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(audio) Book Thoughts: Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

Rosamund Pike did a splendid job narrating this favourite

★★★★★★★

Title: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen – Narrator: Rosamund Pike
Genre: Fiction / Classic
First published: 1813
Edition: Audio book

 Jane Austen called this brilliant work “her own darling child” and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, “as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print.” The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. And Jane Austen’s radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England.

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I have been meaning to re-read Pride and Prejudice for years. It has been a favourite book a long time. I finally decided to revisit it as an audio book and I chose the version read by Rosamund Pike. She played the eldest Bennet sister Jane in the 2005 film and her voice suits the story very well.

It is no wonder that this book is such a favourite with many of its readers. It has a charm and a romance to it that many modern authors could still learn from, but it is also funny and such a great character study. These story was written over 200 years ago, but in many ways it still feels relevant and it is very easy to read.

Every time I read it, and if I have read it about four or five times by now, I find something now. This time it came at the end when I realised Lizzy and Mr Darcy are actually snobs. That made me giggle, but they are still one of my favourite literary couples.

I just love the feel of this book. It’s well paced, it never lags and you cannot help but love Elizabeth and Jane as the sensible sisters in a rather silly family. And of course, Mr Bennet always adds a bit of dry humour. What can I say? I simply love the way Jane Austen manages to write such vibrant characters.

I highly recommend this audio book. It was a joy to listen to.

7 out of 7 stars

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