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About the Author

Jane Austen is trending—permanently—and continues to attract top actors to Audible Studios, all eager to perform Austen’s witty and engaging dialogue. In an era when women didn’t put their own names on their work, Jane Austen quietly wrote six perfect novels that are present-day hot commodities; her celebrity, amazingly, is still growing. Austen’s work, which is sharply satiric, yet full of pathos, continues to delight contemporary listeners.

About the Performer

Florence Pugh received both BAFTA and Oscar nominations for her performance as Amy in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, which received rave reviews across the board. In the same year, she starred in Ari Aster’s terrifying cult hit Midsommar and in Stephen Merchant’s Fighting with My Family, playing the lead alongside Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Nick Frost and Jack Lowden. Florence will next be seen in Marvel’s highly anticipated Black Widow and Olivia Wilde’s latest directorial outing, Don’t Worry Darling. Her other film and TV credits include Outlaw King, Lady Macbeth, The Little Drummer Girl and King Lear.

About the Performer

In 2020, Gugu Mbatha-Raw starred in the British comedy-drama Misbehaviour alongside Keira Knightley and in Jessica Swale’s Summerland with Gemma Arterton. Her previous film and TV credits include the acclaimed Apple TV+ series The Morning Show, Warner Bros Motherless Brooklyn, Beyond The Lights and the Emmy award winning episode of Black Mirror, San Junipero. Gugu has worked on a number of Disney productions, including the smash hit Beauty and the Beast, Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time and the forthcoming Loki for Disney +. Gugu has also received multiple award nominations throughout her career, winning the BIFA Award for Best Actress in 2013 for her role in Belle directed by Amma Asante.

About the Performer

Since her screen debut in the 2008 supernatural comedy series Being Human, actress Claire Foy has gone on to win numerous awards, including a Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy. Her starring roles on stage and screen include her iconic turn as the young Queen Elizabeth II in the acclaimed Netflix series The Crown and Janet Shearon, wife of astronaut Neil Armstrong in Damien Chazelle’s biopic First Man. Claire also works extensively as an ambassador for UNICEF.

About the Performer

In 2020, Billie Piper starred in Sky Atlantic’s I Hate Suzie which she also co-created with Lucy Prebble. The previous year, she was BAFTA nominated for her performance in David Hare’s Collateral for the BBC and Netflix and before that won The Best Actress at the Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards for her role in the Young Vic’s Yerma. Rare Beasts, her feature directorial debut which she wrote and also stars in, premiered at the Venice Film Festival with a cinema release in Spring 2021.

About the Performer

Dame Emma Thompson is a British actress and screenwriter known for her sophisticated, skillful performances and her arch wit. Born in London into a family of actors, she launched her acting career with Cambridge University’s Footlights Dramatic Club, where members of Monty Python first met. Moving from comedy, she found her niche in period drama. In 1993, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Howards End. She went on to gain acclaim for her roles in The Remains of the Day and Sense and Sensibility, for which she also wrote the screenplay, winning her a second Academy Award. Thompson’s other notable screen credits include Wit, Love Actually, Saving Mr. Banks and The Children Act.

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A play rather than a reading

I've been listening all of about 5 minutes and I'm done. It's not for me. I found it awkward and distracting. Others may prefer it.

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Sheer delight

If you like Jane Austen this is a must-have addition to your collection. The full cast and the music adds a wonderful depth of feeling.

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A must for any fan of Jane Austen

I can not express how much I love this version of all of Jane Austen’s books. It is so well done and truly brings the books to life. The cast is just perfect and brings so much feeling to the books. Such an amazing cast!! I know I will listen to it again and again!!

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Fabulous Entertainment

The quality of the narration is superb; Emma Thompson above all. A great way to listen to a most clever interpretation of Jane Austun, whiling away many pleasurable hours whilst knitting painting cooking etc

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Excellent!!

This collection made me fall in love with Jane Austen! the narrators and full cast are so well done - I read all 6 books and high recommend!

