Many authors have tried to take classic tales one step further than the author's original work. As a fan of both Jane Austin and PD James, I came to this book with big doubts. While James did a solid job, her style is so much dryer than Austin that the characters did not come to life as they did in Pride and Prejudice, but that would have been a miraculous achievement. Instead, James gives us an interesting tale and a pleasant listen, but if you expect Austin come alive again, you will be disappointed.
I can see a hundred ways this supposition could have worked, but the one the author chose didn't. Would be an okay read on an otherwise boring day, but not worth spending money for.
I agree with the author P.D. James. Jane Austen would have done better job of writing this book. Now with that said I actually like the book. In the beginning the story sort of drags, but the more you listen the better it gets.
Most people read Jane Austen because of her subtle but precise wit, and the rich internal life of her main characters. Death Comes to Pemberly is not a particularly engaging mystery or piece of historical fiction, and by setting itself up for comparisons to Austen, suffers even more for the weak character development and complete lack of that (slightly mean and very clever) Austen spark.
I am a lifelong lover of books. I got my degree in English & worked in the publishing business for many years. Now I work with wildlife.
As a P.D. James fan, I was delighted to see that she is still writing. I believe she is well into her 80's. I've never been disappointed in any of her books and that holds true for this one, albeit a different approach for her. I thought the book was well read - the story held my attention and I would definitely recommend it to fans of both P.D. James and Jane Austen.
This book was everything I hoped it would be and more. The great narration added immensely to the quality of the writing. This book allowed the listener to delve in deep and get involved in the happenings at Pemberly.
No because I didn't realize how much this book would be just a continuation of Pride and Prejudice. It didn't seem much like a suspense book as much as it did a chance for the author to help the reader enjoy more scenes that would fit perfectly in the original P&P. It basically is a guilty pleasure book to enjoy those characters again.
I think I'm getting out of the 19th century chick flick titles.
They all blend together. It really is just more of the same when it comes to this book. P&P spent so little time where you could enjoy the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy and this book allows the reader to luxuriate in that. But I didn't realize how tired I am of the whole story.
Pick this book if you love P&P and are looking for more.
I love P D James in general. But why did she write this? I was hoping for Jane Austen like prose - not even James can mimic the great Austen.
Write more like Jane Austen
the male voices just don't work
Replacing the narrator who could not do men's voices, and read all characterizations in a stilted and pushed way. She was, in a word, terrible.
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Timothy West. But then I'd cast Timothy West for every book. The man is brilliant.
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Yes. I love the way she weaves Pride and Prejudice throughout her story making it seem seamless, but with her unique voice.
Can't think of anything that comes close.
Kept the low key tone of the book.