Summary

If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah thought, she would be more careful not to trudge through muddy fields.
It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House, and Sarah's hands are chapped and bleeding. Domestic life below stairs, ruled tenderly and forcefully by Mrs Hill the housekeeper, is about to be disturbed by the arrival of a new footman smelling of the sea, and bearing secrets.
For in Georgian England, there is a world the young ladies in the drawing room will never know, a world of poverty, love, and brutal war.
©2013 Jo Baker (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
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4 out of 5 stars
By Janet on 13-08-14

Wonderful voice!

One of the better Austen adaptations. Beautifully written, my only reservation being that it is rather a sad story, compared to Austen's usual cheerfulness. However, I must pile praise upon praise for the beautiful reading voice of Emma Fielding! I have been a monthly subscriber of Audible for a few years now, and this is by far the most lovely voice I have heard. I listen to these books to help me sleep, and despite finding some of the storyline a little more sad than I'd like, I still listened over and over to Longbourn because of the soft lilting voice, so intelligently and carefully putting across the exact nuances of meaning in every sentence.
Ms Fielding often crops up in radio plays and occasionally on TV. I keep an eye (and an ear) out for her now. A joy to listen to!

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 05-05-14

Pride and prejudice downstairs

A beautifully written and enchantingly narrated view of the life of Regency servants, the majority of Britain's population at the time of Austen's " Pride and Prejudice". Reading the original novel we tend to imagine ourselves as one of the Bennets , forgetting we may have belonged to Sarah and Polly's class.

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5 out of 5 stars
By G.Keyzer on 15-02-15

Wonderful !!

Would you listen to Longbourn again? Why?

Yes . I'd like to travel through Sarah's life again .

What was one of the most memorable moments of Longbourn?

All of it .

What about Emma Fielding’s performance did you like?

How she became each of the characters in turn , bringing the household to life .

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3 out of 5 stars
By Charlene on 09-02-14

A lovely holiday read

Would you try another book from Jo Baker and/or Emma Fielding?

Yes, if the story sounds good.

Would you recommend Longbourn to your friends? Why or why not?

Only to friends who are fans of Downton Abbey.

Which character – as performed by Emma Fielding – was your favorite?

Sarah.

Was Longbourn worth the listening time?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I was a bit disappointed in the end but still thought it a lovely book.

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