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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Written by Jane Austen and Christina Calvit

Narrated by Kate Burton and Full Cast


Pride and Prejudice

Written by Jane Austen and Christina Calvit

Narrated by Kate Burton and Full Cast

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4.5/5 (469 ratings)
Length:
2 hours
Released:
Jan 1, 2007
ISBN:
9781580815000
Format:
Audiobook

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Description

A full-cast audio adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy, the sparkling tale of the Bennets, a family blessed with five daughters and a mother desperate to marry them off. The tempestuous pairing of the witty, independent Elizabeth and her arrogant but honorable suitor Mr. Darcy sets the standard for all great couples of stage and screen.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Kate Burton, Melanie Dix, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Frances Limoncelli, Miriam Margolyes, Bradley Mott, James Sie, Joao de Sousa, Sandy Snyder, Kevin Theis and Steve Totland.
Released:
Jan 1, 2007
ISBN:
9781580815000
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

Born December 16, 1775, Jane Austen is one of the most celebrated authors of the English language. Her fiction is known for its witty satires on English society. Austen wrote anonymously during her life and wasn't widely recognized as a great English writer until after her death in 1817.


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  • (5/5)
    What can I say? An absolute favorite from seventh grade.
  • (4/5)
    Who doesn't love this book? I mean, really. It's the quintessential love story that most of us base our romantic fantasies and reading preferences on. Even if you're the type to shy away from classic literature, you'll find this story accessible, relevant, and enjoyable.
  • (5/5)
    No wonder this book is a classic; it's awesome!
  • (4/5)
    Obviously the language is dated and heavy on narrative. Structurally, it's an excellent example of a 3-act play with multiple plot lines and surprising twists.
  • (3/5)
    Forced myself to listen to it, because I kept giving up on reading after page 50. Love the BBC version with Colin Firth. The book, not so much. Definitely do not understand the Austen obsession.
  • (1/5)
    Oh gosh. This book is not for me. I made it to page 70 in a borrowed book, and returned it at that point rather than taking the person up on the offer to take it with me.
    The wife calling her husband 'Mr. Darcy' during their personal conversations with each other was hard to overlook after the fifth time.
    The underhanded and sneaky means of finding husbands for the females was annoying, but when it became more obvious that was the only goal in life for the female characters, I got truly discouraged and disappointed. Is this the 200 year old version of Twilight or 50 Shades of Grey?
    Just like in a Harlequin novel, the rouge vagrant of a man that the heroine initially despises was to become her object of undying love (or so I think, from what I've heard of the book over the past decades). And just like a Harlequin novel, I could not care less about these characters near the middle of the book than before I met them.
    I will try again in a few years in an attempt to see the greatness that others have seen. Just having a hard time right now thinking that I ever will enjoy it.
  • (4/5)
    Very enjoyable as an audiobook.
  • (5/5)
    The Little BookwormElizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy meet and dislike each other, then through a series of meetings realize that first impressions do not always make the kindest.I haven't read Pride and Prejudice in a very long time so when the Everything Austen Challenge came along I decided to take advantage and do an all P&P list. Since it had been so long since I read it, it seemed only natural to start at the beginning. Oddly I found myself bored until Mr. Collins arrived (ironic). That's when the action started to pick up as much as it ever does in this book. The characters start moving locations and interacting in situations outside their normal places and then it starts to get good.I love how natural the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy becomes and is, frankly, the archetype for this type of relationship. If this book was published now it would totally be considered chic lit. The meet cute, the fighting and misunderstanding, the declaration of love at the end, well, actually it has been made into chic lit through the Bridget Jones character. Anyway, P&P still holds up in my esteem and it was well worth re-reading.
  • (5/5)
    I LOVE this book!
  • (5/5)
    Always a favorite
  • (5/5)
