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Pride and Prejudice

Written by: Jane Austen
Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

In Pride and Prejudice, the Bennett sisters try to find their way in the repressive strictures of 19th-century society. Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and the experience of falling in love, and she superbly describes a world which, despite being more than two centuries old, still resonates with modern concerns.

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Critic Reviews

"British actress Rosamund Pike is the perfect choice to narrate this novel of manners, and listening to her voice each of the iconic characters is great fun.... Austen's many devotees will savor this first-rate version of her charming novel." ( AudioFile)

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An English classic read by an English rose

I was able to listen to the audio book in one go just like I was able to read it in one go. Witty, sharp, dry with not a dull page.

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Read it only because of Rosamund Pike

This was my third attempt with Pride and Prejudice, I tried it in all formats, kindle/paperback/hardcover but somehow couldn't finish it. I took a shot with the Audio book thinking that may be the narration, the accents and the narrator's familiarity with the text would help and it totally did. I am so glad that I took that shot cause I not only finished the book but thoroughly enjoyed it, the writing, the manner. It was narrated how it was meant to be read. It was just great.

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The best stand alone and romance book of all times

I've read and listened to this book for like a million times. I just can't get over how wonderful the language and narration is. My personal favourite chapter is 34, reading that chapter makes me wonder every single time about what happened to our language and how did such beautiful proposals get extinct!

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Love can reduce anyone to anything!

This book reinforces the saying Love can reduce anyone to anything.
A must read atleast once before u die! :)

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  • Gretchen SLP
  • 10-12-15

A Truth Universally Acknowledged

This is the fourth Audible version of P&P that I have purchased and listened to, and the first I have bothered to write a review of because it is by far the best. Rosamund Pike mispronounces a very few words, and sometimes goes overboard in her zeal to create separate, distinctive voices for each character, which sometimes (e.g., with Mr. Bingley's married sister Mrs Hurst) results in a female character sounding like a man), but overall is the most adept of all narrators of this beloved classic at allowing Austen's flawless prose to speak for itself. Her reading easily exceeds that of Alison Larkin (the 200th Anniversary Audio Edition), although that one is lively and entertaining, and includes music. The audio quality is far better than that of the version narrated by Lindsay Duncan, which, combined with Duncan's almost whispered Mrs Bennet voice, often makes that version difficult to listen to while driving. Pike's narration even exceeds that of Carolyn Seymour in the Blackstone Audio version, which until now was the most listenable of all.

Bravo, Rosamund Pike! And thank you, Audible! I will listen to this audiobook many, many times in the years to come!

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  • Akela
  • 09-12-15

A perfect narration of a perfect book

Where does Pride and Prejudice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the second edition of Pride and Prejudice that I purchased - I already have an older version (different narrator) and I am so glad that I saw Rosamund Pike's name and immediately bought this one. It is absolute perfection. It has long been one my favorite books but with her priceless narration if is certainly going to be on of the Beloved ones.

Which character – as performed by Rosamund Pike – was your favorite?

Practically all of them. She is a brilliant narrator with magnificent voice and managed to make even Mrs Bennet tolerable - not a small feat in itself. Her Mr Bennet is fantastic (actually I think she did it better than Sutherlend's performance in the 2005 movie) - she managed to subtly underline a hint of malevolence in his humor which I personally think is there and most people do not pay attention to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile in sheer sensual pleasure all the time I listened to it (could not stop and listened through the night).

Any additional comments?

A wonderful audio book, simply wonderful. I hope this is not the last time I listen to something narrated by Rosamund Pike.

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  • Dylan
  • 07-02-17

Rosamund Pike = Perfection

Would you listen to Pride and Prejudice again? Why?

I would. Its a classic story and enjoyable each and every time. Rosamund Pike just has the most perfect voice to narrate this story!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It wasn't - sadly a little too long for one go.

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  • Jessica Smith
  • 04-01-16

Almost A Perfect Performance

Rosamund Pike's voice was a great addition to the slew of Pride and Prejudice narrators. While her narrator voice is beautiful, and her main characters voices are lovely, her ancillary character voices are WEIRD. Watch out, Maria Lucas has a lisp. And a strange one at that.

At first her voices for these extras was pretty distracting, but I think Pike made up for it with how well she reads the rest of this novel of perfection.

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  • Blanca Montesinos
  • 08-12-15

Ear candy

Would you consider the audio edition of Pride and Prejudice to be better than the print version?

Not better necessarily, but as an American, it certainly adds to the feel of Jane Austen. So, actually, maybe yes, better than the print. Best if read while you listen to it!

What about Rosamund Pike’s performance did you like?

I mean...the moment she opens her mouth it's like silk. Trying to change my voice for our daughter every time I read a good book gets difficult, and tiring, and sometimes I forget which voice I used for which character. This is one of my favorite books everrrrrr, and so as not to spoil it for our 11-year-old, Rosamund delights the imagination as we read along.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, more like as background, but only because I've seen the movies and read the book repeatedly.

