• Camilla

  • A Picture of Youth
  • By: Fanny Burney
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 37 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Among Jane Austen's favorite novels, and a key work in the rise of Romanticism, Camilla follows the story of three young women, from childhood to young adulthood, and their pursuit of matrimony.

Kind but naive Camilla is in love with Edgar Mandlebert, a handsome and noble young man, but must suffer a series of frequent misunderstandings that threaten their happy union. Intelligent Eugenia, destined to inherit her uncle's great wealth, is plagued with misfortune as she is left disfigured by smallpox and has men court her for financial gain only. Meanwhile their cousin, beautiful but selfish Indiana, never finds a fortune for her good looks. Accompanying them is a cast of memorable characters, such as the rowdy prankster Lionel, the dim-witted Mr. Dubster, and the scornful Miss Margland.

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Tedious in the extreme

Ok, we all like a little drama, a little contrary obstacle to overcome in a tale of thwarted romance, but these characters are just plain and simply, infuriating. At what point do they actually “grow a pair”? To use a rather vulgar euphemism. Add to that, the frustration with the narrator who seems to run on in a mindless dash at times and it’s made the whole experience one of annoyance. No... I love 17-18th century writings, but this one is just not worth the effort and frustration.

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  • 10-15-21

Love books by Fanny Burney

This book is a delight to anyone who likes 18 century books. The price is gorgeous And the character easy to like. It does get a little slow towards the end but overall I just love these books. Lucy Scott’s narration is excellent. She gives each character an appropriate voice and she never stumbles over the complex prose. Now I’m waiting for them to finally do a professional narration of “Cecilia”…

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Perfection!

I love Camilla! I've read it a few times. Yes, it's long, but it's a lovely story and I don't want it to end. Fanny Burney creates memorable characters, a beautiful picture of British country life, and is funny as hell. The narration adds so much to it! Especially the scene with the inept actors who all have different accents- I could not stop laughing. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a great historic novel.

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Fantastic!

I wanted it to go on forever! I wanted to stay in their world forever!

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Wonderfully long and detailed story.

I'm not sure how I've missed this story all these years. The level of detail and passion written into these characters is astounding. I have to say that sometimes it reads like Three's Company, a sitcom from the late 70s, early 80s? How does Edgar not question what he sees according to who Camila has always been is beyond me. If only Camila would speak up... at so many moments... it would have cleared everything up immediately. ugh! However, those were the times I suppose, and the story would have been disappointingly short. Lucy Scott has done an amazing job at creating voices for so many characters. They are distinct and recognizable immediately. I actually wept at the point of Camila's accounting to her own conscience and Ms. Scott's agonized voice depicting it all.
My husband and I were on a road trip listening to it. He came in to the story just past the mid point. He would pause it once in a while to express frustration at the proceedings and people's (women's) inability to express what they really felt and the self denial of what was right for themselves. We have truly come a long way from those times in that regard.
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A bit long winded and overdramatic but sometimes insightful

Addiction, pride, miscommunication and false judgement are all still relevant themes. It was an enjoyable listen, and if I had been reading, there were some phrases that deserved highlighting and quoting on social media. But sometimes the painful bits were overdrawn IMO. I like exercising my vocabulary with the classics and this one definitely did that for me!

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  • Jenny
  • 03-21-22

Jane Austen inspiration

I can see where Jane Austen got her ideas from. However she is much more concise. Sometimes the descriptions and the thoughts of the characters go on for a bit of a long time. I really enjoyed it and there is plenty of description of the practicalities of life and travel in those days of horse drawn vehicles , before the railways .