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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
I won't sport with anyone's intelligence by critiquing Jane Austen but Emilia Fox's delivery is outstanding.
"Excellent story and well read"
Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite classics but Emilia Fox's reading is excellent. At no time did her delivery flag and her changes of voices were just right. Well done for bringing an excellent classic and an excellent reader together and entertaining the listener.
I very much enjoyed this reading of Pride and Prejudice for two reasons. Firstly, this is one of my favourite books and one to which I return time and time again. Secondly the reader, Emilia Fox, is one of my favourite actresses. So, a good combination...
Any of Jane Austen's books are worthy of comparison.
Emilia Fox brings a warmth and humour to the story which only enhance the book's natural strengths.
I prefer to savour the book by listening over several sittings.
As this was my first audiobook I am now eager to listen to other favourite English classics in the same manner. Next up is The Barchester Chronicles by Anthony Trollope....
"Sometimes it's good to revisit the entire book"
Andrew Davis's wonderful TV adaptation with such a memorable and brilliant cast took such a hold on us that sometimes you think it's the same as re-reading the whole book. Of course, it's not.
At first I found it a bit sticky to get into, even the gifted Emilia Fox not quite bringing it to life for me, but that didn't last long. As the book warmed up, so did her narration. By the time we'd reached halfway I couldn't wait to get out of the office at night and get into the car to continue listening.
I was ashamed to realise how much fine detail I'd forgotten from the book, perhaps blinded by Colin Firth's dazzling white shirt. Well worth revisiting, thoroughly recommended.
"History brought to life."
The narration by Emilia Fox is outstanding, it was difficult to stop listening. I will have to listen many times.
"My go to Audio Book"
Perfect narrator for my favourite novel. Jane Austen's P&P is just wonderfully rich in wit, observation and Characters. A marvellous classic
"It is a truth universally acknowledged..."
...that Pride and Prejudice is one of the greatest books ever written in the English language.
It is unlikely that anyone reading this review doesn't know the basic storyline of P&P already - it has been adapted in so many forms at so many times that you are bound to have seen at least one version of the satirical tale of a pair of would be lovers kept apart through, of course, abundant pride and misplaced prejudice. There can't be many women who haven't wished for a handsome (and very eligible!) Mr Darcy to fall madly in love with them and defy the wishes of their family and social convention to whisk them off their feet. Or is that just me?
However, despite the multitude of film and television versions, there is nothing quite like the original story - full of wit and vivacity (just like its protagonist Elizabeth), never overly wordy, with characters and subjects which, while firmly embedded in their time, feel incredibly modern and relevant.
This version is read by Emilia Fox (who starred as Georgiana Darcy in the BBC adaptation from 1995) who does a marvellous job with it - the characters are delineated without being too over the top (apart from Mrs Bennett who is of course by nature over the top in every way), the narrative rolls along at a quick pace, there are no mistakes or errors in pronunciation.
Overall this was a joy to listen to, I was quite sad when it was over, and I will most definitely be returning to it again and again, just as I do my DVD set of the BBC production.
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.
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