The provincial Bennet family, home to five unmarried daughters, is turned upside down when a wealthy bachelor takes up a house nearby. Mr. Bingley enhances his instant popularity by hosting a ball and taking an interest in the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane. Meanwhile, Mr. Darcy, Bingley’s even wealthier friend, makes himself equally unpopular by his aloof disdain of country manners. Yet he is drawn, in spite of himself, to the spirited and intelligent Elizabeth Bennet, who proves to be his match in both wit and pride. Their sparkling repartee is a splendid performance of civilized sparring infused with unacknowledged romantic tension.
Pride and Prejudice delightfully captures the affectations and rivalries of class-conscious English families in an age when status and security for women hung entirely on matrimonial ambitions. Austen’s characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England. It is also the source of some of the most memorable characters ever written, from the fatuous Mr. Collins, whose proposal to Elizabeth is one of the finest comic passages in English literature, to the beloved heroine Elizabeth, whom the author herself deemed “as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print.”
Public Domain (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“There is a truth of painting in her writings which always delights me.” (Sir Walter Scott)
“The greatest novel ever written.” (Malcolm Muggeridge)
“Major and minor characters are superbly drawn, the plot is beautifully symmetrical, and the dazzling perfection of style shows Austen at her best.” (Masterpieces of World Literature)
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Carolyn Seymour reads this in such a fashion as to echo the A&E miniseries, which I really like. I listened to a number of narrators for Pride & Prejudice on Audible, and Ms. Seymour is the best of the bunch. This book needs to be read with inflection and determination so that the lively and the ridiculous and the obstreperous all have their presence felt. The only thing I didn't like as much was that she made Mrs. Bennett as annoying as the one in the miniseries, so sometimes it's hard to listen to such an awful woman.
If you like the A&E miniseries with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, you'll really like this version. The spirit of the characters really comes through with this narrator.
She does a great job narrating. I LOVE the min-series with Colin Firth and Jennifer Erie and Carolyn does a great job of bringing the characters to life. She does an excellent Mrs. Bennet.
I can listen to this over and over again and usually fall asleep to it.
I love to read! I love reading even more now with my Audible account. I probably read two to three books a month. And, yes, I have a life!
I love the movie, and I love the book even more. When I want to read something romantic and happy, this is my go to story!
I have watched this movie several times and have always love the story. I was in a historical mood when I saw that this and purchased it without a thought, knowing I would love it. After 23 minutes of listening to this awful narrator I went back to Audible and to the other Pride and Prejudice books and found a narrator that I enjoyed and purchased this book for a second time. This will teach me not to purchase a book without listening to the narrator sample first. It was like listing to someone run their nails up and down a chalkboard that had voice. Makes me cringe even now to think about it.
The story is great, but what made it better was the great narration of Carolyn Seymour. She really brought the characters to life, especially Mrs. Bennet.
Classic and addictive. You won't listen once, you'll want to put this on repeat.
Delightful writing and characters make this story a joy to re-read.
No, but I would based on this performance.
Every other audiobook edition of this book is dreadful, either shrill or absolutely flat. This one managed to give each character their own inflection without any character being intolerable or boring, even the "dreaded" Mrs. Bennet.
The best of Jane Austen in my opinion. I love her sarcastic humor. The story deals with real issues. Have you ever been embarrassed by a close relative? Have you "settled" because it's practical? Have you hoped beyond what seemed probable? Have you suffered for being judgmental or acting superior to others? It's all here! Makes you examine your own motives and actions. A well told story that ends like real life-happy for some and not so well for others. It shows the long term connection between choice and consequence. A classic tale-very well read.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
PROBABLY NOT. THE PLOT WAS OVERDONE.
I LIKED THE END OF THE BOOK, WHICH SAVED IT.
YES THE NARATION WAS GOOD.
IT IS A MOVIE. I SAW IT. MAYBE THAT IS THE PROBLEM MAYBE I NEEDED TO READ THE BOOK FIRST. I ENJOYED THE MOVIE IMMENSELY.
RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE CHARACTERS SEEMED TOO VAGUE, I DID NOT FEEL I KNEW ANY OF THEM EXCEPT DOREY.
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