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Pride and Prejudice Audiobook

Pride and Prejudice

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Charles Bingley, a wealthy young gentleman, has moved into Netherfield Park manor, which causes much excitement in the village of Longbourn, especially among the five unmarried daughters of the Bennet household. Despite many romatic complications, the overall tone of this classic novel is, as Jane Austen described it, “light and bright, and sparkling”.

(P)2010 Helen Lisanti

What the Critics Say

"Helen Lisanti is a rising star in audio narration." (Audiobook News Service)

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    Marilee Stanstead, QC, Canada 03-15-12
    Marilee Stanstead, QC, Canada 03-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "My students prefered Helen Lisanti to me!"
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    I often buy audio books to play for my English students. While students usually opt for me to read the book out loud to them, my AP English class consistently voted for Helen Lisanti for Pride and Prejudice rather than me. She voices the characters so well, especially the annoying ones like Lydia, and made the story come alive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aser Tolentino Vacaville, California USA 04-22-12
    Aser Tolentino Vacaville, California USA 04-22-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Can't Go Wrong With This One"

    What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said countless times before? All I can add is another endorsement of this performance which is an excellent value. Sample all others of course, but rest assured that this version is a steal. One somewhat odd fact that might be of note is that this book is not broken up; it's one big file. As its chapters are properly indexed, this means for once that your player will actually indicate Chapter 61 when you reach Chapter 61; rather novel I thought....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katrine 02-13-12
    Katrine 02-13-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Well worth $ 4.87!"

    I can't come up with anything new to say about this book - it's a classic. I enjoy Austen and have both read and listened to all her novels. However, I didn't have an audio version of P&P in my library, and a couple of weeks ago when I was suffering from a nasty cold, and with -15C outside, I felt in need of a "comfort" listen. I have a few favourite narrators on audible, and especially for a classic I'd usually go with a tried and trusted one, but I wasn't very familiar with any of the narrators reading the unabridged version. I was initially a little sceptical of this bargain-priced version, but with no credits to spare and being on a "January" budget, I took the chance after listening to the audio sample. I was not disappointed. This is very well read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Other reviewers have pointed out that the narration is fast-paced - there's not much of a pause after sentences and between paragraphs. It seem almost as if all pauses have been edited out. I also agree with the reviewers who mention especially Mr Bennett sounding a little strange early in the book, but the voices do improve as the narrator gets further along. These issues didn't detract from the story for me, maybe that's because I knew the book well enough already that I could easily follow the story despite any slight distractions.

    If you're using a credit anyway, listen to all the versions offerred to find the one you like best, otherwise this is a very good option, whether you already know and love Pride and Prejudice or you never got around to reading Austen and wonder what all the fuss is about. It is a classic, but this really is not a hard read. It's entertaining, light and often very funny, with plenty of human interest and recognizable situations despite having been written 200 years ago.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Atsuko Yokohama, Japan 04-25-16
    Atsuko Yokohama, Japan 04-25-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Devin Jane, indeed."

    I shall come back to her beautiful world as often as possible and be happy.

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    Amanda Spencer 06-01-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Classic novel, great reader"

    You have to read Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." And, since you do, this Audible book is the best way to do it. The reader puts feeling, and emotion into this intriguing story and her tonal impressions of the different characters never leave you in doubt if who is speaking in the novel. Fun read. Enjoy.

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    Nadine JIM THORPE, PA, United States 12-30-14
    Nadine JIM THORPE, PA, United States 12-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A wonderful classic"

    Good narrator of one of my favorite pieces of literature. There are several versions of this on audible all by various readers and this one was authentic and a pleasant listen.

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    Amazon Customer Sedona, AZ, United States 02-26-13
    Amazon Customer Sedona, AZ, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "An excellent version for listening in car."
    What does Helen Lisanti bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator, Helen Lisanti, makes the story very listen-able while driving. Her distinct voice and lovely accent add much to the enjoyment of the book. Her speaking voice reminded me of Julie Andrews' voice, which is easy on the ears for those not accustomed to British accents. I also downloaded Sense and Sensibilities, which had a different narrator, and it was a bit tedious due to the narrator's phrasing. Since P&P is a favorite story I was shopping for a relaxing listen and was pleased with this version. I will look for this narrator again for Jane Austen books.


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    Imola 08-28-12
    Imola 08-28-12
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    "Good for the Car"
    What did you love best about Pride and Prejudice?

