I love the character development. The characters of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy especially are so easy to get wrapped up in!
When Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy first meet again at Pemberly after his proposal.
Seeing the changed Mr. Darcy at Pemberly and Elizabeth's reaction to him.
There were many moments, but one small moment that sticks out is when Mr. Darcy tells Caroline Bimgley that he has long considered Elizabeth as one of the handsomest women of his acquaintance. I thought it was such a sweet declaration!
This is one of my favorite books of all time and it seems to get better every time I read it! I am so glad to have the audiobook now as well!
I think most Americans would rather listen to a British accent than our own, most of the time. And it's particularly satisfying with a story set in England. Listening to Lindsay Duncan was pure, unadulterated delight.
There are too many memorable moments to savor them all. But one of the more delicious is Elizabeth's last conversation with and staunch refusal to be cowed by Lady Catherine deBourg. And then there's her conversation with her father about Mr. Collins' proposal, which ends with his admonishment that, since her mother will never speak to her if she refuses, and he will never speak to her if she accepts, she must choose carefully. And of course, there's the momentous walk with Mr.Darcy where she confesses that her feelings are "so much changed as to be quite the opposite", and she becomes his "dearest, loveliest Elizabeth."
It isn't possible to listen to a story of this length in one sitting. The beauty of audio is that it redeems car time, kitchen clean-up time, etc. and one has only to push "play" to continue the story while hands and eyes are otherwise occupied. So large chunks of several days can be spent happily occupied with Jane without altogether neglecting the rest of life.
Although the story has been often told and dramatized with varying results; this is definitely worth adding to your permanent audio library.
Narration is better-than-average.
If you enjoy a good human story with subtle humor revealing human frailties this is a story for you.
I had forgotten how much there is to love in this story. It's so finely crafted. Lindsay Duncan's voice made me feel like I was spending my afternoons with PBS and a cup of tea. It's just what I had hoped for.
...but boy was I wrong! Lindsay Duncan's reading brings the characters and wit to life. Her pacing is perfect and gave all the right inflections. I found myself laughing out loud in parts and becoming attached to to Eliza Bennett. Totally changed my prejudices against classics of this period. Shame Ms. duncan hasn't read any of her others.
In the beginning, I found this book annoying. I was ashamed to admit it. I felt I must have a female inadequacy somehow. However, at some point, I'm not sure when, the book made me go all gooey inside. I now understand why so many treasure it so.
I love Jane Austen and I never tire of Pride and Prejudice no matter how many times I have read it. I very much enjoyed this audio book.
Both print and audio are great. I actually read and listen at the same time.
For sidelong social comedy and sprightly writing it's hard to beat Austen, but the narrator of this particular version manages to strip Elizabeth of all her arch humor, the wit, vigor, and irrepressible, pointed gaiety that makes her so likable in her narrow-mindedness and subsequent chagrin. This Eliza sounds coy and self-satisfied, every bit as artful as Miss Bingley--in fact, Miss Bingley's the more appealing, merely fussy instead of insincere.
Really, I would've said nothing could make me dislike Elizabeth, but this narrator's gone and proved me wrong. It's a pity, because in so many other respects she does a superb job: Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Collins are thoroughly detestable, Lydia grating, overt, careless, Mr. Bennet dryly needling. Unfortunately, these myriad virtues aren't enough to make the production bearable: find another rendition, before gritting your teeth through this one.