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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (117,444 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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At the tender age of 10, Fanny Price is 'adopted' by her rich relations and is removed from the poverty of her home in Portsmouth to the opulence of Mansfield Park. The transplantation is not a happy one. Dependent, helpless, neglected and forgotten, Fanny struggles to come to terms with her new life until, tested almost to the limits of endurance, she assumes her rightful role....

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janeanne | 2/19/2014

    " I got through 5 chapters and decided to give up on it. It has none of the forward motion or humor of Pride and Prejudice. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debbie | 2/15/2014

    " I am sure I would love this story, since I loved Pride and Prejudice. However, I just couldn't get into the book and finally had to give up on trying to read it. Maybe some day when I am in a different place in my head I will be able to concentrate and really get in to this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Engberg | 2/14/2014

    " This, perhaps tied with Emma, is my least favorite Austen. Fanny is too perfect to be believable as a character--her only flaw is that she's a complete doormat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda Shore | 2/10/2014

    " My least favorite of Jane Austen. I found reading this a bit of a chore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise Broadbent | 2/4/2014

    " Mansfield Park is a little different to Austen's other novels. For one thing, it's much longer. Perhaps as a consequence of this, it's written in a subtler style than her other novels, with less authorial presence. The most obvious difference, however, is her choice of heroine. Fanny Price is quiet, modest and has perfect judgement. She is always right but she rarely feels brave enough to voice her opinions. Indeed, she almost seems the perfect woman and perhaps she would be, were this novel written by a man. Austen, however, shows the reader the faults in Fanny's faultless character. In fact, it seems that, unlike Emma who is 'faultless despite her faults', Fanny's fault is her apparent faultlessness, her qualities that make her the perfect wife. Namely her modesty and shyness. Yet, this does not mean that you do not care for Fanny. Like all Austen's novels, the success of Mansfield Park relies on the reader caring for the heroine and even though she lacks Elizabeth's wit, I did care for Fanny. To be honest, I'm not sure how Austen managed this but she did and that's what made this novel wonderful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 1/18/2014

    " I like that it's darker and more considered than Northanger Abbey but the actual writing isn't as good and Fanny Price really annoys me. And when Edmund lectures Mary Crawford at the end, I can't help agreeing with her that he's a sanctimonious bore. It feels a shame that J A never relates to any of the servants or other people outside her immediate circle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace Wegner | 1/15/2014

    " My least favorite Austen --- but still a pleasure to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sass | 1/11/2014

    " My least favourite Jane Austen novel. Which is to say, it's still a great novel. I much prefer Pride &Prejudice, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miki | 1/4/2014

    " I'm on a bit of a Jane Austen kick right now. I enjoyed Mansfield Park, but Fanny Price is too wimpy and frail for my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha Anastasiou | 12/23/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 11/24/2013

    " My favourite author. Of course I love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lidiana | 10/24/2013

    " Fanny became one of my favorite Jane Austen's characters... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 5/29/2013

    " I've now got just Northanger Abbey to go to complete my Jane Austen tour. As with all her work, nothing much happens in this book and there's nothing wrong with that. She so completely captures a small society that it never fails to enthrall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 4/15/2013

    " Anything by Miss Austen clearly ROCKS. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Antonia | 10/31/2012

    " Fanny is probably my least favorite Austen heroine. I found this read less engrossing than her other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tati Dengo | 9/11/2012

    " Nice, ultimately fulfilling story. Liked it more than Pride and Prejudice. Enjoyed the mentions of the importance of English garden design in this time period. It's pleasant to gain more understanding of it in context. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa Civantos | 3/23/2012

    " Splendid. Austen's usual wit and gentle mocking of human folly is here combined with a warm affection for perhaps her only genuinely Christian heroine. I didn't want it to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 12/27/2011

    " Not my favorite Jane Austen. I had a harder time engaging in the relationship between Edmund and Fanny! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennie Ahern | 12/18/2011

    " just why really just no. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 D'arcy | 7/18/2011

    " I had to read this book for book club and I absolutely hated every second of it. But I also am probably one of the least likely people to like Jane Austen or anything similar. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Milette | 6/4/2011

    " My least favorite of Jane Austen's book. I like the characters but the middle is so slow. It is good readding to put me to sleep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shellie | 4/2/2011

    " This is the ultimate collection for any Jane Austin fan. It is gorgeous and look amazing on the shelf!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristiana | 3/8/2011

    " Love the novels, but this collection of Austen's works was so big and heavy that I found it awkward to read. I donated it to the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Telisha | 3/5/2011

    " Amazing book set, beautiful and well bound. Love having them all together in one compilation and what a set!
    Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kereesa | 3/2/2011

    " An excellent collection, though lacking Austen's unfinished and unpublished work, it nevertheless beautifully presents all of her novels in a nice form. For details on individual novels, please see their respective reviews. 5/5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryver | 2/25/2011

    " I've read Pride & Prejudice and am now reading Sense & Sensibility. Along with reading these books, I am also collecting 2 versions each of the films. I enjoy them that much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elle | 2/20/2011

    " I absolutely adore Jane Austen, I have read this entire book at least 20 times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/15/2011

    " Highly impractical pocket for seven must-reads that deserve nice linen bindings.. At the time of publishing, e-books were not yet available. Nowadays, choose those to save on your holiday luggage.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/4/2011

    " bought it at a Spiritualist fete for £1. For all of her books, not a bad price. Unfortunately, it's also about a bazillion pages which makes it difficult to hold, and the font is awfully tiny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosie | 1/16/2011

    " The best collection of books! Whatever mood you are in,t here is an Austen novel to compliment! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 1/12/2011

    " Jane Austen's works all in one edition. It can't get much better than this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 1/8/2011

    " I love Jane Austen. This is one of the few I keep on my shelf to re-read when I'm in the mood "

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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

Juliet Stevenson has won an Audie Award and thirteen Earphones Awards for her narrations. She is a British actress on stage and screen and notably a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has also appeared in popular films such as Bend It Like Beckham and Mona Lisa Smile. She was honored as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. She received further recognition when she was nominated for several BAFTA Awards, and she earned an Olivier Award for her role in Death and the Maiden.