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  • The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things | Paula Byrne

    The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Paula Byrne
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things offers a startlingly original look at the revered writer through a variety of key moments, scenes, and objects in her life and work. Going beyond previous traditional biographies which have traced Austen's daily life from Steventon to Bath to Chawton to Winchester, Paula Byrne's portrait - organized thematically and drawn from the most up-to-date scholarship and unexplored sources - explores the lives of Austen's extended family, friends, and acquaintances.

    Eee says: "For fans of Austen, Regency England"
  • The Jane Austen Project: A Novel | Kathleen A. Flynn

    The Jane Austen Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kathleen A. Flynn
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
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    Two travelers - Rachel Katzman and Liam Finucane - arrive in a field in rural England, disheveled and weighed down with hidden money. Turned away at a nearby inn, they are forced to travel by coach all night to London. They are not what they seem but rather colleagues who have come back in time from a technologically advanced future, posing as wealthy West Indies planters - a doctor and his spinster sister. Their mission: meet, befriend, and steal from Jane Austen herself.

    Scotty says: "Good-ish"
  • The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection: Six BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations | Jane Austen

    The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection: Six BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations

    • ORIGINAL (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, Julie McKenzie
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    A collection of BBC radio full-cast dramatisations of Jane Austen's six major novels. Jane Austen is one of the finest writers in the English language, and this volume includes all six of her classic novels. Mansfield Park: on a quest to find a position in society, Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle. Northanger Abbey: young, naïve Catherine Morland receives an invitation to stay at the isolated Gothic mansion Northanger Abbey.

    Sian says: "Faulty download"
  • Jane Austen at Home | Lucy Worsley

    Jane Austen at Home

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lucy Worsley
    • Narrated By Ruth Redman, Lucy Worsley
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    On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, historian Lucy Worsley leads us into the world in which our best-loved novelist lived. This new telling of the story of Jane's life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her and the way in which home is used in her novels to mean both a place of pleasure and a prison. It wasn't all country houses and ballrooms; in fact her life was often a painful struggle.

    Ruth Bain says: "Very informative"
  • Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen

    Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Victoria Mcgee
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    Austen’s classic tale of love and values in the class-conscious England of the late 18th century is her most beloved. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet, one of five sisters, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in landed-gentry society. One of the most popular novels of all time. Has been adapted to countless variations for the screen.

    Rose says: "An amazing story with a horrible reader"
  • Jane Austen, the Secret Radical | Helena Kelly

    Jane Austen, the Secret Radical

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Helena Kelly
    • Narrated By Emma Bering
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    In this fascinating, revelatory work, Helena Kelly - dazzling Jane Austen authority - looks past the grand houses, the pretty young women, past the demure drawing room dramas and witty commentary on the narrow social worlds of her time that became the hallmark of Austen's work to bring to light the serious, ambitious, deeply subversive nature of this beloved writer. Kelly illuminates the radical subjects - slavery, poverty, feminism, the church, evolution among them - considered treasonous at the time, that Austen deftly explored.

  • Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen

    Sense and Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Victoria McGee
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    This is Austen's first published novel, from 1851, which she wrote under the pseudonym "A Lady". The story is about Elinor and Marianne, two daughters of Mr. Dashwood by his second wife. They have a younger sister, Margaret, and an older half-brother named John. When their father dies, the family estate passes to John, and the Dashwood women are left in reduced circumstances. The novel follows the Dashwood sisters to their new home, a cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience both romance and heartbreak.

