Austen’s heroine Elizabeth Bennet deals with the issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Austen at her wittiest.
Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media
My first audio book purchase and a disappointment, basically in the very poor performance by Emma Messenger. An over strained attempt at an English accent peppered by deep souther American drawl ruining the moment. If only she would either read it all in an American accent or correct all the dropped 't' as in 'inimitably' read as 'iniminably'. A well loved story spoiled by a lazy reading.
"Great Book Made Better by the Perfect Narrator"
Not to be reductive of a very important book, but this provides the storylines for every single romantic comedy and high school drama ever made. The characters are very compelling.
There are far too many great scenes to say there was one best, but one of the most memorable was Mr. Collins' proposal to Elizabeth Bennet. Her refusal and his mental contortions to make himself believe that she really wasn't saying no was hilarious.
No tears yet, but plenty of laughter. Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Collins are both perfect comic relief.
Audiobooks aren't a replacement for reading obviously, but at their best they can bring those books to life in interesting ways. Emma Messenger manages to do that with Pride and Prejudice beautifully. The depth and timbre of her voice make the listen a true pleasure.
Even more than her voice, however, is her voice acting which makes the fascinating characters of the novel truly come to life. Her shrill, loud Mrs. Bennet helps bring out all the comic awfulness of her personality. Even better, in my mind, was the self-important harrumphing of Mr. Collins. The deep, dramatic breaths she would give him before every mention of Lady Catherine de Bourgh truly brought to life the ridiculousness of his character.
Emma Messenger is quickly becoming one of my favorite readers and I hope she continues to read titles for Audible.com.
Almost everyone has read Pride and Prejudice, so why should you buy this audiobook? Buy it for Emma Messenger. She's done a superb, superb job. Great vocal modulation, a warm, easy style, and the characters really come alive. Recommended.
"The voice work is too enthusiastic"
The narrator starts out enthusiastically, delivering an excited Mrs. Bennet at the prospect of an aristocrat moving to her town and maybe some day marrying one of her daughters. But then all of the characters' lines are delivered with almost the same enthusiasm throughout the book. You'd think that Jane Austen ended every other sentence with an exclamation mark. I'm not a huge fan.
Emma Messanger gives an extremely, entertaining narration of this incredible book. Very lovely voice and dramatic inflection.
"High pitched mother voice"
I really enjoyed the story, but the narrators version of the mother's voice gave me a headache. Very high pitched louder than the others and gave me a headache. Took me a few different sitting to get through this just because I couldn't stand the mother voice.
"Fantastic story; subpar narration"
That Pride and Prejudice is wonderful is not news. Anyone who appreciates novels of wit, intelligence, and manners has probably encountered it already.
I'm writing this review to comment upon the narration which unfortunately was not up to the standards of the novel. It was often difficult to tell minor characters apart. For example the two Bingley sisters sounded almost the same and in rapid-fire dialog it was impossible to discern who was talking. Although the narrator was quite good conveying enthusiasm and animation, she fell into an unfortunate pattern when reading straight descriptions. Every sentence began to sound just like the last as her voice rose and fell in the same way from line to line.
Also, this should be marked as an abridged copy. Or perhaps it is simply very badly proofed. At one point I was having trouble following fast dialogue and picked up the book to get a handle on who was talking. That is when I discovered the narrator would omit occasional words (such as, "said Mr. Bingley"). This is inexcusable.
If I'd have picked this up from LibriVox as the work of a talented amateur it would have been fine. As something offered from Audible it is reprehensible. Only the extreme low cost offsets the many flaws. And even then one is not sure that is enough to excuse it.
I have read Pride and Prejudice multiple times and thought this portrayal was spot on- Emma Messenger really captures the characters with the different voices she does. The voice used for Mrs. Bennett in particular was just perfect.
My favorite character in the book is Elizabeth Bennett- a strong, opinionated and confident woman. But while Mrs. Bennett is an obnoxious woman, Emmas portrayal was so perfect it made me actually enjoy hearing all the foolish things she says.
This is my favorite book and having the audio edition to listen to while I work out is great-- I highly recommend this particular version because it really gives you the full Pride and Prejudice experience.
"Highly recommended, a really good book."
Yes, I will probably. The reader reads very well and her voice is pleasant to listen to.
Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Collins
"Still a classic"
This has and always will be one of the classic love stories..And Emma Messenger's narration made it even better!
Yes. I really enjoyed this audiobook. The narration was excellent and although I'm familiar with the story, it was a very different experience to reading the book or watching a movie/TV series. The narration made the characters very human, and the subtle humour was much funnier in this format.
Well, it's really from Elizabeth's point of view and she is the most sympathetically portrayed character, so Elizabeth. But it's hard not to love her father.
No - but her narration was excellent and I would be more likely to buy another title she reads.
Huh? This is like one of those job interview questions I hate...
"Missing words and names mid sentence ruined this"
Classic story that was in general narrated well but I became infuriated by the repeated oddity of place names simply omitted mid sentence. There was also other fluffs such as repeated paragraphs. Call me pedantic but these just ruin the flow of a story for me. I would be tempted to try one of the other versions of this if you're likely to feel similarly.
Good story and well read as far as I am concerned. My issue is with missing words. Not just unspoken but edited out. Mainly the regiment names and some town names. I do not understand the reason behind this.
Awful. Horrible grating voice. managed first 5 minutes. Have spent hours trying to delete it without success.
I thought the telling of such a fantastic story was well done by Emma Messenger, her voices an excellent description of each character and the narration clear and at a good pace. The one and only issue I have with this audiobook is that some odd words seem to have been omitted entirely; from what I could make out it was generally the names of places. While this did not entirely ruin the narration, it did detriment it slightly and was very noticeable when it occurred. Otherwise I thought it was brilliant!
"A solid piece of work"
A well-loved story which barely needs review. Most people have ether read it or seen an adaptation (most of which are excellent) so no doubt your opinion on the work itself is decided. But the efforts of Emma Messenger on the narration shouldn't go unacknowledged; she makes light work of difficult reading material and her characters are brilliantly read and conducive to utter absorption.
"I expected Mrs Bennetts voice to be infuriating.."
But the reader out did herself in conveying just how infuriating a character she is! I winced everytime Mrs Bennett talked !
"Lovely Classic ."
Mister Collins , of course ;)
Love all jane Austen books, but this is the best !
I have always loved Pride and Prejudice. Emma Messenger has read this beautifully, I am looking for book she has also narrated.
"Excellent classic-a bucket list novel for everyone"
Most of us will be familiar with this classic love story, for me it was bought cheaply as an add-on to my free kindle edition so was excellent value for money and offered the opportunity to switch between kindle and audio versions. Emma Messenger captures the obnoxious and annoying characteristics of Mrs Bennett perfectly, however I agree with some of the other reviews, that at times there is lack of distinction between the different voices used for the various characters. As a cheap audio book it’s great, but I would have been disappointed if this had been purchased using my monthly credit.
"Not a great audio version for a Brit"
I love this book, but less than 5 minutes into it I realised it was not being read by an English person. The faults in the pronunciation are many, despite a gallant attempt at the accent. It was way too annoying for me, but it is otherwise well performed and someone who is not British might not notice the subtle errors.
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