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Where does Pride and Prejudice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is the second edition of Pride and Prejudice that I purchased - I already have an older version (different narrator) and I am so glad that I saw Rosamund Pike's name and immediately bought this one. It is absolute perfection. It has long been one my favorite books but with her priceless narration if is certainly going to be on of the Beloved ones.
Which character – as performed by Rosamund Pike – was your favorite?
Practically all of them. She is a brilliant narrator with magnificent voice and managed to make even Mrs Bennet tolerable - not a small feat in itself. Her Mr Bennet is fantastic (actually I think she did it better than Sutherlend's performance in the 2005 movie) - she managed to subtly underline a hint of malevolence in his humor which I personally think is there and most people do not pay attention to.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me smile in sheer sensual pleasure all the time I listened to it (could not stop and listened through the night).
Any additional comments?
A wonderful audio book, simply wonderful. I hope this is not the last time I listen to something narrated by Rosamund Pike.
43 of 45 people found this review helpful
This is the fourth Audible version of P&P that I have purchased and listened to, and the first I have bothered to write a review of because it is by far the best. Rosamund Pike mispronounces a very few words, and sometimes goes overboard in her zeal to create separate, distinctive voices for each character, which sometimes (e.g., with Mr. Bingley's married sister Mrs Hurst) results in a female character sounding like a man), but overall is the most adept of all narrators of this beloved classic at allowing Austen's flawless prose to speak for itself. Her reading easily exceeds that of Alison Larkin (the 200th Anniversary Audio Edition), although that one is lively and entertaining, and includes music. The audio quality is far better than that of the version narrated by Lindsay Duncan, which, combined with Duncan's almost whispered Mrs Bennet voice, often makes that version difficult to listen to while driving. Pike's narration even exceeds that of Carolyn Seymour in the Blackstone Audio version, which until now was the most listenable of all.
Bravo, Rosamund Pike! And thank you, Audible! I will listen to this audiobook many, many times in the years to come!
97 of 106 people found this review helpful
So enjoyed reading this classic, and this was the best way to do it. Everything was 5 stars, especially the narration
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
One of my all time favourite books beautifully read. If you love this book I don't think you'll be disappointed.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Rosamund Pike is brilliant. Her voicing of characters is spot on especially the simpering Mr Collins and imperious Lady Catherine
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Having as little affection for high society as I do, I was always reticent to read this book. I find that I now detest myself for enjoying it so much and I believe I judged it unfairly. The tête-à-tête between the two main characters was enthralling and laced with double meaning. On a more simplistic note I learned about half a dozen new words. Jane Austen's critique of high society and its trappings was piercing and I should have given her more credit.
in addition, Rosamund Pike's narration was exceptional.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful