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Fanny Price, a poor relation of the rich Bertrams, is reluctantly adopted into the family, to be brought up at Mansfield Park, where she is condescendingly treated. Only her cousin, Edmund, a young clergyman, appreciates her fine qualities. Fanny soon falls in love with him, but Edmund is, unfortunately, drawn to the shallow and worldly Mary Crawford. Fanny's quiet humility, steadfast loyalty, and natural goodness are matched against the wit and brilliance of her lovely rival. The tension is heightened when Henry Crawford, Mary's equally sophisticated and flirtatious brother, takes an interest in Fanny.
Jane Austen's subtle, satiric novel skillfully uses her characters' emotional relationships to explore the social and moral values by which they attempt to order their lives.
(P)1994 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"Listeners...will be rewarded with Austen's brilliant commentary on the society of her day and by Johanna Ward's solid reading....this is a lively and interesting choice for admirers of Jane Austen." ( AudioFile)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Mumra on 06-19-08

Monotone narration.

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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2 out of 5 stars
By Allison on 08-08-08

The worst Austen I've encountered so far

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Ms. E. Morgan on 11-26-16

One of the more thoughtful Jane Austen Stories

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alexandra on 10-19-15

much better than the Frances Barbour version.

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.

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