Ever since I began – and finished – listening to Serial, I’ve become somewhat fond of audio-books, podcasts and adaptations.
I never much listened to them before – other than the bookie kind of my fellow bloggers – but they’ve become a rather comforting indulgence. There is something rather soothing about being read or spoken to (without the discomfort of the person actually being there [introvert problems]).
Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Drama is a favourite, I’ve gorged on their dramas and adaptations recently. And book wise I’ve been listening to Jane Austen adaptations. Mansfield Park and Persuasion, to be specific. I had listened to an adaptation of Mansfield Park on Woman’s Hour a few months back, which I bought, and I then found a version Amanda Root was in as Fanny Price and I had to buy that as well.
Amanda Root plays, for those who do not know, Anne Elliot in BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Persuasion. It’s also my favourite Austen novel. Thus Amanda Root is holy and all I want to be. She also narrates an abridged version of Persuasion, which I am now listening to. Then I’ll probably listen to her narrating Jane Eyre…., sadly after that I will have expired her Classic narrations. Which I imagine will be a rather difficult time for me.
Of the adaptations of novels I have not read, I’ve not finished any wanting to read the novel. So, with few exceptions (I’m looking at you LotR), I won’t be buying any audio-books of novels I may someday read. I think I shall try and reserve audio-books for my most loved novels. Maybe I should buy Parade’s End next?
What are your favourite audio books or audio-adaptations?
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