Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down. Pride encounters prejudice, upward-mobility confronts social disdain, and quick-wittedness challenges sagacity, as misconceptions and hasty judgements lead to heartache and scandal, but eventually to true understanding, self-knowledge, and love. In this supremely satisfying story, Jane Austen balances comedy with seriousness, and witty observation with profound insight. If Elizabeth Bennet returns again and again to her letter from Mr Darcy, readers of the novel are drawn even more irresistibly by its captivating wisdom.
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Lindsey Duncan, the English actress, does a fine job in this reading. Her Elizabeth is not pert or flirty, but intelligent and witty. You can see why Darcy is so taken with her. Duncan is good with all the women, differentiating their language and intonation. This is the one to listen to!
I just finished listening to "Pride and Prejudice." I've read the book before (as well as seen the various TV and movie productions), so I'm already a fan. That being said, this book was a delight to listen to. The narrator does the characters very well, and I appreciate the fact that she is a true British actor. Be prepared to be totally absorbed -- near the end, I couldn't put it down.
A wonderful story told in a most elegant manner. Also expertly read with a voice simply perfect for the story. I would give it about 7 stars if possible.
A good narrator reading a Jane Austen novel on audible is my pleasurable escape to a slower paced world. I chose my readers carefully!
I listened briefly to all the "Pide and Prejudice" audios on our list, before buying this production narrated by Linsey Duncan. Ms Ducan's reading is superb. Each character is given a unique voice and portrayed with such subtlety, that the novel easily flows in currents of reality. Miss Austen's language is preserved and alive. I am a serious reader of Ms Austen and I am totally satisfied with this audio.
Loved the book (of course), and LOVED the narrator. Ms. Duncan does a fabulous job of giving each character a distinct vocal quality, which is very important in this book particularly, as Jane Austen tends to leave off speaker tags on her dialogue. HIGHLY recommended!
I found the text of the book very hard to maintain interest in but this audiobook production was excellently performed and executed. The actress who reads was delightful and enthusiastic. High quality!
Always a pleasure to immerse yourself in Jane Austin, and even through the years we still connect. Jane Austin's gift for dialogue is remarkable. The narration was pleasant too.
This was actually the first I ever "read" this book, although I had heard a lot about it. I have to say, this is one of the best credits I have spent--the book was great, and is a classic, so I won't spend much time talking about it.
The narrator was very pleasant to listen to, and did a good job of putting the correct emotions into her voice. Indignation, coyness, sarcasm, and humor were all rendered fully. The only issue I had was that once or twice I lost track of who it was speaking. That said, it is unfortunate that Lindsay Duncan has not narrated more books, as I would certainly listen to her again.
"A world away......"
A world away from where I am, who I am and what I am...but this is a totally engaging, funny, interesting, challenging and rewarding world. Lots of well trodden paths, new places to explore, thoughts to think and reflections to bring to the world inside and outside the Vauxhall Vectra where I sat in comfortable isolation and enjoyed this book. Hours and hours of time well spent - no better recommendation whoever you are, whatever you are, whenever you can be there.
"First of many"
This was my first Audible download, and I was interested to see how a familiar story would appeal in this format. Having seen the film versions, I was unsure whether I would find the unabridged audiobook too long. I needn't have worried. Lindsay Duncan reads very well, and I enjoyed the full story immensely. I looked forward to the next instalment each evening, and will now be ordering more Jane Austen for my next download.
No matter how many times I read or listen to this book it is still wonderful. This is a great reading of it - why would you buy an abridged version when you can have it all?
A lovely reading which captures the spirit of the book without the reader getting in the way of the characters.
Unexpectedly excellent story, beautifully read. The narrator manages to give each character a very subtly changed tone without 'putting on a voice'.
I had no previous experience of Jane Austin and will certaily read more of her work.
"No review necessary!"
Lindsay Duncan reads this very well, in a non-intrusive and clear manner.
As for the novel, what needs to be said? This is Jane Austen's best known and arguably most beloved novel and sets the standard for this genre of historic romantic fiction. If this genre is your preference, and you have not read P&P before, enjoy! You are in for a treat.
This was a very enjoyable version of Pride and Prejudice. Well narrated by Lindsay Duncan. Jane Austen's wittiest work.
"Jane Austen Revisited"
'Pride and Prejudice' has long been one of my favourite Austen novels and this reading of it made it even more so. Lyndsay Duncan catches every nuance of Austen's style which made listening to it a joy. I highly recommend this to Austen fans and those who are yet to discover the joys of her writing.
"Adored it all."
One of the best.
It's a wonderful story and the narration was a joy.
I thought she differentiated well between all the sisters but her interpretation/reading of Elizabeth was particularly good.
Irene Sutcliffe's delivery of Jane A's words conjure up the whole cast and leave me for one, spellbound and full of admiration. I aim to enjoy a new listen every month, but still return to P & P as an old friend, and have now lost count of the number of times I immersed myself in the splendid characterisation. The ease at which she single-handedly creates a group of individuals, proud, petulant, pedantic or brash, makes Jane Austen's most rounded and successful tale, sheer delight.
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