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Pride and Prejudice - the 200th Anniversary Audio Edition | [Jane Austen]

Pride and Prejudice - the 200th Anniversary Audio Edition

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.
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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.

Check out The English American written and read by Alison Larkin.


Public Domain (P)2013 British Classic Audio and BMA

What the Critics Say

"Alison Larkin is a wonderful British lady that delivers the best possible way to enjoy Pride and Prejudice with some unforgettable performances." (Audiobook Jungle)

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    Michael BRONXVILLE, NEW YORK, United States 11-06-13
    Michael BRONXVILLE, NEW YORK, United States 11-06-13
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    "Jane Austen as she was meant to be heard!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Jane Austen would be delighted that Alison Larkin brings out all the wit, deep love, and iconic characters in her great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Because Alison Larkin has a similar background to Jane Austen she is able to capture the authentic accents and attitudes of all characters.


    Which character – as performed by Alison Larkin – was your favorite?

    Elizabeth Bennet, and Mrs. Bennet have never been more beautifully brought to life.
    Mr. Darcy is also given a new dimension of attraction and interest.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed with happiness for while I had always loved Jane Austen, I had never heard Pride & Prejudice delivered with such passion, wit, and authenticity.


    Any additional comments?

    With Jane Austen's Birthdaty coming up in December, as well as Christmas, the 200th Anniversary Addition makes a great gift. I am buying many!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce Monterey, MA, United States 11-08-13
    Joyce Monterey, MA, United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2004

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    "Smashing"

    I can't stop listening to this most recent recording of Pride and Prejudice celebrating Jane Austen’s 200th anniversary..  Over and over again I replay certain scenes.  I don't know who deserves the most credit, Alison Larkin the reader or Jane Austen the writer. They are totally co-mingled in this remarkable recording. In all my reading of Jane Austen, over the course of many years, I somehow never did get how truly witty and wise Jane Austen was and is.

    Alison Larkin brings it all to light.  I fear that when reading to oneself one (me) may tend to become glassy eyed now and then.  All I know is I missed much which came as a revelation through listening to Larkin’s wonderfully expressive reading. So many characters, so many voices. All crafted with delicacy, care and intelligence.

    I could bring up many scenes from the whole great thing, but having just finished listening to the recording for the second time the scenes that stand out just now are those most recently read; those from the last chapters.

    1. Mr. Bennet's reading of Mr. Collins' letter.  I never in my earlier readings really took in either Mr. Bennet's wit or his really unforgivable indolence.

    1.  The confrontation of Lady de Burgh and Catherine.

    3.  The marvelous and ever so satisfying scene between Lizzie and Darcy where things are finally, thanks to each the other, worked out. In this day and age where people have a hard time expressing themselves it is refreshing that these two proud, prejudiced and splendid creatures make themselves beautifully clear to each other. Most satisfyingly indeed.

    Plain and simple, and I hate to say it, but without this remarkable narration much of this great writer was lost on me.  

    Somewhere in "Aspects of the Novel" alluding to actors, E. M. Forster observed and, I paraphrase:  "It is inexplicable to me how a handful of neurotic men and women can improve upon a perfectly good work of literature and yet time after time, they do".  There you have it.  It certainly is true for me.

    And let me add that the music is dynamic and delightful, Wonderful work. The little known Mozart excerpts fit perfectly. Great pains have been taken to mimic musically what has just transpired between the characters. The music ends and begins each chapter and It makes one smile and sometimes laugh aloud.

    I have other books I should get to.  I just can't for the present.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ali US and UK 11-06-13
    Ali US and UK 11-06-13 Member Since 2014

    Bestselling author of The English American, a novel

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    "Brilliant new recording!"
    Where does Pride and Prejudice - the 200th Anniversary Audio Edition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My absolute favorite so far! I love listening to classic novels and I am a fan of both Alison Larkin and Jane Austen so I was thrilled to hear about this recording.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    You can't pick just one, as they're all so distinct. Alison Larkin's portrayal of Mrs Bennet is very, very funny. So is her portrayal of Mr Collins. Elizabeth, Jane, Lydia, Mr Darcy, Mr Wickham - they're all very different and wonderful characters in their own way.