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Each book is different

If you love Jane Austen, this is a nice little bundle. I was a little annoyed because I've already spent credits on individual versions of some of these books and I couldn't return them. Here is an individual review of each book:

Sense and Sensibility:
This is easily the WORST adaptation of the book that I have ever come across. The voice actors did very little for me. Marianne is somehow made into an unbearable, petulant character who looses all her nuance. And what is with the mournful, depressing music in between chapters?! The individual version narrated by Rosamund Pike is miles better, with one single narrator doing a better job of portraying the different personalities.

Pride & Prejudice:
Claire Foy is a great narrator and the individual voice actors are quite good. I did not love the voice of Lizzie, but I think that was personal preference. This is a good lite adaptation of a classic novel. I would not recommend this over the actual full text. They did not include one of the very BEST conversations (my absolute favourite) between Mr Darcy and Lizzie and I cannot get over that!!! Rosamund Pike's version of the full book is better.

Mansfield Park:
Good version, good voice acting and does not miss anything particular in the story. Would recommend as an enjoyable read. However, again, Francis Barker's individual version of the full book is better.

Emma:
One of my favourite non-full-book versions of Emma! Great voice acting, Emma Thompson is spectacular as are the individual performances. The shortened version makes you miss some of Austen's great narrative moments, but on the whole I highly recommend.

Northanger Abbey:
Most people's least favourite Jane Austen novel, and certainly mine. But this is a fun version and the title voice actor who plays Catherine is so wonderful and endearing. The voice of Isabella is also absolutely perfect. Would recommend, and you miss nothing by listening to this adaptation over reading the actual novel.

Persuasion:
This might be my favourite adaptation of a beloved novel. I loved the voice actors and they captured and portrayed this curious love story in a particularly endearing way. Some parts of the narrative are changed quite a bit, however I do not feel like it negatively affects the story. Different, but a good difference.

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  • 2021-04-16

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Great overall.

Francis Pugh's narration of Persuasion is flat and sounds like she is reading bullet points rather than telling a story.

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Quality Listen

I loved listening to this collection. I have gone back to relisten to it multiple times. 100% recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-11-12

Brilliant, a few disappointments, good labels

Emma & Northanger Abbey: In case you missed it, this collection includes Emma & Northanger Abbey with Emma Thompson that were previously released in 2018 and 2017. They are superb, and have been richly discussed already.

Pride and Prejudice: Claire Foy is a brilliant narrator! She does a fantastic job conveying both the excitement of each scene and Austen’s subtle irony. There are also great performances from the main cast: Lizzy, Darcy, Jane, Mr. Bingley, and Mr. Collins (to name a few notable characters) are carefully delineated and the energy among them is captivating. However, I was disappointed with some of the supporting cast. Mr. and Mrs. Bennet are incredibly dull; at times it feels as if the two actors are just reading their lines cold. This is a shame, especially when compared to the endearing Alison Steadman and Benjamin Whitrow (BBC series, 1995) or the hilarious Brenda Blethyn and Donald Sutherland (2005). The excessive giggling makes Lydia and Kitty indistinguishable and all the nuances of their characters have been done away with. Overall, it is a delightful drama even if it falls short of the Emma & Northanger Abbey adaptations in the same collection.

Persuasion: This is my favorite Austen novel, and I always thought the 1995 TV film with Amanda Root and Ciarán Hinds the most faithful adaptation of any of her work. So the stakes were a bit high for this one. Florence Pugh is a dynamic narrator. At first I thought that she was reading way too fast, but then I came around to her performance. Anne’s life feels suspended in time, as if she has been forgotten, and Pugh’s narration brings out Anne’s deep, hidden feelings that are the bedrock of the novel. The cast is very strong with one notable exception. Anne is perfect and so is Lady Russel. But Captain Wentworth! He sounds old, beaten up, and melancholic, when he is supposed to be at the pinnacle of his career and incredibly full of life and energetic (in contrast to Anne in the first part of the story). His character is disappointing, but does not ruin the experience. There are also a couple of unusual choices: Elizabeth is more reasonable and sympathetic than perhaps Austen intended, and Captain Wentworth has his sister, Mrs. Croft, too much in his confidence. Overall, it is a fresh and enjoyable rendition of Austen’s last novel, and I will listen to it again.

