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.
Persuasion
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.
Poems
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.

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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 – and she approaches Austen as a satirist – she has genuine theatrical skill...sustained comic creations. The voice reveals all." (David Denby, The New Yorker)

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Wonderful🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Most avid romance readers, like me, have read all of Jane Austen's books. πŸ“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! πŸ’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.🌠

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.

πŸ˜‰ 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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- πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈDARA

Austen fans won't be disappointed

I love Alison Larkin as a narrator. However, she would not have been my first choice. Perhaps I am used to the sweeter, younger voice. It was just a small thing, though. Her talents far exceeded any annoyance.
Persuasion is not my favorite of Miss Austen's novels but I love it all the same. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this and had not heard many of the poems before or don't remember them. All in all, a splendid performance.
I was gifted this audio book in exchange for an honest review.
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Book Details

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