    The Top Ten Things to know about the characters and character of Pride and Prejudice:•Jane Austen is observant in a way that could do you much credit or reveal you to be the most lamentable boor or ninny ever.•“Elizabeth Bennet is one of the greatest and most complex characters ever written.” That line’s lifted from the movie You’ve Got Mail. It’s got truth.•Mr. Bennet, Elizabeth’s father, is often sensible and well-humored, though not without defect even good humor cannot always compensate. One wonders if he has, in his parental supervisions and marital forbearance, support from something distilled.•Mrs. Bennet, Elizabeth’s mother, isn’t sensible and her good humor deserts her often. Yet, despite her follies and the vexations afforded by her family, she is set aglow by even small promise of desired events to come. That is a thing not to be scoffed at.•Elizabeth Bennet pays firm notice of Mr. Darcy’s prejudice; her pride is to interpret it prejudicially.•Mr. Darcy’s pride is to have a stick up his hind side for the longest time. Elizabeth Bennet, in her musings, somehow refrains from expressing her identical sentiments with identical words.•Mr. Wickham, a roguish fellow, boldfaces the grievances Elizabeth Bennet has with Mr. Darcy. The comparison has consequences and is a source of much that’s fun.•Lady Catherine’s genius is to put pride and prejudice in service of her very great admiration of her own greatness at endeavors she’s never attempted and emotions she’s never felt, thus calling to mind a person quite prominent in present-day U.S. politics.•The last third or so of the book is not as good as what came before. But keep on—Elizabeth Bennet does and that should suffice.•You might not be enchanted by Elizabeth Bennet. But if you are not, justice should petition that Lady Catherine (or her toady, Mr. Collins) become an affliction to your days.And that’s the true gen. Count on it.
  • (5/5)
    My favourite.
  • (3/5)
    Title says it all.
  • (4/5)
    A beautiful love story full of biting humor, Pride & Prejudice has some of the most memorable, endearing characters in literary history. This book will be remembered and cherished long after you read it.
  • (4/5)
    Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice is probably her most popular novel. I have to admit; I read Austen's novel Emma first and didn't thoroughly enjoy it. Therefore, I put off Pride & Prejudice for months and months. Finally one day I decided to take a crack at it. At first I found once again the plot to be slow and dry. Once the characters were all introduced I really became engrossed with the story and setting. I immediately fell in love with Elizabeth and grew to feel sorry for her. Elizabeth is the second eldest of five daughters. She is completely misunderstood by everyone in her family except for her eldest sister Jane and her father. It was very obvious that Elizabeth’s mother favored Jane and was very anxious for her to be engaged to Mr. Bingley, a wealthy gentleman who just moved in to Netherfield Park. When Mr. Darcy was introduced, I thought he was very arrogant and rude and just a revolting man to be around. However, as the story and plot continued I began to like him more and more. It was really hard to get a handle on Mr. Darcy. Is he arrogant and rude or is he really shy and mysterious?Overall, I absolutely loved Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. I really got a feel for who most of the characters were and I loved the twists and turns. Austen did a fantastic job making it witty and comical. I would have given this novel 5 out of 5 stars, however, I did find it to be dry in parts and found myself skipping paragraphs and even a page or two at times and didn’t really feel I was missing anything. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a witty romance novel.
  • (4/5)
    Returned to a classic as my library offered no attractive newer options and I was well rewarded by a reread as a mature--very--adult. 'The marriage game' to use Eugenides' phrase in its most sophisticated and subtle rendition. In its most essential lines a typical lady romance, but its sensibility to the social context of the times brings it to another level altogether, plus that something magical of an artist's(author's) unique expression. As I sometimes felt I was wading through the oblique and rather artificial for our time's dialogue, where people rarely spoke openly, I wondered how the book could still be so absorbing. But the editor I think hit it spot on saying that difference can be fascinating. So in that sense it was interesting as a historical novel, bringing alive the context of the times, and the same holds for the rather circumscribed setting and actors of the genteel English countryside. Again I wondered how these so different and 'irrelevant' characters could hold my interest whereas in the contemporary --peerless for some-- "Corrections" I ended up saying I just don't care about them. I think likely because the latter were so extremely self-absorbed, selfish in their mundane problems, whereas in the former there is balance and retrospection rather than absorption. And if I don't give it a fifth star, it's basically because of the light romantic theme and of the 'distant' to us setting, which are also the main points for giving it four stars.
  • (3/5)
    When I started my reading list for 2017, I decided to go heavy on the classics, those books that always appear on those Read These Books Before You Die lists, 100 Greatest Books, blah-blah-blah. So I read it. It was okay, but I wasn’t exactly bowled over, it was a bit stiff and stilted. Not surprising considering the setting, plot, etc. “Oh, Lady Frillypants and Lord Salsburywichshireford! What an honor to see you at our daughter’s ball! Fa-la-la!” It wasn’t horrible, and I’m glad to have read it, but I did remove the other Jane Austen novels I had put on my list. One was enough.
  • (5/5)
    Oh what can I say about this book, or any Jane Austen book, that hasn't already been said. And by people who are more intelligent than me. I have always been a fan of Jane Austen but, surprisingly, I have never read any of her books until now. Not that I haven't wanted to but school, after school activities, and many other little things were in the way. Resulting in me not having a chance to read it until a couple of weeks ago, but having started it about ten times.

