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3.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 5 3.84 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Harriet Walter Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN:
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Taken from the poverty of her parents' home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During her uncle's absence in Antigua, the Crawford's arrive in the neighbourhood bringing with them the glamour of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation. Mansfield Park is considered Jane Austen's first mature work and, with its quiet heroine and subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, one of her most profound. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olga | 2/15/2014

    " Just finished my second reading of it. I suspect there're more to come. I can't tire of Jane. In this book, I love the desperate and jealous flirtation of the Bertram girls with Henry Crawford, the ridiculousness of the home theater (a perfect showcase of English upperclass folly), the benign and not so benign neclect of Fanny by her aunts and her hopeless passion for Edmund. And all this with amazingly beautiful vivid writing that plays it like a movie in my head with camera angles and lighting and colors without containing a single description of any length. Jane is the perfect writer who hands it to us flavored with her sarcasm and wit but without any commentary or opinion, without any intrusion of herself. Pretty amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra Hobbs | 2/12/2014

    " This is one of my all time favorite books ever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shivanthi Sathanandan | 2/5/2014

    " My comfort-reads; Jane Austen is one of my favourite authors and re-reading her books is like having tea and cake on a rainy sunday afternoon. The more often I read them, the more i come like to love them and appreciate the depth of her characters "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmen | 2/4/2014

    " Jane Austen fans will hate me for this, and I understand, but I hated and loved this book. I loved the compassion the author has for her characters. She appreciates and likes everyone. Maria, Mary, Henry, even Mr. Yates. And i love that about her. She writes with such compassion and understanding. I also am impressed with the way the author can show men and women fall in love with people who are not right for them and be completely blind to what all of their friends and family see. But what i cannot forgive, no matter how i look at it, is Fanny Price. If there is a literary hell in the afterlife where authors are sent for completely misrepresenting their characters, and where no doubt Anna Karenina is shooting a hunting rifle at a cowering Tolstoy, Fanny and Jane are fighting and Fanny is choking Jane out. Despite being unfailingly polite, understanding, empathetic and loving, she is perhaps the most unlikeable character in all of literature, with the exception of the straight villains like Richard III and Iago. Fanny seems to have lost her way in a medieval mystery play and wound up in early nineteenth century England. She is cipher, a figure, meant to decode the way the ruling ideology should decide her fate. I hated her for her willing submission, for her unfailing loyalty to the people who so thoroughly downtrod her and tried to destroy whatever minimal self esteem she may have salvaged. When i read 19th century novels i like to update them in my imagination. A member of my book club said it best: Fanny would be strung out on prozac or some other anti depressant, probably a chain smoker, and hating her wealthy, meanspirited family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 1/12/2014

    " Mansfield Park is a novel of a family of poor relations and of wealth. Jane Austen paints a pretty picture of a life to find a place in this world of shifting values and loyalties, you will find this a wonderful book to add to your collection "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/9/2014

    " Reliably Austen, but start with Pride and Prejudice or Emma if you haven't read any before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rikke | 1/1/2014

    " How would I describe "Mansfield Park" by Jane Austen? As the perfect mixture of tragedy and comedy. Not as much a love story, as a study in people's deceiving appearances and their general lack of morality - which once and for all underlines the fact that Austen was no Romantic, as some people like to think. No, she was indeed a realist, and I regard this as her most realistic work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor Napolsky | 12/31/2013

    " My favorite Austen book I've read so far. The first half especially moved me. This is a bit of a turn from the usual Jane Austen fare and I appreciated that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivan Stoner | 12/24/2013

    " Apparently I just can't get into Jane Austen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/22/2013

    " I've always loved this book. Re-reading it as a parent, the lessons in parenting (esp. regarding teaching character, delayed gratification, and self-discipline) really hit home. I think the last chapter is one of her best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha Anastasiou | 12/12/2013

    " Sometimes I cannot decide if Mansfield Park is my favorite book other than Persuasion! They are both beautifully written and a bit darker than the more celebrated Austen books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 12/6/2013

    " Not my favorite Austen book. I liked Fanny and her story but there were times when the story dragged for me (like all the theater stuff). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Lovejoy | 11/29/2013

    " This is the 14th book I've read from Marilyn Green Faulkner's 36 Back to the Best Books. I had read this book before but it has been a number of years so it was a delight to reread it and become acquainted with Fanny Price once again. I thoroughly enjoy Jane Austen's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin Hoffman | 11/2/2013

    " Loved this until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cami | 7/7/2013

    " Austen has a way of creating characters with traits that unexpectedly but naturally give forward motion to the story. I really liked the original penguin introduction that helped me discover the larger themes such as a discussion on values and worldliness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn De la vega | 6/12/2013

    " When you're a shy teenager, nothing gives your loneliness a seeming glimpse of optimism more than a boy telling a similarly shy girl in a book: "You must really harden yourself to the idea of being worth looking at. You must try not to mind growing up into a pretty woman." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra Weathers | 12/15/2012

    " Poor Fanny, Edward was her only salvation and her one true love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Bervaldi | 12/12/2012

    " excellent but not my favourite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Dragoo | 11/6/2012

    " One of my favorites of Austen's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey Knorn | 7/3/2012

    " a classic tale of love from the best author of them all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberta McDonnell | 12/2/2011

    " This is actually my favourite Jane Austen book, I love it and read it about once a year. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsten | 9/15/2011

    " Kinda hard to get through...switched to Pride and Prejudice instead. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bodagirl | 5/22/2011

    " My least favorite Austen. Fanny is a downtrodden, goody-two shoes and she marries her cousin. There seems to be some underlying tension with the Bertram wealth, but it is never actually stated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 5/22/2011

    " I loved it. One of my favourites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 5/22/2011

    " I know I like this more than most. And may be the only guy who does. But in a world where we can only see the most horrific evil, the subtle hues are looked over. Austen paints those hues clearly here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrysoula | 5/21/2011

    " I really enjoyed the characterization in Mansfield Park. I also thought it remarkably like high school drama, which I personally found hilarious. Also, the character of Mrs. Norris presented an interesting insight into the formation of Harry Potter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kay | 5/21/2011

    " Kinda annoyed that when I type in "henry and june' this rubbish book comes up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcella | 5/20/2011

    " Great book. Fanny and Edward's friendship is adorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiera | 5/6/2011

    " This is not one of my favorite Jane Austen novels. It is well written, but for some reason I found it a bit slow in the middle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/4/2011

    " it doesn't get interesting until about halfway through. One of the more tedious Austen novels. However I love the choice and care that is given to how the characters speak to and treat each other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christi | 5/1/2011

    " This one was much harder to get through that the other Jane Austen books I have read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 4/28/2011

    " I have to admit, I liked the bad characters in this book better than the good ones. This is the only Jane Austen I did not thoroughly enjoy. "

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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

Harriet Walter was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1989 for Best Actress in a Revival for her performances in Twelfth Night, A Question Of, and Three Sisters. In 1999 she was named a Commander of the Order of British Empire by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.