Synopsis: Very few novels inspire the kind of fanatical devotion that Jane Austen’s Regency-era classic does. Pride and Prejudice follows the inimitable Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters, who are expected to behave in just-so, socially acceptable ways…but that’s not really in the cards. Pride and Prejudice is a witty satire, a family melodrama, and, above all, one of the greatest—and most imitated—love stories in Western literature.
Genres: Romance, Historical, Classics, Literature
Release Date: December 13th 2018 by Apple Inc. (this version) 28th January 1813 (Original Version)
Format Read: Audiobook
Review: I don’t think I benefited by reading this story. I didn’t love it like everyone else did and I didn’t pick up on a single bit of romance from anyone in this story, even though that’s what it is known for, for being a trend setting romance for all romance lovers. I just didn’t get that vibe from it at all.
To me I found that I didn’t like anyone in this story at all, the characters were all horrible, rude, inconsiderate of each other, spoilt and bratty, they didn’t have any connection with one another and they were all so horrible. So yeah I couldn’t and didn’t connect with a single person in this book nor did I like any of them.
I didn’t hate the story as such, she’s a very good writer and paints her story in a vivid way you can see the buildings, the gardens, the people with whom the story is about. Though I didn’t care much for the characters they were who they were and didn’t stop me wanting to find out more from the story.
It was apparent from first meeting what was going to come from the relationship side of story, you knew Darcy and Elizabeth would end up together, that Jane and Billings would end up together. How it came to be wasn’t as obvious which made it interesting, also finding out about the truth of the thing that transpired within the story.
Overall I didn’t find that this was a story that I would go to again, it was a good story, wry over rated and over hyped in my opinion but it was a good and interesting story. It lacked the romance I was expecting which put a hinder on it and my enjoyment of it. I am glad that I finally got the opportunity to read/hear the story as I’ve always wanted to know what it was all about, it is one off my bucket list that I have now completed.
Narrator Review: Oh my goodness why? Her voice was the most irritating voice ever and she kept putting on fake little accents to be different characters which got more and more annoying each time. Kate Beckinsale is not a good narrator in any way shape or form and totally made it harder to get into with this story.
About Author: Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.
Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer. Her artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years until she was about 35 years old. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she tried then abandoned, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth. From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it.
Austen’s works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century realism. Her plots, though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Her work brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew’s A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider public, and by the 1940s she had become widely accepted in academia as a great English writer. The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture.