“Jane Austen’s classic novel about sisters Elinor and Marianne has been produced on audio many times and featured many talented narrators. This version stands out as one of the best. Alison Larkin’s narration will captivate listeners from the first sentence. Her delicate voice and perfect English accent sweep the listener back in time, right into the lives of the characters. Austen’s nineteenth-century writing style flows off Larkin’s tongue, making the dense passages easy to understand. She effortlessly conveys the many humorous scenes, capturing the pompous gentry and their ridiculous (even to them, apparently) social conventions. Two passages from a book by Austen’s fifth-generation great-niece add a nice touch at the end of the story.” —AudioFile
“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
Following her critically acclaimed narration of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with songs from Regency England, Emma, Persuasion & Poems and Northanger Abbey & The History of England, award-winning narrator Alison Larkin is back, bringing her light comedic touch to this delightful recording of Austen’s first published novel.
Thanks to her manipulative daughter-in-law, Mrs. Dashwood and her three daughters must leave their beloved family home in Sussex for a small cottage in Devon. While Marianne, impulsive and passionate to the core, falls madly in love with an unsuitable man, her more conventional sister, Elinor, struggles to hide her true feelings for the man she must try to forget.
This recording of Sense and Sensibility is followed by a short excerpt from Jane and Me: My Austen Heritage by Caroline Jane Knight, Jane Austen’s fifth great niece – the last of Austen’s descendants to grow up on the estate where Austen lived and wrote. Like the Dashwoods, Caroline and her family were forced to leave their family home for financial reasons. The parallels are fascinating.
PRAISE for Alison Larkin
“There’s a vintage feel to Alison Larkin’s narration… The bell-like quality of her sweetly accented voice harkens back to another, quieter, time. However, her delivery offers a flexibility that is contemporary and easy to hear…A narrator to seek out…” –AudioFile Magazine
“Alison Larkin is hugely entertaining” –The Times (London)