Jane Austen in Audio Drama

“Hailing from late 18th century Britain, Jane Austen was a quiet girl with lucid insight and a pen of biting grace. She saw clearly, and what she saw, she wrote. She wove characters that dance across the pages of her novels – skipping, jumping, gliding, and tripping along in their own colorful ways as she tells their stories with graceful wit and Solomon-like wisdom. These are stories that have resonated with readers throughout the centuries because – deeper than their romantic plots, witty prose, and loveable/hateable characters – they ring true to who we are and how we relate to one another.

With such depth of insight, it is no wonder that Austen’s six novels have had a long life and been reincarnated countless times as movie adaptations. I have enjoyed watching many of these adaptations as well as reading the most famous of her novels, Pride and Prejudice. But I wondered, had these classic stories gone unrepresented in the world of audio drama? I did a bit of poking around, and lo and behold, both BBC and Audible Studios have adapted the entire Austen universe – all six of Austen’s classic novels including Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park – to audio drama. As a fan of both Jane Austen and audio drama, I decided to check them out.”

Check out my full review over at Audio Theater Central.

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