Best Austen Audiobooks
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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! :)
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):
Sense and Sensibility
Generally I believe BBC audiobooks are quite good.
Flo Gibson read P&P and S&S. Your library may have her versions. They are well worth catching.
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.
There's also a dramatization of Mansfield Park with Amanda Root as Fanny - vastly appealing for those of us who loved her Anne.
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!
#5 ncgraham - interestingly, Susannah Harker played Jane Bennett in the BBC Pride and Prejudice.
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