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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (966,190 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781400176335
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"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

Thus begins one of the most often quoted introductions to one of the most frequently assigned novels in British literature. During the Georgian era in the early 1800s, the ultimate goal of the parents of females was to find them suitable marriage partners of equal or superior social status with an income to keep them in the manner to which they were accustomed. Such goals naturally grew out of English inheritance laws of that time period, laws which modern society would find restrictive and prejudicial toward women.

In "Pride and Prejudice" Mr. and Mrs. Bennet are the proud parents of five daughters: Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia. As these young women reach young adulthood, finding suitable mates for them becomes more important than ever because, should Mr. Bennet die, his home and income would be inherited by a distant male cousin rather than go to his wife or his children. As a result, their mother does everything in her power to get them married properly.

Her efforts are quadrupled, much to the embarrassment of her husband, when a wealthy bachelor, Mr. Bingley, arrives to live at a nearby mansion and brings with him his friend, Mr. Darcy.

Having been brought up by Mrs. Bennet, the girls have been conditioned to make her goal, as any other mother's goal, their own. A couple of the daughters, and one in particular, have minds of their own and indeed are precursors of more liberated females who will make their mark in future society.

The work is filled with humorous elements as well as subtle criticism of the time period and those values held by the social classes. Within the novel lie a number of love stories within the larger story.

As one of the most romantic love stories of its time, "Pride and Prejudice" brings listeners a captivating love story and enduring characters as typical of their time as any two lovers ever were.

Author Jane Austen lived from 1775 to 1817 in England. She was a novelist whose wrote about women, society and a woman's place in that society, poking fun at the foibles and weaknesses of human nature. She made heavy use of dramatic irony to maintain reader interest, resulting in words and commentary that are as entertaining to listen to now as they were then.

She wrote several other popular novels of the time, including "Mansfield Park," "Emma" and "Sense and Sensibility."

All of Austen's novels, including "Pride and Prejudice," are available in audiobook format for easy downloading here at Audio Bookstore.

Pride and Prejudice captures the affections of class-conscious eighteenth-century English families with matrimonial aims and rivalries. This story of the Bennet family and the novel’s two protagonists, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, is told with a wit that author Jane Austen feared might prove “rather too light and bright, and sparkling.”

The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. Austen’s artistry is also apparent in the delineation of the minor characters: the ill-matched Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Charles Bingley and his sisters, and particularly the fatuous Mr. Collins, whose proposal to Elizabeth is one of the finest comic passages in English literature.

Austen’s radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 shahbakht khan | 2/20/2014

    " I am completely, utterly and madly in love with this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kera | 2/19/2014

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    " This is most likely my favorite classic book. I have read it and re-read it many, many times! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hunter | 2/12/2014

    " It started out very boring but it got really good at the end. If you can make it through the first half, then the rest comes easily. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexi Procyk | 2/8/2014

    " I love this story. I think it brings all those who read it back to a time before technology was created. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhea Sincioco | 1/23/2014

    " I really love this book. That's because I really am into earlier centuries setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marleahh | 1/22/2014

    " There is no romance in the 20th century, movie or book, that does not reference Austin. And out of those references of romance 8 out 10 times it is THIS book. There is no sex, no making out, not even a kiss, but girls sigh when Mr. Darcy asks if there is anyway she would consider him. True romance has very little to with sex, and any guy wants to learn the pitfalls to a girls heart here is a how to manual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/16/2014

    " The book to which all others will forever be compared. My favorite, always and forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kent | 1/11/2014

    " Just as good as it was all the other times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aisling | 1/8/2014

    " i just loved this book <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi Lund Nielsen | 1/7/2014

    " Was a bit skeptic at first, because i'm usually not into love stories like that. But ended up reading it in one session. Took me about 14 hours, only stopping to eat and stuff like that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Rothert | 12/29/2013

    " Love! One of the best books EVER! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie James | 12/29/2013

    " Thank goodness this was assigned to both my daughters in the same year, forcing me to read another classic I'd missed along the way. I really couldn't put it down, and now my daughters tell me I have to watch the Lizzy Bennet diaries (developed by Hank Green & Bernie Su). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ilithyaegmail.com | 12/24/2013

    " I love P&P. I first read it in HS and I've never looked back :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicola Holmshaw | 12/24/2013

    " One of my favourite books ever, well worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail Mchugh | 12/20/2013

    " It started very slow, however,I soon found that I had been completely sucked in to the story. I also found myself in Elizabeth as she related to Mr Darcy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kei | 12/17/2013

