“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
Award-winning narrator and internationally acclaimed writer/comedienne, Alison Larkin brings her signature wit to this dazzling audio production of Jane Austen’s first novel, Northanger Abbey, followed by The History of England, a short, delightfully satirical piece rarely heard on audio, written by Jane Austen when she was just fifteen years old.
In Northanger Abbey, Catherine Morland, a clergyman’s daughter, longs for the kind of romantic adventures she has read about in her favorite Gothic novels. After spending a season mingling with fashionable high society in Bath, she is invited to stay at Northanger Abbey where nothing is what it seems.
In The History of England, the teenage Jane Austen pokes fun at the historians of the day who pretended to be objective when they clearly were not, and wrote about the kings and queens of England with less respect (and more wit) than a British newspaper.
“Narrator Alison Larkin reminds one of such character actresses as Billie Burke, or to a lesser extent, Spring Byington, from the Golden Age of cinema… This is a particularly enjoyable rendition of an oft-recorded novel because Larkin understands that Austen was sending up Gothic novels and never lets the parody out of earshot.” —The Christian Science Monitor
“Larkin’s voice was made for this audiobook. She embodied the characters’ personalities effortlessly.” —To Read or Not To Read
“I have listened to Alison Larkin narrate other Austen novels and I am a huge fan. She is a perfect narrator for Austen novels and makes them sound just like I could imagine them sounding if they were being read aloud and acted out by the Austen family by the fire.” —Laura’s Reviews
PRAISE for Alison Larkin
“A narrator to seek out…unparalleled”
“Alison Larkin is hugely entertaining”
—The Times (London)