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  • David Arnett
  • 10-12-15

An exceptional narration of a great novel.

If you could sum up Pride and Prejudice in three words, what would they be?

Character, manners, and folly.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elizabeth Bennet is the story.

What about Rosamund Pike’s performance did you like?

She gives a lively and nuanced reading, showing a well-known story in a fresh aspect.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I forced myself to go slower and enjoy the details.

Any additional comments?

I am familiar with P&P, and have the Lindsay Duncan performance, which I like, and had thought was the best available. Now I believe the Rosamund Pike narration is even better, more lively, subtle and interesting.

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  • kidyounot
  • 09-12-15

Wonderfly read by Ms. Pike

What made the experience of listening to Pride and Prejudice the most enjoyable?

Rosamund Pikes's voice acting is neither shrill nor muttled. She speaks clearly and enjoyably while changing her voice to represent all my favorite characters. Well done.

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  • Syd Young
  • 29-02-16

The Best. Ever.

Move over favorite P&P! This offering is the best I've heard, hands down, plus I could picture them all as they were in the movie that Rosamund was in (playing Jane). I thought I was done with this book. Rosamund showed me otherwise. Austen's powers soar with this reading.

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  • J. Wilson
  • 07-03-16

Smiling as I clean

Having loved the story since high school lit class, I have read my tattered copy of Pride & Prejudice nearly every year. I have etched out time to indulge in the long A & E movie version and when time eludes, enjoy the latest 2-hour version. Yet I have known that the vocabulary and its rightful owners had to be abridged and reassigned in the screenplays.

When I saw that Rosamund Pike (actress who portrayed Jane in latest movie) had recorded for Audible, I immediately put the book and a pair of headphones on my wish list.

Birthday gifts did not disappoint, and I have cleaned my house top to bottom, folded laundry, sat for a spell, all the while thoroughly enjoying this audio version. Ms Pike's voicings have made me smile and laugh out loud. Her Mr. Collins and Lady Catherine are hilarious. The encounters at Rosings were some of my favorites. What a treat to get the whole story in dramatic form. I feel satisfied and look forward to listening again and again.

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  • Jennifer
  • 21-12-15

Wonderful reading of a literary classic!

Would you consider the audio edition of Pride and Prejudice to be better than the print version?

Normally I would say no to this question but I absolutely enjoyed this audio book more than my first reading of the book years ago which I loved as well.

What does Rosamund Pike bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Rosamund gives such depth to the characters through her different inflections and voices. The way she portrayed some of the characters had me smiling from ear to ear.

Any additional comments?

For anyone that loves Pride and Prejudice, I suggest this audio book. I was afraid it might be too slow for a listen but it proved to be just the opposite. I don't think I'll ever enjoy reading it again unless I am listening to Rosamund read it to me.

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  • katherine
  • 30-01-16

Perfect

One of my all time favourite books beautifully read. If you love this book I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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  • Marilize
  • 12-12-15

Loved Rosamund

Loved Rosamund's narration - there are so many versions of this book in film and actors, but I truly enjoyed how she'd done it. I hope she will do many more books - especially, perhapd, classics?

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  • Lydia
  • 19-12-15

Rosamund makes this even more wonderful!

So enjoyed reading this classic, and this was the best way to do it. Everything was 5 stars, especially the narration

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  • petra.freedom
  • 19-01-16

My favorite classic

Pride and Prejudice will always be my favorite book of them all. I have read it so many times and now listened to it for the first..because when I saw Rosamund's name, I just had to buy it. And I was not disappointed. Her voice were amazing, I extremely loved her portrayal of the ever annoying Mrs. Bennett.

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  • Kat M
  • 30-03-16

Rosamund pike <3

Jane Austen's words and Rosamund's voice equals perfection. A really wonderful listen that I didn't want to end.
Just stunning!

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  • Steph H
  • 19-02-16

I always love this book

It's funny how you can listen to or read a book over and over again and get so much out of it each time. Although I've always understood the language in this book and sentiments given to each of the characters I feel I was able to appreciate it more on this occasion.

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  • nicole
  • 22-01-16

A great performance of a classic. Now Whispersync

Anyone who loves the classics in audio book needs to know about Whispersync regardless of if you choose to use it or not. The reason for this is that Audible usually gives a drastically reduced price for people who have the kindle edition of a book and since the majority of the classics are free on kindle, books like Pride and Prejudice and hopefully David Copperfield when it's brought out, become incredibly cheap when they are made Whispersync. So if you haven't already, I'd suggest going to Amazon and 'buying' the free edition of Pride and Prejudice, then seeing the price difference on here before you choose to spend your credit on it.

