I have lived this audio version of Pride and Prejudice. Ms. Duncan has a very pleasant voice, and all of her various voices are quite believable. Jane Austen herself would be thrilled with this version!
While there are many good audio renditions of Austen's classic available on Audible, Lindsay Duncan's reading is BY FAR the one I consider the best. Her voice acting is superb-- she gets all the characters' voices spot on-- and her easy tone and pace make for an extremely satisfying listen.
Please, CHOOSE THIS VERSION!
I love the story and never tire of reading it. I thought I would try listening. the overall experience was great but I wasn't happy with the narrator. She often sounded like she was struggling to keep pace and that was distracting from the story.
I just love Lindsay Duncan! I have always loved her in movies and she has done a fabulous job of bringing new life and energy to a most beloved book. I come back to it time and time again and will never get tired of it. Jane Austen was an amazing writer! Her use of language and description of characters and emotion are, in my opinion, unparalleled even 200 years later.
As an Austen fan and an Audible junkie, finding satisfying readings of Austen novels took a few tries. Some readers hurry through or over-enunciate, while others clearly do not understand the material well enough to perform well. In this reading, Lindsey Duncan thoroughly satisfies. She reads softly, clearly, and at a medium pace. She also gives the characters wonderfully correct and individual tones, but she does not overdo it.
This is a great book narrated by a great talent! I have often wanted to read this book, but could never find the time. So glad I needed something to listen to during some very long drives, and discovered Audible!
Elizabeth's reading Darcy's letter. The reader inflects her turmoil well.
Pemberley--how it plays with character!
Extreme--no. Grin, smile, chuckle, even laugh out loud at times--yes.
Although I've read P&P many times, I had fun revisiting this old friend. Listening brought a new experience to the book: I heard passages I had missed or weren't as impressed by in just reading. I enjoyed Duncan's interpretation of characters and didn't feel I was just listening to a rerun of BBC versions. Yes, I enjoyed listening and have moved on to Persuasion and am enjoying it too.