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Pride and Prejudice | [Jane Austen]

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen's most popular novel, originally published in 1813, some 17 years after it was first written, presents the Bennet family of Longbourn. Against the background of gossipy Mrs. Bennet and the detached Mr. Bennet, the quest is on for husbands for the five daughters. The spotlight falls on Elizabeth, second eldest, who is courted by Darcy, though initially she is more concerned with the fate of her other sisters.
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Jane Austen's most popular novel, originally published in 1813, some 17 years after it was first written, presents the Bennet family of Longbourn. Against the background of gossipy Mrs. Bennet and the detached Mr. Bennet, the quest is on for husbands for the five daughters. The spotlight falls on Elizabeth, second eldest, who is courted by Darcy, though initially she is more concerned with the fate of her other sisters.

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    Marilyn Pearse 08-21-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Pride and Prejudice"

    This audio book was wonderful. The voice of the reader was very easy to listen to, while still affording the ability to distiquish between characters. I listened to it on a flight to and from England and, remarkably, it made the flight enjoyable. I hope you enjoy hearing it as much as I did.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    listener Lafayette, CA 02-06-07
    listener Lafayette, CA 02-06-07

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    "favorite reader"

    Miss Fox gives a wonderful read of this great book. I love the way she does the different voices. Her timing and inflections are wonderful.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Springfield, NH, USA 03-31-06
    Julie Springfield, NH, USA 03-31-06
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    "Ah, Mr. Darcy!"

    There is nothing like listening to your favorite Jane Austen book! Complete with the beautiful accent, it is almost as if she is reading it herself. I hated this to end!! The story was brought to life better than any Hollywood film could have!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Gardnerville, NV, United States 08-25-08
    Eileen Gardnerville, NV, United States 08-25-08

    So many books, so little time!

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    "PURE DELIGHT"

    This book is my all time favorite. The dialog is stunning. The characters have become a part of my inner world, they are so real to me. It takes the ordinary theme of young men and women meeting and falling in love to a level that I simply have never encountered in any other story I've read. It is all done with brilliant and cleverly written dialog. To think that this was written by a young woman of her time is truly amazing, that is was so popular at the time is even more amazing and that it continues to be such a favorite is only well deserved.
    I enjoyed this audio book very much and look forward to Part II. Although I have read this book at least a dozen times over the past four decades, it is always as delightful as it was the first time I read it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Los Angeles, CA, USA 10-31-06
    Caroline Los Angeles, CA, USA 10-31-06
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    "Excellent narration!"

    As a classic, this is an obvious must-read. I read it in school but the audiobook made the story so much more enjoyable due to the characters easy-to-understand accent and voice-impersonations. If you haven't read this in a while, definitely listen to the audio version, you will love it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    theresa lindeman armstrong 10-10-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Worth listening to over and again"

    I have read the book but do so much traveling that I wanted to hear it read and the narrator did a superb job of each character. She kept the intent of the Author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel East Greenbush, NY, United States 10-03-10
    Rachel East Greenbush, NY, United States 10-03-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Unlistenable"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Louisville, KY, USA 08-18-08
    Kim Louisville, KY, USA 08-18-08
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    "What can I say"

    that hasn't already been said. I listen to this book at least once a month. I love Jane Austen and this is my favorite of her works. It is well read and completely engrossing.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Mason, OH, United States 07-02-13
    Katherine Mason, OH, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2010

    I love to read mysteries, histories, biographies, humor, and Jane Austen.

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    "Great reading!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this reading of P&P. At first, it drove me crazy when Ms. Fox would read Mrs. Bennett's lines - she would shriek and wail in a very obnoxious manner. Then I realized this is probably exactly how Mrs. Bennett would have spoken!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jerrilynn Lincoln, NE, United States 02-05-07
    Jerrilynn Lincoln, NE, United States 02-05-07 Member Since 2005
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    "First Loves Never Die"

    You ever notice how your first loves stay with you forever? It's true. Love for things as well sa people, you just... always remember. Well, that's my feeling about Pride and Prejudice. It was one of my first loves.
    Jane Austin is an engaging writer. The characters draw you in, and you know who they are because they are people in your life somehow.
    The story gets into you somehow and it breaths it's own passion.

    I'm not sure what else I can say without giving away the plot, except that I highly recommend this book to anyone with a romantic soul.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Hannah
    Horsham, United Kingdom
    11/25/06
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    "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.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Crowborough, East Sussex, United Kingdom
    5/23/07
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    "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!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    Malmesbury, United Kingdom
    4/6/11
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Dumfries, United Kingdom
    1/29/11
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    "Pride and Prejudice - Emilia Fox"

    This is an excellent rendition of Jane Austen's classic. Based on this Emilia Fox must be set to equal Martin Jarvis as the best reader of audiobooks in her sphere and this version will become the standard by which all other versions are judged. Wonderful reading and character portrayal makes this a true masterpiece.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • K. Jones
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    7/11/12
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    "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).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dee
    Chesham, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    Anstey, United Kingdom
    7/29/12
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    "Just wonderful."

    My favourite book of all time, I've read it more times than I can remember, with excellent narration by Emilia Fox.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joe
    Kilkenny, Ireland
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leanne
    wolverhampton, United Kingdom
    7/31/13
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    "A classic for a reason"
    Where does Pride and Prejudice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far my most listened to audiobook but also one of my most re-read books full stop.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    POTTON SANDY, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Pride and prejudice"
    What made the experience of listening to Pride and Prejudice the most enjoyable?

    Read beautifully by Emilia Fox. Always one of my favourite books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Inevitably, Elizabeth Bennett, closely followed by Mr Collins. Emilia Fox brought out his 'cringiness' superbly.


    What does Emilia Fox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Her reading was so good that it brought out hidden depths.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to, but it actually took three or four listening episodes. Time so well spent.


    Any additional comments?

    Just loved this rendition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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