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  • Northanger Abbey & The History of England and Persuasion & Poems

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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Award-winning narrator and internationally acclaimed writer/comedienne Alison Larkin brings depth and wit to this rich, hugely entertaining audio production of Jane Austen's last two great novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. The novels are followed by The History of England, a short satirical piece in which the teenage Austen writes about the kings and queens of England with less respect (and more wit) than any British newspaper, and Poems, a selection of lesser known, mostly comic verses that Austen wrote to entertain family and friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful, funny, poignant, perfect!

  • By Jim on 01-07-18

Delightful, funny, poignant, perfect!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Alison Larkin has done it again! I absolutely LOVE this recording of two of my favorite Austen novels. The reviews are all accurate - it's a delight. Northanger Abbey is terribly funny. I had forgotten how funny it is - and in the hands - more accurate the voice - of the best Austen narrator out there it comes to life even more. What a gem! Persuasion always moves me. It moved me again this time and while I had read the History of England I had not read the poems which are included at the end. A real treat from start to finish. Bravo!

  • How the Elephant Got Its Trunk and Other Wild Animal Stories

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Virginia McKenna
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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Rudyard Kipling's famous Just So Stories provides imaginative answers to the many questions children ask about the world and the animals we share it with. In this magical audio recording, iconic actress and wildlife conservationist Virginia McKenna OBE brings the best beloved of Kipling's stories to a brand new audience. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glorious!

  • By Jim on 01-07-18

Glorious!

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Reviewed: 01-07-18

What a wonderful audiobook! The narrator is none other than the great Virginia McKenna who reads with clarity and charm and brings these famous stories to life in her inimitable way. I loved the interview at the end with Alison Larkin whose work I also deeply admire. This is a wonderful listen. My kids loved it and have expressed an interest in the work McKenna is doing to help wild animals as a result of it. Wow. When an audiobook can motivate kids while entertaining them and introducing them to an iconic writer - well, what more can you ask?

  • 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 and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 67

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.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All in one place

  • By Ramona Toy on 11-02-18

FANTASTIC! Table of contents/navigation guide

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Reviewed: 23-02-18

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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