    I love this book. I knew I would. A beautiful, engaging, wonderful book. I have always thought I was born in the wrong time. Although, I want the fashions I would love them with the values of the 21st century. But the book has captivated me and Jane Austen as gained another fan.

    Elizabeth was a refreshing, lively, stubborn young woman who in some ways is ahead of her time. Her sisters and parents are all amazing characters who are living in the world were girls are supposed to be married and have children. However, Elizabeth wanted to marry for love and in walks Mr. Darcy who turns her world on end. My love for this book cannot be expressed in words, nor will I ever be able to.

    5/5
  • (4/5)
    The absolute embodiment of the Romance novel. The style, though lovely and expressive in its own peculiar, is outdated for the genre today. The characters though are still the paragons of "boy meets girl" plots, imitated and copied millions of time - and usually worse than in the original.Karen Savage did a superb job in the Librivox reading, giving every character their very own quirks. Especially Mr. Collins and Mrs. Bennet were as hilarious as they were supposed to be.
  • (3/5)
    Sorry to all the P&P fans out there . . . this just wasn't my thing. *ducks and hides*
  • (5/5)
    I have read this book multiple times--every time I read it, I find something new in Austen's wonderful writing. The novel tells the story of finding love in the reality of a mercenary world and prescribed social norms.
  • (5/5)
    So, so, so wonderful!!! I first read P&P 30+ years ago. Re-reading it was such a wonderful treat. Such lovely characters (except Lydia an Mrs. B are a hot mess!). I'm such an Elizabeth! And I'm 100% cool with that. The manners and mores are so foreign to today, but that helps the reader totally immerse herself in the story. And the story rings so true. These people are real to me and I feel their emotions and understand their motivations. It's simply a lovely bit of zeitgeist to cleanse the palate.
  • (4/5)
    (Original Review, 1981-02-20)If Jane Austen had never become a novelist, what would have happened? What would have happened to the British? Have Jane Austen's works become an antidote to a harshness in the world? Are they a key to disarming totalitarian societies? To making the world decide to be happier and freer? People read Jane Austen's novels to be entertained, after all. The problem with the world today is that it does not really know how to entertain itself or fears doing so - even in this busy, time-aware technological age - and even in Western societies where the hubs of the world's light entertainment have been developed in the last one hundred and fifty years (with theatre and music hall and all that) (and their milieu) would be far poorer.For me Austen is brilliant at conveying the restricted options that women of this period and class had (privileged as they were). Marriage was really the only decent "career" option to them; everything else (spinsterhood and governess) conferred real loser status. Austen, while seemingly amused at the shenanigans centered around the game and rituals of marriage, also managed to convey just how desperate the situation could be for women (and their families) reliant on a "good match" - particularly if they chose badly or acquired "reputations" that knocked them out of contention for a solid "settlement". For all the emphasis on marrying for love, such as that between Mr. Darcy and Lizzie B - there was a very mercenary eye towards the fortunes that Mr. Darcy brought to such a marriage - the economic reality of marriage was never far from Austen's (or her contemporary audience's-) mind. Why do women admire D'Arcy so much? He was at best a toad for most of the book. In fact, a cut n' shut, modeled on one bloke until just before he goes to London, and someone else after that. No wonder he reformed - it's someone else! Captain Wentworth now, that is a man to admire, an exemplar of masculine virtue. Jane Austen had an exceptional understanding of women, but the young Austen knew very little about men.For me, Austen reminds me of how little agency women of that time had - rather than making me nostalgic, it makes me grateful to be living in a time and society that allows far more options for women in how they can live their lives (as imperfect as they can often be).I was also interested in the notes on the significance of the mourning clothing. Some years ago I read a book specifically dealing with the history of mourning costume in Europe. The conventions over the centuries are as complex as they are fascinating and elaborate. One snippet: in the 19th century, a widower marrying again within the mourning period, was expected to hold a "mourning wedding"; this included the requirement that the current bride wearing mourning for the previous wife for the duration of the mourning period's run (both in terms of the dress worn for the wedding), any wedding decorations were also expected to be appropriate to the period of mourning.
  • (5/5)
    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is by far one of my favorite books. Jane Austen paints a beautiful picture of what life for a woman living in 19th century England was like. The characters are perfectly developed, in fact, more so than most books that I have read. Elizabeth is a smart woman who is ahead of her time, in that she is a free-thinker and is not afraid to show a little brass. She is described as being plain rather than beautiful, and she is beautifully flawed, making her seem quite real.