    I listened to this in the car, to and from work, using the audible app on my phone (I use an FM tuner adapter to play it through my car speakers). The story was wonderful and easy to follow, despite the car noise and British accent. Great way to take in a classic!


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    Sarah Australia 08-13-12
    Sarah Australia 08-13-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Narrator talks too fast which can't be corrected"
    Would you try another book from Jane Austen and/or Helen Lisanti?

    Jane Austen yes. Helen Lisanti no.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Helen Lisanti’s performances?

    No, the narrator spoke way too fast and that couldn't be rectified by the pace function. When I did slow it down it created an echo on every device I tried so I gave up.
    I also found the narrators voice annoying personally. It was too animated.


    Was Pride and Prejudice worth the listening time?

    I didn't finish it. Too hard to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dash 07-26-12
    Dash 07-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The story and delivery was awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I was transported to another place and time. It was greatly entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't pick a favorite because although I liked different things about each character they each had traits that I admired. The father's dry humor was hilarious. Jane's sweetness and ability to see the greater good in every situation and person is something I strive for. Elizabeth's ability to be so quick on her feet and opinionated at a time when women's opinions were not valued. ( Especially being so young with little affluence) and Mr. Darcy for being a man of little words and big actions.


    What about Helen Lisanti’s performance did you like?

    I liked her accent. She was able to portray personality of the different character's through her changes in voice. After a couple of chapters, I knew who was speaking by merely listening to the way she spoke.


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

    Courtship at it's finest, less is more.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio book lifted my spirits and I had tears of joy in my eyes when it ended. I think all young women entering the world of dating could benefit by listening to or reading this book.

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  • Heather
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    "Most enjoyable"

    A classic to be enjoyed for all time. Only Jane Austin is capable of such mastery over the language and period.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lee-Anne
    bodmin, United Kingdom
    12/7/11
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    "Love the story, but not the narrator's 'voices'."

    Pride and Prejudice with it's tight plotting and wonderful characters never fails to lift my spirits, be it in book or film form, so I was looking forward to the experience of listening to it as an audio book. Unfortunately I often felt irritated by some of the character voices the narrator created. Poor Charlotte Lucas sounded like a country bumpkin, Mr Bingley had an odd kind of Northern-ish accent, and Mr Bennett was a croaky old man instead of an ironic wit; Mrs Bennett and Mr Collins didn't fare any better either! I can't help wishing I had paid a bit more and bought the Juliet Stevenson version, as I would imagine her voice to be perfect for reading Jane Austen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stacey
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    9/20/11
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    "Stunning"

    Brilliant, this is the first book I have listened to that had been narrated by Helen Lisanti and I was pleasently suprised.

    She did both Miss Bennett and Mr Darcy proud!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    8/4/11
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    "What a lovely book"

    I could only describe this book as lovely. It has to be a part of everyone's collection. If you are looking for something that is light hearted, witty and basically - lovely - AND if you have never read it before as I hadn't (I have seen the film(s) and the TV series) then you seriously must do it. You know the beginning, middle and end of this book already, as well as the characters, but complete it by listening to this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    3/11/17
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    "I'm glad it's over"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Definitely not. I hardly ever met such a boring book. I had this on my list for 7 years, honesty, I just could not get over 1,5 hour ever. I appreciate that this is something like a jewel of classics, I know that for the time of writing this must have been an enlightening work, I acknowledge that for literary experts this brings up a great insight of 19th century society. For me this was a book about bunch of pretentious and generally stupid (or naive at the best) people who ranted on about silly things in a silly manner. The only likable person in the whole story was Mr. Bennet who as the only one had some wit and humour about him. (Maybe I lost the information within the years of listening, but I cannot understand how such a clever guy could end up with such a stupid wife.)


    Has Pride and Prejudice put you off other books in this genre?

    Oh, yes! I will never touch Jane Austen again, unless I want to die of boredom. I hope the TV version with Collin Firth will bring up the better things and suppress the worse. I have been avoiding watching it just for sake of listening to the book first.


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

    She has quite a comfortable voice for my liking and I felt fine listening to her.


    Did Pride and Prejudice inspire you to do anything?

    Watching the TV version to compare both.


    Any additional comments?

    Take my review as a personal opinion. I believe that there are many people who will enjoy the story and love the way it has been described. For me, I know now what to avoid in the future.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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