Persuasion and Poems by Jane Austen

  • by Jane Austen
  • Narrated by Alison Larkin
  • 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two hundred years since Jane Austen completed her last novel, Alison Larkin, a witty and always original voice, brings Persuasion and a selection of lesser-known poems by Jane Austen to a new audience.
Seven years after Anne Elliot rejects the man she loves after a family friend persuades her that he isn't a good enough match for her, Frederick Wentworth returns to England looking for a wife.
Austen did not take herself seriously as a poet but she did write delightful, mostly comic verses to entertain family and friends.
Selected and introduced by award-winning narrator Alison Larkin, the poems range from lines found on a piece of paper inside a tiny bag Austen gave to her niece in 1792, to her very last piece of writing - When Winchester Races - written three days before she died in July 1817.


What the Critics Say

"Raised in England by adoptive parents, Alison Larkin was actually born in America. She herself is a comic writer and performer โ€“ and she approaches Austen as a satirist โ€“ she has genuine theatrical skill...sustained comic creations. The voice reveals all." (David Denby, The New Yorker)


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Most avid romance readers, like me, have read all of Jane Austen's books. ๐Ÿ“š We have read and re-read each book while getting totally immersed in the stories and characters that come alive in our imaginations. Most of us agree that Jane Austen's books are the blueprint for romance novels and are now the standard by which all others are compared.

Adding narration to a classic story can be disastrous because the reader understands the story and characters so well and perceives how each character should sound. Yep, any narrator that takes on a classic book is nonsensical, daft or just plain crazy!?.....Nope!.....make that Brilliant because this rendition of Persuasion was PERFECTION! ๐Ÿ’ŸAlison Larkin totally nailed the story and characters with her narration. It was as if the voices in my head came alive and danced in my ears. She truly made the characters become more vivid and the story more realistic. I never thought I'd say this but I enjoyed this book even more with the narration. This audio version is a true joy and one that I will listen to again and again.๐ŸŒ 

I've never read any of Jane Austen's poems before so I was delighted that they were included in this Audio Version. What a treat!

If you're an Austen fan don't hesitate with this one. I highly recommend.

๐Ÿ˜‰ I would like to thank the author, publisher, and/or narrator for providing me this audio book at no charge in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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- ๐ŸŒผDARA "๐Ÿ’™ A Good Story Epecially w/Romance๐Ÿ”นAudiobooks+Work=Adventures ๐Ÿ’ซ Enjoy Listening, Debating, & Reviewing with My Book Club๐Ÿ”นNo Spoilers ๐Ÿ™Š"

A great classic

This is truly a classic and a must read for Austen fans. Brilliant very enjoyable story. I hadn't read any of Austen's poems before. I loved those.

The narrator was perfect for this book and story. Wonderful performance.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
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- Nomi "I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-19-2016
  • Publisher: British Classic Audio