Mr. Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife and 5 daughters. There is the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty and the wild Lydia. Unfortunately, if Mr. Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met. The family's future happiness and security is dependent on the daughters making good marriages. Life is uneventful until the arrival in the neighbourhood of the rich gentleman Mr. Bingley, who rents a large house so he can spend the summer in the country. Mr Bingley brings with him his sister and the dashing, rich, but proud Mr. Darcy. Love soon buds for one of the Bennet sisters, while another sister may have jumped to a hasty prejudgment. For the Bennet sisters many trials and tribulations stand between them and their happiness.
I did love the relationship between Elizabeth and Jane. It was so refreshing to see a sisterly love that held no animosity just pure respect, admiration and enjoyment of each other. I also loved the character of Elizabeth who even though she was almost arrogant in her independence she did grow through the story and had some wonderful development.
On the whole I found the romances lame but this was also a good thing because I felt Austen was just using that as a mechanism to move the story of the Bennett family along and I loved waiting to see where the family would end up next.
Honestly it got to the point where Jane and Lydia were such extreme characters on the spectrum they almost felt like stereotypes. Jane is a wholly unbelievable character because no one should have that level of optimism in human nature and Lydia is just a spoiled bitch.
Rosamund Pike did a good job as a narrator. I found some of the language confusing but that was not the fault of the narrator so much as reading a book based on a writing style I was unfamiliar with.