Lady Susan, a clever and ruthless widow, determines that her daughter is going to marry a man whom both detest. Lady Susan sets her own sights on her sister-in-law's brother, all the while keeping an old affair simmering on the back burner. But people refuse to play the roles assigned them, and in the end her daughter gets the sister-in-law's brother, the old affair runs out of steam, and all that is left for Lady Susan is the man intended for her daughter, the one neither can abide.
Jane Austen ended this work abruptly with the comment: "This correspondence...could not, to the great detriment of the Post Office revenue, be continued any longer."
"Character is revealed, plot unfolds, suspense builds - all through the device of letters exchanged amongst Lady Susan, her family, friends, and enemies." (AudioFile)
For years I have been waiting for audiobooks with multiple readers, which I believe, are much more convincing than a single reader production. Enter Lady Susan, I am glad my waiting isn't in vain.
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This is a very enjoyable book. The epistolary format is perfect for audio, and it's pretty sexy stuff for Miss Austen. The actors' hodgepodge of American and semi-Brit accents, as well as self-conscious delivery is a drag, but you get past it pretty quickly, because the story carries the day. I'd love to see a better production of this work.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
English voices and proper pronounciation
What did you like best about this story?
only the author, I have just read this in book form - totally preferable
Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?
Not if they are attempting English accents
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
No, apart from the male narrator, even the actors had different american regional accents which really grate - some try to sound a little English, in patches, but without much success.
Any additional comments?
The pronunciation is dire Main Wairing for the anglicised Mannering. Churchill for ChurchHIll.
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