I have read most sequels or alternate stories for Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. I have to say, Pamela Aiden is THE BEST of the lot! I enjoyed the Darcy perspective here and felt Ms. Aiden did a masterful job of telling the story. She enhances the story, while keeping to the original themes and familiar characters. No bodice ripping here -- which I really appreciate.
I read the series in the past and enjoyed it so much, that I thought they I would really enjoy listening to the books while commuting. I bought all three at the same time.
I would not have done so had I known the reader's style.
If Pamela Aiden could get another reader, I would repurchase the series. This is one that I would listen to again and again. But not with George Holmes.
The reader was terrible. I ignored the other reviews thinking that it couldn't be that bad. It was. I could barely tolerate the choppy syntax. It was like each phrase was a sentence, and the phrases that naturally go together were separated. What a shame to do this to such a great book series!
This book was entertaining for the first few hours but it is too drawn out; nothing of consequence happens and it gets tedious. The fact that it takes 3 volumes to tell this story says it all. It's almost insulting to be strung along by the author like this - does she get paid by the word?
The narrator, although a fine reader, was not a good match for a tall, dark, and handsome protagonist.
Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!
I had read Pamela Aidan's books many years ago with much enjoyment. I was happy to seen them in audio! Pamela has honored Jane Austen's world, as well as bringing her own unique perspectives, with a sparkling flavor of Georgette Heyer. Her characterizations are steady and delightful.
Regarding the narrator, I have enjoyed the voice and narration of this story. It's careful speaking, with care and thought and a light proper British accent that is pleasing on the ear. I don't notice any breathing problems and am enjoying the subtle acting of this story very much.
Well worth the listen if you enjoy Pride and Prejudice.
Less musings, and I am not in for buying the 2 more parts of the book to get to the end... yawn
I thoroughly enjoyed the insight into British society in 1812. Because of the depths the author went into to explain the norms and behaviors it made it much easier to look at events with that perspective rather than the modern day view point.
I tried to read these books for a long time. I bought ebook copies and paperback copies and I just couldn't get into the series. I figured my last chance to listen to the audiobook and boy am I glad that I did! While it's not the most exciting or like twisting story ever written, it is the Darcy side of P&P; therefore, I just had to know what it was all about.
The story kept me listening for more. Within 6 days I was done with the book and glad I took the time to do do. I did not suffer from the complaints of disliking the narrator. I felt that the time passed nicely while listening to this book was done primarily as a pleasure.
This is my favorite Jane Austen fan fiction series so far, but the performance made me turn it off after chapter 3. I have the books practically memorized and was thrilled to find it on audible, but I hope someone produces a new version. The sentences were choppy and stilted and many phrases ended on a question where there was no punctuation at all, much less a comma. In spite of knowing the story so well, the narration made it difficult to follow and impossible to enjoy.
If you're still tempted, please listen to a sample before purchasing, an option I foolishly skipped.
I read these books years ago when they 1st came out and thoroughly enjoyed them-I thought the story and excellent and fairly true to Jane Austen. Unfortunately the narrator was not good and actually took away from the listening experience. I'm sad to be this negative but there it is.....
While the story was fantastic, the narrator did a poor job. Had I not previously read the book. I would have stopped listening after the first five minutes. It is bad enough that at times I felt as if I was suffering through the telling of it.
The story is compelling and well written. The author breathes life into the popular, but enigmatic character of Fitzwilliam Darcy and does a fantastic job of rounding out the original novel by giving readers a look at the equally important, but largerly unknown, hero.
His narration was inadequate. He spoke too fast and flatly at times and made mistakes in mispronunciation of words and referring to people by the wrong name. The performance was grating on the nerves and only worsened by the introduction of overly loud music played over the narration at the beginning and ending of the book.
It inspired me to want to re-read the book rather than listen to it in audio format.
The book itself is fantastic but with the disadvantage of a poorly narrated audio version, it is likely to suffer.