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Pride and Prejudice Audiobook

Pride and Prejudice

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Publisher's Summary

Jane Austen's most popular novel, originally published in 1813, some 17 years after it was first written, presents the Bennet family of Longbourn. Against the background of gossipy Mrs. Bennet and the detached Mr. Bennet, the quest is on for husbands for the five daughters. The spotlight falls on Elizabeth, second eldest, who is courted by Darcy, though initially she is more concerned with the fate of her other sisters.

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    Rachel East Greenbush, NY, United States 10-03-10
    Rachel East Greenbush, NY, United States 10-03-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Unlistenable"

    I LOVE this novel! Probably my favorite of all times. HOWEVER.... sadly, Emilia Fox's reading of it is completely unlistenable. I find this surprising, as I loved her screen performances in the BBC adaptations of Pride and Prejudice (in which she played Georgiana Darcy) and Rebecca (where she reprised her mother's role as Mrs. Dewinter). Her performance in this audio is strained, over-acted, and goes from dreary to dreadful within seconds as she shifts from one character to another. The simple narrative parts are dull, and actually tend to make me zone out entirely, or drift to sleep if I'm in bed. Her reading of the character dialogue leaves me disliking every character in the novel. And as this is my favorite novel, that's quite a spectacular feat.

    I got through the first 2.5 hours of listening to this, and finally gave it up as a bad job. I LOVE the version read by Nadia May (have listened to that version over and over), and wanted a new version to listen to, so bought this one, as Emilia Fox's name was one I knew from her acting. I have now bought the Irene Sutcliffe version, and am enjoying that one instead.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Myrtle Annandale, Virginia United States 09-18-17
    Myrtle Annandale, Virginia United States 09-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Emilia Fox is an incredible narrator!"

    Brilliant, amazing performance! Incredible range of characters does justice to one of the greatest romances of all time.

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    AnielaS 02-12-17
    AnielaS 02-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good"
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    A classic read, nicely narrated. It is a new experience to hear the book rather than read, and it almost makes the book a brand new.

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    Abel de Pleur 10-01-16
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    "Wonderful narration"

    I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The narration was excellent and she brought a lot of life into the story. I'll seek out other audiobooks which she's done.

    Highly recommended.

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    Jennifer Grannis 05-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "delightful"

    my favorite Jane Austen, wonderfully read. The characters were very much brought to life in this rendition.

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    Nancy 01-17-15
    Nancy 01-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Emilia Fox's narrative is excellent."

    I have listened to several audiobooks of Pride and Prejudice, and this is the best narrative I have heard. Ms. Fox (Georgiana in the 1995 production) brings each character to life. Her Mrs. Bennett is on spot. You will not be disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tina NEWBURGH, NY, United States 09-04-14
    Tina NEWBURGH, NY, United States 09-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "MY FAVORITE BOOK!!!!!!!!"
    If you could sum up Pride and Prejudice in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful, Romantic and Witty


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

    What I say to my children and grands when they cry ( as babies) "Nobody knows how much I suffer" ...the babies words not mine.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Ms Fox interpretation was good I listened to better performances


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

    I made me mad when I was younger, I read this story multiple times. I have also listened to it just as many times. I makes me laugh especially Mrs. Bennet; my favorite character.


    Any additional comments?

    If you ever want to listen to a great story this is the book!!!! You will get lost in the mayhem of the Bennet Family. The young ladies started women"s lib long before it began.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 04-18-14
    Scott 04-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "The best English I have ever heard in my life"
    What made the experience of listening to Pride and Prejudice the most enjoyable?

    Pride and Prejudice offers the most glorious use of English I'm aware of, and Emilia Fox's reading is on par with the language.


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

    Pride and Prejudice is incomparable, for both the language, and for the massive transformation of the protagonists. It is the standard for Romantic Literature.


    What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

    Excellent tone, emotional connection, and character rendering.


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

    If possible, sure!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AngelGirlrn 10-02-13
    AngelGirlrn 10-02-13
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    "Superb Version of a Timeless Classic"
    What did you love best about Pride and Prejudice?

    Despite a myriad of obstacles and their own stubborn flaws Darcy and Elizabeth are able to find happiness while learning important life lessons.


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

    Unfortunately, Pride and Prejudice is the standard to which I hold up all other novels, so it would always when in a comparison. The writing, the story, and the characters are timeless and have held up well over two centuries. Although many have attempted to replicate it, none have succeeded.


    What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

    Fox, who coincidentally portrayed Georgiana Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries, was superb. Her narration and delivery embodied the spirit and tone of this classic novel and brought the story and characters to life.


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

    Although some label this novel as light and fluffy, I find it to be a sparkling and charming look into the human condition, complete with heroes and villains along with lessons we can all learn from. Austen was a shrewd observer of people and wittily portrayed human nature at its best and worst without having to drag her characters through unnecessary pain and hardship to gain her point. The characters and situations were entirely relatable and life like.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Westport, CT, United States 04-12-13
    Emily Westport, CT, United States 04-12-13
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    "The only way I've made it through Austen"
    If you could sum up Pride and Prejudice in three words, what would they be?

    long, listenable, relatable


    What did you like best about this story?