    " I must admit that I was a little bored. Maybe I should read it again during a time when I'm not anxious to read other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle Crawford | 12/16/2013

    " I read this after reading Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, and much preferred the remake than the original. It is still pretty good, and despite knowing the basic story, was an entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabi | 12/12/2013

    " Oh my goodness, I LOVE this story! I started reading it, but I ended up watching the movie (the one with Keira Knightly) and I loved it! My favorite character I have to say is Georgianna Darcy and Caroline Bingly and Jane Bennett!! THIS IS A MUST-READ!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Rogers | 12/3/2013

    " Not big on the classics, but on a strong recommendation from a friend, i took the leap. was NOT disappointed. SO rich. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laf | 10/14/2013

    " One of the best books I ever read. Long but such a clever description of the times. Great characters who are often misunderstood at first meeting. Usually I don't enjoy movies made from books, but PBS did a 5 hour production of this that was wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pjreads ♫ | 6/28/2013

    " "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 6/13/2013

    " Even though I had seen the movie before actually reading it, I still enjoyed it immensely. It is such a lovely love story with wonderful language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Blanchard | 2/24/2013

    " Hard read but well worth it!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Johnstone | 1/13/2013

    " I've read this so many times I have lost count! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Porterfield | 11/13/2012

    " I somehow missed reading this in school. I had a desire to read a classic and enjoyed it immensely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trina Z. | 4/13/2012

    " i love mr. darcy and elizabeth's relationship "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan Telfer | 3/20/2012

    " The best Austen by a mile. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annemarie Deville | 3/11/2012

    " Was only able to get through a few pages before putting it down. Too fluffy for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Episoeder | 2/12/2012

    " Fantastic characters and wit that Oscar Wilde would be proud of. The conclusion wraps up a bit hastily and Austen uses some incredible sentence structures, but everything is forgiven knowing that all is well at Pemberly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haley | 11/17/2011

    " This book is absolutely amazing. Jane Austen so masterfully portrays so many innate human quirks that are still present in society today. She unveils people for what we really are and shows us things about ourselves we seldom see. There's a reason why this is a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff W | 10/22/2011

    " The best opening line of any novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heath | 9/19/2011

    " Just read this again (for about the third or fourth time) and thoroughly enjoed it as much as the first time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 7/16/2011

    " As a self professed Pride and Prejudice lover it took me a while to get round to the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shellie | 4/2/2011

    " This is the ultimate collection for any Jane Austin fan. It is gorgeous and look amazing on the shelf!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristiana | 3/8/2011

    " Love the novels, but this collection of Austen's works was so big and heavy that I found it awkward to read. I donated it to the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Telisha | 3/5/2011

    " Amazing book set, beautiful and well bound. Love having them all together in one compilation and what a set!
    Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kereesa | 3/2/2011

    " An excellent collection, though lacking Austen's unfinished and unpublished work, it nevertheless beautifully presents all of her novels in a nice form. For details on individual novels, please see their respective reviews. 5/5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryver | 2/25/2011

    " I've read Pride & Prejudice and am now reading Sense & Sensibility. Along with reading these books, I am also collecting 2 versions each of the films. I enjoy them that much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elle | 2/20/2011

    " I absolutely adore Jane Austen, I have read this entire book at least 20 times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/15/2011

    " Highly impractical pocket for seven must-reads that deserve nice linen bindings.. At the time of publishing, e-books were not yet available. Nowadays, choose those to save on your holiday luggage.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/4/2011

    " bought it at a Spiritualist fete for £1. For all of her books, not a bad price. Unfortunately, it's also about a bazillion pages which makes it difficult to hold, and the font is awfully tiny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosie | 1/16/2011

    " The best collection of books! Whatever mood you are in,t here is an Austen novel to compliment! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 1/12/2011

    " Jane Austen's works all in one edition. It can't get much better than this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 1/8/2011

    " I love Jane Austen. This is one of the few I keep on my shelf to re-read when I'm in the mood "

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About the Author
Author Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775–1817) is considered by many scholars to be the first great woman novelist. Born in Steventon, England, she later moved to Bath and began to write for her own and her family’s amusement. Her novels, set in her own English countryside, depict the daily lives of provincial middle-class families with wry observation, a delicate irony, and a good-humored wit.

About the Narrator

Josephine Bailey’s impeccable narrations include the British classics Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden. She has also used her subtly nuanced style to enliven historical fiction and light romances. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.