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Diane

ROSENDALE, NY, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Pride and Prejudice - the 200th Anniversary Audio Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
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    (68)
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    Jane Austen's most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, is brought to sparkling life in this new unabridged recording by AudioFile earphones award winning narrator Alison Larkin. A witty and always original voice, Alison Larkin is the perfect vessel to bring Jane Austen's classically satirical second novel to a new audience. This fresh and hugely entertaining listen from 'the English American' joined with Austen's deft satire, results in pure, boundless FUN.

    Michael says: "Jane Austen as she was meant to be heard!"
    "This is more than an audiobook. This is theatre!"
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    Within the first three minutes of listening, I felt transported. I could have been in the West End! Wow. Allison Larkin grasps the characters so well, that they become absolutely visible, tangible and delightful. A real joy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ann Ward Radcliffe
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
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    (18)
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    (19)

    This was the most popular novel of Radcliffe's time; Radcliffe's portrayal of her heroine's inner life raised the Gothic romance to a new level. The atmosphere of fear and the gripping plot continue to thrill today. This is the story of the orphaned Emily St Aubert, who finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the Castle of Udolpho by her aunt's new husband Montoni. Here she must cope with an unwanted suitor, Montoni's threats, and the wild imaginings and terrors which threaten to overwhelm her.

    Joyce says: "Thank You, Audible"
    "Loved it!"
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    So great to have the privilege of listening to this on audio by award winning Alison Larkin who is in dazzling form here. She should win an award for her portrayal of the villainous Montoni who very much reminds me of Scar in The Lion King. 

    Any serious fan of classic literature will recognize Ann Radcliffe as the grandmother of gothic fiction and the vampire craze we have to day owes much to her writing. This novel I believe was the first "best seller" and after listening one can understand why. 

    What separates a great book like this from the popular Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse novels is the obvious well rounded education of Ms Radcliffe. For example at the heart of the novel's mystery are the rogue italian militias that roamed the Apenines and Ms Radcliffe makes glorious use of the dark history. Where else would we learn about that? In addition the sentence structure and descriptive details are some of the best in literature and Ms Larkin renders them like Horowitz playing Chopin.

    I've listened to it twice and look forward to at least a few more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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