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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.

“This is a particularly enjoyable rendition of (Northanger Abbey) because Larkin understands that Austen was sending up Gothic novels and never lets the parody out of earshot.” (The Christian Science Monitor)

Public Domain (P)2018 Alison Larkin Presents

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  • Mary Katherine Worth
  • 21-04-20

Just how I imagine Jane Austen would have sounded!

This is quite simply brilliant. Larkin's signature wit and her glorious voice make it a delight from start to finish. I bought this due because I wanted to hear the History of England and Poems at the end that were written by Jane Austen when she was a teenager. And they did not disappoint. What funny, delightful poems they are. And the History of England is hilarious!

I do love the combination of Alison Larkin and Jane Austen - every time. SUCH a treat! Next up, Emma and Mansfield Park WITH opinions on the novels from Austen's family and friends. I already listened to S&S and P&P with Songs from Regency England added at the end - which I reallyyloved. What FUN!

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