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Mary Katherine Worth

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  • Frankenstein & The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

  • With Commentary by Alison Larkin
  • By: Mary Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Narrated by: Clive Hayward
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

This chilling tale of a gruesome monster unleashed into the world by an unthinking scientist was first conceived by 19-year-old Mary Shelley on a dark, rainy night on Lake Geneva. Lord Byron and Percy Shelley challenged their friends to see who could come up with the most horrifying story imaginable. Mary Shelley did, terrifying them all with her nightmare-inspired tale. It is followed by "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Coleridge which was an early haunting influence on the young Mary Shelley.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By Anonymous User on 30-03-18

Nothing short of superb

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Bringing classic stories to life in exciting new ways is what I've come to expect from Alison Larkin Presents audiobooks and she does not disappoint here. The narrator is fantastic, the commentary by Larkin as interesting as always. My heart pumped, I was terrified and moved and fascinated - this is an extraordinary audio production and I am not at all surprised that it won such a big award.

  • 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 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 60

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

Absolutely stunning!

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

Reviewed: 23-02-18

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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  • A Christmas Carol and The Night Before Christmas

  • With Commentary from Alison Larkin
  • By: Charles Dickens, Clement Clarke Moore
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins, Alison Larkin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore are as different as England and America themselves, and yet almost two centuries later these two iconic tales remain an important part of Christmas tradition all over the world. Now they are brought together in this very special holiday recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My all-time favourite Christmas classic

  • By Sara Niña on 22-11-16

WONDERFUL combination!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

Would you consider the audio edition of A Christmas Carol and The Night Before Christmas to be better than the print version?

Absolutely! In the hands of two master narrators, this is an absolute delight.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Scrooge because he evolves.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Marley's ghost and I loved every minute of The Night Before Christmas, beautifully narrated by Ms Larkin.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end of A Christmas Carol always moves me to tears - even more so with this rendition by Derek Perkins. I was also fascinated by the commentary.

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  • Sense and Sensibility

  • With an Excerpt from 'Jane and Me: My Austen Heritage'
  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Following her critically acclaimed narration of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with Songs from Regency England, Emma, Persuasion & Poems and Northanger Abbey & The History of England, award-winning narrator Alison Larkin is back, bringing depth and a light comedic touch in this Earphones award-winning recording of Austen's first published novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful performance of a classic!

  • By A D. on 01-10-17

Delightful narration of my favorite Austen novel!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

Where does Sense and Sensibility rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

An utterly authentic interpretation - very real - you feel like you're there with an Alison Larkin Austen narration

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maryanne because she changes and is at times annoying but endearing at the same time. She learns a lot as the book progresses.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of them, but of course the scene at the end has to be one of the best in literature. I also really enjoyed the excerpt from Jane and Me by Austen's great niece. What a treat!

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

I would if I could.

Any additional comments?

I loved Alison Larkin's narration of Emma and Pride and Prejudice too. This is a wonderful performance once again. Simply the best.

  • Peter Pan and the Inconsiderate Waiter

  • By: J.M. Barrie
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Award-winning narrator, comedienne, and best-selling author of The English American, Alison Larkin brings the classic story of Peter Pan to a new American audience in this brilliant, "hugely entertaining" recording. When Peter flies into the Darling home looking for his shadow, he teaches Wendy, John, and Michael how to fly with him back to the island of Neverland, where they embark on an "awfully big adventure". Followed by J. M. Barrie's short story "The Inconsiderate Waiter."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WONDERFUL

  • By Mary Katherine Worth on 23-08-17

WONDERFUL

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

Reviewed: 23-08-17

What did you like most about Peter Pan and the Inconsiderate Waiter?

The narration is superb.

What other book might you compare Peter Pan and the Inconsiderate Waiter to, and why?

Alice in Wonderland also narrated by Alison Larkin

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene when Peter comes back at the end. We cried.

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

Yes! We listened to it on a long car journey between London and The Lake District this summer.

Any additional comments?

As close to perfection as it is possible to get. A wonderful listening experience.

  • Pride and Prejudice, with Songs from Regency England

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Jane Austen's most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice is brought to sparkling new life in this "wonderful, unforgettable" recording from AudioFile Earphones award-winning narrator Alison Larkin. Always a witty and original voice, Alison Larkin follows her narration of Pride and Prejudice with songs from Regency England, to give the listener a sense of what after dinner family entertainment might have sounded like in Jane Austen's time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable!

  • By Arwen on 16-11-17

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 17-07-17

What made the experience of listening to Pride and Prejudice, with Songs from Regency England the most enjoyable?

This is the best audiobook of Pride and Prejudice available. Cannot recommend it highly enough. Read about Alison Larkin as an Austen narrator in the New Yorker and have not looked back since. Mrs Bennet is hilarious. Darcy utterly believable. Wonderful narration and the Songs at the end make you feel you are in Jane Austen's living room - a wonderful touch.

What other book might you compare Pride and Prejudice, with Songs from Regency England to, and why?

Persuasion and Poems by Jane Austen which also brings additional material to the end of the book is also wonderful - and also narrated by Ms Larkin.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The proposal scene!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. The scene when Darcy confesses his true feelings for Elizabeth.

Any additional comments?

The songs at the end are delightful - this is a MUST BUY!

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