Library Ed. ISIS Audio Books 2003
CS ISBN $54.95 Six cassettes
CD ISBN $64.95 Six CDs
Three of Jane Austen’s less well-known novels are nonetheless classic Austen: Complex characters from varying social classes concern themselves with romance and marriage. Norma West reads in a soft, feminine English voice, such as one would expect of an Austen work. Her vocal character portraits are especially notable in the nasally tones of Lady Decorsey, the high-pitched arrogance of Lady Susan, and the shallow silliness of the Watsons. The voices are occasionally inconsistent, and therefore a little confusing, but all people use varying voices in their lives, as well. West is particularly skilled with the pregnant pauses that signal an important development in the drama. The listener leans in closer so as not to miss anything. J.F.M. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 04]
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