Sense and Sensibility & Mansfield Park: Not my favorite Austen novels, so I have yet to finish them. The first few chapters of Sense and Sensibility are promising.

Easy to navigate: This is in response to a previous review from Amazon UK. At least in the US, the titles are clearly labeled and I can easily navigate between the dramas both on the app and on the website. I got the collection when it was released on November 5, 2020, and I haven’t had any technical issues.

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  • Anne McClain
  • 2020-12-13

Not a faithful rendition

The first thing that threw me off was the music behind the narration. Too distracting and didn’t necessarily follow the mood of what was happening in the story.
The second and most unforgivable thing is that things have been rewritten, I assume to make the performance of different parts “work” but changing Jane Austen’s words is perilous. I listened to Sense and Sensibility and felt that it was off somehow and then listened to Pride and Prejudice and knew it was off. Mr. Darcy’s proposal was reordered and made strange. Anyone who is a true Austen aficionado will be unable to enjoy this despite the excellent performances. The script is unfaithful and the background music distracting. Sorry. I had hoped to enjoy this. The Rosalind Pilcher version is much more satisfying!

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  • Monhegan Monarch
  • 2020-12-19

Waste of time!

These are "retellings" of Austen's works, not the original text. Absolute drivel. Even as something to go to sleep to these are not worth the listen.

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  • Marianne
  • 2021-01-02

It’s free so...

It’s free. That’s the best I can say.
Difficult to distinguish between the actors voices so you can’t really tell one character from another: confusing. In the same scene it sounds like one actor is recording script from their toilet and another is reading miles away from their garden or car or shed. Distracting background noises (a baby cried for an entire scene). True reading from books though.

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  • HMVincent
  • 2021-01-09

Please give me an OFF button for the music!

I’m really sorry. I’m only partway through “Sense and Sensibility” and am ready to throw the book out the window, if the book was physical. There is background music that has nothing to do with the story; it has no purpose at all except to distract from the reading. I am gritting my teeth!

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  • R. Riffel
  • 2021-01-24

Cliffnotes

This is an abridged adaptation with performed dialogue. Florence Pugh is great but the format is clunky and offputting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-12-11

Well worth your time

Refreshing productions of the Jane Austen books . Well performed, phenomenal really. Great music as well.

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  • Emily J. Couch
  • 2020-12-02

loved Persuasion!

I really enjoyed Persuasion. haven't listened to the others yet, but it's really well done so far!

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  • Melissa Elliott
  • 2021-01-12

A Splendid Journey through Austen

I absolutely LOVED & continue to love this performance of Jane Austen's great works! I'm a huge Austen fan & really enjoyed these adaptations. Please please please do more of the all time greatest books in this way! I would love to listen to more of the classics performed like this. Great acting & narration that kept me entertained & entranced all the way through.

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  • Emory
  • 2021-02-19

Wonderful Adaptations

If you don't mind them not being unabridged or the fact they come with music and ambience noises (which I actually enjoyed), then there's nothing wrong with these Austen adaptations. For the most part (save a few minor characters and not accounting for difference in personal taste), they are well narrated and maintain all the best lines. And they certainly maintain the tone of the original novels. My new favorite versions to listen to!

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  • Julie Simon
  • 2021-03-26

A good way to pass time

I liked listening, even though it's bot what I expected. I had hoped for the original novel interpreted, but it's more of an adaptation and, more often than not, I cringed at the adaptation of the text which doesn't in the least do justice to the original novel. Jane Austen's style was much better than that. For those who like Jane Austen's writing, you might bot like it and pass your turn.
And for those who can overlook this detail, enjoy to your heart's content.

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