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Publisher's Summary

This book contains the complete novels of Jane Austen in the chronological order of their original publication.

  • "Lady Susan" Starts at Chapter 1,
  • Sense and Sensibility Starts at Chapter 43,
  • Pride and Prejudice Starts at Chapter 93,
  • Mansfield Park Starts at Chapter 154,
  • Emma Starts at Chapter 202,
  • Persuasion Starst at Chapter 256,
  • Northanger Abbey Starts at Chapter 280,
  • The Watson Starts at Chapter 310.

Bonus:

  • Sanditon ''Unfinished Masterpiece'' Starts at Chapter 314.
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What listeners say about Jane Austen - The Complete Novels - Special Edition

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Starting Chapters for Each Book

Since each part of the audible download begins again with Chapter 1, the chapter information on the page doesn't help a lot. I created my own index. Hope this helps.

Lady Susan (Part 1/Chapter 1)
Sense and Sensibility (Part 1/Chapter 43)
Pride and Prejudice (Part 2/Chapter 10)
Mansfield Park (Part 3/Chapter 15)
Emma (Part 4/Chapter 23)
Persuasion (Part 5/Chapter 41)
Northanger Abbey (Part 6/Chapter 25)
The Watson (Not sure. Should be around Part 7/Chapter 16)
Sanditon (Part 7/Chapter 20)

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total waste of my book credit!

the editing on this collection of books must have been done by someone half asleep. the narrator was great but the editing was so bad! first 7 pages of one book was completely missing. there were many spots of throat clearing/repeated/corrected lines. and it was obvious, by the great change in the character's voice, where 2 seperate readings of the same line had been spliced mid sentence. I hope I can get my money back.

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Unforgivable Technical Difficulties

It's Jane Austin so it's brilliant. There is however a good reason that it is so cheap.

The performer is good, though her British accent sounds overly studied. Her worst sin is her hard-to-listen-to squeaky, broken, daft voice used for all the unappealing, unintelligent characters. She also, inexplicably uses a version of this daft voice for Lizzie Bennett?! What?!

She reads some of the stable characters: Jane Bennett and Elinor Dashwood with a plodding, unpleasant gravitas.

There's the tiny, but always distracting for me, affectation of her pronunciation of the word "room." She pronounces room "rum," flat out, like an American saying "rum" 85% of the time.

However, the technical difficulties are unforgivable, ergo the one star review.
There are 325 audio chapters, none of them labled, so you cannot pop into the book you want. You must fast forward through, chapter by chapter, and listen to the beginning of chapters as you go, to figure out which book you're in. If you do not yet know Austen's works, this is no way to introduce yourself to them.

The book, after months of owning it, has never downloaded completely, so if I turn the Audible app off, once I turn it on again, and try to listen to this book, it starts its interminable downloading process from word one, so that it's necessary to fast forward from chapter one once again. For this reason, it's a book you cannot listen to on the road unless you want to use up all your data since it's constantly downloading.

And then, it corrupts as it downloads, such that you ant even fast forward it! It often gets stuck on a book you've already listened to.

Why didn't the make it so that you could choose one book at a time and down load it book by book? Then it would have cost $80 rather than the $6.99 or whatever I paid for it

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Couldn’t open

Got this book because I tried to read them before I couldn’t get very far in them. Sadly I can’t even listen to it it won’t open or download. Just save your money.

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wouldn't download

I tried several times to download onto my phone and every time there was an "error". The whole thing was about 2 gigs and I had well over 5 gigs of space on my phone and yet it wouldn't download.

I guess it was too good.to be true. Don't bother with this title - not worth the time.

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Bad virsion

I cannot say how the full recording is because it won’t download. I have more than enough room to download but I am told it cannot download for the lack of storage.
I suggest separating the books or even the chapters if the 78+ hours is difficult for the masses to download and enjoy the book.

