• The Complete Novels : Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 81 hrs
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-04-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Alison Larkin Presents
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

Regular price: $29.95

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Publisher's Summary

“…narrating the novels of Jane Austen reminded me that no matter how much the world changes, human nature never does.” (Alison Larkin)

Ever since Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy emerged from the lake in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, the novels of Jane Austen have become more popular than ever, delighting millions of fans all over the world. Now, Alison Larkin's critically acclaimed narrations of Austen's six completed novels are brought together in this very special 200th anniversary audio edition. "Alison Larkin's narration will captivate listeners from the first sentence", raves AudioFile magazine about the Earphones Award-winning recording of Sense and Sensibility, which starts the collection. 

Hailed by The Times as "marvelously light footed...hugely entertaining," Alison Larkin is the perfect vessel to bring the deft, satirical novels of Jane Austen to sparkling new life.

Alison Larkin is the best-selling author of The English American, a comedienne and the award-winning narrator of over 150 audiobooks. In addition to Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice with Songs from Regency England, Mansfield Park, Persuasion & Poems, Emma and Northanger Abbey and the History of England by Jane Austen, other classic narrations include Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass; Fairytales of the Fiercer Sex by the Brothers Grimm, et al; Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (with James Warwick); Peter Pan & the Inconsiderate Waiter; and Agatha Christie's The Secret Adversary.

Title and end music: "The Lonely Ash Grove", sung by Alison Larkin.

Public Domain (P)2017 Alison Larkin Presents

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Table of Contents/Navigation Guide!

To get an 81 hour recording of an audiobook of this quality for under $30.00 is unprecedented. Alison Larkin is an A list narrator at the top of her game and she is perfect for Jane Austen. Here's the info I got re the navigation when I called the producers which answered all my questions.

Audible has broken this audiobook into multiple parts to make the download faster. This automatic process sometimes divides the novels in a less than intuitive way. Therefore, we have provided the following guide to help aid you in navigating the contents of the audiobook.

Table of Contents/Navigation Guide

Part 1:
Sense and Sensibility Chapters 1-38

Part 2:
Sense and Sensibility Chapters 39-50
Pride and Prejudice Chapters 1-27

Part 3:
Pride and Prejudice Chapters 28-61
Mansfield Park Chapters 1-5

Part 4:
Mansfield Park Chapters 6-45

Part 5:
Mansfield Park Chapters 46-48
Emma Chapters 1-35

Part 6:
Emma Chapters 36-55
Northanger Abbey Chapters 1-18

Part 7:
Northanger Abbey Chapters 19-31
Persuasion Chapters 1-24

If you are looking for the start of particular book, find the ‘Part’ it is in and look for a file that is between 7-10 seconds long. That will be the intro title for the book.

64 of 65 people found this review helpful

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Jane Austen as she was meant to be heard!!!

I am THRILLED to find out that someone has thought to release Alison Larkin's wonderful Jane Austen narrations in one recording!! Alison Larkin is my absolute favorite Austen narrator because she makes it all so easy to understand and absolutely gets Austen's humor. Plus her voice is just such a pleasure to listen to! What a treat!

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Book does not play

What disappointed you about The Complete Novels : Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion?

I started reading Pride & Prejudice but the sound stops after Chapter 112 of the Complete Novels. I tried complaining to Audible but the person who responded to my Chat was unhelpful and I received no response to my further emails.
The only book I read was Pride & Prejudice and as far as it went, the reader was fine.

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Alison Larkin excels in this production!

Jane Austin's works are well know for good reason, and Alison Larkin does her works great justice. Her performance here exceeded my expectation. This is a delightful collection of Jane Austin's works.

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Jane Austen is not for everyone

I tried to like her stories, but I am more action and mystery oriented I guess. I found the books to be boring. I have friends who love her books and reread them.

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only Part 1 will download

Love to listen to Jane Austin’s complex and cheeky stories. Wonderful narration, however I was only able to download Part 1 on my iphone 7. Once Sense and Sensibility was complete, there were no more Chapters or options available, even though there was a narrated msg indicating Part 2 would now be available for download in my library. Very disappointing.

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absolutely amazing

the narrator is perfect in this wonderful delightful reading of Jane Austen's work. I've read the books myself and I've seen all the versions of all the movies and I have to say that this Audible offering is my favorite way to enjoy Jane Austen , above reading it myself and watching it as a movie or miniseries. I get the pleasure of every word combined with the spectacular Talent of the voice actor. Allison Larkin is fantastic.

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No singing

I didn't care for the singing, but the stories were well read. I have always loved Jane Austen's works.

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Austen is a winner again!

Would you listen to The Complete Novels : Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion again? Why?

I love Jane Austen's work and I can read one of the books anytime. The narrator is very good. It can be excruciating if a popular book is narrated badly but Ms Larkin does this really well.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Novels : Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion?

