This audio is really excellent; you almost feel you are right there amongst the Bennet family. I have listened to it many many times. Recommend this to all Jane Austen fans especially, you'll love it!
I'm in the car a lot and choose the classics I neglected to read for my commute. I am able to discern each character from Josephine Bailey's reading she is so consistent. This is a permanent part of my library.
“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Josephine Bailey makes Jane Austen's complex vocabulary and sentence structure a more comfortable listen.
Liked that the story had many characters and narrator did well with them all.
Slow to get into but picked up after she receives her first proposal.
My favorite book next to To Kill A Mockingbird. Josephine Bailey gives a fantastic performance, giving hilarity, gravity, and emotion each their proper weight.
Still one of my favorites. It would have been a great read if thw reader moved through each passage a bit slower. Wasn't able to savor all the moments due to the speed.
I don't need to actually review the book but I will just say that I LOVED it! Im in my 30's and just thinking about it - I am SO happy I never read this book until now. There is so much to appreciate that would have been missed by my younger self. As this being my introduction to Jane Austen, I have to say I am beyond blown away at how advanced she was for her time - such a natural! Its crazy to imagine a woman in those days writing something like this, which just screams of how insanely cool she was!
As far as the narration - Josephine Bailey did an excellent job performing the characters, but her actual narration of the story in between dialogs was kind of weird and choppy. I will say that I sampled literally ALL the versions audible had, and this one sounded the best at the time, so Im still gland I went with it in the end.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone intimidated by a "classic". It wasn't at all drawn out, hard to understand, or boring as many of them have the rep of being - at least that's what I was afraid of. Jane Austen's wit and sassiness demands admiration and claimed me as a fan by the first chapter. SO GOOD!!