Retail pak Audio Partners/Cover to Cover 1999
CS ISBN 1572701188 $29.95 Six cassettes
Jane Austen once said that if she'd been a painter, she would have been a miniaturist, for she loved the fine details. Reader Anna Massey is wonderfully attentive to those details. General Tilney is sufficiently ponderous, Mrs. Allen suitably vapid, and Catherine Morland, albeit sensible, just silly enough to make her flights of imagination entertaining as she enters the mysterious world of the handsome Henry Tilney. Massey renders palpable all of Catherine's delight and confusion in this new world. Though not as interesting as PRIDE AND PREJUDICE or EMMA, Austen's first novel argues forcefully for the seriousness of the novel as a form, pokes good humored fun at some of the silliness of the gothic, and tells a delightful story to boot. P.E.F. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/MAR 01]
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