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Kimberly

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  • Pride and Prejudice (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Kate Burton, Miriam Margolyes, Kevin Theis, and others
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Jane Austen's classic romantic comedy is the sparkling tale of the Bennets, a family blessed with five daughters and a mother desperate to marry them off. The tempestuous pairing of the witty, independent Elizabeth and her arrogant but honorable suitor Mr. Darcy sets the standard for all great couples of stage and screen. Although many have tried, few literary romances have matched the wit and gentile satire of Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

    Joseph R says: "A Cliff's Notes P & P"
    "I couldn''t bear listening to the whole thing."
    Overall

    First let me say that I am a huge Austen fan; to me the characters in her books are like good friends I look forward to revisiting at any opportunity. I am not however, an Austen purist, and while I certainly have my favorites, I have found something to like in nearly every Austen adaptation I have watched or listened to. Thus I was pleased to find this dramatization, by the respected L.A. Theatre Company, and couldn't wait to listen to it.

    I couldn't have been more disappointed. Indeed I couldn't even get through the whole thing. With few exceptions, the acting was simply terrible, like what you might expect from say a bad highschool production, worst of all being the wooden performance of the actress who plays Elizabeth. Anytime she has more than a couple words to say, she sounds as if she is reading her lines... and for the first time, with stress in odd places.

    The whole production feels very rushed too, and overly comic. Yes, Pride and Prejudice certainly is comedic, but it is also dramatic and sentimental. Not this version, though.

    In short: not tolerable. Don't think it handsome enough to tempt you.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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