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Old 01-25-2013, 07:54 AM   #1
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Happy 200th Birthday "Pride and Prejudice"

Monday marks the 200th anniversary of the initial 1813 publication of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice":

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It has one of the most famous opening lines in literature, it turned Colin Firth into a heartthrob and it spawned a zombie spin-off. Now Pride and Prejudice has reached the venerable age of 200.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the bicentenary of Pride and Prejudice will be accompanied by a surge of Jane Austen-related events and merchandise - and articles that shamelessly hijack the novel's first sentence.

Monday's anniversary is being marked by a "readathon" of the novel at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, which has launched an 11th-hour internet campaign to find an international star to read the first chapter.

Experts, writers and fans will read the entire novel in a 12-hour internet broadcast, which will hook up with Jane Austen societies in Australia and North America. Jane Austen societies also exist in Japan, the Netherlands and Brazil.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21078941
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:41 AM   #2
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I've never read anything by Austen. Maybe one day...
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You really should read P&P - it's extremely witty.
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You really should read P&P - it's extremely witty.
Just checked my Audible account and I do have it. Maybe I'll give it a go soon.

But, how much romance is in it? I don't care for romance in literature.
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Just checked my Audible account and I do have it. Maybe I'll give it a go soon.

But, how much romance is in it? I don't care for romance in literature.
Its basic plot is of course that of a love story, but it's not a soppy girly sort of story. I'm no fan of that kind of thing myself, and I think it's a wonderful book. It's the characters who make it such a good story: Mr Collins, the obsequious clergyman, the ghastly Mrs Bennett, and of course the seemingly appalling Mr Darcy. It's just a great book.

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Its basic story is of course that of a love story, but it's not a soppy girly sort of story. I'm no fan of that kind of thing myself, and I think it's a wonderful book.
Then I'll give it a go; thanks
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Question for anyone.

I have two Audible versions. One read by Josephine Bailey and the other by Lindsay Duncan. Which one should I listen to?
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Question for anyone.

I have two Audible versions. One read by Josephine Bailey and the other by Lindsay Duncan. Which one should I listen to?
There's a lot of personal preference there... Based on samples I'd pick the Lindsay Duncan one.
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Question for anyone.

I have two Audible versions. One read by Josephine Bailey and the other by Lindsay Duncan. Which one should I listen to?
Are they both British? I strongly prefer to listen to British books read by Britons, and American books read by Americans.
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Are they both British? I strongly prefer to listen to British books read by Britons, and American books read by Americans.
They're both Brits. Time to sample each one.
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Monday marks the 200th anniversary of the initial 1813 publication of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice":
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Harry, do you have by chance a link to this internet broadcast?
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Sorry, I'm afraid I don't. I'd be interested in it myself.
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