    A. Thompson says: "The worst narrator so far"
  • Persuasion | Jane Austen

    Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
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    As the Napoleonic Wars come to an end in 1814, admirals and captains of the Royal Navy are put ashore, their work done. Anne Elliot meets Captain Frederick Wentworth after seven years, by the chance of his sister and brother-in-law renting her father's estate, while she stays for a few months with her married sister, living nearby. They fell in love the first time, but she broke off the engagement.

    henry johnson says: "Jane Austen's Persuasion read by Elizabeth Klett"
  • Persuasion | Jane Austen

    Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

    Emily - Audible says: "Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing"
  • Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict | Laurie Viera Rigler

    Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Laurie Viera Rigler
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict tells the parallel story of Jane Mansfield, a gentleman's daughter from Regency England who inexplicably awakens in Courtney's overly wired and morally confused modern L.A. life. For Jane, the modern world is not wholly disagreeable. She relishes the privacy, independence, even the power to earn her own money. But how is she to fathom her employer's incomprehensible dictates about "syncing a BlackBerry"?

    Joseph R says: "Rude Awakenings and Eye Opening"
  • Emma | Jane Austen

    Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Jane Leclercq
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    In rural 1800s England, things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. Emma is considered by many to be Austen's finest novel. The book has been adapted countless times to stage, film, and television.

    Amy says: "Performance Needs Editing!"
  • Persuasion | Jane Austen

    Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Greta Scacchi
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    In Persuasion, Austen's last novel, she reveals a tale of love and marriage told with irony, insight, and an evaluation of human conduct. The characters, Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot, have met and separated years before. A reunion forces the recognition of the false values that drove them apart.

    MaryfromCT says: "Enjoyable listen"
  • Persuasion | Jane Austen

    Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah
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    A moving love story displaying all of Austen's signature wit and ironic narrative style. Persuasion is Jane Austen's last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finished Emma, completing it in August 1816.

    Kathryn says: "One of my favorites"
  • What Matters in Jane Austen: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved | John Mullan

    What Matters in Jane Austen: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Mullan
    • Narrated By Paul Collins
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    In What Matters in Jane Austen?, John Mullan shows that we can best appreciate Austen's brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction. Asking and answering some very specific questions about what goes on in her novels, he reveals the inner workings of their greatness. In 20 short chapters, each of which explores a question prompted by Austen’s novels, Mullan illuminates the themes that matter most in her beloved fiction.

    Sophiebennett says: "What matters is a helpful and very fun book"
  • Mansfield Park | Jane Austen

    Mansfield Park

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    Shy, fragile Fanny Price is the consummate "poor relation". Sent to live with her wealthy uncle Thomas, she clashes with his spoiled, selfish daughters and falls in love with his son. Their lives are further complicated by the arrival of a pair of witty, sophisticated Londoners, whose flair for flirtation collides with the quiet, conservative country ways of Mansfield Park.

    Lisa says: "Love it"
  • Emma [Naxos] | Jane Austen

    Emma [Naxos]

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

    H. CRODDICK says: "Wonderful listen"
  • Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen

    Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
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    One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

    Akela says: "A perfect narration of a perfect book"
  • Lady Susan | Jane Austen

    Lady Susan

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Susan McCarthy, Laurellee Westaway, Melissa Leventon, and others
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    Written in the then fashionable style form of letters between the characters in the book, Jane Austen tells the story of the beautiful widow Lady Susan. Lady Susan has an eye toward re-marrying well, and marrying off her teenage daughter. To achieve her objectives, she spins a tale of Victorian humor and manipulation. In the end, she outsmarts even herself. Jane Austen's earliest known serious work, Lady Susan is a short, epistolary novel that portrays a woman bent on the exercise of her own powerful mind and personality to the point of social self-destruction.

    Vincent says: "Beware of the Introduction"
  • First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen | Charlie Lovett

    First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Charlie Lovett
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
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    Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of Little Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield. Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice - and ultimately threaten Sophie's life.

    lyl says: "A booklovers book"
  • The Jane Austen Book Club | Karen Joy Fowler

    The Jane Austen Book Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karen Joy Fowler
    • Narrated By Kimberly Schraf
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    Six Californians join to discuss Jane Austen's novels. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. With her finely sighted eye for the frailties of human behavior and her finely tuned ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters more appealing. The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships.

    Kathy says: "agree with Lisa"
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