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.
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.
This is book of a 3 book series. I read them all in succession, so this review is my impression of the series.
I feel bad saying this, but the narrator was so annoying it almost ruined the experience. I loved the series, but Holmes stuck-up, nasally accent and lack of diversity, I was often not sure who was talking. Even the women sounded the same.
However, the series was a delight. I am a P+P nut, so I enjoyed every minute of this. It was fascinating to be with Darcy as he struggles with his feelings for Elizabeth Bennett and how he learns what an ass he is. He's a great guy locked in a jerk's body and his journey to enlightenment is great.
The story chronicles Darcy's relationships with Bingley, Georgiana, Fitzwilliam, and a few other characters we haven't met before. There's even some intrigue. If you love P+P, you'll love this series.
Never read the print version but I truly enjoyed the audiobook. Mr. Holmes did a nice job of bringing the characters to life. I must say that 'seeing" life from Darcy's perspective was interesting, heart warming, heart breaking and always amusing. When I read P&P again I found myself thinking about the way Pamela Aidan related Mr. Darcy's character in accordance to some of the events. It was also nice to be introduced to new characters such as Darcy's Shakepeare quoting valet Fletcher and Lord Di Broom, Darcy's closest friend.
Mr. Darcy of course!! Who hasn't had a crush on this guy? It was amusing to see how he simply viewed his interactions with Elizabeth as witty banter and looked forward to seeing her while she on the other hand, viewed their interactions as cumbersome.
I enjoyed all of his character portrayals but my favorite of course, was Darcy since the story is told from his perspective.
Obviously Darcy but then again, maybe Mr. Bingley since he is good natured and adored by all who meet him.
I loved listening to this book. The language is so rich and it's a much needed change of pace when comes to hearing clean, funny & intense feelings without a profanity on every page or an extremely inappropriate situation graphically described. Experiencing this book was like reading Jane Austin's literary counter part.If escaping to or at least visiting the world of Jane Austin's book is something you enjoy, then this series is very pleasant and fulfilling.
I really enjoyed the way Darcy describes his feelings & the way each encounter with Elizabeth was described, it reels you in & you want to swoon.
I love George Holmes' accent, it took me a while to warm up to his narration, but seeing that I'm in the second book of this series, he has grown on me.
No. Worse. Much worse! I love audiobooks, and I love this book. I had the print editions, and wanted to listen to it as well. Unfortunately, the narrator all but ruins it. He sounds prissy, whiny, and in my opinion he totally gets the whole thing wrong, start to finish - in all three books. I'm glad I read the print version first, as it allowed me to
The author did her research, and it was a very enjoyable story. Love, love, love the story. Great job, Ms. Aidan! I really enjoyed the author's take on Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's point of view. She does a great job staying very true to the story, missing very few details. Well done.
No! Not a chance.
Granted this is not real Austen, but for all of us hungering for more to the P&P story, it certainly fills the bill in more ways than one. The style and structure are reminiscent of Austen, but more important, this book, or, rather, series, actually enhances the story and provides plausible explanations for the change in Darcy's thinking and behavior, something sorely missing in the original. It is always a delight to see a good story, originally written from one main character's point-of-view, from another POV. There are flaws, however. The first time I listened to the trilogy, the entire Norwycke section seemed a bit silly, superfluous and completely unrelated. However, the second - and subsequent - times through, I came to realize that it did several things. First, it anchored the events of Austen's story to its time tying it to the assassination of Perceval and other related plots of the period. It also fills in the story of Darcy's long absence from Austen's original.
And, finally, it delineates Darcy's processes by which he comes to think he loves Elizabeth, tries to forget her, learns to face his own weakness of character, and finally realizes her true value through his struggle to understand and help his sister, his realization of who his real friends are, and his failure to interest himself in other women. Austen's Darcy has always been considered one of literature's great romantic men. However, from a 21st century perspective, he isn't particularly likable, much less lovable. Much of that is due to the fact that Austen gives us no real, logical transition from his shocked anger at her refusal to his complete change of heart regarding himself and her family and lack of connections. This series provides us just that. I've listened to the trilogy 4 times so far and still find it fun. The narrator does an excellent job of delineating characters giving each one a distinct personality and voice. Not for Austen purists, however.
I became a Jane Austen fan rather late in my reading life, and soon became a little frustrated because her short life as an author left me wanting to hear more from her. A number of authors have tried to continue the stories of her novels, as in this case, that of "Pride and Prejudice." I have sampled several of these authors in print, but found this audio book by Pamela Aidan to be one of the more gratifying exercises in the genre. Told from Mr. Darcy's point of view, the narrative is rather lengthy, and continues in two subsequent books. I found the narrator's interpretation pleasing however, and the leisurely pace of the storytelling gave significance to the author's views on the reason that Mr. Darcy befriended Mr. Bingley, his upbringing and family at Pemberley, his REAL attitude toward Miss Bingley, and his relationship with his sister Georgiana. Of course, the heart of the story is his gradual realization of the personality, character, and familial relationships of Miss Elizabeth Bennett. This series is not for the listener who is faint-of-heart. However, if you enjoy Jane Austen and her world, I recommend this audio book and the others in the series.
Aidan's series is *the best* Pride and Prejudice spin off I have ever read. Her research is exacting, her details eye-opening, her supporting cast appealing, her unhurried details engaging, and her tone is spot on with Miss Austen's. Now, that said, this reader is definitely of a specific accent, and he does add pauses where, colloquially, there should be none. I'm used to reading pauses where there are punctuation, and nowhere else, but Mr. Holmes seems to have his own style of accent, and while it's strange to my extremely American ear, I didn't find it displeasing once I got a few minutes in. If you were dismayed by the reading, I encourage you to buy the book!