Pride and Prejudice: With Songs from Regency England by Jane Austen
Narrated by AudioFile Earphones Award-winning Alison Larkin
“I understood what Larkin was doing. Raised in England by adoptive parents, Alison Larkin was actually born in America. She herself is a comic writer and performer – and she approaches Austen as a satirist – she has genuine theatrical skilll – sustained comic creations. The voice reveals all.”
—David Denby, The New Yorker
“Wonderful…unforgettable…the best possible way to enjoy Pride and Prejudice.”
Jane Austen’s most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, is brought to sparkling life in this recording from AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator Alison Larkin. Always a witty and original voice, Alison Larkin follows Pride and Prejudice with Songs from Regency England, giving the listener a delightful sense of what after dinner family entertainment might have sounded like in Jane Austen’s time. Recorded in a drawing room not unlike the Bennets’, a young lady who sounds suspiciously like Mary Bennet sings “The Lonely Ash Grove”, “Ye Banks and Braes”, and “Down by the Salley Gardens”. This fresh and hugely entertaining listen from ‘the English American’ joined with Austen’s deft satire results in pure, boundless FUN.
“Larkin’s spirited reading of Pride and Prejudice does full justice to Jane Austen’s masterpiece. Larkin’s voice is as “light and bright and sparkling” as one could wish. She inhabits Austen’s characters with a surety and insight that relays both the hilarity and the depth of this beloved work.” —Paula Marantz Cohen, author of Jane Austen in Boca
“There’s a vintage feel to Alison Larkin’s narration… The bell-like quality of her sweetly accented voice harkens back to another, quieter, time. However, her delivery… offers a flexibility that is contemporary and easy to hear.”