The plot is simple: Lady Susan, a clever and ruthless widow, determines that her shy and intimidated teenaged daughter will going to marry a man whom both detest but who will make a good financial "catch". Lady Susan sets her own sights on her sister-in-law's brother, all the while keeping an old affair simmering on the back burner. But people refuse to play the roles they are assigned and her plans spin out of control. One of Austen's earliest novels, Lady Susan is not only a wonderful character study, but it is the only time that Jane Austen deals with London high society.
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(P)1987 Jimcin Recordings
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1 out of 5 stars
By Cara Moretta on 06-12-16

A travesty of Austin

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Probably Americans who can get past the American (mis) pronunciations.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Interesting to sample an Austin story that has not been dramatized (yet)
The characters were not "three dimensional "enough.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

BAD American (mis) pronunciations . No American narrator should be allowed near an English classic story.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lady Susan?


Any additional comments?

Find an English narrator for this book...Juliet Stevenson, Prunella Scales, Judi Dench.. Juliet Aubrey.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kelly UK on 05-03-17

Brilliant Austen

Austen by numbers. She is one of the greats because she is just that, great. Loved the story and it had me hooked instantly. Not always a fan of the letter style fiction but it didn't take away from the character's or story in this case.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Joseph R on 23-02-09

Lady Susan, an Austen leading lady one cannot love

I thoroughly dislike Lady Susan (the woman, not the book) from start to finish. Yet, every time I finish the book, I have to step back and give grudging admiration for this unprincipled, schemer. She got everything she wanted. Lady Susan got the much younger man she craved and got her daughter married into a family who at one time would have scorned to be associated with Lady Susan.

The more I think about the matter, the more I become convinced that the daughter and Lady Susan were executing a clever plot to accomplish their ends. The tears and lamentations of the daughter and the fury of Lady Susan were just part of the scheme, all sound and fury, signifying nothing.

This is a book one loves to hate.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Victoria on 14-06-16

I liked the plotline

the recording had a lot of static so I wasn't able to hear the story at times.

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