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This wonderful classic is well read by this narrator who keeps the pace perfect and the characters distinctive. I have listened to this version several times and get involved each time. It's a pleasure to have a narrator embrace the writing style of Austen and read it so it comes to life. There is an art to reading Austen aloud almost as much as the art to reading Shakespeare aloud. This was the best narrator for this classic, in my opinion.
This audiobook brings home the fun of reading a Jane Austin book but in an audio format. The narrator, Kate Reading, does the voices very convincingly. I usually listen before I go to bed at night or when out walking, but I found myself just sitting and listening to this one. I would definitely download other books read by Kate Reading.
Pride and Prejudice is one of my absolute favorite books, and this performance by Kate Reading is the best audiobook of P&P I've ever heard. Ms. Reading is clear, entertaining, and grasps the sly wit of Jane Austen admirably. Austen's work was designed in part to be read aloud, and though I've read the book countless times, listening was a whole new experience; I found myself laughing at passages I had merely skimmed over in the past. I highly recommend this book (and all Austen's work), both in paper and audio format.
As another reviewer wrote, there are hundreds of reviews of Pride and Prejudice about. It is a classic of English literature. But it is also an extremely humorous book! From the exasperation of the daughters towards their father to the awkward unexpected meetings, there is humor throughout the book. And the reader has just the right touch to bring that humor out. The timing and the tone is perfect and adds greatly to the words.
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I would never discourage anyone from experiencing "Pride and Prejudice", but this is not my favorite available narration of the book. The book is unequaled in pure enjoyment and excellent writing, but I prefer the version presented by Irene Sutcliffe. She has a lighter voice that is more appropriate to the tone of Jane Austen.
By all means, get this book. But sample the other narrator first.
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
In my opinion, Pride and Prejudice is the best book ever written by anyone at any time, and the Pride and Prejudice movie (with Colin Firth) is the best movie ever made. The Kate Reading audible version of Pride and Prejudice is the only version I have heard, but I rank this audible book at the very top of all that I have heard. I first read Pride and Prejudice in college (in an English novels class) and fell in love with Jane Austen's writing. I have read and re-read every book she has ever written, but this one is still my favorite. It is the greatest love story every told. I believe Elizabeth Bennett is the most intersting and likable character ever created - Mr. Darcy is the most compelling and romantic character ever created. Lady Bennett is an extremely unlikable and embarrassing character (but she is a well drawn by the author). My teenage grandson laughs about Mr. Collins (a truly riduculous person) and his Lady Katherine (what a woman!). There are many other characters of different types who come alive in this book and whom you will always remember.
The wriing is so exquisite - the sentences so very well crafted - the characters so believable and recognizable - the story so well and artfully told - that since I first read Pride and Prejudice it has been the yard stick by which I have judged all books. Jane Austen has a wonderful sense of humor, a romantic heart and an extrordinary talent for writing - she is at her best in Pride and Prejudice. This audible version does justice to the story and Austen's writing. Ther reader does not try to upstage Austen. Very very well done.
The content of Pride and Prejudice is exceptional for it's time. History comes alive. The reader was marvelous in expression and in identifying characters. It was a joy to listen to.
Pride and Prejudice is an all time favorite book, with its many wonderful characters and romantic story. Kate Reading is outstanding as the narrator, and does a particularly brilliant portryal of Mrs. Bennet, the heroine's hilarious mother.
Pride and Prejudice remains one of my favorite books. If you like the story, or this genre, you will very likely enjoy this. Ms. Reading has a lovely voice, and with subtle changes, she is able to represent the different characters. I've listened to this several times on long, tedious and sometimes turbulent flights. This is one of my most favorite flight companions.
"Disappointed with this classic Austen work"
I don't want to slate this version too much, but I must be honest in its appraisal.
I should have been less hasty in my choice of narrator. Kate Reading hasn't made a complete hash of the story telling by any means, but her style of reading and character interpretation just didn't meet my listening needs. I like to get lost in a story, especially one that I've read more than a dozen times in hard copy, but it just didn't work for me. I found myself becoming irritated and could only listen to it in short bursts. Of course different styles suit different listeners, this may suit another member but not my best choice so far. Sorry.
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