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Publisher's Summary

Jane Austen’s most popular novel, originally published in 1813, some 17 years after it was first written, presents the Bennet family of Longbourn. Against the background of gossipy Mrs. Bennet and the detached Mr. Bennet, the quest is on for husbands for the five daughters. The spotlight falls on Elizabeth, second eldest, who is courted by Mr. Darcy, though initially she is more concerned with the fate of her other sisters. This marvelous account of family life in Regency England is read with customary panache by Juliet Stevenson.

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Sublime!

Juliette Stevenson's reading of this book is fabulous. The novel is already a favourite of mine but after hearing her talk with Graham Norton about her reading of this story I downloaded it straight away and was not disappointed. A great way to spend 15 hours of tedious driving!

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Jane Austen + Juliet Stevenson = Perfect 👌👍🏻😊😃🌸

This version is perhaps the better! Juliet Stevenson reads just fine. She is in no hurry, she reads sensually and you know exactly which character is speaking .
I listened to the performance Rosamund Pike, Rosalyn Landor, Emilia Fox, Emma Messenger.
Juliet Stevenson the best !😍

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  • Tad Davis
  • 24-05-2021

Perfection

It’s not that Naxos’ previous offering of Pride and Prejudice was bad in any way. It was fine. It was enjoyable. But Juliet Stevenson is perfect. Perfect. And it rounds out the best audio collection of Jane Austen on the planet.

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  • Amy F.
  • 14-06-2021

Austen + Stevenson = Love. Read on!

First, I assume anyone reading this review is familiar with P&P and is just wondering whether it's worth adding another audiobook to his/her/zir/their collection. The short answer is: yes IF you also love Ms. Stevenson.

The longer answer is that I have to confess that Ms. Stevenson is fixed in memory as the indelicate Mrs. E. of the 1996 Emma film and *is* the voice of the Austen novels via Naxos CDs in the 2000s (then Audible). Thus, it caught me a little off-guard to realize that some of her usual Shakespearean clip and general vivacity were missing from this recording, as she can't have aged! She reads a little more slowly than earlier books (of course, that could be sped up, but I didn't want to). Her characters aren't always consistent in this version. Yet, blessedly, she doesn't fall into the trap that irks me about some of the other P&P narrators (Ms. Pike and Ms. Fox) and take Mrs. Bennet into hysterical shrieks (a bit more like the version from Audible Studios by Ms. Duncan). The voice of Mrs. Bennet changes, but it doesn't make me jump for the volume button. And, as I continued to listen, I realized that I knew the story (of course) so I knew the characters and just relaxing and hearing one of my favourite narrators (Ms. Stevenson) read one of my favourite books, the way she wanted to read it to me, was a wonderful gift and well worth the credit. It was rather presumptuous of me to even take issue with her choices in the first place, so I hope you don't make my mistake and just enjoy the experience.

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  • Ethan
  • 16-07-2022

Juliet Stevenson is a marvel

The narration by Stevenson gives this delightful story glorious color and richness.

Who cannot fall in love with Elizabeth Bennet.

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  • Christina P.
  • 29-05-2022

Masterful reading of a literary masterpiece

Jane Austen’s writing is at its best in Pride and Prejudice. So much more than a romance novel, it is a delightful comedy of manners. It is also a welcome escape from the modern penchant for extreme emotion, action, or violence in storytelling. Pride and Prejudice is a true masterpiece.

Juliet Stevenson’s performance is absolutely perfect. Characters are clearly portrayed. She infuses them with the life and wit of the story. Ms Stevenson’s timing and cadence are excellent, pausing just long enough at all the right moments giving listeners a moment to savor what we just heard before going on.

On of the very best audiobook experiences!!

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  • Yas
  • 15-05-2022

1 star star for the narration

There is nothing to say about the story itself, or the talent of the author. Pride and prejudice is a well known masterpiece.
It is in fact my favourite book of all times!

However, this narrator managed to spoil it for me. She managed to make Elizabeth sound like Caroline Bingley, so much so I could not bear her. Furthermore, the different voices attempted to differentiate the characters were often mixed up. And the clearing of the throat every time the —shire militia was mentioned was insupportable.

All that made me for the first time (after thousands of reading and listening to P&P) in my life not finish the book. I had to stop in the middle of the Netherfield ball.

Now, I must read the paper version, and definitely listen to another version of the audio (Read by Karen Savage or Rosamund Pike) to cleanse my memory.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-2022

Juliet Stevenson is awesome!

I have listened to all of her Jane Austen and George Eliot narrations, and have never been disappointed.

