Jane Austen: A Biography

Version: Unabridged
Author: Elizabeth Jenkins
Narrator: Teresa Gallagher
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Published In: August 2000
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes
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This perceptive biography portrays the writer of Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and other unforgettable novels whose characters faced the challenges in the world of country gentry in Regency England.

Reviews (1)

Pertaining to Miss Austen

Written by Gregg Newby on February 22nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The author of Pride & Prejudice, Emma and Persuasion must have had a great deal of inner substance, but you won't find much of it here in this account. Though the reader has a melodious voice and the short chapters are interspersed with the most charming romantic piano music, the effect of the whole is rather lackluster. That's because the biography skips across the episodes of Jane Austen's life the same way a stone skips across the surface of a pond. After a while the listening becomes repetitive. Miss Austen's life comes across as a flurry of soirees, visits to the country, trips to Bath, a carriage ride to London. She moves about in a fog of shallow gentility, and her inner life is hardly explored at all. Her fiction is never even really discussed. There is some factual information pertaining to the publication of her works, but that is it. Then she dies, the music swells and the curtain falls. There's no exploration of her legacy at all. Surely there's better elsewhere.