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Despite a myriad of obstacles and their own stubborn flaws Darcy and Elizabeth are able to find happiness while learning important life lessons.
Unfortunately, Pride and Prejudice is the standard to which I hold up all other novels, so it would always when in a comparison. The writing, the story, and the characters are timeless and have held up well over two centuries. Although many have attempted to replicate it, none have succeeded.
Fox, who coincidentally portrayed Georgiana Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries, was superb. Her narration and delivery embodied the spirit and tone of this classic novel and brought the story and characters to life.
Although some label this novel as light and fluffy, I find it to be a sparkling and charming look into the human condition, complete with heroes and villains along with lessons we can all learn from. Austen was a shrewd observer of people and wittily portrayed human nature at its best and worst without having to drag her characters through unnecessary pain and hardship to gain her point. The characters and situations were entirely relatable and life like.
Given the three word title, it seems rude to override the author's choice - pride and prejudice really says it best!
Eliza Bennett: she is sassy, intelligent, determined, headstrong and loyal, she can also admit when she's wrong, very necessary
Wonderful classic to be enjoyed several times over
long, listenable, relatable
Emilia Fox does an excellent job of bringing all of Austen's characters to life. I was wrapped up in the story from the first chapter (and there are A LOT, so that's saying something). I've never particularly liked Austen's style, but had to read this book for my comprehensive English exam in college- Fox's recording was the first time I've been able to make it through the whole thing! (Also, surprisingly good to listen to while running!)
Mrs. Bennet's voice can be a little... grating. As it should be! But for the listener's sake, you've been forewarned.
Very good reading! I like the different voices done by Ms. Fox, I have never read Pride and Prejudice because of the difficult English wording but in hearing it read, it was much easier listening.
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Emilia Fox presents this wonderful, timeless novel, with tenderness and affection for the idiosyncrasies of each character. Ahh, Mr Darcy......!
This book is a classic for a reason. It is wonderful and the characters are delicious, so much more verbal than we are today. But the narration, although professional in ability to express excitement or a character's personality, was a bit overdone with Mrs. Bennett It was like a dude in drag trying to imitate a shrill obnoxious woman. It was distracting and irritating. I would not buy books again that she is narrating
Tried twice but the annoying personalities are so very annoying with this narrator. I re-read the Audio review and it says everything I would say about the narration. Should have read it more carefully.
But, like seeing a play performed, you're getting an intrepretation of the characters. Great plot, great theme (pride and pre-judgement), amazing in its historical context but the interpretation of the characters makes them seem simply absurd --I couldn't take them seriously.
And when a book is 13 hours long, someone should consider the percentage of time the listener has to listen to irritatating people in order to finish the book.
While doing my laundry now, I listen intently to the well versed story, Pride and Prejudice. Witty, and thought provoking, it is actually said that reading and studying the classics will enhance the abilities of the mind. The book is also inspiring as the characters discuss the importance of hard work and of accomplishments; I am more inclined to further my own education from thought provoking conversations from the book. An added bonus: my friends are beginning to laugh as they hear the vocabulary of my children beginning to change since they have been listening to the classics on CD. If you are interested in beginning your own study of the classics, aside from the Bible, this is a great one to start on.
I thought the narrator was first rate. This is the book to listen to for first time Jane Austen listeners. Fun Characters and morals. Mr Darcy truly takes getting beat-up verbally from a woman like a man, and like most verbal bashings of that kind he is misjudged by that woman.
The novel is so familiar that hearing it again would be like meeting an old friend. The necessity of making a good marriage and having money is brilliantly portrayed in this classic tale.
Any scene with Lizzie. She is head and shoulders above other characters in intelligence and wit
Perfectly suited to the book. Brings out the pomposity and narrow-mindedness of some of the characters
Marry well or repent at leisure
"Five Star Story..."
Yes! It is simply one of my favourite books.
As well as a happy ending arrived via an interesting route, the characters are wonderful. Most of the protagonists are extreme - very good, very wicked, hysterical, laconic - it's a wonderful commentary on life in Jane Austen's time, but also relevant to today in many ways.
I have to say, I have been a bit disappointed with Emilia Fox's performance. I partly chose this edition because she was in the famous BBC adaption, where every character was bought to life splendidly, but some of her reading seems lacklustre. She does seem to 'warm up' by the end - Mrs Benet assumes some of the hilarious hysteria that Amanda Steadman brought to her - but for much of the book, it is rather pallid reading. However, it is clear, articulate and of course, the words that she reads are superb.
I wouldn't make a film of this, I'd just say "Get the 1995 BBC adaption!"
No one can fault the reading of this classic book, my favourite novel of all time, although Audible has introduced me to many other classic authors.
"Pride and Prejudice"
After seeing and enjoying the films made from Jane Austen books I thought I might enjoy listening to her stories but sorry to say I found it very hard work even taking into account that the stories were written in Victorian times.
I had managed to avoid this book for 40 years and finally gave it a listen when I was stuck for something else to brighten my commute with. The narration is good and never gets staid and stodgy. But my, isn't it a very silly story? I guess I am too old now to see any appeal in it whatsoever.
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