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  • The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Six BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julie McKenzie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,380

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Faulty download

  • By Sian on 04-06-16

How could one NOT love the Complete Jane Austen?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-17

The BBC radio performances are beautifully produced, with excellent actors in all the roles. One does occasionally miss Austen's turn of phrase, but the adaptations are faithful to the spirit of the stories and never feel incomplete. I have wiled away many an hour on long walks listening to these stories.

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  • Embry: Hard-Boiled

  • By: Michael A. Rose
  • Narrated by: John Dunleavy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

A darkly comic noir about a chicken living in a world of anthropomorphic eggs who's wanted for a murder he didn't commit. Life is tough for an embry. Considered a vestigial organ at best and a parasite at worst, chicken embryos are usually aborted by the egg folk early in life. Once in a while, one survives and slips through, hatching into an embry, an ostracized, lower caste anthropomorphic chicken. They have their own ghettos, and are barely tolerated by polite society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a fun romp!

  • By P on 09-20-17

True-to-form detective story AND fun parody!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-17

What made the experience of listening to Embry: Hard-Boiled the most enjoyable?

The story hits all the expected marks for a classic detective story and the egg/fowl world is treated with a completely straight approach - that makes the puns and jokes all the more fun! All the different characters were really distinct and separate, very clearly characterized in both the writing and the narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Embry: Hard-Boiled?

The scene with the monks chanting is spooky and creepy - and then as you realize they're reciting Humpty Dumpty in Latin it's pretty funny.

Which scene was your favorite?

The opening scene is so perfect - cops kicking down a door, our man the private eye is baffled, makes a run for it, leaving the dopey cops flat-footed and scrambling. It could be straight out of a Bogart movie.

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

I don't really ever listen all in one sitting, so it's not a fair reflection on this book. The story does truck right along though - clear, easy to follow, moves briskly from plot point to plot point. It is certainly the sort of book a person could binge.

Any additional comments?

Love all the character voices!!

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