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.
"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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This is the best audiobook of Pride and Prejudice available. Cannot recommend it highly enough. Read about Alison Larkin as an Austen narrator in the New Yorker and have not looked back since. Mrs Bennet is hilarious. Darcy utterly believable. Wonderful narration and the Songs at the end make you feel you are in Jane Austen's living room - a wonderful touch.
Persuasion and Poems by Jane Austen which also brings additional material to the end of the book is also wonderful - and also narrated by Ms Larkin.
The proposal scene!
Yes. The scene when Darcy confesses his true feelings for Elizabeth.
The songs at the end are delightful - this is a MUST BUY!
- Mary Katherine Worth