Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America 2008
CD ISBN 978-0-7927-6018-4 $99.95 Eleven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-0-7927-6168-6 $59.95 Two MP3-CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Colleen McCullough's homage to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is either dastardly or delicious, depending on your Austen loyalty. There should be no argument, however, over Jen Taylor's captivating narration. Her portrayal of Mary is spot-on. In this “sequel,” the formerly bookish and shy Bennet sister blossoms twenty years later, throws off the protection of Darcy, and sets out to call attention to the plight of England's poor. The other sisters—Lizzie, Jane, Kitty, and Lydia—end up supporting Mary (or just end up) as she establishes model orphanages. Along the way, Mary falls in love with the deliciously Scottish Angus; encounters a highwayman; and is imprisoned by a crazy prophet—all memorably voiced. This is still upper-class nineteenth-century England, and Taylor's tone reflects it. An altogether entertaining listening experience. J.B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2009]
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