The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.
Decided to revisit this since it is the 200th year of its publication. I very carefully selected this audio version (a good narrator is a must). It was excellent, again, how about that? I marvel at how Jane Austen can be poking such fun at her society without sounding snarky, and while still delivering a fun, romantic story. I recommend this particular audio version.
Just a book fool.
This 5 star review is solely for the unbelievably fantastic narrator. The book, let's be real, is about nothing. Nothing at all... It is amazing a book so long could literally be about nothing but alas nothing it is.
I won't waste any time summing up the story for you as it seems I am the only person left on the planet that didn't know it already. Regardless of content or character I found myself really enjoying this book more often then not. I have probably picked this novel up 500 times and have never gotten past chapter 2. The narrator really brings this world to life and is an absolute joy to listen to. It is safe to say without her I would have died not knowing the fate of Mr. Darcy.
I recommend this audiobook to anyone who already enjoys the classics, or has tried to read the classics and failed. Classics for everyone! YAY!
I never thought I'd be a Jane Austen fan, but I found her writing to be so carefully and prettily constructed that, as different as it is from any contemporary style, it wasn't hard to follow once you get used to it, and it became very easy to admire just what a clever and witty writer she was.
For me, this overshadowed the romance, since I'm not a reader of romances in general, and anyway, everyone knows the plot, right? But every movie adaptation loses something, and the details in the book give so much more meaning behind each twist and turn in the story and the ways the characters relate to each other. It's a perfectly-constructed novel with brilliant (and often very funny) writing. This really should be on everyone's bookshelf. I am resolved to read more novels by Miss Austen (and also to try to stop writing like her -- after listening to the audiobook for the past few days, I find all my sentences coming out in an excess of that style which is not my own).
Pride and Prejudice is a charming and funny work. Lindsay Duncan provides a wonderful narration. Her clear, sweet voice is a refreshing treat. She breathes life, individuality and spark into all of the characters.
I chose this book mainly because I thought I "should" read it since it is such a classic of literature. I expected to find it trite and filled with annoying characters. I was greatly surprised then, to find it an excellent story, insightful and funny, and with picture perfect narration. I could not recommend it more highly.
I know my review will be in the minority here. It looks like women really enjoy this story. I'm a guy so I have a different perspective.
Story - For me, this story needs a villain. It almost has one in Lady Catherine. I really enjoyed the dialog between Lady Catherine and Elizabeth and I would have liked a lot more. Give me Lady Catherine driving a wedge between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth and threatening to dis the Bennet family because Lydia ran away with Mr. Wickham and we have a story that guys may like more. Anyway, without a villain, the story gets a little tedious. With only the "pride" of Mr. Darcy and the "prejudice" of Elizabeth the development of their love story drags. The writing is very good which is why I held on. The writing is strong enough that I may give Jane Austen another try.
Narration - Lindsey Duncan does a nice job here. There's good differentiation in the voices that allow the listener to know who's talking especially since Austen doesn't use a lot of "..said Elizabeth" or "...exclaimed Mr. Darcy". Lindsey does an excellent Lady Catherine which reminded me of Maggie Smith. This version is highly recommended.
We can be so enthralled with our own perspective of things that we cannot hear another. Austen's lesson is on learning to open up and recognize that there is somebody else around...not just «me». This is a very relevant book on relationships...and it reflects our society: ego.com.
I fell in love with this book from the beginning...It was funny and yet serious but shows just how love can pan out...I think everyone should read this...
The reader really brings this book to life and has so much enhanced my enjoyment of it. The way she changes her voice to reflect the characters in dialogue is amazingly well done.