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Mansfield Park Audiobook

Mansfield Park

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Publisher's Summary

When Fanny Price is sent to live with her wealthy relations at Mansfield Park she seems shy and withdrawn beside her witty and vivacious cousins. But Fanny's steadfast and purposeful character makes her an indispensable part of the household. As the others become entangled in a maze of flirtation and intrigue, it is only Fanny whose deep but secret love for Edmund Bertram remains true despite his fascination with her brilliant but frivolous cousin Mary.

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What the Critics Say

"Frances Barber offers a sterling performance, bringing life and sparkle to each character....Barber convincingly shifts from lord of the manor to sniveling servitude at the change of a sentence. And her narrative passages transparently tie the whole family together into one beautiful package." (AudioFile)

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    Tom West Wickham, United Kingdom 16/02/2010
    Tom West Wickham, United Kingdom 16/02/2010 Member Since 2011
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    "Very enjoyable but check narration"

    This is not my favourite Jane Austen book (Pride & Prejudice is). None of the characters is particularly interesting, amusing or likeable, and the heroine, Fanny Price, is a bit of a drip if truth be told. But it is still well worth reading for the witty and deadly way that she dissects the mores and lifestyles of the upper classes in the 19th century. Better still to have it narrated as you then really appreciate the quality of the prose - provided of course you like the narrator.

    I can well see that Frances Barber will probably not be everyone's cup of tea as a narrator. She reads in a very precise, articulate and almost cut-glass accent, which comes across a bit cold at times. Personally, I think this suits the book very well; and her characterisation, particularly of the ghastly Mrs Norris, is spot on. Sound quality is faultless too.

    I enjoyed the book very much, and would happily recommend it particularly to Jane Austen lovers, but I agree with the previous reviewer that it would be as well to sample the narration first - and try out some others (there are quite a few on Audible)- to make sure you are happy with it before buying.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Perth, Perthshire, United Kingdom 15/12/2008
    Caroline Perth, Perthshire, United Kingdom 15/12/2008 Member Since 2007
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    "A good book - but not the best narration."

    I studied this book many years ago at school and was keen to visit it again. It is quite unusual as the heroine is not a strong character - you really want to shake Fanny and get her to buck her ideas up!! It does not help that Frances Barber's vocalisation of Fanny is not endearing, and you begin to dread when Aunt Bertram speaks. I may be tempted to try another recording of this as I think it may improve with a different narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Chester, United Kingdom 17/08/2013
    James Chester, United Kingdom 17/08/2013 Member Since 2016

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    "Narrator"

    I liked Barber's reading - plummier, more earthy and warmer than most voices cast for reading Austen novels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Belinda Warminster, United Kingdom 03/04/2016
    Belinda Warminster, United Kingdom 03/04/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "Well..."

    This book was set for me when I was doing my English GCSES. I thought it was an absolutely rubbing book and not worth the time or commitment. I am not a fan of Jane Austen but pride and prejudice was far better. The reader was fine but the start is so slow an you get to the end still wondering when the book will actually heat up. I thought the protagonist Fanny was a bit pathetic and I also found it quite hard to follow the language used because it's just so old. Overall being kind I would give it 2.5 stars but the story gets a solid 1. The reader was definitely a 4 as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephibobz 08/09/2015
    Stephibobz 08/09/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Dreadful... I had to give up!"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think someone who is studying Austin would find it useful.


    What will your next listen be?

    Something entirely different... This story seemed to drag on for hours and hours going absolutely nowhere! A waste of a credit.


    Did Frances Barber do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Some voices were okay, having such a distinctive voice I did like but at time I really wasn't sure who was talking at all.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I didn't finish it... As hard as I battled I just couldn't. I can't say it did, sorry.


    Any additional comments?

