• Love and Freindship: The Jane Austen Collection

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Linda West
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 30-04-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: PDQ AudioBooks
  • 2 out of 5 stars 2.0 (1 rating)

Summary

"Love and Freindship"* is a juvenile story by Jane Austen, dated 1790, when Austen was 14 years old. "Love and Freindship" (the misspelling is one of many in the story) is clearly a parody of romantic novels Austen read as a child. This is clear even from the subtitle, “Deceived in Freindship and Betrayed in Love”, which neatly undercuts the title.
*Misspelling intentional by Jane Austen.
Musical Score created by Ken Joy.
Public Domain (P)2014 PDQ AudioBooks
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4 out of 5 stars
By E.F.B. on 03-08-18

Early Austen story is short and silly

This short story, written in Austen's teen years (according to my research on Wikipedia :p) is apparently very satirical, which is good because the characters do some very silly things throughout the book, including but not limited to two female characters simultaneously fainting several times at different parts of the story. And wow, talk about insta love and insta friendship, LOL, both done intentionally by Austen for satirical purposes.

Overall I found it a likable story and definitely funny in a number of ways. I'm giving it 3 stars not because I found any particular fault with it (other than being a little confused as to the purpose of the story until I researched it) but simply because it is so short, and while I didn't dislike it at all, I also didn't love it and don't feel any particular need to read it again any time soon. That, for me, is what warrants a 3 star rating.

Austen fans will enjoy this as a glimpse at young Jane's writing style and satirical sense of humor.

On the technical side of things, I couldn't find any audio versions of this done by my favorite Austen narrator, Juliet Stevenson, but Linda West was a good alternative and I had no problems with her performance.

Content advisory

One brief mention of blood when some characters are in a fatal carriage accident which our heroine happens to witness.

Otherwise, the story is squeaky clean.

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2 out of 5 stars
By karyn on 08-07-17

Disappointing.

Hard to follow.Certainty not a literary triumph, Outdated clap trap. Swooning! Taken Jane.down a notch if you ask me.

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