Mansfield Park

By Jane Austen
Read by Johanna Ward

16.78 Hours 01/01/1991 unabridged
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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 treated condescendingly. 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.

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Summary

Summary

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 treated condescendingly. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Lots of people (including Austen’s mother) find the heroine Fanny ‘insipid,’ but as a shy person I identify with her and love how she learns to speak up for herself.” Alison Bechdel, New York Times bestselling author
“The technique of the novels is beyond praise, and has been praised. Her mastery of the art she chose, or that chose her, is complete: how she achieved it no one will ever know.” Elizabeth Bowen, New York Times bestselling author
“Jane Austen paints some witty and perceptive studies of character.” School Library Journal
“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
“Never did any novelist make more use of an impeccable sense of human values.” Virginia Woolf, praise for the author
“There’s no one to touch Jane [Austen] when you’re in a tight place.” Rudyard Kipling, praise for the author

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Author Bio: Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775–1817) is considered by many scholars to be the first great woman novelist. Born in Steventon, England, she later moved to Bath and began to write for her own and her family’s amusement. Her novels, set in her own English countryside, depict the daily lives of provincial middle-class families with wry observation, a delicate irony, and a good-humored wit.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 16.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English