Audio Book Review
Release date: 1813
My rating: 8/10
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What I learned from this book: 19th Century’s English language is an absolute divine to listen to.
Description of the book: Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London. Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet’s five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth. Though Austen set the story at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of “most loved books.” It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen’s memorable characters or themes.
How this book made me feel: There is no way to describe, how reading a classics novel feels. Everything about it is pure beauty. The setting, the characters, the writing style, it is a song to my 21st century tired soul. 🙂 I know there were millions of reviews and analyses written about all classics books, but of course, I have the need to share my view as well. 😀
The protagonist of this book is Elizabeth Bennet, one of five daughters of a middle-class family in a little village in England. Her mother’s ultimate goal is to marry off her daughters, but Elizabeth is not in a rush. I really liked Elizabeth in this book, she is a very strong-willed and sensible young lady. I really loved the way Jane Austen picked the characters for this novel, they are very well developed and very intriguing. I think Mr Darcy is an absolute twit, but with a golden heart. If he would exist in reality, I have no idea how a woman would understand this man. HE IS SO FRUSTRATINGLY COMPLICATED 😀
The narrative of this book didn’t really impress me. The book is told from a single perspective, and I liked the dialogues and the events in this book, but much of it didn’t grip me. I liked that the author changed the settings and atmosphere often, that made the book more interesting, and the narrator of the book I listened, changed the voice for different characters, so that made it way more entertaining for me. There are some turns and twists in this book, that were really unexpected to me, and I liked that.
There is no denying that Jane Austen is a Legend of literature, and her writing style is absolutely stunning. I loved the ending of this book, it was very well deserved and rounded this story beautifully. Because of my background, I find the language of classics quite hard to read. it uses different dialects and words, and I struggle because I don’t know how to pronounce certain words. Due to this issue, classics take longer for me to read. 😦 This time I tried to listen to the audiobook. I loved the narrator and the way she portrayed the book, but again, I find it difficult to concentrate because after some time my mind wanders off. Anyone else has the same problem? How you deal with it?
So, to conclude, it is a gorgeous book and Jane Austen is a true icon. I did enjoy this book with it’s refined and intriguing characters, and very atmospheric premise, and I can see why people loved this book. I am definitely going to read more classics, they lift up my spirit and make me happier. Did you read this book? What did you like? Was there something you didn’t like? If you haven’t read it yet, definitely give this very sophisticated love story a go. 🙂
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: Jane Austen (1775-1817) was modest about her own genius but is one of English literature’s greatest and most admired writers. She is the author of Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.
Vivien Jones is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Leeds. Tony Tanner was a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, and Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Cambridge.
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