Book review of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice Audiobook Carolyn Seymour


“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners—one of the most popular novels of all time—that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited cour …more

My thought

Until finishing this book, I was probably the last person of “reading age” that had not read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. But now that, I am part of the world again, let me tell you what I thought of this book.  

This book did not live up to the hype for me. Over the years I had heard so many great things about Pride and Prejudice, it’s a literary classic and it is one of those books that is in most readers top 100. But unfortunately it didn’t make it in mine.

Let me start by saying I loved Jane Austen’s humor. I had laugh out loud moments, literally! That’s what I really loved about the book, besides that it was just an okay book. I had loaned it from the library in the kindle version sometimes last year when I decided I wanted to read more classic books but I wasn’t really connecting with it. So, when i saw there was an audio version of the book, I loaned that one and I actually got through it.

I’m pretty sure I finished it this time around because of the people that read the book. The voice of Mrs. Bennett was the worst but I loved it!

Stories of classism isn’t very new or original and I found the love story to be extremely predictable. I could have easily wrote this book, not with the skill Jane Austen did, but I could have told the story, easy. The most interesting character to me by far was Lydia, especially after she married Wickam. But that was about it for me. Absolutely nothing happened in this book.

But Jane Austen’s writing style alone makes me want to hand this book 4 stars.
Have you read Pride and Prejudice?

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