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  • Riley Mom
  • 29-04-2022

Fine narration of a timeless classic

Juliet Stevenson has done it again! Her ability to portray each character is uncanny and she certainly breathes life into the words on every page.

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  • Jinnnnn
  • 02-03-2022

Mrs Stevensen is incredible.

Best voice I found, she makes every character's alive. I hope she could produce more book and I'll keep following her.

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  • msvickybee
  • 03-01-2022

The narrator killed Lizzie's character

While I think the narrator is good at reading, her interpretation and voice for characters were terrible. Seeing the 2005 version movie, the pace of the story worked better than the book, much, much less chatter to tell the story. I was hoping the book would provide more details into Liz & Darcy romance...and it did, but I had to wade through so much long, long, drawn out conversations. The book is TMI in my opinion...Too much information -half of which I didn't care about. That's all.

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  • kimberly May
  • 07-11-2021

loved ut

it was a little slow at times. loved the book. listen too it twice.

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  • robholl
  • 15-06-2021

Brilliant!

Impeccable reading by one of my favourite narrators. Juliet Stevenson demonstrates her intimate understanding of the text and characters in her performance and has greatly enhanced my enjoyment of this classic, much read (by me) novel. Cannot recommend too highly.

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  • papapownall
  • 03-06-2021

It is a truth universally acknowledged

It is a truth universally acknowledged that any audio book narrated by Juliet Stevenson is going to be most agreeable. It would be ungenerous of me if I did not mention that I first heard that Ms Stevenson had made this recording whilst listening to an interview with her on Graham Norton's Bookclub podcast here on Audible. Many of us are familiar with Pride and Prejudice but it is a long time since I last read it and hearing Jane Austen's prose read out loud by such a talented narrator is a real treat. I enjoyed the richness of the language and there could not be but curiosity at the references to "countenance", "vexations", "civility", "disposition", "impertinence" and, my favourite of all ""superciliousness". Wonderful.

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  • Natalie Morey Burrows
  • 02-06-2021

One of my all time favourites

Absolutely loved Juliet Stevenson’s newest version of Pride and Prejudice. I heard about the recommendation from her interview with Graham Norton on Virgin Radio so I wanted to give it a try. I work from home so I usually put an audio book or the radio on in the back ground. It was such a good book to listen to. I finished it in a week!

Thank you again!!

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  • Valetta
  • 09-08-2021

THE BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN

I loved every minute, every turn of phrase, each implied gesture. Fabulous. Another tour de force from Juliet Stephenson too.

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  • Judith Sharman
  • 10-07-2021

Enticing old favourite overbore finicky reviews

So glad the allure of this old favourite meant I decided to take a chance on this audio book. Juliet Stevenson reads it beautifully, so much so that I have laughed out loud! Such a delightful experience in the dark days of shielding. Can't recommend highly enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-06-2021

A Real Treat!

If I could have made one request of an audiobook it would have been to have my favourite book of all time read by my favourite female narrator. I sat and listened at every opportunity during one week. It will not be the last time I listen as the reading of Pride and Prejudice has been something I have done every few years. To have it read by Juliet Stevenson whilst cooking or knitting was, for me, bliss.
On the critical side I would say Jane’s voice was a little too simpering for me but it didn’t detract from the overall experience.
So worth the credit!

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  • ,Caroline Pitrakou
  • 21-06-2022

loved it

narrated exquisitely I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the full works of this novel excellent.

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  • Andy B
  • 11-06-2022

A superb reading

A superb version.
The novel itself is flawless of course and if you haven’t already read it then what on earth are you thinking…
Juliet Stevenson brings real understanding to the characters and I’ve enjoyed several of her audio books now, her reading of Jane Eyre was also very good.
I will definitely look for more of her work.

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  • Mrs. Linda Gleave
  • 10-06-2022

pride and prejudice

At last! the story read in full, without bits omitted and read so well by Juliet Stevenson who in opinion has the perfect voice and reading style for Jane Austen

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  • The Messenger
  • 26-04-2022

Elizabeth of 500 voices

I love Juliet Stevenson. I adore her. I've listened to many of her narrations. To unite my favourite Jane Austen work and her reading it, it felt like a dream come true.

I felt that the book was rendered extremely professionally and competently. She highlighted the key moments very well.

But I was disappointed. The narration appeared inconsistent.

Elizabeth seems to speak in a different voice every time she opens her mouth. It's always a good voice but it never feels truly hers. Sometimes I found it hard to work out who's who. For example during her conversation with her friend, Charlotte Lucas. This was the case with some other characters too

Lyndsey Duncan's performance remains the better one imho.

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