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The book is a hilarious parody and certainly the most lighthearted of Austen's novels, yet it still manages to be an unsentimental commentary on love and marriage. Austen fans will enjoy the decidedly satirical twist this book takes, a twist that only Austen's genius could pull off.
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By Empowerment on 09-01-10
Flawed but Good
Loved the book but...for audio perfectionists this may not be for you. The copyright says 1980 and the sound has some background noise common to recordings in those days. And....while I don't agree with the reviewer who "shouted" about it. ( all caps is considered shouting ) it does have a slightly hollow sound. However, in spite of the less-than-perfect sound quality, we ( my wife and I ) loved it! For one thing we I prefer American readers because for us, as Americans, British accents tend to get in the way of understanding.
And..most importantly...the reader was very good...seeming to "read with a smile." Over the years we have heard two other recordings of this book and the readers were just so very serious. This was Jane Austen's most light-hearted book and this readers voice matched the text perfectly. So our advice...listen to the sample first. If you don't mind the "old days" audio and you are an Austen fan, you'll love this reading.
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By Diane on 03-10-12
terrible quality narration
The narrator's voice is good the the quality is terrible. I couldn't finish it. Sounds like she is in an echo chamber - more than you can take so I can't review whole book for you because... I couldn't take it.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful