Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen
Read by Carolyn Seymour

11.48 Hours 01/19/2011 unabridged
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The provincial Bennet family, home to five unmarried daughters, is turned upside down when a wealthy bachelor takes up a house nearby. Mr. Bingley enhances his instant popularity by hosting a ball and taking an interest in the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane. Meanwhile, Mr. Darcy, Bingley’s even wealthier friend, makes himself equally unpopular by his aloof disdain of country manners. Yet he is drawn in spite of himself to the spirited and intelligent Elizabeth Bennet, who proves to be his match in both wit and pride. Their sparkling repartee is a splendid performance of civilized sparring infused with unacknowledged romantic tension. Pride and Prejudice delightfully captures the affectations and rivalries of class-conscious English families in an age when status and security for women hung entirely on matrimonial ambitions. Austen’s characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England. It is also the source of some of the most memorable characters ever written, from the fatuous Mr. Collins, whose proposal to Elizabeth is one of the finest comic passages in English literature, to the beloved heroine Elizabeth, whom the author herself deemed “as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print.”

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Summary

Summary

The provincial Bennet family, home to five unmarried daughters, is turned upside down when a wealthy bachelor takes up a house nearby. Mr. Bingley enhances his instant popularity by hosting a ball and taking an interest in the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane. Meanwhile, Mr. Darcy, Bingley’s even wealthier friend, makes himself equally unpopular by his aloof disdain of country manners. Yet he is drawn in spite of himself to the spirited and intelligent Elizabeth Bennet, who proves to be his match in both wit and pride. Their sparkling repartee is a splendid performance of civilized sparring infused with unacknowledged romantic tension.

Pride and Prejudice delightfully captures the affectations and rivalries of class-conscious English families in an age when status and security for women hung entirely on matrimonial ambitions. Austen’s characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England. It is also the source of some of the most memorable characters ever written, from the fatuous Mr. Collins, whose proposal to Elizabeth is one of the finest comic passages in English literature, to the beloved heroine Elizabeth, whom the author herself deemed “as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print.”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“There is a truth of painting in her writings which always delights me.” Sir Walter Scott
“The greatest novel ever written.” Malcolm Muggeridge
“Major and minor characters are superbly drawn, the plot is beautifully symmetrical, and the dazzling perfection of style shows Austen at her best.” Masterpieces of World Literature
“There’s no one to touch Jane [Austen] when you’re in a tight place.” Rudyard Kipling
“The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste.” Virginia Woolf

Reviews

Reviews

by isabella b 9/13/2017
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will read again

the classic love story never gets old. I have read this books so many times I have lost cont and watched the movie conntless times as well
by Double07 9/13/2017
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Very enjoyable reading

I found the reading, or might I say, the listening of this book to be very enjoyable. While I was in college, I was privileged to have taken a class which required us to read this book. Hearing this story, this time, through audio, brought back memories of that class which were very pleasant. The audio was very well expressed in the right places and I would strongly urge anyone interested in a"throw-back" novel to give Jane Austen a chance. She is one of the best female authors of our time.
by Andrew 9/13/2017
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Not for me.

I couldn't make it though the whole book. I'm just not one for "I'm better than you" kind of thing.
by Jackie 9/13/2017
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Every bit as tedious as I remembered it

Slogging through the manners and social conventions of the time makes for dull reading, especially in the first half of the book. The narration was outstanding and made it a little easier to bear.

Author

Author Bio: Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775–1817) is considered by many scholars to be the first great woman novelist. Born in Steventon, England, she later moved to Bath and began to write for her own and her family’s amusement. Her novels, set in her own English countryside, depict the daily lives of provincial middle-class families with wry observation, a delicate irony, and a good-humored wit.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 11.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English