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Best Austen Audiobooks

I Love Jane Austen

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1atimco
Sep 9, 2009, 1:18pm Top

I'm looking for recommendations for the best audiobooks of Jane Austen's works.

• If a straight read, it must be unabridged. Abridgements are heretical :-P
• I don't have a tape player so they have to be released on audio CD.

I am interested in both single-reader recordings and full-cast dramas (if there are any). Thanks for any leads you can give! :)

2rfb
Edited: Sep 9, 2009, 5:21pm Top

I enjoyed some of the broadcastings by the BBC earlier this year, although I don't know whether they're available as audiobooks (at least I checked back then and only found other versions in the BBC Shop and elsewhere).
Broadcastings I listened to (in no particular order):
Northanger Abbey
Persuasion
Sense and Sensibility
Mansfield Park

Generally I believe BBC audiobooks are quite good.

3jennieg
Sep 9, 2009, 5:24pm Top

Flo Gibson read P&P and S&S. Your library may have her versions. They are well worth catching.

4atimco
Sep 21, 2009, 8:21am Top

Thanks guys! I will look up these versions you've recommended.

5ncgraham
Sep 26, 2009, 8:19pm Top

I've not heard either of these in full, but the recordings of Susannah Harker reading Sense and Sensibility and Greta Scaachi reading Persuasion look delightful, and the clips I've listened to sound the same.

6ncgraham
Sep 26, 2009, 8:23pm Top

There's also a dramatization of Mansfield Park with Amanda Root as Fanny - vastly appealing for those of us who loved her Anne.

7amysisson
Oct 11, 2009, 1:35am Top

Caveat in that I have not yet listened to this, but I would recommend: Pride and Prejudice audio CDs published by Tantor Media, read by Josephine Bailey, unabridged.

The reason I recommend this is that I recently listened to Josephine Bailey read The Secret Garden, and I am in the process of listening to her read the "Gemma Doyle" trilogy by Libba Bray: A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and A Sweet and Far Thing.

Her reading is amazing. The Gemma Doyle trilogy takes place at a girls' boarding school in the early 1900s or so, and I can tell which 16-year-old girl is speaking by the way Bailey distinguishes their voices. She's British, but does other accents quite well (there are East Indian characters).

I definitely plan on listening to her read Pride and Prejudice when I'm done with this trilogy!

8karenmarie
Oct 11, 2009, 3:29am Top

#5 ncgraham - interestingly, Susannah Harker played Jane Bennett in the BBC Pride and Prejudice.

9ncgraham
Oct 11, 2009, 4:26am Top

I know, and she has such a lovely speaking voice too. Unfortunately I don't believe her S&S has made it onto CD, but I'm keeping my eyes out for the tapes.

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