This was my first audiobook. I enjoyed reading Pride and Prejudice immensely (so you in terms of the story, I can't be depended on to be unbiased!) and I bought the audiobook for the sole purpose of determining if a recording could do justice to such an amazing classic. I imagined they hearing a story that I've previous read would not be anymore interesting than reading. But it turned out to be well worth it! The reader read really well, and my interest was maintained throughout listening to her. It turned out that having a voice and reenact the book adds a different kind of enjoyment and increased my appreciation of it. Pride and prejudice wasn't a tailored to be an audiobook, so I felt that it was challenging in that aspect. Some interactions between two characters involved the exchanging of quite a few spoken statements, and were under the assumption that one could always trace back in the book to determine who was the speaker (aka there were no names mentioned to tell the listener who was speaking). Lindsey navigated this quite well, by giving a different tone or quality of voice to each character. The tone was unique for each person, and sometimes, was symbolic for his or her unique attributes and demeanour. Mrs Bennet's "voice" was particularly amusing to me. I found that I could keep track of who was speaking more easily than I expected. I enjoyed it very much and it is definitely recommended for other pride and prejudice fans like myself.
I thought it was a very typical love story of different birth, but still so well written and performed that it deserves no less than all the praise I can offer. Heck I just wrote in the same style as the book.
I don't know how she did it, but Lindsey Duncan created a distinct voice for each character that perfectly suited him or her. She made a wonderful novel perfect!
YES! Lindsay Duncan is engaging and Jane Austen is inspired!
My favorite character was Jane, because her story was one that any teenage girl has/ will go through in her life.
Mr. Darcy's letter to Elizabeth was very moving to me because it exposed his pride and her prejudice!
When you are reviewing a book as well known as Pride and Prejudice, you aren't reviewing the story so much as the voice actresses' performance. I listened to the opening samples of just about every edition of Pride and Prejudice Audible had in stock before choosing this one, and I'm glad I took my time deciding.
Some interpretations of P&P I looked at were very overwrought, while in others the voice actresses sounded like they were about to fall asleep. Lindsay Duncan hits a perfect middle ground, delivering a nicely paced and engaging performance that is neither too sedate nor annoyingly energetic. She is a pleasure to listen to, and I look forward to returning to this audiobook again in the future.
Very well done.
Even if you think you don't like romances, I encourage you to try Pride and Prejudice. It's more than a love story—it's a very, very funny book and witty portrait of the social mores (and foibles) of its time. Well worth it for anyone that just likes a good story.
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.