Summary

Originally published in 1778, Evelina is Frances Burney's first and most beloved novel. It was a landmark in the development of the novel of manners and went on to influence such enduringly popular authors as Jane Austen.
By turns hilarious and grim, witty and lyrical, the story follows young Evelina as she leaves the seclusion of her country home and enters into late eighteenth-century London society - both its pleasures and its dangers. Life in eighteenth-century England is vividly rendered as Evelina is educated in the ways of the world and, eventually, love. As she battles such cruelties as social snobbery and delights in such thrills as pleasure gardens and balls, Evelina strives toward her final triumph, while capturing the hearts of listeners everywhere along the way.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Hannah Kilpatrick on 12-10-15

Unlistenable due to accent.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

Anybody with the ability to do a variety of English accents.

Any additional comments?

This was unlistenable. I love this book to bits and was delighted to find a copy on Audible, but it is impossible to listen to a story so embedded in the complex culture of late eighteenth-century English politeness read with an American accent. Perhaps if you live in America the American accent sounds like your 'everyman' voice, but that is not so to the rest of the world.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 08-07-15

Spoiled by heavy handed narration

How could the performance have been better?

This book was written at the end of the 18th Century as a satire on the society of the day. Ideally it should be read in a light hearted tone of voice that allows the irony and humour to float to the surface, naturally. That's quite a difficult challenge given the rather stiff or unfamiliar prose of parts of the book and sadly in my view these narrators do not rise to this challenge. Instead they obviously feel the need to add dramatic colour to point up or underline the humour.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Hope so, so I'll try a different version.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stacy Penn on 05-02-18

Very enjoyable, well written, well performed!

I am a fan of Jane Austen, as well as other classics, including recency era fiction. This will naturally lead you to Fanny Burney- you won't be disappointed. Jane Austen wasn't! :)

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By J. Wachter on 08-05-15

Great classic

One of the first and best novels in the English language. The main reader is also one of the best I've ever listened to.

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