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Complete, but with challenges

It is wonderful to have the complete works of Jane Austen for such a low price but it comes at the cost of a difficult interface and lack luster performance. The added bonus of having the two unfinished works herein called the Watsons and Sanditon is good to compare what Miss Austen actually wrote as opposed to the attempts others make to complete her work. I found the Watson’s interesting and wanting more, and Sanditon ends before any of the conflict or tension which occurs in the modern work of fame which I found to be not in keeping with Miss Austen’s other works.
Listening to multi-book sets on Audible is generally unpleasant for the following reasons I’ve experienced with this and 2 other sets I’ve listened in the past. There are 7 parts that each start with chapter 1 which does not correspond to the brief legend in the book description so it is easy to get lost. For instance the book description says only that a certain book starts at chapter 280, but that may be part volume 7 chapter 3 in the visual interface although the performer reads the chapter of the current book; all three are different.
I found the performer generally pleasant to listen to, however her voice is not the most engaging and with the challenges of reading in the tone and accent of so many characters some character voices chosen were annoying for the more insipid or bothersome characters. The entire works are read in English from a British accent of indiscernible origin, but each book is introduced in only German adding to the difficulty of navigating the work.

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refuses to download

i was so rxcited for this. i have tried every troubleshooting step. but it just won't load. it makes me sad to return it and 2 others with sinular tidals that won't down load

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LOVE THIS EDITION, NARATOR, HATE AUDIO

BOOK IS OF COMPLETE WORKS GREAT NARRATOR. BAD AUDIO. DOWNLOAD WITH CAUTION. READ AND ENJOY.

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Hours of enjoyment

After hearing Pride and Prejudice in another collection of novels, I was curious to hear more Jane Austin. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed each novel very much

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  • Claralou2602
  • 08-02-21

Irritating narrator

While I enjoy Jane Austen and am pleased in general with this book - reasonably priced and listed chronologically - within seconds I was dismayed. Apart from the narrators grating mispronunciations of words like room (rum) and really (rally), during Lady Susan, her pronunciation of the surname Mainwaring - pronounced Mannering in reality - as Main Wearing had me cringing every time. I detected a slightly American lilt to the narrator's accent, which is not an issue in itself, but if she was trying to effect an English accent it might have been prudent to learn how to pronounce certain words properly. Another niggle is that Jane Austen was from the southern home counties, so words like laughter, glass, etc would have been pronounced with the long a sound - i.e. glars, barth - rather than the short a sound. Otherwise, its an enjoyable book to listen to.

Sorry, having listened further, it's lost a star. The narrator obviously struggles to retain a vaguely English accent and her inability to pronounce some simple words, that Google Translate would have easily sorted, I find distracts me from truly enjoying the novels. If you are going to narrate a period novel in an accent that is not your natural one, at least make the effort to learn how to pronounce certain words properly. As her American accent is obvious throughout, it would have been much more preferable - and easier on her vocal chords, I would imagine - if she had used her natural accent and just checked on the place names, etc. English is a tricky language, full of contradictions in pronunciations - heck, even some native British people struggle with it, especially if they are not familiar with the local pronunciations of places and names. Seeing Featherstonehaugh, as a surname, and knowing to pronounce it Fanshaw, for example. I heard her mention 'Comb' Magna, during Sense and Sensibility, when Combe is pronounced 'coom'. Maybe I'm just being pedantic but I am finding new horrors - to me, anyway - with each chopter.....sorry, chapter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-12-21

Terrible product

Initually it was tedious to listen to. The audio breaks are untitles so it is impossible to navigate through to select a novel to listen to. Monotonous narrator. Then suddenly after about 6 hours of listening the audio stopped and I couldn't hear anything. I think this was a blessing in disguise.

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  • Diana S.
  • 07-21-21

I always love Jane Austen, but …

This compilation has a single reader, which isn’t horrible. But, the transitions between books - especially the last one - makes the stories run together a bit and can be really confusing at times. It claims that the final novel starts in Chapter 310, but that is the final chapter in Northanger Abbey and Chapter 311 starts with “The two young ladies waiting …” The last novel is one of the few I am not familiar with, so was SUPER confused by the complete lack of introduction or transition into that final novel. And what’s with the German audible file interludes? If you’re new to Jane Austen, I would not recommend getting this grouping to really enjoy Jane Austen’s novels in audio format. If you already love her novels & just want a cheap bunch of audiobook versions, then go for it.