Narrator: Kate Reading
Published by Commuter's Library on 24 January 2003
Length: 11 hours, 51 minutes
Source: Purchased through Audible
Jane Austen's story of Mrs. Bennet's finding husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature. Commuters Library presents Pride and Prejudice read by Kate Reading.
Thoughts: I downloaded Pride and Prejudice because I enjoyed The Lizzie Bennet Diaries so much. Luckily, I loved the original book just as much and can’t wait to read more Austen. Honestly, I always thought Austen would be a bit stiff and stuffy, but she’s not. At all. Pride and Prejudice has this dry humor that made me laugh the whole way through and the story was easy to follow and become invested in.
It’s easy to see why Elizabeth is her father’s favorite, but I enjoyed all of the characters. From Lydia, who is indeed insane to silly Mrs. Bennet and stiff Mr. Darcy. Mr. Collins drove me crazy, as he was supposed to, but I think it is Mr. Bennet who is my favorite. Yes, many of the problems in the book come from Mr. Bennet not controlling his family. But it’s hard to be mad at a guy who doesn’t stress about things outside of his control. And those Bennett ladies… outside everyone’s control.
I mostly knew the gist of what was going to happen, but still, it was nice falling in love with Darcy all over again. I love that Elizabeth hates him at first and falls in love with him after she has rejected him (very harshly). Then, he does all these amazing things for her, because he loves her and not because he wants to win her. This actually had a really happy ending that would normally bug me, but this time I was just able to enjoy it.
Favorite moment: Darcy’s sister writes to Elizabeth after Elizabeth and Darcy become engaged. She is just so adorable with how excited she is and I love that the end says they become friends. That poor girl needs a lady like Elizabeth to be friends with.
WTF moment: Mr. Collins’ proposal. I would have said no, too.
Overall: My first foray into Austen was different from what I expected, but I loved it and will read more!
Narrator: I really enjoyed Kate Reading’s performance. She did this low voice for Darcy that I thought was fine, but I know a lot of readers/listeners dislike when narrators do voices for the opposite sex. I like when it’s clear who is speaking and thought Reading’s voice is nice to listen to.