This is one of Jane Austen's best books. I love the story and have listened to it several times, but always get much enjoyment every time i relisten. Kate Reading is a very good reader and brings the story to life. The story is so great because it is a love story that is so romantic, but doesn't have any of the blatant sex that so many of today's novels do.
Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!
It seems almost unthinkable to me to give a reading of my most favorite novel anything but five stars, and yet I couldn't get past Kate Reading's reading. It wasn't that she was particularly bad, it was more that she wasn't particularly good, and for this most beloved novel I want only the best. I thought Reading's reading was too flat, and I felt that she didn't truly "get" the book enough to do it justice. It was almost like she was focusing more on speaking perfectly instead of losing herself in the book and really conveying all it had to offer. That being said, I still loved "reading" it again for the umpteenth time, and no matter how much I love TV and movie versions of this great classic, I reread it once a year or so for the great pleasure of experiencing this story in its entirety. This was the first time I'd experienced it as an audiobook, and I look forward to hearing another narrator's version in the future.
I have never read the print version, or at least I tried several times and could barely get through the first few chapters of the book before I gave up. This format made is so much easier to get started with the book, and once I was about a quarter into the book I could barely stop listening. It is such a classic, I didnt think I would like it but thought I had to read it because it is so famous, and I definitely found out why. Great narrating as well.
At the climax of the book, where the main character has her realization of the character of one of the antagonists in the book as well as her own character, it was done with so much emotion.
I’ve tried to read Jane Austen several times and just couldn’t get very far in to her work. Perhaps if I had started in my pre-teen years, around the time I first read Louisa May Alcott, I might have been a die-hard fan. However, my first attempt was in my twenties and I just didn’t like anything enough to make it all the way. I’ve felt quite negligent in this regard because Miss Austen is so popular now. She has many admirers and copiers. I so often hear books described as “Austenesque” but only had the vaguest sense of what that meant. Therefore, when I happened upon an audio download of Pride and Prejudice read by one of the finest female narrators with whom I am familiar, I purchased and downloaded a copy. Kate Reading’s delightful narration led me to understand the charm of Miss Austen.
While Austen did use so many of the now-familiar romance novel tropes, she did it in a way that still seems fresh despite two centuries. I found her style to be quite humorous. Upon the commencement of the story, I already knew where it was going to go. There are no such things as spoilers when it comes to a 200-year-old novel. What did surprise me was how little I knew of the story despite all I had heard. It was quite a charming romantic comedy and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. Perhaps it was meant to be read aloud.
Now that I understand Jane Austen, I will attempt at some time in the future to read another of her novels. I am so fortunate as to have several Barnes and Noble Classics’ editions on my Nook that I acquired at no cost due to a generous giveaway the had this summer past. However, it does behoove me to read some books that are more current first as I cannot write or talk like a 200-year-old woman for much longer.
I just can't read this story by Jane Austin enough. I have read the book several times and have watched all the movies. It is one of the greatest love stories every written.
The book is, of course, terrific. In this reading, it finally has a narrator worthy of it. One of the best narrations of any of the many books I've heard from Audible. There were times when I laughed out loud.
I never tire of this story, but this was an especially wonderful reading. The nuances of the narrator really added to my enjoyment.
If you love P&P you'll love this audiobook version. The narrator does a wonderful job with changing intonations for the various characters. This is one you can listen to again and again .... and again. Highly recommended.