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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.
We have known that all of Jane Austen's books are incredible, and Pride and Prejudice is the finest one, but this performance by Emilia Fox is stellar as well. She uses the voices of the actors/ characters in the famed BBC production for many of the characters. While this is inconsistent her overall performance is still outstanding and brought a new enjoyment and dimension to an old favorite. I highly recommend it.
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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
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.
I disagree that Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen's most popular novel. I've always been undeer the belief that "Emma" was not only her best but also most popular.
My suggestion: buy both and take your pick. :-)
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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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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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