Trade Ed. Tantor Media 2008
CD ISBN 978-1-4001-0633-2 $37.99 Nine CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4001-5633-7 $24.99 Two MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $17.49
Library Ed. Tantor Media 2008
CD ISBN 978-1-4001-3633-9 $75.99 Nine CDs
Jane Austen's classic novel is expertly narrated by Josephine Bailey, whose eloquent presentation captures all the exquisite restraint and elegance of Austen's prose. Undaunted by a large cast that is almost constantly engaged in dialogue, Bailey has impeccable timing as she brings beloved scenes to life. Her insightful narration conveys all the depth and detail of Austen's believable characters, including pert, sometimes saucy Elizabeth; amiable Jane; the initially stiff Mr. Darcy; and the amicable Mr. Bingley. Less central characters (vulgar Mrs. Bennet, ungovernable Lydia, moralizing Mary) are equally well done. The spirited exchange between Elizabeth and Lady Catherine de Bourgh as dramatized by Bailey is beyond compare. This fine production makes a persuasive case that Austen is best enjoyed unabridged. J.C.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2008]
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