- Audio CD: 12 pages
- Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (12 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408410567
- ISBN-13: 978-1408410561
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.9 x 15.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3,183 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 999,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pride and Prejudice Audio CD – Audiobook, 12 Mar 2009
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"An enjoyable experience for lovers of Austen's wit and style" -The Sunday Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is such a well-known story and has been made into films and television series so many times that you'd think that reading it would be a yawn. On the contrary, it is subtle and charming and wise and thoroughly enjoyable, in my opinion Jane Austen's greatest novel. How much I'd have missed if I had simply watched this on tv! One really understands why Elizabeth and Jane's embarrassing relatives - their parents and siblings, were such a drawback to making a good marriage, as well as why their father's conduct was a reprehensible as their foolish mother's. What I loved was the realism - the explicit way in which women recognised that their only route to a secure and comfortable life was to marry the right man, and that actually falling in love was an optional extra. Elizabeth's plain friend, Charlotte, trades herself off to a foolish man whom she does not love in order to have a home and family and her painful predicament is completely understandable. Elizabeth is determined not to marry without love. Will she succeed? She learns many lessons in her journey to happiness, as does Darcy, and this is what gives the plot its movement forward. A lovely book!
“We have neither of us anything to tell; you, because you do not communicate, and I, because I conceal nothing."
“Esteem him! Like him! Cold-hearted Elinor! Oh! Worse than cold-hearted! Ashamed of being otherwise. Use those words again, and I will leave the room this moment.”
I find it a pleasing paradox in the sisters that one is all sense and the other all drama, yet both are flawed in their communication, one too much and one too little. Beautifully constructed.
The 1995 screen adaption by Ang Lee is probably the best dramatization, although there are other versions that stick closer to the original text. But of course it’s the original work by Austen that gives so much more than a film.
Sense and sensibility ranks high with the other greats of English literature, although my personal preference would put it just below Pride and prejudice.
There were several aspects of this novel which really represented the time it was written in; marriage and life expectancy. Otherwise this is a timeless story, filled with witty observations and characters you may recognise from your own life.
Marriage was a huge pre-occupation for women in Austen times, it determined everything about their lives. It wasn't just about who they married, it affected what their lifestyle would be, who they would socialise with, who their children could marry. Marrying for money was preferred (mostly by the brides) but everyone else involved didn't think it mattered, much better to marry someone rich who you could grow to tolerate than marry for love and be poor.
Life expectancy also changes everything. At several points in the novel references were made to how long someone could expect to live. Mrs Dashwood (40) was only expected to live another 7 years or so, Colonel Brandon was thought extremely old at 35 to be looking for love, Marianne at 17 was already hoping she wouldn't end up as the maiden aunt. The average life expectancy in 1811 was 36, this includes the working class (80% of the population) so I would expect the middle and upper classes to last a little longer. So the pressure was on to marry and have children as early as possible with a hope of seeing your grandchildren before you're 40.
If you're new to Jane Austen or are intimidated by older novels, my advice is just to dive in.Read more ›
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The plot is so well interwoven and engaging. So many strong and lovable characters too. I love the humour and style of writing. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Tolu
A classic read beautifully written which is as popular now as when it was first written.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderfully narrated, brings the novel to life. Each character easily identifiable despite all characters read by the same narrator.Published 9 days ago by anniemagic
Sorry - can't say more than that ! Hope you enjoy it as much as I have ... Thanks Again ...Published 10 days ago by Vicky