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.
Public Domain (P)2015 British Classic Audio
"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)
Really comes alive!
I have not enjoyed an audio book as much since I listened to Larkin's performance of Pride and Prejudice.
Often narrations of Jane Austen novels are earnest. She was not meant to be read in that way. She was meant to be read with lightness and wit - and depth. Larkin brings all this and more.
Miss Bates and Mrs Elton are both hilarious and authentic. I especially love the scene where Emma first gives advice to Harriet about Mr Martin and all the scenes where she manipulates people.Jane Austen called her 'a heroine who no one but myself will much like.'
Larkin is able to channel Jane Austen in a way that breathes new life into this already amazing book. Her reading brings this 200 year-old classic to life in a way that makes me love the book more than ever before. A brilliantly good listen!
Best version yet.
There are so many it is hard to pick one, but certainly the moment when Emma realizes who she is in love with.
Characterizations that are so convincing you feel like you are there. There's a lightness to her reading that makes it a pleasure to listen to at all times. Jane Austen is deeply funny - as well as moving and true. All these adjectives apply to Larkin's narration. I also really like the fact that one of my favorite New Yorker cartoonists designed the cover.
The moment when Emma realizes who she is in love with.
I came to this one after hearing Alison Larkin read Pride and Prejudice. She does an equally stunning job here. She has a gift for bringing out the wit and intelligence in Jane Austen who is sometimes read in far too serious a manner. I can't recommend it highly enough.
I am a Jane Austen lover and really enjoyed this performance. The voice is cheerful enough to capture Emma's overall energy. The slight variations of intonation for the characters in general are well balanced and add to the narration. I particularly enjoy Mrs Elton's snobbery, Miss Bates' scattered speech and Mr Woodhouse's hypochondriac tone. Recommended!
Beautifully narrated by Alison Larkin, who brings Emma alive. While not on a par with Pride and Prejudice, also beautifully narrated by Ms. Larkin, the inhabitants of High Bridge become old and beloved friends. I highly recommend this recording.
Alison Larkin brings new life and fun to one of Jane Austen's greatest stories. Perhaps because Larkin was raised in England and trained as an actress who has appeared in London and Broadway she is able to add a new and more dramatic interest to this wonderful tale. Because she is a best selling author herself, Larkin also knows how to build the narrative and bring out all the wit and emotional every word and scene.
I had never realized how much fun Jane Austen could be--and how relevant many of the situations were to the modern world today. Larkin has a way of making us interested in all the characters and every turn of the plot.
Larkin imbues every word with a meaning and and every character with an authentic accent that involves us and makes us a kind of eager participant in Austen's wonderful world..
I wanted to listen to this book in one sitting, but had to come back to it a couple of times. Each time I was immediately immersed in this great creation by Larkin's unique ability to bring new life to such a classic tale.
Every fan of Jane Austen will love Larkin's narration of her work!
"Jane Austen at her best with the best narration!"
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!
The new life that Larkin is able to bring to this great Jane Austen story.
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.
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!
Larkin brings out the best in Jane Austen. If you love Jane Austen you will love this experience!
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