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.