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By Donna on 08-10-10
Narrator thinks she's reading to small children?
This is the first bad review I've had. The narrator really sounds as though she is reading to a three year old. Her narration is so slow, and she punc-tu-ates
e-ve-ery word as though you were going to be asked to spell them back to her after the reading! The 'man' voice she has for the male characters is laughable and one individual is totally indistinguishable from another. I bought this audio book to help me with a Literature course at uni, and so I've had to listen to her narration enough times to drive me insane!
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By Linda on 14-08-13
Another Jane Austin I have fallen in love with and wished I have read earlier. The Narrator is great and brings the whole world of Austen to life. I have several others by her and look forward to listening to them.
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By Jennifer on 02-09-14
All Propriety; Entertained by direct commentary
It had been a few years since I read this Austen novel. I always enjoy her works, and find this one unique- she often addresses the reader directly during the narrative, commenting on society or proprieties in a way I find most amusing. These, and a few quotes from Henry Tilney, are the source of some of my favorite tidbits and doses of wisdom from Austen.
The wild imagination of the heroine, though sometimes ridiculous and beyond belief, is very entertaining, and she does at least learn from her folly. I find the episode (and later explanation) of the laundry bills the most smile-worthy. The attention, or rather the lack thereof by Mrs. Allen (with regard to the activities and society being kept) still offends and alarms me, though it was corrected by Catherine's own feelings and Mr. Allen's eventual input before she was led astray. The Thorpes never cease to vex me... John's actions on so many occasions were not only rude and self serving but very much without any regard for their effect on her, not to mention Isabella's bad influence and improper conduct. They are unapologetic fortune-hunting upstarts. Anyway, I was very glad that Catherine found herself more in the society of the irreproachable Tilney siblings, and able to face the challenges of their father the General. Very happy and satisfactory endings for all who deserved them, Austen never lets me down.
The narration was proficient, though less than remarkable. A notch above simply reading aloud, but without quite the quality of a performance. Male voices were a bit limited, but satisfactory; only one or two instances of dialogue became quite confusing at the abbey, where during a discussion she failed to switch between the proper voices for several lines, giving Henry Catherine's voice and her his a few moments later. But it merited only one quick re-listen to sort it out, and there were no egregious flaws in the reading otherwise.
A delightful novel, and as Henry Tilney approves of reading them, so I most certainly shall continue to find pleasure in doing so, lest I be found to be intolerably stupid.
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