Mansfield Park (version 2)


Read by Karen Savage

(4.8 stars; 1562 reviews)

Miss Frances, the youngest Ward sister, "married, in the common phrase, to disoblige her family, and by fixing on a lieutenant of marines, without education, fortune, or connexions, did it very thoroughly. She could hardly have made a more untoward choice." Some years later, pregnant with her ninth child, Mrs. Price appeals to her family, namely to her eldest sister and her husband, Sir Thomas Bertram, for help with her over-large family. Sir Thomas provides assistance in helping his nephews into lines of work suitable to their education, and takes his eldest niece, Fanny Price, then ten years old, into his home to raise with his own children. It is Fanny's story we follow in Mansfield Park. (Summary by Karen Savage with text from Mansfield Park) (14 hr 27 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 16:24 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 02 19:35 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 03 19:03 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 04 18:44 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 05 14:57 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 06 19:49 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 07 21:44 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 08 14:46 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 09 24:13 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 10 17:05 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 11 13:26 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 12 11:53 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 13 16:59 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 14 14:51 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 15 20:57 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 16 13:48 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 17 10:53 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 18 17:19 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 19 23:05 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 20 16:30 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 21 16:49 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 22 22:04 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 23 21:20 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 24 17:15 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 25 25:07 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 26 16:41 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 27 21:03 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 28 17:57 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 29 16:10 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 30 12:55 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 31 19:36 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 32 27:23 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 33 16:04 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 34 21:37 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 35 20:23 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 36 19:33 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 37 17:09 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 38 25:01 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 39 9:33 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 40 12:47 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 41 15:50 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 42 11:38 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 43 10:06 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 44 18:20 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 45 16:20 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 46 20:44 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 47 25:01 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 48 26:33 Read by Karen Savage

Reviews

Enjoyable


(5 stars)

I definitely enjoyed listening to Mansfield Park. It has some Cinderella qualities, and Jane Austen effectively makes you love Fanny because so few people do. However, this is the third Austen book I’ve read and I’ve begun to notice repeating themes, such as unwanted suitor, scandal, and marriage. I was very disappointed that Fanny’s family wasn’t considerate of and kind to her after not seeing her for almost ten years! Also it was rather difficult for me to believe that a clever, principled young man like Edmund could so easily be enchanted by Miss Crawford. And I would’ve liked more time to develop the relationship between Fanny and Edmund. It felt like and afterthought, jammed into the last chapter. All in all, though, I really liked the book and Karen Savage is the epitome of volunteer narrating. Keep in mind that to understand this book, you have to remember historical context, because the book deals more with rank and money than any other Austen I’ve read. But I would and will read/listen to it again!

LoVeD iT


(5 stars)

amazing reader second time I've read the book first time I've listened. will listen to it again and again. so soothing too!

Exceptional reading (thank you, Karen) and great story


(5 stars)

This is the fifth Jane Austin novel I have gone through now, I would say most of them follow a very similar formula, or progression of the story. This one has overlapping properties as well, but it also felt singular and fresh. I definitely enjoyed the story: Jane's writing is remarkable as always and the plot is beguiling with relatable and compelling characters, but I'm going to have to go back and read this one physically because there was too much in the story that pulled me out of it. For one, there was almost an over abundance of characters that, to me, I felt were introduced in a uncohesive manner. I don't think I've ever struggled to chronicle the characters before. The play nearly felt like an excuse simply to have all of these characters. Through the novel I slowly learned them and the concluding chapter gave a satisfactory summarization of each dramatis personae (only because I am surfeited of the other word), but I think I would have appreciated it further I had felt connected to them earlier on.

Narrator gets all the 5 stars ✨


(5 stars)

4.5 stars for the quality of the audiobook and the narrator's skilled presentation. As usual, Karen Savage does not disappoint. Honestly, every time I listen to her performance I can't believe LibriVox is free. As for the text itself… I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. I don't find the plot to be anything special but at the same time I'm amazed that Austen managed to write this story in such a way that caught then sustained my interest. Her words combined with Karen Savage's narration transported me, and for five days I lived in Mansfield Park inside Fanny Price's head.

Mansfield Park ( version 2)


(5 stars)

Well read, entertaining and absorbing. Such a wordy work runs the risk of becoming bogged down in boring monotony, but Karen Savage maintains interest and impetus in this detailed portrait of life, manners and standards in the refined class of which Austen writes. More concerned with the minutae of the day to day lives of her characters than actual romantic development, the eloquence atones for the verbosity, with the prime romantic interest summarised in the final chapter

Wonderful voice artist


(4 stars)

For me, this is the harvest of Austen's novels to get my head around, as it's the one furthest away from 21st century perspectives. But that's OK - the novel wasn't written for the 21st century. However, the reader, Karen Savage, is unbelievably gifted in clarity and personification of the many characters. So, it becomes easier to immerse oneself in the world of the novel. An excellent reading of a tricky novel.

An extraordinary performance by Karen Savage


(5 stars)

I often prefer reading to audiobooks. However, Ms. Savage's rendition not only does justice to the novel, but imho, even elevates it. Each character was impeccably voiced. The story itself, I feel, focuses more on upbringing, society and personal growth (or a lack of it at times) than the romance and is more delightful when read/heard with that in mind.

Amazing narration


(4 stars)

The rating of the book itself is just 3 stars, but the extra star is for the amazing narration. Thanks to the narrator who did a great job in narrating this unnecessarily long and tedious book, had it not been an Austen book, I wouldn't have finished it. Certainly not one of Jane Austen's best works, but it did have it's good moments.