Jane Austen: The Complete Novels Audio CD – Dec 22 2009
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Eight hours longer even than Naxos' complete Sherlock Holmes, this has got to be the audiobook box set of the decade! All six complete major novels are read here in mellifluous and engagingly vital voices which - however many times you listen - instantly draw you into Jane Austen's world. - Rachel Redford, The Observer Together for the first time, the complete and unabridged audio recordings of Jane Austen's novels handsomely presented in a boxed set. Counting 69 CDs and running over 83 hours, this is the Holy Grail of Austen audio book recording as only Naxos could present with superb readings by Juliet Stevenson, Emilia Fox, and Anna Bentinck. Included are Austen's six major novels, the novella Lady Susan and her unfinished novels Sanditon and The Watsons. This is definitely the essential collector's item. 'Nuff said! - Laurel Ann, austenprose.wordpress.com Top of the boxed sets is Jane Austen: The Complete Novels, read by Juliet Stevenson, Emilia Fox and Anna Bentinck, flaunting alongside the favourites of television drama the less-familiar Northanger Abbey and Lady Susan. - Carole Mansur, Telegraph
About the Author
Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on July 18, 1817.
As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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Can't get over the value. This is a beautiful leather bound book that has 7 novels combined into one. It can easily become a family heirloom just by its beauty, let alone for the materpieces inside!
Of all her heroines, I find that Jane Austen draws more of her own family situation to depict Catherine that she actually did for the others: daughter of a clergyman, numerous family, tight family relationships... As it was her first novel, I also find it to be the weakest of her work, as you can almost feel the author questioning herself as to what makes a great novel: what subjects, what character traits, what heroine or gentleman? The story in itself is also pretty simple as it is imitates a little bit the structure of Vaudeville theater, with the misunderstandings regarding Catherine’s financial status, her acquaintance with John Thorpe or her brother’s engagement to Isabella. The author also pays tribute to her admiration for Ann Radcliffe by making one of her novels Catherine’s favorite books and putting a little Gothic spin to the story when it comes to the description of Northanger Abbey. All in all, this first novel remains a well-plotted hodgepodge as well as an entertaining light story.
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However, I would also like to make a recommendation. After returning the book, I was still looking for collection of Austen's works and happened to find a 1995 hardcover edition of this exact book by Grammercy. The edition costs five dollars more but the quality is ten times better. The book has a faux leather cover with gold trimmed pages and a ribbon bookmark. The paper quality in thin but polished, smoother and more refined. The binding is very durable and I have noticed no deterioration yet after a week of use.
If I had to a chance to redo my purchases, I would have skipped this edition completely and ordered the 1995 edition. If your interested in this edition, it can be found using search under ISBN # 0517147688
Her heroin has become an American speaking nitwit.
The richness of Miss Austin's English has been replaced with short sentences, 'like's, modern American expressions and a general lack of linguistic bounty which leaves the reader wondering why they are wasting their time on this book.
If this is the quality of modern writing I may give up reading.
Most recent customer reviews
To put things in perspective, I would happily give Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, or Emma a 5 of 5.
This book is not in the same class. Read more
Great value for the money! Hardcover and cleared shelf space for me when I donated my individual copies.Published 11 months ago by Allison
I really liked this book. I found it too short and quick to end. But overall I enjoy all of Austen's books. I would have loved if this was drawn out a little longer though. Read morePublished 12 months ago by kat kazakoff
My Kindle never received this book and I had to re-order a different version of it from my Kindle, (Illustrated), as opposed to the original order on Amazon. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Hereward Pooley
Well I haven't read the book completely yet, however I just want to comment on the "Contains Real Page Numbers." It does not reveal the page numbers on Kindle (PC Version). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Clarence Kwok
The full star rating is representative of Jane Austen's fabulous works. Although the product description says it comes with complete audiobooks it does not. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Green Isis
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