On July 1st, 1979, Sony’s Walkman hit the market and revolutionized how consumers listen to music. Also, the Walkman was a new medium for listening to literature, and throughout the 70s and 80s, the popularity of books on tape rose drastically.
In order to celebrate the release of the Walkman, here is an amazing audiobook collection that is a hidden gem.
The Jane Austen Audible Collection offers an immersive narration of Austen’s novels. Each novel has a full cast, sound effects, and a musical score. With a notable actress narrating each novel, the collection is filled with emotional, impressive performances that create an enjoyable experience for listeners.
Sense and Sensibility: Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Emmy award-winning actress, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, known for her performances in Black Mirror, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Morning Show, tells listeners about the struggles of the Dashwood sisters following the death of their father. Together, they navigate through their individual romantic feelings and the drama that ensues.
Pride and Prejudice: Claire Foy
Claire Foy is a Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award-winning actress, popularly known for her role as a young Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s The Crown. Foy chronicles the experiences of the Bennett family as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet do everything in their power for their five daughters to get married in order to avoid the oncoming threat of poverty.
Mansfield Park: Billie Piper
Known for her roles in Collateral and I Hate Suzie, BAFTA-nominated actress Billie Piper tells the story of Fanny Price, who has recently been adopted into the house of her Uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram. Unaccustomed to the elegance of Mansfield Park, Fanny faces new dilemmas in her life when the glamorous Crawfords arrive from London in her Uncle’s absence.
Emma: Emma Thompson
Legendary Academy Award Winning Actress Emma Thompson, best known for her period drama roles in movies like Howard’s End and Sense and Sensibility, narrates Austen’s Emma. Emma acts as the matchmaker at Highbury and rejects the notion of marriage for herself, however, when she makes an ill-suited match, she must face consequences.
Northanger Abbey: Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson also narrates Northanger Abbey, the story of 17-year-old Catherine Moreland, who falls in love with Henry Tilney when visiting Bath. Catherine visits the Tilney family Estate, Northanger Abbey, where her active imagination constructs absurd delusions in this Gothic comic.
Persuasion: Florence Pugh
Florence Pugh received Academy Award and BAFTA nominations for her performance in Little Women, and she is also known for her roles in Outlaw King, Lady Macbeth, and King Lear. Pugh tells the story of Anne Elliot, a charming and intellectual young woman who lives in regret after rejecting a marriage proposal years prior.
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