Pride and Prejudice Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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This edition of the book is great as the author's original spelling has been left unchanged, and it's not full of appendixes and notes. 5 Star Amazon Reviewer This edition has good quality paper, is well laid out, nice clear print (not too small), and is very well bound 5 Star Amazon Reviewer I really like the style of this book. The hardback, has a nice texture, and reminds me of one of those books that were around in the 'Pride and Prejudice' time period (old-fashioned, vintage).. i like that :) I was very pleased with the useful notes and chronology information etc within this version, has helped me a lot in understanding, further, this story etc. Was a very good purchase for a very good price. 5 Star Amazon Reviewer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Jane Austen's classic novel is expertly narrated by Josephine Bailey, whose eloquent presentation captures all the exquisite restraint and elegance of Austen's prose. Undaunted by a large cast that is almost constantly engaged in dialogue, Bailey has impeccable timing as she brings beloved scenes to life. Her insightful narration conveys all the depth and detail of Austen's believable characters, including pert, sometimes saucy Elizabeth; amiable Jane; the initially stiff Mr. Darcy; and the amicable Mr. Bingley. Less central characters (vulgar Mrs. Bennet, ungovernable Lydia, moralizing Mary) are equally well done. The spirited exchange between Elizabeth and Lady Catherine de Bourgh as dramatized by Bailey is beyond compare. This fine production makes a persuasive case that Austen is best enjoyed unabridged. J.C.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MaineSee all Product Description
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Spoiler alert: I just summed up every Austen novel.
If you like the romance of older times and gentlemen and ladies, it's a good book for you!
You would think that it is representative of what is to follow; and to an extent, I would agree, but not really. It is just a very tiny glimpse of the mastery that Austen has over her craft. I could rave endlessly about the excellent plotting, or characterization, or even about how Austen's wit and the wisdom reflects in the narrative. But I realize that anything that has to be said about this book, has already been said, in much fancier language than I can ever hope to express.
Nonetheless, I am not going to let that stop me from gushing over it, because this has been more than just a book for me - it has been an experience - a very special one.
It is special for many reasons - for one, the language is delightful beyond comparison. I used to be intimidated by old texts as they are often dry and difficult to read, but I truly loved the way some words are used in this book, and wished language would still be dealt with in the same manner. But I also wonder - is it really the language of the era, or a superior skill of presentation that Austen possessed?
And secondly, I am amazed at how relatable and relevant this book is (even after 200 years of it being written!). The characters are interesting, the family dynamic is amusing, and kind of all over the place (but that is really how it is with all of us) - there's love, loyalty, concern, annoyance, and exasperation even!Read more ›
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Pride & Prejudice is a witty and romantic book. A great read on a rainy day!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The illustrations are not very good, apart from that, perfect.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Difficult read. Austen's focus was and is on female emotions.
A victim of her time, of course, but then so are most modern readers.
I love the fact that I can get access to a classic in a form which is readable to me. There's little else to say.Published 3 months ago by Cathy
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