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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,093 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jane Austen’s earliest known serious work, Lady Susan is a short, epistolary novel that portrays a woman bent on the exercise of her own powerful mind and personality to the point of social self-destruction.

Lady Susan, a clever and ruthless widow, determines that her daughter is going to marry a man whom both detest. She sets her own sights on her sister-in-law’s brother, all the while keeping an old affair simmering on the back burner.

But people refuse to play the roles assigned them. In the end, her daughter gets the sister-in-law’s brother, the old affair runs out of steam, and all that is left for Lady Susan is the man intended for her daughter, whom neither can abide.

Told through a series of letters between the characters, the work concludes abruptly with the comment: “this correspondence…could not, to the great detriment of the Post Office revenue, be continued any longer.”

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  • “Lady Susan’s character is more extreme than we expecte from Jane Austen...Here Jane Austen is showing us the mind of a ‘wicked woman’ in action, from within, an exercise which she was not to attempt again. She was to attempt folly and frivolity and immorality, but never so directly did she attempt to portray vice. Lady Susan, with her...cruelty to her daughter and her ruthless selfishness, is unique in [Austen’] work.”

    Margaret Drabble

  • Lady Susan is a strange work, psychologically speaking, in part because its youthful author seems undecided about whose side she is really on...to be sure, Lady Susan is a villain...But she is also a survivor, a woman who refuses to be a passive victim...Lady Susan continues to excite interest for just this reason.”

    Terry Castle, literary scholar and professor

  • “[Lady Susan] stands alone in Austen’s work as a study of an adult woman whose intelligence and force of character are greater than those of anyone she encounters, and who knows herself to be wasted on the dull world in which she is obliged to love.”

    Claire Tomalin, literary biographer and journalist

  • Lady Susan, the herione of anti-heroine, inhabits a world in which men control propery and woman must make property of men. A female rake, she is a handsome egotistical widow who enjoys her own energetic duplicity, her sexual allure and above all her manipulative eloquence.”

    The Cambridge Compaion to Jane Austen

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katie | 2/15/2014

    " How bad is my memory? I think I read this.... Will have to re-read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carmen | 2/14/2014

    " It's amazing that Austen could conceive a story with a plot so well-developed and fluidly progressed and characters so plausible and interesting with just a bunch of letters. This novella offers an insight into Austen's wonderful writing talent before the publications of her later famous works. It is a pity that she could not delight the world with another great work she was working on - Sandition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lyd Stew | 2/14/2014

    " Austen, as always, has such a way of getting into the minds of people and describing them, even through letter correspondence, as in this book. I did, however, feel that Lady Susan character seemed a bit unrealistic and exaggerated. I actually didn't think it would hold my attention in the beginning, but I still found it interesting. Lots of holes and an unfinished work, but still a fun read and very much in her style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angie | 2/12/2014

    " I like seeing the writing of Austen at such an early age more than the story. Very interesting. "

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