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This is a kind of Cliff's Notes version of Pride and Prejudice. Accept it for what it is. It doesn't have grand aspirations; it only wants to be fun. I think it is. In any case, the performers had fun and their audience had fun also. If you are like me, then it only takes a sentence or two in any Austen novel and you know exactly where you are in the story and can easily bring to mind the rest of the chapter so we can fill in the blanks and enjoy.
In this time of a man shortage, there were two women for every man, it was a brave woman who turned down an offer of marriage, any offer. One toothed men, fat men, ugly men, stupid men or drunkards, even a Mr. Collins could have a wife for the asking. So Mrs. Bennet, silly as she was, was not at all unreasonable in her anxiety to get her daughters married to anybody as soon as possible. With no means to earn her own living, a single woman's prospects was not pleasant to contemplate.
Mr. Wickham to our modern selves was not all that bad, just a little bad. In that time period, he perpetrated a catastrophic evil upon the Bennet family. By his seduction of Lydia, the marriage prospects of the remaining sisters was reduced to nil. A meager existence awaits. In this light, Miss Elizabeth Bennet was a very brave, principled woman, Mr. Wickham was as an evil wretch as can be imagined and Mr. Darcy was as noble a creature that ever existed. Maybe this story is a once upon a time, a Prince Charming, a fairy tale. Something gives it enduring power. I can't put my finger on the why, but I am constantly drawn back to this story, to a woman worth risking all. PS, did I say this audio book was fun?
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
First let me say that I am a huge Austen fan; to me the characters in her books are like good friends I look forward to revisiting at any opportunity. I am not however, an Austen purist, and while I certainly have my favorites, I have found something to like in nearly every Austen adaptation I have watched or listened to. Thus I was pleased to find this dramatization, by the respected L.A. Theatre Company, and couldn't wait to listen to it.
I couldn't have been more disappointed. Indeed I couldn't even get through the whole thing. With few exceptions, the acting was simply terrible, like what you might expect from say a bad highschool production, worst of all being the wooden performance of the actress who plays Elizabeth. Anytime she has more than a couple words to say, she sounds as if she is reading her lines... and for the first time, with stress in odd places.
The whole production feels very rushed too, and overly comic. Yes, Pride and Prejudice certainly is comedic, but it is also dramatic and sentimental. Not this version, though.
In short: not tolerable. Don't think it handsome enough to tempt you.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
This performance was so awful ( you can tell the Americans attempting to do British accents ) that I switched it off after 5 minutes . Waste of money . I had to buy the new BBC dramatised version of this available on audible , which is a vast improvement .
1 of 2 people found this review helpful