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

Written by: Jane Austen
Narrated by: Alison Larkin
Length: 81 hrs and 2 mins

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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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  • Jim
  • 23-02-18

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.

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  • Timothy Masters
  • 21-06-18

Insane structure of excellent performance/stories

This review is not about the stories or performance, but the unbelievably insane way they are structured. This is multiple novels supplied as multiple audio books. Seems simple enough. But no. They put part of one novel on one book, part on another, and then start a new novel in the same book. I wanted to begin with Emma, the fourth novel listed so I downloaded the fourth book. Amazingly enough, it begins with chapter 6 of Mansfield Park! As if that's not enough, all of the books have the SAME COVER! So you can't tell them apart. You've got a bunch of books on your Kindle, all looking alike, and all containing random starts and endings of different novels. They don't even have a Table of Contents that lets you see what's in what and jump to things. It's potluck. You take a stab at some book and be happy with what comes up. What genius thought up this method of distributing audio books?

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  • Mary Katherine Worth
  • 04-12-17

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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  • kero
  • 25-06-18

Simpering Narrator

I have to respectfully disagree with other reviewers in that I don't think Alison Larkin does justice to these wonderful novels. I love Austen, but I couldn't get through her simpering narration -- high pitched and oftentimes coming dangerously close to lisping. I found it annoying and a bit offended at her silly reading. The sample was misleading because in the snippet she reads the words of a silly, small-minded woman. I didn't realize that was the voice that would be used throughout. There are many reasons Austen novels are so beloved. They are thoughtful, frustrating, uplifting, complex and layered. I'd recommend a different narrator (eg, Rosamund Pike's narration of Pride and Prejudice is fantastic). The overall three stars was augmented by the value of this 6-pack.

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  • Angela Ontiveros
  • 16-07-18

Sort Audio files BY BOOK!

The organization of the audio files is ridiculous, they should've sorted by book. The story and reader are wonderful, but the file organization ruins the download. If you're going to sort the books so poorly you should provide that information in the description!

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  • Anthony Wood
  • 12-03-18

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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  • Amazon customer
  • 14-09-18

Don't waste your time

This title is poorly done. doesn't download no matter how often we followed the troubleshooting process. Audible "customer service/tech support" is horrible!

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  • D. Camp
  • 13-04-18

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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  • Jojo S
  • 25-09-18

Horrible Narration

I was so excited to get all of Jane Austen's novels in one audiobook. I looked at the reviews and everyone was saying how delightful Alison Larkin was. The snippet piece showed her as so too. However, after downloading the book and preparing to be entertained, I was frustrated instead. Larkin's attempts at changing her voice for different characters wasn't done well. The women voices were okay and could even be entertaining from time to time, but the men's voices all sounded the same and curt. It was had to listen to. I also did not like that the parts weren't by book or maybe two parts by book. I have favorite books that I like to listen to more than others and didn't like to guess where a book finished or started.

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  • mothermayI
  • 09-05-18

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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  • Jim
  • 23-02-18

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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  • Ramona Toy
  • 11-02-18

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

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  • Mary Katherine Worth
  • New York
  • 23-02-18

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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  • C
  • 16-06-18

Great value for money

I thought it seemed too good to be true to get so many books in one but the narration and quality is really good. Although it is a bit annoying that the different books are split over several parts, they say at the start of each chapter which book it is so it is quite easy to navigate to the book you want.

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  • Charlie
  • 06-04-18

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

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  • smoker
  • 31-01-18

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
  • 24-01-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-19

Awesome Austin from Alison Larkin

Loved this adaptation by Alison Larkin, a delightful companion to many hours of sewing and relaxation

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-07-19

Very annoying narration, I lasted about an hour...

I love Jane Austen's books, but this audio version of her works is abysmal. I would not have awarded any stars if that was possible.

Firstly, the opening 'song' which seems to be sung by the narrator and who seems not to have listened to it with a critical ear, hence its inclusion.

The narration is bitty, with pauses in strange places which have the effect of losing the flow of Ms Austen's writing making it difficult to take in what is being said.

Added to that, the narrator only seems to have two character voices, a high-pitched whine and a slightly lower version of the same.

Needless to say, I sent the book back.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-06-19

Superb performance!

The interpretation of the narrator is fantastic, the best I have ever heard. I really enjoyed it!

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  • Astrid Goss
  • 27-04-19

Fantastic narration of the complete set

Only complaint is difficulty to navigate the novels however I found a review from Jim (thanks Jim!) which describes how the books are downloaded.

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.

At the beginning I wasn't sure if I would like Alison's voice narrating so many hours of multiple stories. However I quickly worked out the versatility of her voice and dynamic ability to express multiple characters.

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  • Emma A.
  • 23-05-18

Fantastic!

At first, I wasn’t sure that I would like the tone of Larkin’s voice, but honestly she did AMAZING!! For one, I’m impressed that she did 80 hours worth of Austen! 🙌🏼 but her voices for each character and the passion, enthusiasm and life portrayed in each story was delightful to listen to. Thanks Alison!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-19

Jacqui h

Horrible to navigate through the different novels, she reintroduces every single chapter with the seperate book name, and when it’s 10 mins average per chapter it becomes VERY annoying. Also random music in between chapters with her singing?!? Worst buy on audioble by far.

Overall super annoying and there’s definitely a better Audiobook version of Jane Austen’s novels out there.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-04-19

Don't buy this version. impossible to navigate

This purchase of several books downloads in several sections which DO NOT correspond to the books. There are no book or chapter headings. You can't pick which book to read or even find the beginning of a particular novel. It's useless. Very disappointing, Audible.

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  • Mrs Mutley
  • 28-02-19

Wonderful collection of Austen’s main works

Alison Larkin does a wonderful job narrating this collection of Jane Austen’s best known works. The only annoyance is the naming of each chapter which breaks up the story somewhat and the way Audible have chosen to package the download in chunks which makes it difficult to find the beginning of each separate book.

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  • Catherine
  • 16-09-19

WHY MUST THE NARRATOR PUNISH US WITH HER SINGING

honestly her atrocious singing ruins the experience for me, gives me a headache AND hurts my ears

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-07-19

Awful narration

Poorly read, and in a painfully twee voice that confirms all the foolish stereotypes about Regency novels. Barely finished this one, could not stand to have her destroy the next book so returned the whole set. urgh.

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  • Julie
  • 03-04-19

Love it!

I loved every story. The reader is brilliant. This audio series is very good value.

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  • Marguerite Merritt
  • 24-11-18

Thanks for that

Well read. Thanks so much for many hours of good and wholesome entertainment. Thanks again

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