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Editorial Reviews

Fanny Price, one of a dozen children born into a family that can ill afford so many, is sent at the age of 10 to live with her wealthy relatives. In typical Jane Austen form, immutable laws of propriety frame acts both vicious and virtuous, enabling Fanny to find her place in the world. Wanda McCaddon is the ideal choice to present this classic. Her impeccable elocution fits Austen's persnickety style. McCaddon gives a soft, sweet cadence to Fanny's thoughts and words while conveying all the author's derision toward the story's shallow characters. Both story and performance deliver a nineteenth-century "tell-all" just as impossible to resist as the tabloids in the checkout line.
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Publisher's Summary

From its sharply satiric opening sentence, Mansfield Park deals with money and marriage, and how strongly they affect each other. Shy, fragile Fanny Price is the consummate "poor relation". Sent to live with her wealthy uncle Thomas, she clashes with his spoiled, selfish daughters and falls in love with his son. Their lives are further complicated by the arrival of a pair of witty, sophisticated Londoners, whose flair for flirtation collides with the quiet, conservative country ways of Mansfield Park.
Written several years after the early manuscripts that eventually became Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park retains Jane Austen's familiar compassion and humor but offers a far more complex exploration of moral choices and their emotional consequences.
Public Domain (P)2008 Tantor
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By SLB on 06-16-14

Nicely narrated

Would you listen to Mansfield Park again? Why?

It's likely I would listen to this again. I enjoyed it more this time, both reading on my Fire and listening at the same time, than I have previously.

What other book might you compare Mansfield Park to and why?

Mansfield Park is a typical Austin satire on manners and morals of British society and can be compared pretty much to any of her others. Those who like Austin might find themselves liking Thackeray's *Vanity Fair*, too. I consider him a superior author to Austin.

What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice has character, but character that matches the story and doesn't distract from it. Her characterizations are (generally) well done, and sometimes very well done.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

My last reading of Mansfield Park didn't impress me much, so I was surprised to find that this time I did want to keep going until it was done. I got much more out of it, perhaps because of my own level of maturity increasing, as well as Wanda McCaddon's narration.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Lelele on 03-01-15

Love it

Narrator was great for the price and this is by far one of my top Jane Austen books, I suggest it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kirsten on 07-10-12

Well read

This is an enjoyable reading of Mansfield Park. Wanda McCaddon is not tempted (as in other adaptations of this novel) to make Fanny into Elizabeth Bennett.

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4 out of 5 stars
By gavin on 10-03-13

Just love Jane Austen

Would you consider the audio edition of Mansfield Park to be better than the print version?

I find Jane Austen difficult to read so it brilliant to listen to

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fanny Price a sweet girl with a strong sense of values

Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favourite?

Is does most of them very well but she does a very good Lady Bertrem

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The 1983 version of Mansfield park is done really well through to story what I like, Fanny Price is a much to strong persona in the later film

Any additional comments?

Just a good and easy listen

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