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.
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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.
Like many people, I thought, "What could be better? The great PD James' plots with Jane Austen's characters?" You will be supremely disappointed. PD James can't get Jane Austen's voice and characters (not surprising, after all, since nobody else but Austen can), and she abandons her own wonderful characters, giving us the worst of both authors in a book that is boring, stiff, and tiresome. There is next to no plot; she spends about 1/3 of the book repeated "Pride & Prejudice" lines so that you know that she's familiar with the characters, and you keep waiting for something new and interesting but it never happens. The narrator is all wrong for anything of Jane Austen's characters, as she reads in an imperious tone for nearly every character, but which suits only one, Lady Katherine. All in all, it's tremendously disappointing but yet another example of why sequels to classic works, don't work. Get it from the library if you must, but don't pay for this one.
I listen to audiobooks mainly while commuting 90 minutes a day and when walking. Sometimes when knitting.
I love PD James and I love Jane Austen. Not a hige fan of Austen imitators but I've read a few and enjoyed them. I was very disappointed in this story and thought it was just boring! So bad I didn't finish it and I almost always finish the book. Don't waste your time.
I have not read the print version but read the original Pride and Prejudice. This was an excellent sequel and sounded similar to Ms. Austin.
I still adore Elizabeth. She is gentile but not subservient. Her wit is still evident and she and Darcy are well matched!
WOW! It has been a while since I have listened to a book but I was thoroughly amazed at Rosalyn's performance! Most of the speaking parts are men. Her ability to give each a distinct voice and sound like men - WOW! Bravo! I will be looking out for more of her performances.
Death Comes to Pemberly--- a must read!