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I LOVE this novel! Probably my favorite of all times. HOWEVER.... sadly, Emilia Fox's reading of it is completely unlistenable. I find this surprising, as I loved her screen performances in the BBC adaptations of Pride and Prejudice (in which she played Georgiana Darcy) and Rebecca (where she reprised her mother's role as Mrs. Dewinter). Her performance in this audio is strained, over-acted, and goes from dreary to dreadful within seconds as she shifts from one character to another. The simple narrative parts are dull, and actually tend to make me zone out entirely, or drift to sleep if I'm in bed. Her reading of the character dialogue leaves me disliking every character in the novel. And as this is my favorite novel, that's quite a spectacular feat.
I got through the first 2.5 hours of listening to this, and finally gave it up as a bad job. I LOVE the version read by Nadia May (have listened to that version over and over), and wanted a new version to listen to, so bought this one, as Emilia Fox's name was one I knew from her acting. I have now bought the Irene Sutcliffe version, and am enjoying that one instead.
I have listened to several audiobooks of Pride and Prejudice, and this is the best narrative I have heard. Ms. Fox (Georgiana in the 1995 production) brings each character to life. Her Mrs. Bennett is on spot. You will not be disappointed.
Wonderful, Romantic and Witty
What I say to my children and grands when they cry ( as babies) "Nobody knows how much I suffer" ...the babies words not mine.
Ms Fox interpretation was good I listened to better performances
I made me mad when I was younger, I read this story multiple times. I have also listened to it just as many times. I makes me laugh especially Mrs. Bennet; my favorite character.
If you ever want to listen to a great story this is the book!!!! You will get lost in the mayhem of the Bennet Family. The young ladies started women"s lib long before it began.
Pride and Prejudice offers the most glorious use of English I'm aware of, and Emilia Fox's reading is on par with the language.
Pride and Prejudice is incomparable, for both the language, and for the massive transformation of the protagonists. It is the standard for Romantic Literature.
Excellent tone, emotional connection, and character rendering.
If possible, sure!
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.
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.
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
"Best narrator ever!"
Emilia Fox is once again amazing. She brings every character to live so as one can picture them exactly as Austen describes them. If you love Austen this is definatley the audio version for you as she brings an energy into it which makes even me, a not so avid fan, warm to the story. Once you listen to this listen to other books which Emilia Fox reads in particular the Agatha Christie books. Again she gives each character a life of their own and she is by far one of the best if not the best narrator in the world.
"Brought to Life"
As the previous reviewer states, the narrator brings this story to life. Through her skill, you are transported into world Jane Austin has created.
I came to this story more out of curiosity through its fame as a literary work but was thoroughly impressed by both the quality of the presentation and the story itself. Highly recommended!
"Excellent rendition of a well known classic"
It's often a disappointment when the reading of a well loved story doesn't meet expectations. This one did - Emilia Fox's reading was excellent with good characterisation. Although the unabridged version is lengthy - it was all highly enjoyable.
This is, for me, the definitive performance of Pride and Prejudice. What an actress Emilia Fox proves herself to be in her characterisation of the beloved and not so beloved characters within this book.
I make no comment on the book itself as, if you have seen the BBC's Classic rendition then you can make up your own mind as to whether this is for you, for they follow the story faithfully throughout.
"Two of my favourite things, together at last."
Emilia Fox rocks! Well, not really. But she does do an absolutely stellar job of reading P&P with wonderful expression. I suppose it's not surprising, given her background and links to the much-loved BBC production of this much-loved novel. Ms Fox is also one of the few actresses who reads unabridged versions of the classics, which is also a delight. I could listen to her voice for hours, and luckily, now that is exactly what I can do.
"Fox brings Austin to life"
Pride & Prejudice is one of those books I felt I ought to read but just haven't gotten around to it. When I saw there was a version narrated by Emilia Fox I decided this was the way to go, having previously enjoyed her narration of different Audible books. I am so glad I did as she brought the characters to life and has secured this book a place on my shelves (and iPhone).
My favourite book of all time, I've read it more times than I can remember, with excellent narration by Emilia Fox.
"A joy to read"
I don't feel at all qualified to review a book which has so long been the subject of literary and academic appraisals, so I will say only how much I enjoyed the reading of it. If I could give this six stars I would without hesitation. The story gave real insight into life amongst the landed gentry at this time, the pace was perfect, the plot complex enough to keep the reader intrigued and yet tight enough that not a single line was wasted on superfluous characters or unnecessary diversions. The characters are without exception beautifully and richly developed. The language is an absolute joy to read and reminds me how poor our everyday language is now by comparison. This was simply a joy to read from cover to cover.
"A classic for a reason"
By far my most listened to audiobook but also one of my most re-read books full stop.
Mr Bennett had always been my favourite character due to his sense of humour and the way that he is described - it is possible that he reminds me a little of many that I know.
She bought a nice sense of brutishness to the story as would be expected and what very few accents she uses are well done and appropriate. A nice steady pace and thoughtfully executed.
"Pride and prejudice"
Read beautifully by Emilia Fox. Always one of my favourite books.
Inevitably, Elizabeth Bennett, closely followed by Mr Collins. Emilia Fox brought out his 'cringiness' superbly.
Her reading was so good that it brought out hidden depths.
I wanted to, but it actually took three or four listening episodes. Time so well spent.
Just loved this rendition.
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