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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (117,372 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Fanny Price, a poor relation of the rich Bertrams, is reluctantly adopted into the family to be brought up at Mansfield Park, where she is treated condescendingly. Only her cousin Edmund, a young clergyman, appreciates her fine qualities. Fanny soon falls in love with him, but Edmund is, unfortunately, drawn to the shallow and worldly Mary Crawford. Fanny’s quiet humility, steadfast loyalty, and natural goodness are matched against the wit and brilliance of her lovely rival. The tension is heightened when Henry Crawford, Mary’s equally sophisticated and flirtatious brother, takes an interest in Fanny.          

Jane Austen’s subtle, satiric novel skillfully uses her characters’ emotional relationships to explore the social and moral values by which they attempt to order their lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lots of people (including Austen’s mother) find the heroine Fanny ‘insipid,’ but as a shy person I identify with her and love how she learns to speak up for herself.”

    Alison Bechdel, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The technique of the novels is beyond praise, and has been praised. Her mastery of the art she chose, or that chose her, is complete: how she achieved it no one will ever know.”

    Elizabeth Bowen, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Jane Austen paints some witty and perceptive studies of character.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Listeners…will be rewarded with Austen’s brilliant commentary on the society of her day and by Johanna Ward’s solid reading…this is a lively and interesting choice for admirers of Jane Austen.”

    AudioFile

  • “Never did any novelist make more use of an impeccable sense of human values.”

    Virginia Woolf, praise for the author

  • “There’s no one to touch Jane [Austen] when you’re in a tight place.”

    Rudyard Kipling, praise for the author

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Donna Beaudin | 2/5/2014

    " I had to force myself to finish this novel. Fanny is representative of her time, place, and social status, and her relatives do a great job of reminding her how much she owes to their generosity and benevolence. But she is maddeningly meek for some of us modern readers. Can't say that I'll ever re-read this one from the Austen canon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynn Bervaldi | 2/5/2014

    " excellent but not my favourite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elizabeth Meadows | 2/2/2014

    " More delicious characters and situations from my favorite author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Richard Barlow | 1/23/2014

    " Please let this be the last Austen I have to read. 400+ pages of characters that seem interchangeable with characters from her other novels, and all the action in the book occurs in the last 50 pages and is barely described at all. Some good topics for discussion posts but I am still mystified by her seemed importance as a novelist. "

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