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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,550 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Mansfield Narrator: Paul Panting, Nicollette McKenzie, Joanne Hall, Rachel Atkins Publisher: Oxford University Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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Oh, how delightful it is to fall in love for the first time! How exciting to go to your first dance when you are a girl of 18! But life can also be hard and cruel, if you are young and inexperienced and travelling alone across Europe . . . or if you are a child from the wrong social class . . . or a singer without work and the rent to be paid. Set in Europe and New Zealand, these nine stories by Katherine Mansfield dig deep beneath the appearances of life to show us the causes of human happiness and despair. An Oxford Bookworms Library reader for learners of English, adapted from the Katherine Mansfield original by Rosalie Kerr.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Guilia | 2/11/2014

    " Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful! Katherine Mansfield - thank you! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 2/11/2014

    " Fifteen short stories. The first couple of stories are long on descriptive writing and short on interest. However, as I continued reading, the stories got better and better: They became more concise, sparer, more focused and altogether very powerful. Delightful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 2/5/2014

    " Katherine Mansfield was an extraordinary woman, who was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and died at the Prieure in Fontainebleau with Gurdjieff. To me, the short story genre is one of the most difficult to master, because the story has to be complete within restricted parameters. I enjoy these stories, because Mansfield achieves that goal. Although she never goes outside her tier of society, I still felt her speaking to me, mostly from her struggle to answer the question, both for herself and her characters, "Who am I?" Death also figures prominently in many of these stories, and Mansfield uses death to illuminate paradox of living a wonderful, horrible life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 2/4/2014

    " It's all about "Miss Brill" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 1/25/2014

    " Got to be 5 stars because what she does, she does so well. My advice though if you have not read her, is to read only one story a week, maybe - taken at a gulp, the mechanism begins to show ever so slightly. Ultimately, I suspect these stories came from the brain not the heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/9/2014

    " I read a little over half of these, but I'm not inclined to continue at this point. I had read Katherine Mansfield before, and some of her work is brilliant. Other stuff less so. I don't particularly like the short story format, so I can't say Mansfield did anything herself to stop me from continuing at this point. I just have too much read, and I'm not wholly captivated by her work. She's like a condensed version of Virginia Woolf but with much more of an inclination for turning the plot on its head at the end. "

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

    " I really liked most of these short stories. The writing was very good. I just wished all these stories were novels instead - I wanted to know more about the characters and I wanted the stories to go on! That's why I rarely read short stories - they're too short and they leave me unsatisfied. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/3/2014

    " I have always found short stories to be highly anticlimactic. These are no different. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 12/17/2013

    " After doing some thinking, I've come to realize that I may not be able to emotionally invest myself in the majority of these characters but that does not mean certain stories were not good. At the Bay, Miss Brill, and The Lady's Maid are worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mstan | 12/4/2013

    " In each short story, you get to peek into the life of (usually) a woman - usually desperately lonely, or confused. It's far more absorbing than it sounds. 'Heartbreaking' is an overused word but that's what each story is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 morganaa | 11/26/2013

    " Hab ich auf Englisch gelesen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gill | 11/22/2013

    " I learned that I don't really get Katherine Mansfield. Overly descriptive and downright odd in parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ferris | 9/29/2013

    " Audiobook...........Katharine Mansfield has a lovely writing style. Her short stories are poignant, subtle, and easy to move through. I was definitely left wishing for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emgeenl | 6/13/2013

    " Only read the Garden party from this book. It's a nice story about the differences between a rich family and the poor folks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Kelly | 5/26/2013

    " A great collection of some of the short stories of Katherine Mansfield. Both thoughtful and at times sad, each story captures something of the human experience and leaves you feeling like can relate to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 4/9/2013

    " Tightly written stories about big events that happen in everyday life. Wonderful look into the world of the early 20th centruy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 2/16/2013

    " Slightly satiric regarding the class struggle between the rich and poor. Quite enjoyable, overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 8/7/2012

    " Just a clever observor of otehrs- Miss Brill, the Dill Pickle and of course The garden Party were my favourites among some delightful feminsit writing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zen Cho | 5/22/2012

    " I sort of didn't expect Mansfield to be this ... twee. I'd read her diary and found it very interesting and sharp, but while her stories are sharp, the way people talk and think is so twee! I can't blame her, though. I guess that's how they actually talked and thought?? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany Lang | 12/9/2011

    " I absolutely adored the first story, At The Bay, but was disappointed from there on out. The stories are just kind of boring, and I found myself pushing through to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Seltenright | 12/9/2011

    " This book is a series of short stories which makes "The Garden Party" a good pick for a quiet hour here or there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 6/2/2011

    " I loved these stories. Jeez they're heartbreaking though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delphine | 5/6/2011

    " A must-read, a wonderful style. "

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

    " The Garden Party -- a timeless classic of innocence, loss, and deep emotion! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/23/2011

    " It's a pity KM didn't live in New Zealand her whole life but certainly this beautiful inspired her work in some way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lydia | 9/23/2010

    " I was bored and couldn't get into the story at all. It seemed totally pointless. Overly descriptive with nothing actually happening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 8/20/2010

    " The stories are beautifully written and the most part light on complete storyline. It's like they are exercises. She is a fabulous writer. I think she is not strong on ending the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany | 8/18/2010

    " I absolutely adored the first story, At The Bay, but was disappointed from there on out. The stories are just kind of boring, and I found myself pushing through to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruby | 8/5/2010

    " Very, very good.
    Also - this particular edition came with a very interesting, useful and well written introduction, that definitely helped me to enjoy the stories even more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gill | 8/2/2010

    " I learned that I don't really get Katherine Mansfield. Overly descriptive and downright odd in parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gemini | 5/10/2010

    " Garden Party, an invisible wall separated the sorrow of death and joy of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emgeenl | 1/27/2010

    " Only read the Garden party from this book. It's a nice story about the differences between a rich family and the poor folks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tatiana | 11/20/2009

    " so many characters crossing our gaze at insignificant moments of their lives and yet so bespoken by these glimpses. Mariage à la mode is particularly heart-breaking, as the mocking Isabel reads her loving husband's letter and cruelly dismisses it, just to join her empty friends.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 10/12/2009

    " Fifteen short stories. The first couple of stories are long on descriptive writing and short on interest. However, as I continued reading, the stories got better and better: They became more concise, sparer, more focused and altogether very powerful. Delightful read. "

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Author Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923) was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and settled in Europe to finish her education. She published her first short fiction in The New Age, then in Rhythm, whose editor, the British writer and critic John Middleton Murry, she soon married. Her writing contributed to the development of the stream of consciousness technique and to the modernist use of multiple viewpoints, and her style has had a powerful influence on subsequent writers in the same genre.