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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
By: (1775-1817)

Austen’s timeless romantic classic, follows the lives of the five Bennett sisters, who live in a time where an advantageous marriage and social status are considered a fundamental for any woman to stand a fair chance at life. Set at the turn of the 19th century, Pride and Prejudice catches a perfect glimpse not only of a time when women were socially and economically dependent solely on their marital status, but also as an age of enlightenment and witness of the French Revolution.

This romantic novel with its hint of comic references begins with the famous quote "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." This famous quotation sets the story into motion as the eligible Mr. Bingley is introduced as he rides into town. The quote also draws in and to some extent reveals the content of the plot to come. Soon the news of the arrival of the well off Charles Bingley finds its way to the ears of the Bennett household. Having five unmarried daughters, the Bennetts are eager to match them up with suitable spouse candidates and see them prosperously married. After attending a ball, Mr. Bingley is instantly attracted to the oldest Bennett daughter Jane and it is fair to say that the feeling is mutual. Such cannot be said about his close friend Mr. Darcy who rudely refuses to dance with the second Bennett daughter Elizabeth. Consequently, Elizabeth’s first prejudice is born as she labels Mr. Darcy arrogant and obnoxious; however, she later learns never to judge a book by its cover and must swallow up her pride to achieve happiness. Pride and Prejudice witnesses the exciting courtships of the Bennett sisters and their suitors, as well as the not so joyful relationships of other characters. As the novel develops the relationships between the characters must outweigh the forces seeking to tear them apart.

Experience the adventures of the Bennett sisters as they face the troublesome issues of manners, social class, family, and marriages in a male reliant society. A story not only portraying the unreliable nature of pride and prejudice, Austen’s classic also paints a vivid image of the past and the woman as a member of society.

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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE By Jane Austen Chapter 1 It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters. "My dear Mr. Bennet," said his lady to him one day, "have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?" Mr. Bennet replied that he had not. "But it is," returned she; "for Mrs. Long has just been here, and she told me all about it." Mr. Bennet made no answer. "Do you not want to know who has taken it?" cried his wife impatiently. " You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it." This was invitation enough. "Why, my dear, you must know, Mrs. Long says that Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune from the north of England; that he came down on Monday in a chaise and four to see the place, and was so much delighted with it, that he agreed with Mr... Continue reading book >>

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Reviewer: - June 29, 2014
Subject: Narrator
I had to read this book for school. I knew this book was a chick-flick and that I would not enjoy it as well as other books. The narrating was great and it helped me a lot to get through the book. Thank you so much Klett and BooksShouldBeFree.
Reviewer: - June 27, 2014
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Glad i found this! Thank you.
Reviewer: - June 22, 2014
Subject: Great reading!
Love, love, love this reading! It was everything I hoped for.
Reviewer: - June 20, 2014
Subject: Splendid reading
Splendid reader. Each character has his own voice and this help a lot. In greatful for your hard job. You brought the book to life. Thanks!
Reviewer: - May 9, 2014
BRILLIANT!! And what splendid reading Thanks.
Reviewer: - May 8, 2014
Subject: Very well done recording
200 years later and this book is still on the nose with today's fundamentals. Elizabeth Klett s reading of it is so enticing. It is just as clever, witty, and intelligent as a Jane Austen herself... I felt I could almost hear Miss Austen's voice narrating.
Reviewer: - April 25, 2014
Subject: Must read!
This book was just amazing. I did not do much of the audio but read the whole book and I gotta say that reading it's a must. Loved it, one of my favorites now. I will try the audio now, other readers say it's great :)
Reviewer: - April 1, 2014
This reader is great and it helped me do homework while reading for a report at the same time!
February 23, 2014
The reader does a perfect job! If you have trouble reading through the novel itself, listening to this audio makes it much easier. She really distinguishes between character voices and descriptions. It's very, very helpful!
Reviewer: - February 5, 2014
Subject: Pride and Prejudice
This was a great help to me the reader was clear and easy to understand and she read at a good pace so i was able to read along with her and she really brought the book to life for me thank you Books Should be Free.

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