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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 Mr. Darcy, though initially she is more concerned with the fate of her other sisters. This marvelous account of family life in Regency England is read with customary panache by Juliet Stevenson.

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Perfection

It’s not that Naxos’ previous offering of Pride and Prejudice was bad in any way. It was fine. It was enjoyable. But Juliet Stevenson is perfect. Perfect. And it rounds out the best audio collection of Jane Austen on the planet.

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Austen + Stevenson = Love. Read on!

First, I assume anyone reading this review is familiar with P&P and is just wondering whether it's worth adding another audiobook to his/her/zir/their collection. The short answer is: yes IF you also love Ms. Stevenson.

The longer answer is that I have to confess that Ms. Stevenson is fixed in memory as the indelicate Mrs. E. of the 1996 Emma film and *is* the voice of the Austen novels via Naxos CDs in the 2000s (then Audible). Thus, it caught me a little off-guard to realize that some of her usual Shakespearean clip and general vivacity were missing from this recording, as she can't have aged! She reads a little more slowly than earlier books (of course, that could be sped up, but I didn't want to). Her characters aren't always consistent in this version. Yet, blessedly, she doesn't fall into the trap that irks me about some of the other P&P narrators (Ms. Pike and Ms. Fox) and take Mrs. Bennet into hysterical shrieks (a bit more like the version from Audible Studios by Ms. Duncan). The voice of Mrs. Bennet changes, but it doesn't make me jump for the volume button. And, as I continued to listen, I realized that I knew the story (of course) so I knew the characters and just relaxing and hearing one of my favourite narrators (Ms. Stevenson) read one of my favourite books, the way she wanted to read it to me, was a wonderful gift and well worth the credit. It was rather presumptuous of me to even take issue with her choices in the first place, so I hope you don't make my mistake and just enjoy the experience.

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Love it of course

Juliet Stevenson is quite frankly the gold standard in audible recordings. The story is as always, wonderful, but I do have a complaint. Why does she *ahem* over the names of certain towns and certain peoples? I found that *ahem* most annoying and don’t recall it happening in my other versions of this book. What’s the deal with that?

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  • 06-15-21

Brilliant!

Impeccable reading by one of my favourite narrators. Juliet Stevenson demonstrates her intimate understanding of the text and characters in her performance and has greatly enhanced my enjoyment of this classic, much read (by me) novel. Cannot recommend too highly.

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  • papapownall
  • 06-03-21

It is a truth universally acknowledged

It is a truth universally acknowledged that any audio book narrated by Juliet Stevenson is going to be most agreeable. It would be ungenerous of me if I did not mention that I first heard that Ms Stevenson had made this recording whilst listening to an interview with her on Graham Norton's Bookclub podcast here on Audible. Many of us are familiar with Pride and Prejudice but it is a long time since I last read it and hearing Jane Austen's prose read out loud by such a talented narrator is a real treat. I enjoyed the richness of the language and there could not be but curiosity at the references to "countenance", "vexations", "civility", "disposition", "impertinence" and, my favourite of all ""superciliousness". Wonderful.

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  • Natalie Morey Burrows
  • 06-02-21

One of my all time favourites

Absolutely loved Juliet Stevenson’s newest version of Pride and Prejudice. I heard about the recommendation from her interview with Graham Norton on Virgin Radio so I wanted to give it a try. I work from home so I usually put an audio book or the radio on in the back ground. It was such a good book to listen to. I finished it in a week!

Thank you again!!

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  • Judith Sharman
  • 07-10-21

Enticing old favourite overbore finicky reviews

So glad the allure of this old favourite meant I decided to take a chance on this audio book. Juliet Stevenson reads it beautifully, so much so that I have laughed out loud! Such a delightful experience in the dark days of shielding. Can't recommend highly enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-26-21

A Real Treat!

If I could have made one request of an audiobook it would have been to have my favourite book of all time read by my favourite female narrator. I sat and listened at every opportunity during one week. It will not be the last time I listen as the reading of Pride and Prejudice has been something I have done every few years. To have it read by Juliet Stevenson whilst cooking or knitting was, for me, bliss.
On the critical side I would say Jane’s voice was a little too simpering for me but it didn’t detract from the overall experience.
So worth the credit!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-21

Jane Austen + Juliet Stevenson = Perfect 👌👍🏻😊😃🌸

This version is perhaps the better! Juliet Stevenson reads just fine. She is in no hurry, she reads sensually and you know exactly which character is speaking .
I listened to the performance Rosamund Pike, Rosalyn Landor, Emilia Fox, Emma Messenger.
Juliet Stevenson the best !😍