There isn’t much that can be done to improve Jane Austen’s best known novel; it is perfectly charming and funny on its own. That being said, this audiobook version, performed by Rosamind Pike, somehow manages to make Pride and Prejudice come to life in a remarkable way. Sometimes audiobooks are questionable because they involve the performer taking on many different voices. I’ve listened to some audiobooks where those voices were distracting and seemed less than genuine. In this audiobook, Pike’s performance is spot on, and I didn’t want the story to end! In fact, as soon as it was finished playing I was tempted to start right back at the beginning.
Even though I knew the plot and had read and listened to other versions of this novel, I was completely drawn in to the world of the story and the array of characters inhabiting that world. I’m not sure how Pike managed it, but her performance is spectacular. I will be listening to this version again and again.
I won’t say more for fear of gushing, but this audiobook is truly gush-worthy. If you are an Audible subscriber, think about using your monthly “credit” for this book, and if you are not an Audible subscriber, this book is worth the price of admission. If you’ve never read Pride and Prejudice, this is a wonderful, easy way to get started reading Jane Austen’s works.