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The narrator has a soothing British accent but does not change her voice for any of the characters. For 16 hours I've listened to her read this book and have been straining to figure out which character is talking at any given time. My favorite Jane Austen narrator is Juliet Stevenson who does a marvelous job at giving different voices to each of the characters, thereby really bringing the book to life. I wish this narrator were more like her. If she had narrated the unabridged Mansfield Park, I would have chosen that one.
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I've read only 4 by Jane Austen. I've liked 3. This story is very tedious and quite predictable. I dwelled forever on the choosing and practice of a play that never occured. The characters seemed flat - totally upright and intelligent or completely without morals. The story is filled with redundancies. I'd recommend the abridged version of this one - know the plot line and move on. Narration was also not as good as Juliet Stevensen (spelling?) I would often get confused as to who was speaking. Main character, Fannie, sounded like she had a head cold.
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What made the experience of listening to Mansfield Park the most enjoyable?
It has a timid heroine who prevails by her inner goodness despite the scheming of others.
What did you like best about this story?
The way our heroine has a good influence around her just by being her quiet self and showing her integrity.
Have you listened to any of Johanna Ward’s other performances? How does this one compare?
The narrator Denica Fairman is very enthusiastic, using lots of different voices and accents. This one compares well with other books she has read.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When the hero finally realises he loves the heroine
Any additional comments?
The story has some slow sections but persevere because you will need that information later.
I really enjoyed this narration. I found the narration of the same novel by Frances Barbour was rather over the top, especially the voice of Mrs Norris. She's a great reader in general but this voice in particular really put me off.
Johanna'a narration really flowed well and was rather more gentle. Personally I much preferred it.