Download Pride and Prejudice: Five Minute Classics from Misfits Audio
Misfits Audio, 2013
Following the production of Pride and Prejudice in Less than a Minute
from last year, Misfits Audio's spoof of the Austen classic seems somewhat lengthy by comparison.
It's a nice idea to take the framework of
the Austen classic and turn it into a comedy spoof, but actually it tells us more about the producers' views rather than the
book itself. This version makes fun of the conventions governing many of the characters in the novel, while allowing
for the fact that the Bennet sisters find different partners of varying degrees of suitability. There's a nice line
in it, describing Darcy's method of speaking as resembling someone with a lemon in his mouth, but very little is actually
made of the developing Elizabeth/ Darcy relationship. Instead the adaptors make reference to the fact that, were Pride
and Prejudice to be updated, its sentiments would be very different from those expressed by Austen, and would probably
involve shopping in some way, shape or form.
The cast is full of Misfits regulars, including Joe Stofko as a valetudinarian Mr. Bennet.
Worth a listen, if only for its brevity.