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Pride and Prejudice | [Jane Austen]

Pride and Prejudice

Austen’s classic tale of love and values in the class-conscious England of the late 18th century is her most beloved. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet, one of five sisters, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in landed-gentry society. One of the most popular novels of all time. Has been adapted to countless variations for the screen.
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Austen’s classic tale of love and values in the class-conscious England of the late 18th century is her most beloved. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet, one of five sisters, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in landed-gentry society. One of the most popular novels of all time. Has been adapted to countless variations for the screen.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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    T. Vega 10-29-12
    T. Vega 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Victoria McGee pulls off the tone of the story"
    Would you listen to Pride and Prejudice again? Why?

    I would listen to this story again because it really captured the era. The class distinctions were interesting and the story is an historical snapshot of a time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pride and Prejudice?

    I have read the book a few times before, but I thought the narrator really captured the biting commentary of the characters. The words seem so innocent, but they have a lot of power, and at times cattiness, behind them. I am a fan of the compliment delivered with the slap across the face and this story has quite a bit of that.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed all the way through the conversation between Lady Catherine and Elizabeth. It was like watching a tennis game where each tries to get one over on the other and Lizzy came out on top.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that was a little off-putting were the huge silent gaps between chapters. I checked my iPod quite a few times to make sure that it hadn't stopped playing (my iPod does that sometimes for no reason). Once I got used to them though I just let it go.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Alabama 03-09-13
    Rose Alabama 03-09-13 Member Since 2011

    Audible books keep me from having full blown conversations with my dogs during the day!

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    "An amazing story with a horrible reader"

    First, if you are going to read/perform one of the world's greatest books, you should at least sound interested. In addition, telling this story with an American accent just killed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 01-16-13
    Lisa 01-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story but I was disappointed with the reader"

    Love the book and have read it several times. The reader of this version is rather dry and at times you lose you place in the story because all of the characters sound the same.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roni G-Joyner 10-01-14

    I crave adventure! I enjoy a good laugh. And I occasionally indulge in a little romance. Books are air.

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    "Classic story, robot narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book only because the narrator will make you fall asleep shortly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself is timeless and worth a read every now and then.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She sounds kind of like a robot. The dialogue is a little lively, but when she gets into the narration itself her voice is just dry.


    Do you think Pride and Prejudice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend looking into some other narrators for this book if you're very interested in listening to the audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sherry Winder, GA, United States 05-23-13
    sherry Winder, GA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Undeniably one of the best books ever written!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely! So wonderfully written and so entertaining. Literature at its best! Good clean reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth Bennett. Her character runs the gamut of human emotions


    What does Victoria Mcgee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator brought life to the words!


    Any additional comments?

    I just wish there were more writers like Jane Austin!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Kitto Townsville 04-23-13
    Michael Kitto Townsville 04-23-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Love Story or a Novel of cynical wit?"

    Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is often considered one of the greatest novels of all time; the story of proud William Darcy and the prejudices of Elizabeth Bennett. From Lizzie’s perspective their spirited courtship plays out on the page; in this witty comedy of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in early 19th century society.

    Most of you would already know this story; you’ve probably seen an adaptation or two in your time. For me, I was never interested in reading this book, I knew what it was about but I never knew what to expect. Eventually I had to read this book, in part for university and because it’s a classic that will always remain on the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die List. This is the novel that just will not die; 200 years later since this was published the book still sits very often in the top ten in a lot of bookstores and other literary lists. It’s been adapted multiple times as well as been retold many times (highlights include Lost in Austen & The Lizzie Bennett Diaries). The novel has also inspired a range of other books including books by Georgette Heyer, Agatha Christie and Helen Fielding.

    First of all I want to look at Jane Austen’s attempt to play with the traditional quest format to offer us this rather clever novel. Let’s look at the novel from a traditional storytelling point of view. The potential princes in this novel; Darcy was considered clever and cold, Mr Wickham was too hot, then there was Mr Collins, the one that could save the ‘castle’ who should be just right, but he was not warm but tepid and boring. The pattern is reshaped and slowly the princess’ heart has been won, even if she doesn’t know it straight away. Then Austen needs to make the suitor eligible to win over the heroine; so she sends him on a quest to win Lizzie’s heart. Then like all quest stories, the story ends abruptly, with a marriage and a happy ending. This ancient pattern only provided the basic story structure for Jane Austen to weave her story into.

    The interesting thing about this novel is the fact that this book has no physical action in the entire book; the novel rather concerns itself with the complexity of courtship and marriage in the landowning classes in provincial England. Austen writes about the people she knows, doing the activities we would expect them to do. Yet she manages to write it with such wit and skill that the novel refreshing and remained so popular.

