Samantha Spiro, David Troughton, and Amanda Root are among the cast of this new BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Jane Austen’s famous novel.
Mrs Bennet is determined to see her five daughters married off and secure a future for them all.
When the wealthy Mr Bingley arrives in the neighbourhood, Mrs Bennet wastes no time in making his acquaintance. His friend Mr Darcy, however, discourages Mr Bingley from marrying Jane Bennet, and also appears to snub her sister Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth hears that Mr Darcy himself is of poor character, her innate prejudice of him is merely reinforced, and she roundly refuses his proposal of marriage. But then, when she discovers that she was misinformed, Elizabeth wonders if she can ever hope to see Mr Darcy again.…
Published over 200 years ago, Pride and Prejudice remains one of the British nation’s favourite novels. Among the starring cast in this radio production are Pippa Nixon as Elizabeth and Jamie Parker as Mr Darcy.
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This is a delightful adaptation of Pride and Prejudice with an excellent cast, apart from L. Wilson whose Jane Bennet is utterly insipid and so sugary sweet that it makes your teeth ache listening to her.
The only major drawback is that BBC was surprisingly sparing with the episodes: this version of P&P only consists of 3. As a consequence we are raced through all important events with a crash-boom-bang. There is hardly 5 minutes for the 1st marriage proposal, for Darcy's letter or Elizabeth's introspection of herself. If there were 4 episodes, there wouldn' t be such a rush to finish the story.
All in all, it is worth listening to.
I heard this as a BBC rerun and loved it, especially Jamie Parker's Darcy (I'd fallen for him already in Far from the Madding Crowds). The rest of the cast is good; Mrs. Bennett appropriately obnoxious, Elizabeth appropriately dry, etc. They are not the best characterizations but that's what reading the actual book yourself is for.
I enjoyed the narrator because I thought she did well capturing Austen's tone of gentle derision, especially when it came to describing the actions of the Bennet household.
This is an abridged version despite what the title says but they get most of the story in.
I'm quite fond of P&P in nearly any format, and as I said already I love Parker's voice, but I have listened to this three or four times actively and will often put it on to fall asleep to and it still hasn't lost its charm. If you're an Austen fan or trust the BBC, I'd say you'll enjoy this.
As a side note, I much prefer this to Rosamund Pike's reading, and the Mansfield Park from the same BBC series is lovely (and features both Cumberbatch and Tennant).
I love P&P and this is a good shortened version. Mrs. Bennet's voice was akin to the sound of nails on a chalkboard causing me to cringe at every one of her lines.
This is a multi-narrator performance, which is fun, especially in English manners works. But it's sadly abridged, I guess to eliminate the narration and stick to the dialogue. That means we miss a lot of Austen's wonderful dry humor, and this performance is the poorer for it. It's not bad, just not as good as it could be.
If I missed something, I could go back a listen again.
When Elizabeth realizes that Darcy isn't the person she thought him to be. Which is made real when her sister, Lydia, lets slip that Darcy had been at the wedding of herself and Whickham. And later when Eliza gets the truth that Darcy paid for all of Whickham's debts and forced the marriage between them. All because he loves Elizabeth.
I have always enjoyed the character of Elizabeth's Father. I love his feelings about his silly wife and his younger sillier daughters. However, he realizes how much more he should have monitored them, after Lydia had run off with Wickham.
When Elizabeth was made aware that Darcy had come between her sister, Jane, and Bingley. It saddened her as she knew how much Jane loved him.
I have already listened to it twice. Thanks
They did a wonderful job on this story! Five stars all the way! The voices were all excellent. Loved it! Have listened to it twice already and will again :).
The actors performed well, the sounds were good. I've listened to this several times already.
"The best novel ever!"
The bestest novel ever. Oh how I love Mr.Darcy. He is the best man in the entire universe of fiction. And Miss. Elizabeth, she is the most intelligent and charming female character ever. I LOVE THIS NOVEL FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. And this narration was marvelously performed. I LOVED IT. 💖💘💟💞
"can't hear it too much"
A classic version of this well loved story..it is the best stress reliever. Never fails!
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