Jane Austen is incredibly difficult to read. The audio book accompanying the paper copy of the book made it much easier to not get lost in Jane's unique "3rd person" type narrative.
Love P&P, I selected this version because the commentator had a pleasing voice for the mother in the preview however I soon started to dislike her she portrayal of the other characters, it was done very poorly, at times I was unsure of the character because she frequently changed the voice or pitch of the characters with a majority of the time all sounding the same or way different from before. Very disappointed in the money I spent on this. Thx
Before I purchased this version of Pride and Prejudice, I listened to the samples of the several iterations offered on Audible. I found some of the voice artists did not have a distinguished narration voice, and many emphasized their view of the sample character (Mrs. Bennet) a bit too much. Some gave Mrs. Bennet a constant high pitch squeal while others offered a jittery mother's energy. I'm not saying they were wrong to do so. However as there are many annoying characters in this story, having to listen to the most egregious interpretations was something I knew I was not going to handle well. Yet when I got to this book's sample, Lindsay Duncan's approach to narration was deep and calming and a refined--exactly what I was hoping for. In addition, the interpretation of Mrs. Bennet hinted at her challenging qualities contextually, and in a nuanced fashion, making it more likely for me to be able to stomach without losing the point. It worked. This was a fine reading and a solid interpretation. I feel the more dignified for having listened to it. Thank you.
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.