    Elizabeth Bennett is clearly Austen’s favourite in the book; the character is stronger and smarter than even the men in the book. Yet she goes to great lengths to make sure that this is believable. While she is clever, Lizzie still has romance/the sublime on her mind; her references to the Lake Distracts could be considered evidence of this. I feel like Jane Austen is trying to show that a woman like Lizzie should be deserving of the family home more than someone like Mr Collins. The Bennett’s are not middle class in this novel; Mr Bennett doesn’t work, he is a man of leisure, landowners but without a son their property will be inherited by Mr Collins. So we have this impending doom (according to Mrs Bennett) with only one hope of saving the family, marriage. When Lizzie Bennett rejects Mr Collins and eventually marries Darcy, Austen tries to tell us that character matters more than rank when it comes to romance, but then there is still a whole lot to do with rank and class that remains within the novel.

    At the start of the novel Lizzie and Darcy hate each other but by the end they are the perfect couple. So what is Austen trying to tell us with this change in momentum? To do this let’s look at the other relationships; First off there is some evidence that Mr and Mrs Bennett got married at a very young age, lust had brought the two together and there might have been a pregnancy. Now that the lust has cooled they find they have nothing in common. Mr Collins and Charlotte are almost the opposite; there is no passion in their marriage, it was more of a business arrangement, no kids and unhappy in their marriage. Mr Bingley and Jane are just smitten with each other; there is no real evidence that there is anything more than just an infatuation. So when it comes to Lizzie and Darcy, they are written as the opposite, they are not smitten, they have to make their way there. They develop a healthy respect and admiration as well as love. All the details are focused on Lizzie and Darcy; all the other characters are rather underdeveloped, they feel more like caricatures, yet we still need to look at the other couples to see what Austen was trying to achieve.

    Now I want to look more at the writing and style rather than character and plot. Pride and Prejudice started off as an epistolary novel, it has been said that this was originally written as a series of letters; this is why there is a huge lack of character description. This is also a novel of wit so let’s focus more on how Jane Austen achieves that.

    “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

    Looking at the very first line we get a sense of Austen’s ironical attacks; Bingley and Darcy both have women lined up but both don’t seem too keen to marry. Single men with large fortunes have the luxury of doing what they want. It is only Mrs Bennett that is trying to convince the reader that the opening line is indeed true. Just in the first few lines we can see the subtlety of Austen’s language. This book is full of other slight digs at society and it took me a second read through to really see them, but they are there and I suspect that is why this book continues to remain popular; no matter how many times you read this book there is still something to discover.

    Jane Austen likes to dig at the concepts at Class and Courtship, but more so towards love and marriage. It is interesting to see that many people read this book at face value and just gloss over any attempt at irony in this book. This book is riddled with discursive and dramatic irony but to Jane Austen’s credit she was able to do it in such a subtle way that it can be easily overlooked or missed. For a cynical person like me, it was this irony that I respect the most. I love that you can read this book as a great romance or as an ironic look at love and marriage. While the irony plays out in the book, Jane Austen’s fundamental optimism makes sure no damage was done and the outcome is a happy one.

    I expected Pride and Prejudice to be a romance, exploring the courtship of Lizzie and Darcy, which it is, but I was so pleased that there was so much more in this novel to explore. I read this novel and then went back and reread this novel right away; this was mainly because I needed to for Uni but I found this deliciously cynical voice come through the second time that changed my opinion of this book. I’m not sure if Jane Austen’s novels are always so ironic but if they are, she has found herself a new fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jayne Centerville, IN, United States 03-26-13
    Jayne Centerville, IN, United States 03-26-13
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    "Jane Austen is an amazing author."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Everyone who blew off the classics should reconsider by
    reading this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author write so clearly with an interesting and delightful
    vocabulary.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    albert PEARLAND, TEXAS, United States 02-12-13
    albert PEARLAND, TEXAS, United States 02-12-13
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    "Pride and Prejudice is great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have recommened this audiobook to several classmates that are in my Film Literature class.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pride and Prejudice?

    When Elizabeth realized that Mr. Darcy was indeed an honarable and respectable man that is in love with her and that she had been completely wrong about the type of person that he actually is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The above mentioned scene


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love is what you mold it into


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Omaha, NE, United States 01-30-13
    Helen Omaha, NE, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Such and easy listen!"
    Would you listen to Pride and Prejudice again? Why?

    I love the story, have watched 3 different movie versions several times, and will listen again! Jane Austen is the greatest, and Victoria Mcgee does not disappoint!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pride and the prejudice being resolved with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them!


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

    Mr. Darcy's redemption plan for Whitcom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Campbell Orlando, FL United States 01-05-13
    D. Campbell Orlando, FL United States 01-05-13

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    "I fell in love with this book"
    What did you love best about Pride and Prejudice?

    I enjoyed the story, the strength of Elizabeth and Darcy. I found it easy to like the characters.


    Which character – as performed by Victoria Mcgee – was your favorite?

    I disliked the way Victoria Mcgee read the book. I didn't like the voice she gave so many of hte characters. I had a hard time getting past some of them. But I enjoyed her rendering of Elizabeth, Jane, and Darcy.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like "reading" the classics like this It is so much easier to pay attention, the more difficult language becomes easier to understand and I get through the books so quickly listening rather than reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "always a good book, lovely language,"
    Would you listen to Pride and Prejudice again? Why?

    yes, because I need more than 1 listen to catch all the angles of the book


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Victoria Mcgee?

    yes


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