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this, in my opinion, is a "must read" for fans of jane austen's novels. it places her work in a historical context, as well as pointing out and clarifying many of the social and political niceties that jane austen's contemporaries would just automatically have known, but modern readers might be missing. i had frankly expected-- and was willing to be-- a bit bored by the parts of the book that pertain to the battle of waterloo, but stephen bates' prose walks the line quite brilliantly between historical accuracy and pure human interest... with some really fun bits of gossip and intrigue slipped in as well. jonathan keeble voices the whole thing perfectly. i'm sure i'll listen to this again!
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