Absolutely. The story is delightful and surprisingly relevant despite being more than 200 years old.
Elizabeth Bennet is one of the great heroines of English-language literature. She is clever, witty, and charming. She is prejudiced against Mr. Darcy from the start because of the deficiencies of character that she perceives in him, but grows to recognize the fact that first impressions are not always the most accurate (in fact, the novel was originally going to be titled "First Impressions"). She is very real--likeable but not perfect.
She does the voices very well and uses an inflection that helps one to understand the overall context. I enjoyed the narration very much.
If you love the story you'll continue to love it however it's presented, but I felt Lindsay's reading also made the book more accessible to a younger or less familiar audience. This is a very unusual genre for me to enjoy but the story holds something special even all these years later, and the narration is both fun and easy to follow despite the older language style.
I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!
This isn't my first time with Jane Austen's classic and it definitely won't be my last. This book is so wonderful, smart, witty and romantic, it's no wonder it is considered one of the best novels ever written.
The story of Elizabeth Bennet and her hate/love relationship with Mr. Darcy is the basis for every romantic-comedy written since Austen's book was published. Even after all these years, after the thousands of books and hundreds of movies that have used Pride and Prejudice as their base, this book remains a glowing reminder of how difficult it is to find true love...but, how glorious it can be when you do.
This version, narrated by Lindsay Duncan, is just wonderful. She reads Elizabeth as a grounded, serious young woman rather than as a flighty thing (saving those flourishes for her portrayal of Mrs. Bennet) and, despite there being five Bennet sisters, you can always distinguish which sister is which with Ms. Duncan's narration.
I was riveted by this audiobook and highly recommend it, not just for the narration but for the joy of hearing the love between Elizabeth and Darcy blossom all over again.
This one is one of my favorites. The reader was excellent, and she really brought the story alive.
Collins' proposal and Lydia's return dinner.
I laughed out loud quite a lot at Mr. Bennett's reactions to almost everything.
This reader is just fabulous. She brought so many of the characters to life in a way that would not have happened if I read the book myself. Just splendid.
Lindsay Duncan is a talented narrator, giving inflection and color to each character. Her take on Mrs. Bennett made me laugh out loud a couple of times. Really delightful! She really got the "poor me" whiny voice of Mrs. Bennett without making it grate on my ears. I love Jane Austen and especially Pride and Prejudice, so it goes without saying that I love the story. It's a classic for good reason!
This makes it an absolute joy to commute! I find myself sitting in the driveway not actually wanting to get out of the car!
Lovely melodic tone, great story, what more could you want? Highly recommended.
This novel is long and has a lot of characters so it is hard to listen without the novel in front of you. I use it for high school seniors. It is still better than me reading it to them or vice versa.
Definitely Beautiful language and very well written
Lindsay Duncan has a a lovely voice. It is expressive and engages the listener! She is an extremely skilled narrator.
Lindsay Duncan enhanced the story by bringing the book to life with her narration.
Pride and Prejudice is a classic--no need to write a review about the novel here. Lindsay Duncan is the best narrating voice I've heard thus far. She interprets the characters impeccably, and the variety of her voice-overs is astonishing. This is the edition to add to your audiobook library.
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.