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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 Bennet, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy. 

In Pride and Prejudice, the Bennet 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. 

Public Domain (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

What the critics say

"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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Great read!

I have always had difficulty reading Jane Austen, but for the first time, I was able to fully enjoy this work of literature through the performance of Rosamund Pike. She truly gave life and energy to the story and it was honestly difficult to stop listening. I highly recommend!

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  • kim
  • 2018-03-23

Perfect

I love the fact that Rosamund is reprising her role from the movie adaptation and she sometimes says Lizzie’s lines like Kiera acted them. Pure delight!

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Just lovely

Rosamund Pike does an absolutely beautiful job on this novel. Her characters are distinct and very enjoyable. This has always been one of my favourite books and I thoroughly enjoyed it in this medium!

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a classic for a reason

til now I've only ever seen the movie so of course the book is always better. rosamund pike's narration was wonderful. I just loved this!

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A classic, deservedly

Not the type of book that I usually read, but appreciated the writing, the story and character development. Deserves all the accolades. Narration by Rosamund Pike is excellent.

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very pleasant to listen to

the reader gave each character a well suited and distinguishable voice which made the story immersive. the book was great and the presentation could not have been better.

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miracle!

such a wonderful masterpiece! it was so funny and exciting to read! mrs bennet was so hillarious! i loved the humour of jane austen! sorry for any mistakes, i am still learning english

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Absolutely Delightful

I always forget just how much I love Jane Austen, and then I read one of the books or watch one of the movies, and am reminded all over again. I absolutely loved Rosamund Pike's narration. Her intonation and voices were fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed listening. I've already bought her Sense and Sensibility, and I hope she narrates more books in the future!

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Wonderful!!

One of my favorites. Great narrator as well. I will definitely listen many more times!

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incredibly boring

if you're up for an emotionless, pedantic and boring reading, this is it. good luck

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  • Gretchen SLP
  • 2015-12-10

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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  • Dylan
  • 2017-02-07

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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  • Akela
  • 2015-12-09

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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  • K Kimpe
  • 2020-02-05

Cant stand narration!

Narration was horrible! I couldn't force myself to listen to more then 15 mins of the book.

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  • J. Wilson
  • 2016-03-07

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-03-04

Beautiful story, beautiful voice but . . .

Would you try another book from Jane Austen and/or Rosamund Pike?

Yes to Jane Austen, and no to Rosamund Pike.

What other book might you compare Pride and Prejudice to and why?

Sense and Sensibility

Would you be willing to try another one of Rosamund Pike’s performances?

No

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

Any additional comments?

The book is one of my favorites, but Rosamund Pike with her beautiful voice didn't do it justice. Some of her character voices were pretty bad, and sometimes she talked so fast you couldn't enjoy the prose. I was disappointed in this particular audiobook because of her performance. I'm a fan but sorry, Ms. Pike.

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  • Blanca Montesinos
  • 2015-12-08

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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  • Syd Young
  • 2016-02-29

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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  • Jessica Smith
  • 2016-01-04

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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  • David Arnett
  • 2015-12-10

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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  • Ginger
  • 2019-02-11

un livre que j'écoute encore et encore

J'avais découvert Orgueil et Préjugés grâce au feuilleton de la BBC (Jennifer Elhe, Colin Firth). Rosamund Pike a d'ailleurs joué Jane Bennet dans la version filmée de 2005 avec Keira Knightley et Matthew Macfadyen. Je l'ai beaucoup apprécié dans Gone Girl également. Sa voix est une compagne régulière à présent. Elle joue à merveille les personnages tant masculins que féminins et de diverses classes sociales. J'écoute ce livre en randonnant et parfois avant de m'endormir. Je recommande vivement ce livre! I discovered Pride and Prejudice through the BBC soap opera (Jennifer Elhe, Colin Firth). Rosamund Pike also played Jane Bennet in the 2005 filmed version with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. I enjoyed her a lot in Gone Girl too. Her voice is a regular companion now. She plays beautifully both male and female characters of various social classes.I listen to this book while hiking and sometimes before falling asleep.I highly recommend this book!

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  • Sannas
  • 2020-07-21

excellente narratrice

une écoute passionante, et une comédienne talentueuse, sachant que l'interprétation des différents dialogues est à la base un vrai défi.

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  • Andrea van Tuyl
  • 2019-12-11

Pronunciation and Perfection

All of Jane Austen's precise word choice and perfectly crafted dialogues are done so much justice by Ms. Pike. Unlike when we read, not one syllable is lost, not one word skimmed over in an audio version of this story. If you have read this novel many times, do not hesitate to listen to it. Ms. Pike's reading adds nuances and finesse that makes it as fresh as when you loved Pride and Prejudice for the first time.

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  • Aline Piazza
  • 2019-10-14

Ré-découverte d'un chef d'œuvre

Re-découvrir ce livre que j'aime tant au travers de cette magnifique lecture ! Quelle agréable surprise !

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  • Friot Clara
  • 2019-02-06

Old fashioned but entertaining enough

"Uneducated woman manages to marry all five of her daughters to men they love and never gets thanked for it" is a decent book, tho it is slow and the characters and story seem extremely dull and shallow by today's standards. The writing is impecable and also makes up for all other defaults.

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  • Juliet Jones
  • 2018-02-15

BRILLIANT BEYOND EXPECTATIONS

Rosamund Pike's voice is the perfect narrator for this charming novel. One of the best audiobook ever!

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  • Anonyme
  • 2017-10-13

Un incontournable

Très agréable. Excellente lecture de ce livre exceptionnel. Un classique dont on n'est jamais lassé