Always, I am drawn to the crises in the stories-Willoughby and Eleanor with Marianne, at death's door upstairs; Anne Elliot reading Captain Wentworth's letter to her at the end of Persuasion; Ms Crawford's soliloquy upon Tom Bertram's illness. I have loved Mr Palmer in this version.

What about Alison Larkin’s performance did you like?

This is read very well and Ms Larkin does have a voice and an inflection which engages the reader. She has a great understanding and empathy with the characters.

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

They are my comfort reading and listening.

Any additional comments?

A very sound investment, thank you. I'll use this heavily.

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80 hours of Austen's! What could be better?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend to any fan of Jane Austen because the pacing is perfect and none of Austen's subtle nuances are missed because of voice actor's choices. Narrated as I had hoped.

What about Alison Larkin’s performance did you like?

Obvious she has a string understanding of Austen. Her characters are authentic!

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  • Ramona Toy
  • 02-11-18

All in one place

If you could sum up The Complete Novels : Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion in three words, what would they be?

I don't think Jane Austen needs reviewing. I enjoyed the narration by Alison Larkin a lot!

Any additional comments?

I agree with other comments that it wasn't easy to find the start of a book, having broken it down only into equal time slots. Here they are for future use:

Sense & Sensibility
Part 1 Chapters 2 - 41
Part 2 Chapters 1 - 14

Pride & Prejudice
Part 2 Chapters 15 - 43
Part 3 Chapters 1 - 35

Mansfield Park
Part 3 Chapters 36 - 42
Part 4 Chapters 1 - 42
Part 5 Chapters 1 -4

Emma
Part 5 Chapters 5 - 41
Part 6 Chapters 1 - 21

Northanger Abbey
Part 6 Chapters 22 - 40
Part 7 Chapters 2 - 14

Persuasion
Part 7 Chapters 15 - 40

32 of 32 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim
  • 02-23-18

FANTASTIC! Table of contents/navigation guide

To get an 81 hour recording of an audiobook of this quality for under $30.00 is the best deal on Audible. Run don't walk to download this one. Alison Larkin is an A list narrator at the top of her game and she is perfect for Jane Austen. The reviews and awards are all well deserved. Here's the info I got re the navigation when I called the producers which answered all my questions.

Audible has broken this audiobook into multiple parts to make the download faster. This automatic process sometimes divides the novels in a less than intuitive way. Therefore, we have provided the following guide to help aid you in navigating the contents of the audiobook.

Table of Contents/Navigation Guide

Part 1:
Sense and Sensibility Chapters 1-38

Part 2:
Sense and Sensibility Chapters 39-50
Pride and Prejudice Chapters 1-27

Part 3:
Pride and Prejudice Chapters 28-61
Mansfield Park Chapters 1-5

Part 4:
Mansfield Park Chapters 6-45

Part 5:
Mansfield Park Chapters 46-48
Emma Chapters 1-35

Part 6:
Emma Chapters 36-55
Northanger Abbey Chapters 1-18

Part 7:
Northanger Abbey Chapters 19-31
Persuasion Chapters 1-24

If you are looking for the start of particular book, find the ‘Part’ it is in and look for a file that is between 7-10 seconds long. That will be the intro title for the book.

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  • Mary Katherine Worth
  • 02-23-18

Absolutely stunning!

Would you listen to The Complete Novels : Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion again? Why?

Many times. I have heard each of these recordings individually and was thrilled to see them in one collection at such an excellent price, I bought them again!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Novels : Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion?

Oh definitely the moment Emma realizes she loves Mr Knightley. I've always loved that scene.

What about Alison Larkin’s performance did you like?

Everything. She is so clear. And she takes you into Austen's world so authentically you feel like you are actually there. Her character delineations are crystal clear and she brings out the humor in Austen's writer. What a terrific fit!

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

Yes of course. It's Jane Austen. She makes you laugh and cry, often at the same time.

Any additional comments?

Superb.

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  • smoker
  • 01-31-18

Delightful

If you could sum up The Complete Novels : Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion in three words, what would they be?

Not three words. I decided to catch up with those books which were compulsory school reading matter and which I managed to avoid by simply 'bunking' off school. Very happy to see that all the novels of Jane Austen are available in one download and amazingly for one credit. I really did enjoy them, I don't think I would have done at school though.

What about Alison Larkin’s performance did you like?

Alison Larkin's narration was excellent. She performed each character so well that they were easily identifiable. I've returned quite a few books because a narrators voice either doesn't fit the characters or becomes tedious and grating to listen to, definitly not so with Alison Larkin.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-24-18

Alison Larking's voice is irratating!!

The layout of this audio book is confusing. No idea which book is which. The book is not titled on each section. Every book in this audio looks the same. Lost track, patience and interest.

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  • Charlie
  • 04-06-18

Complete Novels of Jane Austen narrated by Alison Larkin

I love Jane Austen but was so disappointed by the narration which seemed to detract from the storylines. The meaning of sentences was lost by incorrect stresses on certain words and characters sounded either cartoonishly pompous or pathetic. I couldn’t listen to this easily but did because I’d bought it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful