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!
This book might be more suitable for those who enjoy sexless romance novels.
There was no real sense of mystery, she opens by apologizing and saying that she is no Jane Austen, well this book is no good PD James mystery either. It seems to be a complete fantasy with no real grounding in the time period or setting. I truly understand why Pride and Prejudice ended when it did now. This book seems to ramble with little content, essentially extending all the story lines from Pride and Prejudice unnecessarily, with a shallow mystery acting as wheezing bellows to push them forward another 200 pages and many descriptive passages with little merit. The language is poorly disguised as being period appropriate, but is clearly more modern than intended. I imagine all the characters holding hands in the end much like the convenient tying up of all story lines, blech!
The Narrator did well to perform all characters pretty well regardless of gender and age. It's a shame that she wasted her time on this story.
If you like real PD James novels, this one will disappoint.
Let me start off by saying that I am by no means a Jane Austen purist. That said, I have to admit I had quite a few hangups with this mystery. For one, it didn’t feel like a mystery at all – a courtroom drama perhaps – but not a classic whodunit. I was expecting our beloved Elizabeth Darcy to put on her gumshoes and crack the case, yet she barely had a role in this book at all. The inquest was tedious. Plus I had to force myself to concentrate on all the long-winded descriptions of characters and convoluted backstories. Listening to this on audiobook proved to be a big challenge! As for the narrator, I'm giving this a couple extra stars because she was great.
I was quite disappointed with this audiobook, both for the weak story, which was not really a mystery, and the narrator, which seemed a little too pompous. Regarding the story, it made me sad that the Austen characters, who are so likable in Austen's book despite their flaws, seem so pompous, arrogant and self-serving in this book. I would think that the writer would have respected the people that Austen created (e.g., Colonel Fitzwilliam) and work them into her story rather than making them totally different to suit the plot. It might have been better just to create a whole new set of characters. As for the narration, the English accent seemed fake and mocking and didn't seem to lend any likability to the characters, which was really needed. Very disappointing.
I wanted more interaction between Elizabeth and Darcy.
Continued more of the love story of Pride and Prejudice
PD James draws new depth and gives life to some of literature's best characters. He skillful capturing of Jane Austen's tone and sense of irony makes this mystery delightful and believable. There is much to delight true Austen devotees. I don't think that others will find it very interesting if they do not know Austen's complete works as there are too many references to other stories that probably get in the way. However it is fulfilling for those of us who have always wanted to find out what really happened in Pemberly following Elizabeth's and Darcy's marriage.
Put more of the Austin wit back into the story.
Recreate the characters so that they are similar to the original.
No favorite scene.
The narrator is brilliant.
I wish that I could've saved my credit by not purchasing.
Rosalyn Landor did a fine job. The voices were believable and consistent. The story itself was creative and somewhat interesting, if for no other reason than it brought to life all of the characters from Pride and Prejudice that we know so well.
The dialogue and language were done fairly well. It did seem consistent with Pride and Prejudice. However, whereas the genius of Jane Austen was her ability to bring to life a multitude of characters that we come to know on an intimate basis, these characters are just going through the motions. We never really care about what they say and do. They seem to be just recounting a mystery and adventure. Elizabeth doesn't play a central role in the story. She could almost be left out entirely. While the story centers on Darcy and Wickham, they never really have much to say, especially Wickham. We don't connect emotionally with these people. It is not a bad book. It does give us a possible explanation for many of the loose ends we may wonder about. The mystery of who done it is well played. It is only by comparison to the original that we really appreciate the mastery of Jane Austen.