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Pride and Prejudice | [Jane Austen]

Pride and Prejudice

Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th century England.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Pride and Prejudice is an acclaimed work of literature, and one of Austen's most beloved novels. The story examines the manners of 19th-century British society by exposing the fortunes and misfortunes of the Bennett family. The family's main concern is marriage; Mrs. Bennett wishes to secure favorable unions for her five daughters. The story revolves around Elizabeth Bennett, whose pride prevents her from following her heart.

Flo Gibson's voice is enchanting and warm, making the listening experience indisputably pleasant. Gibson's British accent adds character to the performance, rendering it unforgettable.

Publisher's Summary

Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th century England.

Spirited, intelligent Elizabeth Bennett is alternately enchanted and affronted by Mr. Darcy. She is quick to suspend her usual, more rational judgment when it comes to him. She also is quick to believe the worst gossip about this haughty, opinionated man who soon manages to alienate Elizabeth and her family. But is the condescending air that Mr. Darcy wears an indication of his real character? Or has Elizabeth's pride gotten in the way of her chance for true romance?

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    Tad Davis Philadelphia, PA USA 11-23-13
    Tad Davis Philadelphia, PA USA 11-23-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Practically perfect in every way"

    This has always been one of my favorite audiobooks. It was one of the first unabridged audiobooks I ever listened to, on a set of cassette tapes checked out from the local library. After listening to it again, I'm struck by the unique collaboration between Jane Austen and Flo Gibson: both are here at the absolute top of their game.

    Austen is sometimes characterized as superficial, more interested in the economics of marriage than in the "higher feelings." But the economics were important, and in any case it would be hard to think of another character more defined by genuine, deep feeling than Elizabeth Bennet.

    There is darkness here. It's not just in large things, like the frankly described disgrace that follows Lydia's impulsive attachment to Wickham. (Austen would never use the word "sex," at least not in reference to sex; but she leaves no doubt about what Lydia and Wickham are up to, or what it means for the family in the conservative, judgmental world of the novel.) There are small tragedies scattered throughout the novel. Charlotte's marriage to the odious Mr Collins is one: she has to endure constant embarrassment at the hands of her ridiculous husband; but worse, a wall drops down between her and Lizzie, a wall that does, in fact, put a permanent end to their former intimacy.

    The ending may be a fairy tale for Jane and Lizzie, but others are not so lucky. Mary remains at home with her parents, forced to leave aside her own pursuits, pathetic as they are, to listen to her mother's endless babbling. And Lydia and Wickham never learn: they wander from house to house and town to town, always looking for a situation they can afford, always leaving behind debts and diminished reputations.

    Gibson's voice is a bit raspy, not at all the kind of lilting sound you'd expect from the prose itself. And yet one after another, she captures the essence of each of Austen's brilliant characters, from the insufferable Collins, to the eccentric and (later) regretful Mr Bennet, to the generous and impertinent glory of Elizabeth Bennet herself. Over and over again, I found myself laughing at loud, both at Austen's wit and Gibson's perfect articulation of it.

    I've tried to listen to other readings of the book, but for me none of the others comes close.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Trevor BRAY PARK, Australia 01-10-12
    Trevor BRAY PARK, Australia 01-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed this audio ebook. It was really easy to listen along too. I quite often closed my eyes whilst listening and would picture in my mind the story as it rolled along.
    I dont beleive you will go wrong in following Flo Gibson as she is quite good, and the way that she changes tones and pace to suit the characters, really gives this book justice and merit. Well done, and I am certainly going to be looking for more narations by Flo Gibson.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration is great, and gives the whole book feeling.


    Which character – as performed by Flo Gibson – was your favorite?

    Mr Darcy is well done


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

    Yes , i just didnt want to turn my Kindle off, as i really enjoyed it,, Like a good book, once you start it , you just cant put it down,,


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tina NEWBURGH, NY, United States 09-09-13
    Tina NEWBURGH, NY, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Powerful Jane"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I listen to several Pride and Prejudice books. Flo Gibson interpets the characters very well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The visit to Premberly was always the best part of the book.


