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Subject: Pride & Prejudice
Date Posted: 11/16/2011 1:08 PM ET
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I posted this in the classic literature & the audio books forum but didn't get any responses, so I thought I would try here.

Can someone recommend a good audio version of Pride & Prejudice.  There are so many out there and the narrator really makes or breaks it.  Any suggestions?

Date Posted: 11/16/2011 3:27 PM ET
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I don't know one, but I generally find the reviews from AudioFile to be helpful when choosing an audiobook (my husband likes audios).  

You can get a free web pass to read their online content (give them your email, they'll give you a login), then search for reviews.  There are a number of them, both abridged and unabridged, and several have audio clips so you can listen to the reader.

Get the webpass here: http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/webpass.html

Then search: http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/dbsearch/showsearch.cfm

 

Date Posted: 11/16/2011 3:39 PM ET
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Thank you so much!

Date Posted: 11/16/2011 5:13 PM ET
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Wouldn't it be lovely if there were one read by Colin Firth? Sigh. 

Date Posted: 11/16/2011 5:53 PM ET
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Wouldn't it be lovely if there were one read by Colin Firth? Sigh.

Yep -- I would definitely go for that!

Date Posted: 11/16/2011 6:33 PM ET
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As delightful as that sounds, I think it needs to be read by woman.

Date Posted: 11/16/2011 6:45 PM ET
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Lindsay Duncan got really great reviews for her narration at Audible!

Date Posted: 11/16/2011 8:24 PM ET
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The NYT reports that Colin Firth will be recording Graham Greene's The End of the Affair for Audible's new audio series, if that helps.  Doesn't look like he's done much audio work otherwise, which is a pity.  Apparently the readers have had a hand in choosing their books for this project -- perhaps he doesn't want to be typecast as Mr. Darcy.

Date Posted: 11/16/2011 8:56 PM ET
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perhaps he doesn't want to be typecast as Mr. Darcy.

I think it may be too late for that.  {{{{sigh}}}} he makes my heart go a-flutter (have no idea how to spell that)

Date Posted: 11/17/2011 11:56 AM ET
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My next audiobook is P&P, actually! I have the version narrated by Carolyn Seymour and I just started it for this thread and it sounds like this is a winner!

If you haven't already listened to Sense & Sensibility on audio, I just finished it (narrated by Donada Peters) and LOVED it. I've listened to a few read by her and have loved every one.

Date Posted: 11/17/2011 2:33 PM ET
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Kelly, thank you!  Audible has the P&P by Carolyn Seymour, but not S&S.  I'm going to check the library.  What about Rebecca by du Maurier? do you have a recommendation?  The one on WL at Audible is narrated by Anna Massey.

Date Posted: 11/17/2011 3:43 PM ET
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You're welcome! No, I haven't listened to Rebecca, sorry! That one is on my TBR pile and should get read by year's end for the challenge. ;)