Publication Date: 1813
Read by: Kate Reading
I first tried to read this about four years ago and ended up putting it aside because I just couldn’t make myself care about the characters. I kept thinking that I must have missed something because I know so many people who just adore Jane Austen’s books. I decided to try listening to it instead. I did finish it and I loved listening to Kate Reading’s voice and the way she read the book.
I must just not have the “Jane Austen Loving” gene, though. I don’t have a shopping gene either, so maybe they’re near each other on the DNA map. It’s not that I have anything against classics in general, because I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed several in the past few years. I didn’t dislike the book, but I really just didn’t care that much. It wasn’t anything against Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. They were fine, if not a little bland. It was nothing like the intense dislike I felt for both Heathcliff and Cathy in Wuthering Heights. Mostly what I felt about this one was apathy. Maybe I’m too old and cynical to get caught up in it. I probably should have read it when I was in my teens or twenties. Then again, it might just be that genetic flaw thing.