Following the runaway success of her stunning rendition of Pride and Prejudice, award-winning narrator Alison Larkin returns - breathing new life into Jane Austen's Emma. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the book, Larkin - a witty and always original voice - is the perfect vessel to bring this classically satirical novel to a new audience. A fresh and hugely entertaining listen, Larkin, also an acclaimed comedienne and the best-selling author of The English American, joins her voice deftly with Austen's clever style and the result is pure, boundless fun.
"There's a vintage feel to Alison Larkin's narration of this Austen favorite. The bell-like quality of her sweetly accented voice harkens back to another, quieter, time. However, her delivery of this much-loved matchmaking story offers a flexibility that is contemporary and easy to hear. Larkin's vocals can be precious or blustery, proper or pompous, depending on which character she occupies, and she creates distinctions between each with skill. The pace is brisk, and Larkin's treatment of the light humor in the novel is so subtle it could be missed by the distracted listener." (AudioFile)
"[Larkin] approaches Austen as a satirist - she has genuine theatrical skill, so her Mrs. Elton, swooping and dipping in flights of arrogant self-serving nonsensical observation, and her Miss Bates, anxious and desperately self-conscious even as she talks without end, are both sustained comic creations. The voice reveals all." (The New Yorker)
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Best Jane Austen narration I have ever heard!
Really comes alive!
I have not enjoyed an audio book as much since I listened to Larkin's performance of Pride and Prejudice.
Often narrations of Jane Austen novels are earnest. She was not meant to be read in that way. She was meant to be read with lightness and wit - and depth. Larkin brings all this and more.
Miss Bates and Mrs Elton are both hilarious and authentic. I especially love the scene where Emma first gives advice to Harriet about Mr Martin and all the scenes where she manipulates people.Jane Austen called her 'a heroine who no one but myself will much like.'
Larkin is able to channel Jane Austen in a way that breathes new life into this already amazing book. Her reading brings this 200 year-old classic to life in a way that makes me love the book more than ever before. A brilliantly good listen!
- jeff wheeler
Brillantly narrated by Alison Larkin
Best version yet.
There are so many it is hard to pick one, but certainly the moment when Emma realizes who she is in love with.
Characterizations that are so convincing you feel like you are there. There's a lightness to her reading that makes it a pleasure to listen to at all times. Jane Austen is deeply funny - as well as moving and true. All these adjectives apply to Larkin's narration. I also really like the fact that one of my favorite New Yorker cartoonists designed the cover.
The moment when Emma realizes who she is in love with.
I came to this one after hearing Alison Larkin read Pride and Prejudice. She does an equally stunning job here. She has a gift for bringing out the wit and intelligence in Jane Austen who is sometimes read in far too serious a manner. I can't recommend it highly enough.
- Amanda Fry