    Pride and Prejudice is about an overly dramatic mother, overbearing Mrs. Bennett, who is trying to marry off her daughters. It's about Elizabeth’s life through the pressure of it all, her sister’s romance with an extremely wealthy man, and her acquaintance with the handsome, rich, and socially handicapped, Mr. Darcy.

    The book is perfectly titled as Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have to overcome both their pride and the prejudice of others to find true love and both pride and prejudice are the main theme, as witnessed by the reader throughout the novel. Class comes into play often as accurate for the time.

    I recommend Pride and Prejudice to all who would like to read an exciting romance with a 19th century backdrop. Your patience is required when starting the novel if you have not previously familiarized yourself with the language of the times. I suggest that you go into the novel expecting to take your time while enjoying the experience of reading the literary masterpiece. The extra time is sure to pay off in the end. Once you are into the book, everything will flow beautifully and you are sure to find it even more captivating that a modern romance.
  • (3/5)
    So, I'm probably the last one of my friends to read this book. It's not for lack of trying. I had started it about 4 times, but couldn't ever get through it. I love the 2005 movie version. I love the LBD youtube version. But it took me til this year to make it through the text. It wasn't bad. I don't know if I will read more Austen. It didn't blow me away like other "classic" books have. I like the story. I like Lizzy. I like imagining what my life would be like in England. Maybe just because I had known the story already from so many other versions, I was not quite as interested in finishing. I listened to part of it on audiobook, and maybe the narrator was not the best. But I'm glad I have finally read this book. It seemed like a rite of passage that I missed in early college.
  • (4/5)
    I can't believe it took my until age 39 to read my first Jane Austen. I enjoyed the read even though it wasn't exactly in my wheelhouse for books I usually enjoy. There is literally no plot outside of who is going to marry and fall in love with whom, but the story was a fascinating look into upper-middle class Victorian England. I can see why Austen is so popular as a writer.
  • (4/5)
    A sarcastic woman meets a snobbish gentleman.4/4 (Great).It took a while to get into it, but by the end I was completely absorbed.
  • (5/5)
    i love this book.
    my favourite jane austen novel. the subtlety of elizabeth falling in love with mr.darcy gets me every time.
  • (5/5)
    I have a hard time narrowing down my "favorites" to one favorite, but this book would probably be at the topo of my list for very favorite book of all time!!! I can't count how many times I've read & re-read it!! And though I enjoy watching every movie version of it, nothing can ever compare to this original, the actual book by Jane Austen. It's so full of character development, wonderful dialogue, and witty commentaries not only by Elizabeth Bennett but also by the author herself. This is the style I aspire to eventually imitate as a writer. I can't get enough of it!!
  • (5/5)
    Probably my #1 OTP of all time, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Oh, how I adore this book. I've read it countless times, watched the different adaptations countless times, and read so many P&P retellings.... The writing in this novel is superb. Favorite book of all time.
    I love the humor in this book. Mr. Collins is comically ridiculous and his lines always make me giggle. Lady Catherine definitely deserves a pie in the face. And I love to hate Mr. Wickham. Such a great cast of characters all in one novel.