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The Complete Novels (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Paperback – Deckle Edge, March 28, 2006
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"Together for the first time, the complete and unabridged audio recordings of Jane Austen s novels handsomely presented in a boxed set. Counting 69 CDs and running over 83 hours, this is the Holy Grail of Austen audio book recording as only Naxos could present with superb readings by Juliet Stevenson, Emilia Fox, and Anna Bentinck. Included are Austen's six major novels, the novella Lady Susan and her unfinished novels Sanditon and The Watsons. This is definitely the essential collector s item. 'Nuff said!" --Laurel Ann, Austenprose.wordpress.com --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
Jane Austen’s complete novels in an unbeatable package of authenticity, high quality and excellent value.--This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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By contrast, the Modern Library hardcover edition (which I compared in person at the bookstore) has such a narrow inside margin that the reader must strain to read bent text or to force the binding to open more and the paper to lay flatter. Otherwise, it was a nice edition. For me, they ruined it by this simple mistake.
The leather bound edition from the Library of Literary Classics is a nice idea, and I have not seen it in person. I did notice, however, that the table of contents shows how little space they manage to squeeze Austen's novels into. It has far fewer pages than the Penquin Classics Deluxe Edition. When previewing the pages of text, this seems apparent in the very small type. As I said, I have not seen it in person, so I may be wrong, but it looks like it might be a strain to read, whereas the Penguin is quite comfortable. Hopefully Penguin will provide preview images soon so potential buyers can "Look Inside" and compare for themselves.
It is wonderful that there are so many editions of Austen to choose from. The choice is personal and subjective. I will spend many, many hours reading mine, so I chose the one that I thought would be the most comfortable. I do not want to fight the book -- I want it to disappear so that my imagination may wander unhindered with Jane's characters. I hope you enjoy the novels, whichever edition you choose.
However, I would also like to make a recommendation. After returning the book, I was still looking for collection of Austen's works and happened to find a 1995 hardcover edition of this exact book by Grammercy. The edition costs five dollars more but the quality is ten times better. The book has a faux leather cover with gold trimmed pages and a ribbon bookmark. The paper quality in thin but polished, smoother and more refined. The binding is very durable and I have noticed no deterioration yet after a week of use.
If I had to a chance to redo my purchases, I would have skipped this edition completely and ordered the 1995 edition. If your interested in this edition, it can be found using search under ISBN # 0517147688
But there are some details in this book that can become quite bothering. As I read Pride and Prejudice, I noticed that an entire line of a dialog between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet (the main characters) is omitted, and frankly, it is difficult to follow the conversation without that particular line. There are also many other mistakes in the text (i.e. 'becausee'). If you are too particular about this kind of errors (like me), maybe you should choose another book. If you don't really care about these things, it is a good choice.
I purchased this edition for my 17 y/o daughter so that I could keep MY own copy of this book available for myself...I am so envious! This is a lovely, expensive-looking book which sells for an amazingly low price. There are cheaper hardback copies but the extra $4.00 for this one is very much worth 3 times that small amount. The leather binding and original artwork make this an excellent bargain.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Austen and was thrilled when my daughter wanted to read her books. At the price, I couldn't resist getting the whole collection in one volume. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Unfortunately, this book has a weak binding. It is a heavy paperback. I read 7 pages only, using a book pillow and pages began to pull away from the binding at the bottom of the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Silver Fox
Wonderful well written complete collection. Great to have in the family.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Getting use to the written word of the 1800's took some effort.Published 5 months ago by Gilbert W. Bruce
This was just a classic collection that I needed to have on my kindle. Thank you Amazon for offering it for free. I love this series, always have and probably always will.Published 12 months ago by Krissy