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Subject: Pride and Prejudice
Date Posted: 2/14/2009 9:56 PM ET
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Okay, okay.  I admit.  I posted earlier that I was not a fan of Pride and Prejudice.  I saw the Keira Knightly movie and LOVED IT, but I just could not get into the book.

Then I went to my library.

They have a digital book called Playaway.  It's smaller than an iPod but it's essentially the same as a book on CD, but not as bulky.  I saw P&P there and decided, "What the heck?  I'll try again!"  Needless to day, this time I am enjoying it much more.  Now, this is rather odd for me because usually books on CD drive me crazy for various reasons.  I don't know if it's the way it is being read, or if it's just one of those stories that are better when listened to than read, but it's very enjoyable.  I'm glad I gave it another try.

I even went so far as to rent the A&E version of P & P.  I've never seen this version, but so far I am enjoying it as well.

If you ever see a Playaway, check them out.  They are expensive (way expensive!) but it is allowing, me anyway, to discover new books that I had previously put down and vowed to never pick up again.

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 5:39 PM ET
Member Since: 4/16/2008
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I'm glad to hear you gave it another try! P&P is tied for my 1st favorite book so I'm always glad to hear about other people enjoying it as well. :) And the movie with Keira Knightly was excellent!

I've never heard of a Playaway. I'm going to have to look into it.

what other books have you listened to with it?

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 8:15 PM ET
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I love love love P&P.  Audio is a great way to get through books that are a tougher read.  Glad you enjoyed it!

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 9:10 PM ET
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Hannah-

Next I am doing Sense and Sensibility (another book I vowed to never try again!) and then I am going t try Life in Mitford.  I want to do Emma, but there is a waiting list for it. 

Date Posted: 2/16/2009 12:23 PM ET
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I liked S&S as well as Emma. I hope you enjoy them!  Are you watching the Masterpiece Theatre versions as well? You should get on the Emma waiting list. A lot of people I know liked that one the best. :)

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 3:21 PM ET
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Way back in the day they had an audiotape version of P&P at my library that I checked out and listened to several times because the woman reading it did such a delightful job. I adore that book, but it took the A&E miniseries to really help me appreciate it and get through it.

The Emma Thompson movie of Sense and Sensibility helped me get through that book, too. I guess I'm not as intellectual as I'd like to be, LOL! Although I did ultimately enjoy S&S, I don't think it's quite as...sparkling...a book as P&P. It moves more slowly, feels a little more ponderous.



Last Edited on: 2/21/09 3:26 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 4/6/2009 12:39 AM ET
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Austen novels are difficult to get through without understanding that there will never be a ton of plot to keep the story moving forward. Coming out of the 18th century and heading into the romantics period in Britain, all the novelists were big on developing characters rather than moving the plot along.