    I may try again one day. This story wasn't for me in any way! I have loved many Austin novels but this drags on, waffling about nothing at all and never goes anywhere. When I saw I hadn't even reached half way I HAD to ditch it!
    Sorry Austin.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Wanda S Sauerland
    Reno
    23/08/08
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    "ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL"

    The only sadness I feel for this book is that it is OVER! I loved it. I felt, because of the recent movie by this title, that I would not enjoy this as much as other Jane Austen's book. However, it had been years since I had read the book. As usual the book is different from the movie! I loved the REAL story as read by the narrator. I LOVED the way the narrator allowed one to FEEL how Fanny felt, how Mary sounded and acted, and how all the other characters had their own personalities along with the voice rendition. Buy it, you will love it!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tika
    Sunnyvale, CA, USA
    26/10/09
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    "A More Favorable Review than Anticipated"

    Mansfield Park is not my favorite of Austen's works. The heroine herself is nervous and mousy, and the secondary characters are rarely redeemable in any sense. However, Frances Barber's reading of this novel lends it some entertainment that I had not got from reading it to myself. Her precise English diction threw me off for the first chapter or so, but then it grew on me and by the end, I added her name to my (very short) list of favorite narrators. I am pleased with this recording and when the time comes to listen through all of Austen's novels again, I will look forward to Mansfield Park almost as much as I do to the rest of Austen's books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Troy, Michigan
    14/09/09
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Loved the book. Loved the reader. Was sorry to say goodbye to these characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy
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    "Amazing reader"

    France's Barber is the best reader ever for Jane Austen--just wonderful. Sensitive, tasteful, and with a sly sense of humor, just like the writing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joan McKay
    15/03/16
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    "It is read exactly as the book is writt"

    it is read in a voice authentic to the era and accurate to the voice

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel E. Ritchie
    18/05/14
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    "Character Will Out"
    What made the experience of listening to Mansfield Park the most enjoyable?

    Many fans of "Pride and Prejudice" or "Emma" have a difficult time enjoying Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park." The first part revolves around the disapproval of the heroine, the impoverished Fanny Price, for an amateur theatrical performance arranged by her cousins and their alluring guests, Henry and Mary Crawford. Fanny's wealthy uncle Sir Thomas Bertram, is away, and the young people feel their inhibitions evaporate -- all except Fanny. But if it's hard for modern readers to sympathize with the particular situation, the larger issues involve the character of these young adults: when the parents aren't looking, what kind of integrity, self-control, and sympathy for others will they exhibit? How will they handle jealousy and disappointment--and will they sacrifice the happiness of another for their own advantage?As the plot thickens, Austen brings out the underlying character of Fanny, her cousins, and their suitors with her mixture of charm, satire, and 'regulated hatred.' She complicates the issue by showing how a character's bad upbringing and social surroundings can turn a good nature sour. Character will out, and the play-acting early in the book leads to life-altering choices by the end. Of all her novels, "Mansfield Park" may provoke the most reflection on the roles of nature and nurture in human character.Frances Barber's reading is superb, with subtle vocal changes to distinguish the characters -- all pitch perfect, to align with their inner qualities.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Millamant
    Australia
    29/03/10
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    "Well Read Classic"

    "Mansfield Park" is probably my favourite Jane Austen novel, so it was nice to find this unabridged recording. Frances Barber generally does a very good job of the the narration, and I enjoyed listening to it very much. My only complaint about her narration is that she made Fanny Price sound as if she was about twelve. To modern readers, Fanny is probably the most difficult to understand of Austen's heroines, because she is so timid and self-effacing; but though she constantly aims to please the rich relations who patronise her and take her for granted, she is actually one of those quiet people with a hidden strength. Jane Austen intends us to admire Fanny for her integrity (which comes from neither nature--her sordid home at the Portsmouth naval base--nor nurture, in the hedonistic surroundings of Mansfield Park). It's hard to do that when the narrator makes her bleat like a child.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth L. Keele
    04/12/16
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    "wonderful classic, masterfully read."

    I love this classic story --how can one go wrong with Jane Austin? Francis Barber reads it beautifully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tomboysuze
    Washington, DC
    10/09/16
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    "Performance didn't work for me -"

    I love this book, but Frances Barber's performance was irritating to my ears. I'm a musician and very picky, so maybe it's just me -- but the pacing was odd and I did not like how she interpreted the characters with her inflection. It was grating, overdone and unnatural to my ears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JMaverick
    17/06/15
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    "As wonderful as it is timeless!"

    I love this story! I'm my humble opinion, I believe it is one of the best of Austin's works. It is a story that is as wonderful as it is timeless, and a story that many generations have been able to relate to and be transported by into another time and another place. Truly a masterpiece!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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