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 condescendingly treated. 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.
"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." (
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One of the more thoughtful Jane Austen Stories
It has a timid heroine who prevails by her inner goodness despite the scheming of others.
The way our heroine has a good influence around her just by being her quiet self and showing her integrity.
The narrator Denica Fairman is very enthusiastic, using lots of different voices and accents. This one compares well with other books she has read.
When the hero finally realises he loves the heroine
The story has some slow sections but persevere because you will need that information later.
- Ms. E. Morgan