    Emilia Fox does an excellent job of bringing all of Austen's characters to life. I was wrapped up in the story from the first chapter (and there are A LOT, so that's saying something). I've never particularly liked Austen's style, but had to read this book for my comprehensive English exam in college- Fox's recording was the first time I've been able to make it through the whole thing! (Also, surprisingly good to listen to while running!)


    Which character – as performed by Emilia Fox – was your favorite?

    Jane


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

    Mrs. Bennet's voice can be a little... grating. As it should be! But for the listener's sake, you've been forewarned.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it!

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  • Joe
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    4/7/13
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    "A joy to read"

    I don't feel at all qualified to review a book which has so long been the subject of literary and academic appraisals, so I will say only how much I enjoyed the reading of it. If I could give this six stars I would without hesitation. The story gave real insight into life amongst the landed gentry at this time, the pace was perfect, the plot complex enough to keep the reader intrigued and yet tight enough that not a single line was wasted on superfluous characters or unnecessary diversions. The characters are without exception beautifully and richly developed. The language is an absolute joy to read and reminds me how poor our everyday language is now by comparison. This was simply a joy to read from cover to cover.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • zed
    3/30/17
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    "One of my favourite books"

    Hard to go wrong with such a classic. Listening to it brings out the humour and the wonderful dialogue.

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  • Yael Barham-Smith
    9/8/16
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    "Immersive storytelling"

    This is an excellent performance of a timeless favourite. Emilia Fox uses different voices for different characters very effectively. Darcy is brooding and reserved, Mrs Bennett is shrill and embarrassing and Lizzie is just perfect. I love P&P and will listen to this version again and again.

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  • Denise Simpson
    8/8/16
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    "May listen again"

    I've read P&P several times and it's nice to be able to listen to a story you know well. The only thing that made it slightly less enjoyable was that I wasn't overly impressed by the attempt at male voices. However, I may still listen again another time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J T Rynkiewicz
    7/15/15
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    "Excellent story and well read"

    Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite classics but Emilia Fox's reading is excellent. At no time did her delivery flag and her changes of voices were just right. Well done for bringing an excellent classic and an excellent reader together and entertaining the listener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian & Janice
    5/30/15
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    "Class Act"
    Would you listen to Pride and Prejudice again? Why?

    I very much enjoyed this reading of Pride and Prejudice for two reasons. Firstly, this is one of my favourite books and one to which I return time and time again. Secondly the reader, Emilia Fox, is one of my favourite actresses. So, a good combination...


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

    Any of Jane Austen's books are worthy of comparison.


    What does Emilia Fox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Emilia Fox brings a warmth and humour to the story which only enhance the book's natural strengths.


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

    I prefer to savour the book by listening over several sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    As this was my first audiobook I am now eager to listen to other favourite English classics in the same manner. Next up is The Barchester Chronicles by Anthony Trollope....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie
    5/8/15
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    "Sometimes it's good to revisit the entire book"
    Any additional comments?

    Andrew Davis's wonderful TV adaptation with such a memorable and brilliant cast took such a hold on us that sometimes you think it's the same as re-reading the whole book. Of course, it's not.

    At first I found it a bit sticky to get into, even the gifted Emilia Fox not quite bringing it to life for me, but that didn't last long. As the book warmed up, so did her narration. By the time we'd reached halfway I couldn't wait to get out of the office at night and get into the car to continue listening.

    I was ashamed to realise how much fine detail I'd forgotten from the book, perhaps blinded by Colin Firth's dazzling white shirt. Well worth revisiting, thoroughly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
    3/8/15
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    "History brought to life."

    The narration by Emilia Fox is outstanding, it was difficult to stop listening. I will have to listen many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jayne Baker
    2/8/15
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    "My go to Audio Book"

    Perfect narrator for my favourite novel. Jane Austen's P&P is just wonderfully rich in wit, observation and Characters. A marvellous classic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chloe
    Coventry UK
    3/19/14
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    "It is a truth universally acknowledged..."

    ...that Pride and Prejudice is one of the greatest books ever written in the English language.

    It is unlikely that anyone reading this review doesn't know the basic storyline of P&P already - it has been adapted in so many forms at so many times that you are bound to have seen at least one version of the satirical tale of a pair of would be lovers kept apart through, of course, abundant pride and misplaced prejudice. There can't be many women who haven't wished for a handsome (and very eligible!) Mr Darcy to fall madly in love with them and defy the wishes of their family and social convention to whisk them off their feet. Or is that just me?

    However, despite the multitude of film and television versions, there is nothing quite like the original story - full of wit and vivacity (just like its protagonist Elizabeth), never overly wordy, with characters and subjects which, while firmly embedded in their time, feel incredibly modern and relevant.

    This version is read by Emilia Fox (who starred as Georgiana Darcy in the BBC adaptation from 1995) who does a marvellous job with it - the characters are delineated without being too over the top (apart from Mrs Bennett who is of course by nature over the top in every way), the narrative rolls along at a quick pace, there are no mistakes or errors in pronunciation.

    Overall this was a joy to listen to, I was quite sad when it was over, and I will most definitely be returning to it again and again, just as I do my DVD set of the BBC production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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