Austen on tape
Posted by Karen V on July 06, 1998 at 01:20:14:
In response to More info, please??, written by Brenda T. on July 04, 1998 at 22:40:11
] I have listened to the Recorded Books versions (P&P and S&S) but didn't like them enough to buy them. Normally I prefer Recorded Books above any others because of the quality of the readers. The readings were okay but not gripping. (Yes, Marianne Dashwood would agree with you, I think.) I would like to invest in some good recordings of JA's novels.
I agree. The quality of the reader makes all the difference. Last summer I listened to a fantastic recording of Emma while painting my dining room. One of the benefits to listening to them on tape (if they're read well), is that you can get a sense of the rhythm of the dialog. I still remember llistening to Miss Bates' speech as she's coming into the ballroom. It covers about 2 pages in the book, so you know it's long, but there's nothing like starting to paint a section of your wall, painting around all the molding, painting the large section in the middle, moving on to the next section, and then realizing that she's still talking.
There were several different versions of almost all of Austen's novels at the store I rented it from, but this one was definitely the best. Many of the other readers' voices had a tone that I can only describe as "school-marmy." I can't remember which version I ended up with, but I'll try to check and let you know. I think the reader's name was Victoria something, but I wouldn't swear to it.
- It was Victoria Morgan (nfm) Karen V 00:33:56 7/21/98 (0)
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