Autumn is the perfect season to read Jane Austen. For whatever reason, the crisp weather just makes me want to get cozy with a cup of tea and indulge all my lurid fantasies of Frederick Wentworth. Unfortunately, fall is also the perfect season for getting your life together after a summer spent on the beach, at the park, on your friend's rooftop... everywhere but home. There's cleaning to be done! And organizing! And baking! Luckily, there's a simple solution: Jane Austen audiobooks. The six I've compiled below all bring you Austen's most beloved romances — as read by celebrities like Emma Thompson and Rosamund Pike.
If you'd prefer to listen to an audiobook while enjoying cool temperatures and vivid foliage, remember the words Austen wrote in Persuasion: "Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn — that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness — that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling."
Here are six Jane Austen audiobooks read by celebrities to enjoy this fall: