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.
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.
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.


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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An Enjoyable Reading!

Alison Larkin provides a wonderful narration of Jane Austen's Persuasion. i have always loved Captain Wentworth and the blatant contrast between the shallow upper class characters of consequence and the characters considered socially flawed. This is a satisfying rendition.

I didn't known Miss Austen had written poetry, so I enjoyed the poems very much and particularly relished learning a little about their intentions /history.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.
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- A D.

Loved this!

Persuasion is one of my favourite novels and Alison Larkin is a fantastic narrator. She is so good at the voices for the different characters and made a lot of the humour really come to life. I laughed out loud, a lot. The poems are a lovely addition and similarly well-read. I thoroughly recommend this audio book. It's a great narrative by Jane Austen and a brilliant narration by Alison Larkin
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- MicT

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-07-2016
  • Publisher: Alison Larkin Presents