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The idea of this novel intrigued me, so I downloaded it the day it was released; however, it took me months to finish the listen. The authors give the story line of Austen's "Lady Susan" some cute twists, and the novel reads almost like one written in Austen's time. But while Austen's original novella is very witty, this is, for the most part, a serious, drawn-out re-telling of the tale. Like the original, it sometimes capitalizes on the humour in social situations of "perception and prejudice," but not enough to earn the glowing praise in the product description.
It is, however, rated "G," unlike some unneccesarily lusty Austen spin-offs, so Ms Austen is not spinning in her grave over this one.
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A VERY different take on Jane Austen's short novel "Lady Susan". In that version, Susan Vernon is a despicable character, and everyone in her circle is manipulated by her. In this book, Susan is amiable, accomplished, and nice; she is manipulated and malaigned by her in-laws and their social circle. Admittedly, the kinder, gentler Lady Susan isn't as fun or as interesting as the original, but the "revision" is well written, very much in the Austen style. I enjoyed it. The narration suited it perfectly ( this narrator, who I've heard before, can be really good, or unlistenable. This was a one of her good performances.)