32 episodes

Listen to an audiobook chapter by chapter. In collaboration with audio publishers and professional narrators, AudioFile serializes extraordinary audiobooks. Twice a week, we bring you a new chapter; listen throughout the week or binge them on the weekend. Hear great books brought to life with brilliant performances and produced with the highest audio standards. It's a wonderful way to take a break—an audiobook break.

Audiobook Break with AudioFile Magazine Robin Whitten

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 45 Ratings

Listen to an audiobook chapter by chapter. In collaboration with audio publishers and professional narrators, AudioFile serializes extraordinary audiobooks. Twice a week, we bring you a new chapter; listen throughout the week or binge them on the weekend. Hear great books brought to life with brilliant performances and produced with the highest audio standards. It's a wonderful way to take a break—an audiobook break.

    Announcing Season 3 - PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

    Announcing Season 3 - PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

    Journey to Pemberley for Season 3 of AudioFile’s Audiobook Break! The story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy begins February 15th, 2022. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a chapter! Narrator Alison Larkin and host Jo Reed will have a discussion about all things Jane Austen on February 14th to prepare listeners for all the fun. 
    Read the full review of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, published by Alison Larkin Presents, on AudioFile Magazine’s website.
    Longing for more Jane Austen on audio? Visit AudioFile’s curated list of the best of Austen’s audiobook adaptations and Austen-inspired audiobook listening.
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    • 1 min
    Celebrating Pride and Prejudice

    Celebrating Pride and Prejudice

    Narrator Alison Larkin joins host Jo Reed to introduce readers to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, Jane Austen’s beloved classic. Listen for insights into the making of the audiobook, the joys and challenges of bringing Austen’s characters to life, and more. Stay tuned – tomorrow AudioFile’s Audiobook Break podcast will be launching into the first chapters of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy’s story.
    Read the full review of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, published by Alison Larkin Presents, on AudioFile Magazine’s website.
    Longing for more Jane Austen on audio? Visit AudioFile’s curated list of the best of Austen’s audiobook adaptations and Austen-inspired audiobook listening.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 6 min
    Pride and Prejudice - Chapters 1, 2, and 3

    Pride and Prejudice - Chapters 1, 2, and 3

    Our story begins with the iconic line, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Listen to hear the start of Elizabeth Bennet’s story in Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, narrated by Alison Larkin, with music by Gary Schreiner and Curt Sobel. This episode contains chapters 1, 2, and 3 of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. 
    Read the full review of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, published by Alison Larkin Presents, on AudioFile Magazine’s website.
    Longing for more Jane Austen on audio? Visit AudioFile’s curated list of the best of Austen’s audiobook adaptations and Austen-inspired audiobook listening.
    Listeners looking for the text to read along as they listen can visit Project Gutenberg.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 23 min
    Pride and Prejudice - Chapters 4 and 5

    Pride and Prejudice - Chapters 4 and 5

    Continue the story of Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, narrated by Alison Larkin. She gives the classic work a bright and lively narration and sounds as if she can’t wait to tell a delicious story to listeners. This episode contains chapters 4 and 5 of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, with music by Gary Schreiner and Curt Sobel.
    Read the full review of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, published by Alison Larkin Presents, on AudioFile Magazine’s website.
    Longing for more Jane Austen on audio? Visit AudioFile’s curated list of the best of Austen’s audiobook adaptations and Austen-inspired audiobook listening.
    Listeners looking for the text to read along as they listen can visit Project Gutenberg.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 14 min
    Pride and Prejudice - Chapters 6 and 7

    Pride and Prejudice - Chapters 6 and 7

    Continue the story of Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, narrated by Alison Larkin. She gives the classic work a bright and lively narration and sounds as if she can’t wait to tell a delicious story to listeners. This episode contains chapters 6 and 7 of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, with music by Gary Schreiner and Curt Sobel.
    Read the full review of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, published by Alison Larkin Presents, on AudioFile Magazine’s website.
    Longing for more Jane Austen on audio? Visit AudioFile’s curated list of the best of Austen’s audiobook adaptations and Austen-inspired audiobook listening.
    Listeners looking for the text to read along as they listen can visit Project Gutenberg.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 29 min
    Pride and Prejudice - Chapters 8 and 9

    Pride and Prejudice - Chapters 8 and 9

    Continue the story of Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, narrated by Alison Larkin. She gives the classic work a bright and lively narration and sounds as if she can’t wait to tell a delicious story to listeners. This episode contains chapters 8 and 9 of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, with music by Gary Schreiner and Curt Sobel.
    Read the full review of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, published by Alison Larkin Presents, on AudioFile Magazine’s website.
    Longing for more Jane Austen on audio? Visit AudioFile’s curated list of the best of Austen’s audiobook adaptations and Austen-inspired audiobook listening.
    Listeners looking for the text to read along as they listen can visit Project Gutenberg.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Tad Davis ,

Love it!

I love this podcast! Naxos is usually a safe bet when it comes to classic literature; their audiobooks are always an enjoyable listen and sometimes downright inspired. AudioFile picked two of the stars in the Naxos firmament to kick off their new podcast: David Copperfield, read by Nicholas Boulton, and The Iliad, read by Anton Lesser. (All of the Dickens titles in the Naxos collection — and they’ve done all of his novels — are superb. And Lesser is brilliant at reading poetry as well as playing Qyburn in Game of Thrones. — oh, and he’s done a couple of those Dickens novels for Naxos himself.)

I had listened to both of these previously, in fact within weeks of their original publication. Getting the readings in chapter-sized chunks has helped me slow down and appreciate the nuances of both readings more effectively than on my first listen: my tendency is to binge-listen, and that’s not always the best way to appreciate a classic. Lesser’s reading of The Iliad has the added pleasure of using the relatively recent verse translation by Ian Johnston, which manages to convey earthiness and accessibility with eloquence and power. It was practically made for reading aloud. It preserves Homer’s formulaic epithets and repetitions to a remarkable degree, and yet somehow it never sounds stilted or old-fashioned: it races forward like a thriller.

If you’ve always wanted to read the classics but could never seem to find the time, this is the podcast for you. Given AudioFile’s first two picks, I trust their judgment for future choices.

GrahamHalstead ,

Stories for all!

A brilliant way to connect listeners (new and old alike) to this art form. Thank you AudioFile!

mamashowtime ,

Wonderful listening experience!

I couldn't stop listening! I intended to spend a few minutes and come back to it later in the day but I couldn't turn it off. I'll go back and listen to the first chapter again before moving on to chapter 2.

Highly recommended.

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