    Which character – as performed by Flo Gibson – was your favorite?

    Mrs. Bennet, is my favorite character, her nerves is my second favorite.


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

    When Jane realized, Bingley's sisters did not like her or her family.


    Any additional comments?

    I first read Pride and Prejudice when I fourteen. Jane Austen was boring and knew nothing about women's right. After I turned 21, I began to appreciate her novels and her fight for women Lizzie, was her mouthpiece for 19th century. Now at the age of 63, Mrs. Bennet became my favorite because she controls the story; despite her crying and fainting spells, her daughters married. Of all the novels written by Jane, Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion are my favorites.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Tyrone, PA, United States 07-19-08
    Ginger Tyrone, PA, United States 07-19-08 Member Since 2007
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    "good"

    I can't possibly rate this book any lower that a 4-star. However, I was somewhat disappointed in this reading, and would recommend trying one of the other available productions.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Reading, MA, United States 02-14-13
    Sara Reading, MA, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Flo Gibson is a Classic"

    I don't think I need to review P&P, but I wanted to give a boost for Flo Gibson's narration. Some don't enjoy it-- you should always listen to a sample. But for me, Flo Gibson is THE narrator for British Fiction from this era and the following century. She may not be for everyone, and I wonder, based on the length of this performance, if the narration may have been sped up, although I don't find this when I listen. However, as a linguist, I find Flo Gibson's accent and delivery to be highly suitable to the books and time periods she narrates. Again, I completely understand that narration can be a matter of taste. She may not be for you. But she is worth a try if you want an authentic, witty, dry, humorous British delivery-- and she deserves enormous respect for her many amazing performances.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Millersville, MD, USA 11-12-07
    Laurie Millersville, MD, USA 11-12-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderful book but..."

    This is a wonderful book! I had never read the book before getting the audio version and I had great difficulty catching the meaning of intricately worded passages when I listened to it - a momentary distraction meant I missed one word which caused me to lose the meaning of what someone was saying. I finally gave up and got the book. After I read it and knew what was coming and what people were getting at in their ever so polite speeches the audio book was shear delight!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Ortiz USA 02-11-13
    Maria Ortiz USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story!"
    Would you listen to Pride and Prejudice again? Why?

    I really enjoyed the story and character development.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lizzy or Elizabeth was my favorite character, because she is not easily fooled and admits when she is wrong.


    What didn’t you like about Flo Gibson’s performance?

    It was a little difficult to tell the difference between the characters voices. I had a hard time identifying who was talking and when.


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

    The end of course! :)


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for providing this book for me to listen to. I am very grateful.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin SOUTH LYON, MI, United States 01-30-13
    Benjamin SOUTH LYON, MI, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Too fast"
    Any additional comments?

    The narrator read a little too fast for my comprehension. I would be looking for a slightly slower narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stefanie Lancaster, PA, United States 05-19-14
    Stefanie Lancaster, PA, United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2013

    David Bowie. Jane Austen. Good beer. Red Wine.

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    "Have you no compassion for my nerves?!"
    What did you love best about Pride and Prejudice?

    What DON'T I love? As a huge Austen fan, all these stories are enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare Pride and Prejudice to and why?

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, fo sho.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Elizabeth discovers what Darcy did for Lydia.


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

    All of it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sharon Chicago, IL, United States 03-08-12
    sharon Chicago, IL, United States 03-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book and wonderful reading"
    Would you listen to Pride and Prejudice again? Why?

    I would listen to this again in a few years. I really liked the way the story unfolded.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lizzie was my favorite because she seemed very sensible. I also liked Mr. Collins; he provided comic relief.


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

    She brought excellent emotion to the characters.


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

    No. But sometimes I couldn't stop listening because I wanted to hear what would happen next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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