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.
Loved Lindsay Duncan's narration of one of my favorite novels.... it's important the narrator doesn't get in the way of the story and this version does that. Very happy with it - will listen again and again.
As a fan of classic literature, this was a must for my audible collection. Ms Duncan does a lively job and adds much to the experiance.