Pride and Prejudice – Audio Book Review

My first foray into the world of librivox audio books (and really only my 2nd audio book ever) was Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I am terribly ashamed to say that this is the first time I’ve ‘read’ any Austen. I know, I know, how can I call myself a Devourer of Books? Unfortunately, other than some Dickens, my 19th century literature is sadly lacking (which I’m now planning to rectify with these audio books from librivox).

The fact that this is my first experience with Austen pained me even more when I realized how fabulous and funny her writing is. I actually laughed out loud quite a few times while going through this book. I was quite interested to learn that this novel is considered to be the first romantic comedy. I can only wish that today’s romantic comedies had as much humor and social commentary as this book does.

The only thing that annoyed me about the book is that nobody ‘said’ anything, everyone ‘cried’ whatever they had to communicate, even things that didn’t seem to merit themselves to be ‘cried’. If that is the worst thing I can say about the novel, however, that isn’t so bad.

As far as my experience with the book as an audio book, I was quite pleased. I thought the reader, Karen Savage, quite good. She did a superb job differentiating voices and means of delivery. I suppose it helped that she had a bit of a British accent, which only added to the enjoyment of this 19th century British novel. I thought the identification of the novel, the reader, and librivox.org at the beginning each chapter (which is their policy, as each chapter was a separate file) would get annoying, but it really didn’t bother me in the least. I can’t wait to start my next audio book from them. I think next I’ll be listening to Charles Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare.

9 comments to Pride and Prejudice – Audio Book Review

  • If you’re trying to decide what Librivox book to read next, I have several reviews at http://www.freelistens.blogspot.com . One of the first reviews I published was this same recording of Pride & Prejudice. I loved it!

  • Thanks! I will definitely check out your reviews. I have downloaded 4 or 5 books, but I know I’ll want more very soon.

  • heartbreaktown

    This was one of my first audiobook experiences as well and completely hooked me! I love music, but sometimes while driving I need something else to listen to. This was perfect!

    By contrast, I listened to the DaVinci Code while driving as well and the performer actually GAVE AWAY the big surprise by using the wrong accent for a character. At first I thought it was just an error until the “real” identity was revealed and I realized I already knew based on the performers chosen accent. Too funny.

  • Sister

    I see you.

  • I love Pride and Prejudice… yet, when I try to reread it, I find that I just go to the movies (BBC…love Colin Firth as Darcy) for my fix instead. I downloaded the mp3 of it, and have rediscovered my love of the novel…that, and it makes the treadmill a little more tolerable…but not much.

    If you like P&P, there is a new series told from Darcy’s perspective by Pamela Aidan that is really excellent. Check it out!
    Can’t wait to read more from you, Amie

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  • it was the 2005 movie for me. i felt that there was something to this story that was more than the movie could offer, so i bought the book.

    i am obsessed with regency novels at the moment, as far as my pocketmoney can take me, but so far i’ve never found anything that could match to p&p.

    and if i may add, i’ve never read a man more dashing than mr darcy, imo.

    i also just finished the 1995 series on youtube. everyone was right, it IS much better than the movie. colin firth is not as pretty as other actors but he as darcy had this half smile that made me fangirl all over the computer. ♥

    i wanted the audiobook, so i downloaded it from librivox, but the girl who was reading it had this american accent which while not very heavy (minnesota, accd to gutenberg), was not very nice to hear either. plus the fact that she didn’t read very well – kind of monotonous. i might not be the type of person who’d enjoy audiobooks though. <_<

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