Monday, November 7, 2016

Persuasion by Jane Austen and narrated by Alison Larkin

Persuasion and Poems
by Jane Austen
narrated by Alison Larkin

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Just released: July 19, 2016
Publisher: British Classic Audio
Genre: Classic, Romance, Jane Austen
Audio
Rating: 5

series:
Pride and Prejudice
Emma
Persuasion

200 years since Jane Austen completed her last novel, Alison Larkin, a witty and always original voice, brings Persuasion and a selection of lesser-known poems by Jane Austen to a new audience.

Persuasion
Seven years after Anne Elliot rejects the man she loves after a family friend persuades her that he isn’t a good enough match for her, Frederick Wentworth returns to England looking for a wife.

Poems
Austen did not take herself seriously as a poet but she did write occasional, mostly comic verses to entertain family and friends. Selected and introduced by award-winning narrator Alison Larkin, the poems range from lines found on a piece of paper inside a tiny bag she gave to her niece to When Winchester Races a poem she wrote just three days before she died.


My two-bits:

This story is a kind of travel book in that it highlights Lyme and Bath.

I loved the observations and descriptions of the people who surround the protagonist, Anne.

It was a delight to finally see Anne emerge into her own.

This audio version was a treat to listen to. And the added poems are a wonderful addition. It is another dimension of Jane that was unfamiliar to me. Many of the pieces provide a peek at her humorous light side.

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* review copy courtesy of narrator

* part of Jane Austen-ish (schedule)

4 comments:

  1. I honestly had no idea that Jane Austen wrote (humorous, no less) poetry! I'll have to nose around on Project Gutenberg to see what is available :)

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  2. I might need to get this audiobook :)

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  3. I'm a big audiobook fan and recently used one of my Audible subscription credits on this. Haven't listened to it yet but earlier in the year I listened to Juliet Stevenson's narration of Persuasion, which was excellent. It's going to be interesting to compare the two. I'm especially looking forward to hearing the poetry.

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    1. I would love to hear your comparison after you hear Alison's version.

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