Lady Susan

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jane Austen

Narrated By: A Full Cast

Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks

Date: January 2003

Duration: 2 hours 57 minutes

Summary:

Written in the then fashionable style form of letters between the characters in the book, Jane Austen tells the story of the beautiful widow Lady Susan. Lady Susan has an eye toward re-marrying well, and marrying off her teenage daughter. To achieve her objectives, she spins a tale of Victorian humor and manipulation. In the end, she outsmarts even herself.

Jane Austen's earliest known serious work, Lady Susan is a short, epistolary novel that portrays a woman bent on the exercise of her own powerful mind and personality to the point of social self-destruction.

Lady Susan, a clever and ruthless widow, determines that her daughter is going to marry a man whom both detest. She 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. 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, whom neither can abide.

Told through a series of letters between the characters, the work concludes abruptly with the comment: "this correspondence...could not, to the great detriment of the Post Office revenue, be continued any longer."

The Letters:
Letter 01: Lady Susan Vernon to Mr. Vernon
Letter 02: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 03: Lady Susan Vernon to Lady de Courcy
Letter 04: Mr. de Courcy to Mrs. Vernon
Letter 05: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 06: Mrs. Vernon to Mr. de Courcy
Letter 07: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 08: Mrs. Vernon to Lady de Courcy
Letter 09: Mrs. Johnson to Lady Susan Vernon
Letter 10: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 11: Mrs. Vernon to Lady de Courcy
Letter 12: Sir Reginald de Courcy to His Son
Letter 13: Lady de Courcy to Mrs. Vernon
Letter 14: Mr. de Courcy to Sir Reginald
Letter 15: Mrs. Vernon to Lady de Courcy
Letter 16: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 17: Mrs. Vernon to Lady de Courcy
Letter 18: From the Same to the Same
Letter 19: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 20: Mrs. Vernon to Lady de Courcy
Letter 21: Miss Vernon to Mr. de Courcy
Letter 22: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 23: Mrs. Vernon to Lady de Courcy
Letter 24: From the Same to the Same
Letter 25: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 26: Mrs. Johnson to Lady Susan Vernon
Letter 27: Mrs. Vernon to Lady de Courcy
Letter 28: Mrs. Johnson to Lady Susan Vernon
Letter 29: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 30: Lady Susan Vernon to Mr. de Courcy
Letter 31: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 32: Mrs. Johnson to Lady Susan Vernon
Letter 33: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 34: Mr. de Courcy to Lady Susan Vernon
Letter 35: Lady Susan Vernon to Mr. de Courcy
Letter 36: Mr. de Courcy to Lady Susan Vernon
Letter 37: Lady Susan Vernon to Mr. de Courcy
Letter 38: Mrs. Johnson to Lady Susan Vernon
Letter 39: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 40: Lady de Courcy to Mrs. Vernon
Letter 41: Mrs. Vernon to Lady de Courcy
Conclusion

AUTHOR
Jane Austen (1775-1817) was born in Steventon, England, and later moved to Bath. She began to write early for her own and her family's amusement. Her novels, set in her own English countryside, depict the daily lives of provincial middle-class families with wry observation, a delicate irony, and a good-humored wit. She is now considered by many scholars to be the first great woman novelist.

COMMENTARY
Reviews for Alcazar AudioWorks' production of Lady Susan
Three cheers for multi voice readers
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.
Listener Review - Audible.com
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