Pride and Prejudice, with Songs from Regency England

  • by Jane Austen
  • Narrated by Alison Larkin
  • 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jane Austen's most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice is brought to sparkling new life in this "wonderful, unforgettable" recording from AudioFile Earphones award-winning narrator Alison Larkin.
Always a witty and original voice, Alison Larkin follows her narration of Pride and Prejudice with songs from Regency England, to give the listener a sense of what after dinner family entertainment might have sounded like in Jane Austen's time.
Recorded in a drawing room not unlike the Bennets', a young lady who sounds suspiciously like Mary Bennet sings The Lonely Ash Grove, Ye Banks and Braes, and Down by the Salley Gardens, making up in vocal enthusiasm what she lacks in polish.

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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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Outstanding!

Pride and Prejudice, of course, is a classic and most of us have read it many times over the years. Many people agree that it's the standard pattern by which other "romance" novels follow. It is truly the classic of classics and, in my opinion, this audio rendition is the BEST!

Every time I listen to a Jane Austen book read by Alison Larkin I get more and more impressed. She has talent that goes beyond narration. She makes the story come alive with emotions like never before and takes you on a journey you don't want to end. Alison takes narration to another level. Pure enjoyment! 🙌

I highly recommend that you add this one to your audio library. This book also includes songs from the time period in England that are a wonderful addition. You won't be disappointed.

I would like to thank the author, narrator or publisher for voluntarily providing this free review copy of this audio book. 💑
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- 🌼DARA "💙 A Good Story Epecially w/Romance🔹Audiobooks+Work=Adventures 💫 Enjoy Listening, Debating, & Reviewing with My Book Club🔹No Spoilers 🙊"

True Unabridged Version!

This is a true unabridged version of this Jane Austen classic. It made me realize that the Rosamund Pike version is not only abridged but is more of a movie tie in than anything else. Having listened to them so closely together, it is easy to see this now.

Eliza Bennett shines here through Alison Larkin's exquisite narration. She is able to be offended at her first meeting with Mr. Darcy yet still see the ridiculousness of her reaction. When she is given the facts instead of a shady story, Elizabeth is able to see her mistakes and, not only that, but change her attitude in a gracious way.

Elizabeth is a wonderful example to young girls these days. She stands up for herself in a dignified way when necessary, she refuses to settle for an inferior partner for marriage, and she is an outstanding example to her sisters and even parents on occasion. Eliza even takes advice from an elder without getting offended.

Mr. Darcy, too, learns to curb his arrogance to win the woman he has fallen in love with and humbles himself in order to show her the improvements her reproofs had made.

Alison Larkin's narrative is really first rate. She voices all of the characters really well and captures the subtle nuances of the different exchanges perfectly.

I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
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- Reg "Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2016
  • Publisher: British Classic Audio and BMA