Emma

  • by Jane Austen
  • Narrated by Alison Larkin
  • 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Following the runaway success of her stunning rendition of Pride and Prejudice, award-winning narrator Alison Larkin returns - breathing new life into Jane Austen's Emma. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the book, Larkin - a witty and always original voice - is the perfect vessel to bring this classically satirical novel to a new audience. A fresh and hugely entertaining listen, Larkin, also an acclaimed comedienne and the best-selling author of The English American, joins her voice deftly with Austen's clever style and the result is pure, boundless fun.

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What the Critics Say

"There's a vintage feel to Alison Larkin's narration of this Austen favorite. The bell-like quality of her sweetly accented voice harkens back to another, quieter, time. However, her delivery of this much-loved matchmaking story offers a flexibility that is contemporary and easy to hear. Larkin's vocals can be precious or blustery, proper or pompous, depending on which character she occupies, and she creates distinctions between each with skill. The pace is brisk, and Larkin's treatment of the light humor in the novel is so subtle it could be missed by the distracted listener." (AudioFile)
"[Larkin] approaches Austen as a satirist - she has genuine theatrical skill, so her Mrs. Elton, swooping and dipping in flights of arrogant self-serving nonsensical observation, and her Miss Bates, anxious and desperately self-conscious even as she talks without end, are both sustained comic creations. The voice reveals all." (The New Yorker)

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Jane Austen at her best with the best narration!

Would you consider the audio edition of Emma to be better than the print version?

Jane Austen and Alison Larkin are at their best together! Larkin is able to bring out all the wit and fun and laughter--as well as the inherent drama in this classic story. I had forgotten how relevant so much of this novel is to many of the emotions and situations we experience today. Get ready for a great listen that will remind you of how amazing things happen when two talents meet!


What did you like best about this story?

The new life that Larkin is able to bring to this great Jane Austen story.


Have you listened to any of Alison Larkin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Larkin is a trained actress who has appeared in London and on Broadway and that gives her an ability to bring out the drama in every character and deliver every sentence with its full meaning. In addition, as a best selling writer herself, she knows how to build the narrative and deliver just the right amount of excitement to every scene.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I like to listen to it at every chance I got--but it took me several times because I didn't want to miss a word!


Any additional comments?

Larkin brings out the best in Jane Austen. If you love Jane Austen you will love this experience!

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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2015
  • Publisher: British Classic Audio