolina | 1/28/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this so much! Being medieval literature, there were occasional moments where the gender dynamics bothered me, but I let it slide for the most part because of the context of the time period it was written in. I had to keep in mind how the structure of society was different back then and how differently people were expected to act. It requested suspension of disbelief on that account [gender] in order to fully enjoy the tale. Which I did! It read like a fairy tale, and I really liked the humor and irony in this telling of the Tristan and Isolde legend. It was amusing and it definitely was a story that was on True Love's side. Despite the depiction of the three "wicked" and "villainous" barons that continuously try to expose Tristan and Yseut, it made sense on practical, even moral, grounds for their multiple attempts. Even so, the narrator and the story really made a case to have sympathy for Tristan and Yseut, on the basis of their tragic love story, despite all the treachery, sneaking around, and deception. X) I really liked Yseut's character. I was a bit worried before I started reading that she would be a bland, interchangeable maiden-type character, but was pleasantly surprised to see her depicted as clever and cunning! Even if that kind of female character probably wasn't necessarily a favorable one, I was happy to have an Yseut with agency who did the best she could under her circumstances. And I also really liked Tristan's dog, Husdant, haha! XD And Tristan himself was brave and knightly, as was to be expected. :P XD I really liked the solidarity between the characters on Team Tristan & Yseut, LOL. XD And I also got all happy when King Arthur was mentioned, and later, when he made his appearance. XD I was all sorts of excited with my first dive into Arthurian legend. I had a lot fun with this one. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leonora | 1/17/2014

    " This translation gets the story across well enough, but I am not a fan of prose translation of epic poetry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Neil Aronson | 11/26/2013

    " One of the worst books I've ever read. Totally incoherent plot with gaping holes. No character development. Forget considering this as a period piece from medieval times... it's still a sucky piece of literature, no two ways about it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Annette Hart | 11/11/2013

    " I'm negative about this book because I don't approve of how Tristan and Yseult cheat to get what they want! "

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