    What does Alison Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A gift for bringing each character to life in a real way. You feel like you're there, in England at the start of the 19th century! It's a totally accessible read - not boring for ONE MOMENT and Alison Larkin has a way of playing the male characters that is real. I'm going to play it to my 12 year old daughter. It will be a great way to introduce her to Jane Austen.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was very moved by the part of the book when Elizabeth finds out what Darcy has done for her sister and her family.


    Any additional comments?

    There are other recordings of this great novel and I have listened to a couple of them. Even the famous actresses didnt come close to this recording which has all of Jane Austen's wit and life, combined with the depth that makes Austen's books so unforgettable. Sometimes a narrator and author fit perfectly. This is one of those times. And I loved the music too! I THINK it's Alison Larkin singing one of the songs between the chapters towards the end - hard to say - but that's really different. The song sounds like it's one of the Bennet singers singing. I loved it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diane ROSENDALE, NY, United States 12-06-13
    Diane ROSENDALE, NY, United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This is more than an audiobook. This is theatre!"

    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
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    D. Littman OH 12-13-13
    D. Littman OH 12-13-13 Member Since 2003

    history buff

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    "a great classic, refreshingly narrated"
    If you could sum up Pride and Prejudice - the 200th Anniversary Audio Edition in three words, what would they be?

    Austen with an outstanding narrator


    What about Alison Larkin’s performance did you like?

    Alison Larkin is a terrific narrator, she speaks with verve and drive, and she does a great job moving from one voice to another, and from narration to a character's voice, so that the book can be easily followed without thinking about which character is speaking.


    Any additional comments?

    Pride & Prejudice should, of course, be read by everyone. It is a great story, one that could occur today, in some sense, with some of the environs shifted. But you can also live it as a reader of a circa-1790s aristocracy story, listen to the narrative & with a bit of imagination, stretch yourself into a horse & buggy context of England in the period.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Merm2Three New England USA 03-28-14
    Merm2Three New England USA 03-28-14 Member Since 2012

    Merm

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    "Jane Austin fans will not be disapointed"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pride and Prejudice - the 200th Anniversary Audio Edition to be better than the print version?

    Only in that it helps add a little something to the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not enough room here to discuss it in full. I simply love this entire story.


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

    Sadly no, but I may look up other book she has done because of this one.


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

    No, I wanted to savour it as I did the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya Sierra Vista, AZ 03-16-14
    Tanya Sierra Vista, AZ 03-16-14 Member Since 2013

    Experiencing cultures, past and present, through historical fiction.

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    "Best version yet."
    Where does Pride and Prejudice - the 200th Anniversary Audio Edition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I first read this book for a college class and liked the story so tried the audio version. I've twice listened to this book on audio. In this version, Alison Larkin (narrator) really makes this story come to life!

    I always thought the story was predictable, but good. This version is worth a listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like historical fiction because it exposes me to cultures and experiences in a way that interests and captivates me. This story gives me that feeling of understanding by living the experience rather than learning abstract details.


    What about Alison Larkin’s performance did you like?

    I love her interpretation of the characters voices. She represents each personality - perfectly


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

    I wanted to listen to the story in several sittings...It takes a bit of concentration and focus to follow the details.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca maryville, TN, United States 03-18-14
    rebecca maryville, TN, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Best way to fall asleep quickly"
    What would have made Pride and Prejudice - the 200th Anniversary Audio Edition better?

    If you listening to mindless "he said, she said" from fussy women consumed by trivial and material things - this is the book for you!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Austen again?

    No. I don't see how this "classic" survived 200 years.


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

    The narrator does an excellent job with the material provided.


    What character would you cut from Pride and Prejudice - the 200th Anniversary Audio Edition?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    4 hours of my life I won't recapture.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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