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 🙊"

Amazing Narration of Jane Austen Classic!

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I just finished listening to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, with Songs from Regency England sung by narrator Alison Larkin, and I couldn't put it down. I've read and listened to over a dozen different audio editions over the past 30 years (my first was on cassette tape), and this version is by far my favorite. Alison is one of my favorite narrators of Austen's works because she understands that Jane wrote satires and that much of what is written should be read tongue-in-cheek. Alison does this perfectly!

Everyone is familiar with the classic story of Elizabeth Bennett and her four sisters, her youngest sister's infamous elopement with George Wickham, and Elizabeth's slow to develop affection and admiration for Fitzwilliam Darcy. Alison Larkin's narration brings these most beloved characters to life with her smooth undertones and subtle nuances. As she does with all of her narrations, Alison uses differing voices for all characters, and changes up the tempo during the most exciting parts of the story.

This version of Pride and Prejudice includes a fabulous bonus of three songs that the Bennetts might have heard in their drawing room sung by a "young lady who makes up in vocal enthusiasm what she lacks in polish," much like Mary Bennet at the Netherfield Ball. Alison was hilarious singing these songs and I couldn't help but listen to them several times before going back to work after lunch. [I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.] Simply put, I can't recommend this audiobook enough!

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- LilMissMolly "LilMissMolly"

Book Details

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