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If it is a truth universally acknowledged that a good-looking girl cannot fail of attracting a clever young man does it follow that the reverse is also true? If the man comes of a terrifyingly dysfunctional family and the girl in question likes to see spooks and horrors round every corner, yes. Morland by name, Lackland by nature, Catherine, not altogether addicted to the heroine role in general, finds this greatness thrust upon her in the (fortunately, principally financial) fantasies of her would-be inamorato's father, the General. When the General finds she is the artless, simple girl that she appears and not the creature of his frankly heartless imaginings of her, he thrusts her - but I leave the event to your fevered, no doubt Gothick, even, imaginination to determine. A deliberate parody of the horrific strand in popular culture, as Jane Austen no doubt herself would observe if she could see the burgeoning cult of the Undead in Unliterary culture - It is as if Northanger Abbey had never been written! Hear it and laugh.
Most of the readers are good and the story was quite enjoyable.
At time of this review, Librivox offers three different versions of the audiobook. Curiously, it seems they share all the same reviews. So, if you don't like one version, then try another! Quite different from one another ....
The majority of the readers are great. I'm not sure why there are so many complaints. There were only a couple readers that were very terrible, but as they only read a few chapters the book was still enjoyable.
I should have checked before I began reading this because I do not like the change of readers in any book. Some of these readers were distracting and the flow of the story was therefor uneven.
The readers switching for each chapter was distracting. Chapter 5 was brutal and I had to stop.
I did not like that there was a new reader with every chapter. Hard to enjoy the story when you're constantly adjusting to a new reading style.
Most of the readers were very good, but I wasn't happy with the chapter 10 reader. She read with absolutely no inflection and you couldn't tell who was talking in the dialogue sections. Other than that, I loved listening to this. Witty, enjoyable, and I loved all the characters. One of Jane's best.
Very enjoyable read. Surprisingly funny and very well written. Definitely one of Austen's best.
A lovely treat to listen to this early Austen novel. Her work certainly lends itself to being read - unsurprising given Austen's family culture of giving readings and putting on plays. The rhythm and nuances are less likely to escape the ear than the impatient eye, at least in my case. Some of the characterisation, particularly of the hero, seems a little idealised and not fully rounded, as you might expect in an early work - but it is witty, fluent and uplifting. There are many readers, with different voices for the characters, which is a little unsettling, but don't forgo the pleasure of the book on that account.