Pride and Prejudice vs Pride and Prejudice – Audio Book Review and TV Review

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Audio Book Review

I’ve been an Austen hater for as long as I can remember. Well, no, I know when I became an active hater. It was Year Twelve, I was doing literature, we were studying Mansfield Park, my literature teacher was swooning and gushing about it and I was bored out of my brain. I remember trying to enjoy it, but I just didn’t. And ever since, I’ve shunned and mocked everything Austen, despite many good friends urging me to give it a go.

Finally, I decided to give it a go. I went the Audible audio book of Pride and Prejudice read by Rosamund Pike. And… It’s bloody good. There were points while I was listening and driving where I was shaking my head, frustrated at being proved wrong. I mean, I knew enough about the story through general pop culture that nothing was a surprise, but it was the detail that got me. Austen was clever and made some pretty decent comments on society. And I have no doubt that my enjoyment was absolutely fuelled by the wonderful performance by Pike. I’m not sure that I’m ready to hit Mansfield Park again yet, but I was prepared to give the BBC production which everyone raves about a go.

Pride and Prejudice – TV Review

This is the one with Colin Firth, with the infamous pond scene, with a cast filled with familiar faces. It’s a six-part adaptation and it’s great. Cheesy and wonderful, and I will forever be quoting (or knowing me, misquoting) Mrs Bennet. I can’t say that I feel the passion that some do, and honestly, the wet shirt scene wasn’t all I’d built it up to be, but it’s a good watch. Now, time to take a turn around the room.

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