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Just perfect, I couldn't believe how good Rosamund Pike's voice acting talents are, I knew she'd be brilliant at the women but to manage to do such a good job with all the different ranges of the men too was really something. **spoiler**As for that ballroom scene where every single member of her family embarrasses Elisabeth apart from Jane, I've never felt the need to cringe like that when reading the book or watching the series. Pike brings the whole thing to life pulling no punches, even in her portrayal of Mr Bennett, who though much beloved by his daughters and usually seen through rose tinted glasses, does hold a large amount of blame for the difficulties that befall his daughters in the book.

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  • Sir Henry
  • 30-01-18

Oh Dear!

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I bought this version of Pride and Prejudice because of the fabulous reviews about Rosamund Pike’s narration and, goodness, was I wrong to do this. Her performance was almost comical for the voices portraying men and the voice she came up with for Mrs Bennet bordered on something you might hear a child performing at the local school play. I don’t want to be this insulting about Ms Pike but I feel like I’ve been misled into buying a version of this book that I find irritating to listen to. The language is so beautiful and it needs to be delivered as naturally as possible in a clear and precise manner. Ms Pike stumbles awkwardly over the words for the male characters and seems to run out of breath during many of the speeches eventually mumbling into an incoherent hum. I really don’t know why there are so many rave reviews about her performance but don’t buy this version is you want a decent delivery.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 15-12-15

Brilliantly narrated classic!

Pike performed wonderfully, such a pleasure to listen to! Only Mrs Bennet was slightly irritating vocally...otherwise - flawless!

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  • njw54
  • 27-01-16

a classic revisited

loved it; the language is just wonderful, beautifully read by Rosamund Pike, a trip back in time

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  • Belinda
  • 23-08-16

Wonderful reading of a gorgeous book

Rosamund Pike is brilliant. Her voicing of characters is spot on especially the simpering Mr Collins and imperious Lady Catherine

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-05-17

annoyingly brilliant

Having as little affection for high society as I do, I was always reticent to read this book. I find that I now detest myself for enjoying it so much and I believe I judged it unfairly. The tête-à-tête between the two main characters was enthralling and laced with double meaning. On a more simplistic note I learned about half a dozen new words. Jane Austen's critique of high society and its trappings was piercing and I should have given her more credit.

in addition, Rosamund Pike's narration was exceptional.

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  • Brigid
  • 17-03-17

Beautiful narration of classic story

Beautifully narrated which did justice to the classic wit and brilliance of Austen's celebrated work.

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  • Suzanne
  • 17-02-16

Simply Wonderful!

Would you listen to Pride and Prejudice again? Why?

It is a classic story and I think that every time I read or listen to it there is something more I get out of it

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pride and Prejudice?

As much as it is not enjoyable for Lizzie, I do love to hear about the shenanigans of her family at the Netherfield ball or in town.

Which character – as performed by Rosamund Pike – was your favourite?

Jane - I couldnt help but imagine her from the movie also

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It was her captivating eyes!

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  • Nic, Aust
  • 06-01-17

Fun story enhanced by Narrator!

Would you consider the audio edition of Pride and Prejudice to be better than the print version?

We had a long (10 hour) car drive, and the audio book was a perfect way for my daughter to complete her prescribed school book on the way (she gets car-sick reading). I love the story too, and we enjoyed listening together!

What about Rosamund Pike’s performance did you like?

We found both the speed of Rosamund Pike's narration and her character voices just right. I think any slower would have made the language too laborious for us.

Any additional comments?

I have found that audio books are a great way for teenagers to tackle the classics that are often set for school. The language can sometimes be cumbersome for them to read, but the audio format is more accessible, and they can go back to the text more easily once they have heard the book. Highly recommend it - we're doing The Great Gatsby next!

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  • Samantha
  • 08-10-16

Fantastic story, fantastic reading!

I thoroughly enjoyed Rosamund's reading of this story and through this audiobook, Pride and Prejudice has become my most beloved story! Rosamund did such a fantastic job that I really, really wish that she would read aloud more of Jane Austen's works in the very near future!

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  • Sally-Ann Davis
  • 11-08-19

Perfection

I could only have enjoyed this more if Jane Austen herself had narrated it. I was gripped and dazzled despite knowing the story very well. Absolutely beautiful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-07-19

Love Rosamund Pike.

Narrator was fabulous. Just the right person for this book. Deffinately recommend. Jane austen is amazing. And Rosamund Pike does wonders for this book.

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  • Bethany
  • 30-07-19

Rosamund Pike's familiarity strikes perfection

Rosamund Pike's familiarity with the story by playing as Jane Bennett, draws all interest perfectly for a stunning delivery of such an iconic tale.

Each chapter paints an imaginative visual for great understanding, enjoyment and satisfaction, leaving listeners hungry for more.

Easy to listen and finish with this perfect narrator.

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  • TLS
  • 02-07-19

Delightful!

Rosamund Pike narrates this novel superbly. Very enjoyable overall. Thoroughly recommend this recording to anyone interested