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.”
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“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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
How her father reacts to her refusing to marry the cousin.
When Darcy asks her to marry him against his better judgement.
When the two clear up the misunderstanding...finally.
The reader is exceptional and made the audio experience so much more than it would have otherwise been.
"Surpassed all expectations!"
Great story...well read/written, lovely and enjoyable. definitely can see what all the fuss is about 😊
"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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