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Pride and Prejudice | [Jane Austen]

Pride and Prejudice

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.
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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.

What the Critics Say

“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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    Jazmin 10-10-12
    Jazmin 10-10-12 Member Since 2014

    Librarian, knitter, bibliophile.

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    "Just like the A&E miniseries"
    What about Carolyn Seymour’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Wood 01-08-15
    Nicole Wood 01-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Listened to it at least 20 times."

    Perfect, I love this book. I have listened to it repeatedly. The performance by the narrator is very well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jaxxy 08-25-14
    Jaxxy 08-25-14
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    "Love this Version"
    What does Carolyn Seymour bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I can listen to this over and over again and usually fall asleep to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Antonette 12-04-12
    Antonette 12-04-12 Member Since 2014

    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!

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    "My all time favorite book"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Jacksonville, NC, United States 02-06-11
    Jeanette Jacksonville, NC, United States 02-06-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator ruined this wonderful 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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen Mims 02-24-15
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    "How could one not enjoy this classic!"

    Wonderful classic book! The language is a refreshing delight in an age where the beautifully crafted English language is lacking in appreciation!

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    Meredith 02-13-15
    Meredith 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love it!"

    This reading is great! I've listened to it many times and the more I hear it the more I like it.

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    C. Hettichdelcastillo Mill Valley, CA 01-24-15
    C. Hettichdelcastillo Mill Valley, CA 01-24-15 Member Since 2014

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    "I love this book"

    I've read Pride and Prejudice many times. But the treatment of this audible book, with this narration, exceeds all previous enjoyment. The narrator's ability to make each of the characters individuals, is truly an excellent accomplishment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yasmin 01-17-15
    Yasmin 01-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Trip to Netherfield"

    I'm busy most of the day... I am either driving, working or working out... I've been meaning to read this book for quite a while but never had the time. Purchasing this audiobook is the best thing I've ever done and quite an amazing discovery. I was transported back to the 1800s and picture of the whole Bennett family. Marry on the pianoforte, Kitty chasing after Lydia, Lydia acting a fool, Jane gracefully walking in a path made for her, and Elizabeth... Lizzie, gazing into Mr. Darcy's eyes... It was read beautifully. Thank you...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy landin 01-10-15
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    "This audiobook version is wonderful."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who likes this kind of period fiction will love Pride and Prejudice. Such a lovely story set in a time that is quite romantic (in fiction anyway) when men were men and women were women and the aristocracy was mostly ridiculous. I gave it five stars because I'm judging it against other fiction in this catagory, not as it might compare to Victor Hugo for example, so if romantic, period fiction is not your cup of tea, then this book isn't for you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intelligence, independence and spunk of the main character and the love story in general. The mother and younger sister were horrid and so funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Two:
    How her father reacts to her refusing to marry the cousin.
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    When Darcy asks her to marry him against his better judgement.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the two clear up the misunderstanding...finally.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader is exceptional and made the audio experience so much more than it would have otherwise been.

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  • Nellie
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    "Surpassed all expectations!"

    Great story...well read/written, lovely and enjoyable. definitely can see what all the fuss is about 😊

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  • Mr Adam O'Rourke
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    "Such a boring book"

    Well read, but I fail to understand why it is such a popular book!

    Avoid unless a fan
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