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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: October 2011 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Epstein | 10/24/2013

    " I had to read this for class, but I actually really enjoyed it. It was a quick read and didn't really require me to do too much thinking. The only word I can think of for it is pleasant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 10/23/2013

    " The original Guinevere and Sir Lancelot/Romeo and Juliet! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 9/28/2012

    " Good, sad but realistic. I was tired of happy endings anyway :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Fields | 8/19/2012

    " Another sad one...hmmm, I need something fun to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian Girard | 7/2/2012

    " even better when you know Wagner !!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 4/18/2012

    " Read for Honor's Lit class. Great legend. This is the first love story. Don't see the crappy movie that is completely inaccurate. If anything, see the opera. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ladygwen | 2/23/2012

    " This was a fascinating satire of the famous doomed romance. It had an interesting perspective and of course the plot which I wished was expanded detail wise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 1/8/2012

    " Quite a bit different than the James Franco movie from a few years ago that is based on this character. But a very enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sevi | 11/4/2011

    " I had the pleasure of reading this as an interactive book on my iPad and it definitely made it more entertaining. I am fortunate that I love the original Pride and Prejudice because the love for Mr. Darcy kept me entertained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 WideEyedPanda | 11/2/2011

    " I thought it was hilarious and silly! (Which was what I was generally expecting/hoping for) =) I would recommend it to someone who has already read Pride and Prejudice and likes a bit of zombie fun.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marianne | 10/31/2011

    " I tried to approach this a humorous or even amusing. I can only call it awkward. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 10/30/2011

    " I loved how this book transitioned between the regular book then suddenly there's zombies. Kept me laughing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 10/30/2011

    " Wow, is this book terrible. It's pretty full of itself, and the writing (by which I mean the tacked on zombie bits) is poor. It's incredibly obvious what has been added because the author just cannot grasp Austin's writing style. Avoid. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Xdyj | 10/30/2011

    " It's funny but some jokes get old after a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyse | 10/29/2011

    " For all of those who did not think pride and prejudice was good read this book. A hilarious spoof that draws you end and leaves you wanting more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Quinn | 10/27/2011

    " This book seemed good at first but when I read it, there was not much to keep you focused on the book. It was very slow paced. "

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About the Author
Author Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775–1817) is considered by many scholars to be the first great woman novelist. Born in Steventon, England, she later moved to Bath and began to write for her own and her family’s amusement. Her novels, set in her own English countryside, depict the daily lives of provincial middle-class families with wry observation, a delicate irony, and a good-humored wit.

About the Narrator

Alex Jennings is an award-winning narrator and actor of stage and screen. He has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been named a finalist for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Literary Fiction Narration. As an actor, he enjoyed a highly successful run at the Old Vic in Too Clever by Half, for which he won an Olivier Award, the Drama Magazine Award, and the Plays and Players Award for Actor of the Year. He has also won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Peer Gynt. Among his numerous television credits are Inspector Alleyn, Hard Times, and the lead role in Bad Blood.