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Publisher's Summary

A collection of BBC radio full-cast dramatisations of Jane Austen's six major novels. Jane Austen is one of the finest writers in the English language, and this volume includes all six of her classic novels.
Mansfield Park: on a quest to find a position in society, Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle.
Northanger Abbey: young, naïve Catherine Morland receives an invitation to stay at the isolated Gothic mansion Northanger Abbey.
Sense and Sensibility: forced to leave their family home after their father's death, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood try to forge a new life at Barton Cottage.
Pride and Prejudice: Mrs Bennet is determined to get her five daughters married well, so when the wealthy Mr Bingley and his friend, Mr Darcy, move into the neighbourhood, her hopes are raised....
Emma: Emma Woodhouse declares she will never marry, but she is determined to find a match for her friend, Harriet.
Persuasion: eight years ago, Anne Elliot rejected a marriage proposal from a handsome but poor naval officer. Now her former love has returned....
With an all-star cast including David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia McKenzie, Jenny Agutter, Toby Jones, Eve Best and Juliet Stevenson, these BBC radio adaptations are full of humour, romance, love lost and love regained. Duration: approx. 14 hours 30 mins.
Full chapter listing:

Chapters 1-10: Mansfield Park
Chapters 11-13: Northanger Abbey
Chapters 14 and 15: Sense and Sensibility
Chapters 16-18: Pride and Prejudice
Chapters 19 and 20: Emma
Chapters 21-23: Persuasion

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rachel Eaton on 03-20-16

Great way to listen to Austen's works!

I have always loved Jane Austen's stories, but I never read all of her books. This was a great way to listen to her stories and stay engaged the whole time. I didn't want to stop listening and only pressed pause when I had to (like for sleeping, but I ended up staying up past midnight the first day to finish Emma). The voices were all spot on for the characters. I really enjoyed this performance a lot!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Sian on 04-06-16

Faulty download

It's brillaint, except chapters 6 and 7 are identical, as are 8 and 9, so the Mansfield Park story is unlistenable. Please fix these chapters and I'll happily upgrade my rating.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Helen on 03-24-16

Really good

... But not equal to actually reading the books. If you can spare the credits buying each unabridged book would be better. That said these are radio plays so not entirely comparable, the performances are excellent and the gist of each book was accurate and it was thoroughly entertaining.

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26 of 27 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-28-16

Poor scripts - good performances - mixed bag

Although the performances were mostly good and the casting generally appropriate, I found it hard to suffer through the scripts they were working from. I would suggest that if you are very familiar with the books, you might also react with irritation to some very spurious tampering with sequencing and dialogue (even allowing for the obvious necessity for scriptwriters to tamper in order to shorten and still retain clarify, etc). However, if you simply enjoy a well presented romance dramatisation and aren't familiar with the texts, or simply not as pedantic as I am, then you'll probably find a lot to enjoy in this set.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dean Spilias on 07-04-16

Abridged, but well done.

What did you like most about The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection?

This is a condensed/abridged version of the Jane Austen novels, as adapted for radio. It works well in general, but I was disappointed to lose a lot of Austen's witty writing. The voices are well cast and I like the British accents for listening to Austen. The format is horrible though - the novels are all done end to end with no markers for chapters or even headings to tell you that "Chapter 16" is the start of "Pride and Prejudice" while "Chapter 15" was the end of the previous book. The abridging is more severe for some novels than others, which I think impacts on the experience.

Any additional comments?

The bottom line for me is that I wish I'd bought the books separately, and non-abridged versions. This is OK as a light introduction to Austen, but not for the hard-core fans who want every word Jane wrote!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By LC on 06-07-16

Charming and thoroughly enjoyable adaptations

I'll start by saying that I love all of Jane Austen's novels and will happily watch any TV or film adaptation, so I was always going to be easy to please! That being said, I think each dramatisation was very well done - capturing some of Austen's witty observations through the user if a narrator and at the same time bringing each of the characters to life with some excellent and colorful voice acting by each of the actors.

I found it interesting that some novels were chosen to be continued across multiple episodes while others were condensed right down but all seemed to work quite well.

If you enjoy Jane Austen's works then I would highly recommend this series to you. I had so much fun getting lost in Austen's world while going about my everyday chores!

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