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.
Not a sequel, and not Jane Austen - but so what. Fun story, great to visit back with the characters from Pride and Prejudice. Clever references to other Austen works. Not usually a big mystery fan, but this was a great listen.
This is a terrible book. The writing is sparse and poor. Repetitive use of Jane Austen's phrasing is terrible. It lent nothing to the original work. Poorly done.
I tried to like this book. Unlike some others, I thought the narrator was fine and I liked the "where are they now?" beginning. But Elizabeth and Darcy weren't much like Austen's characters, there wasn't enough dialogue, and the murder mystery was pretty bad. Jane and Mr. Bingley were better and some of the minor characters were good, especially Mr. Bennett and Lydia. But without a successful Elizabeth & Darcy or a good murder mystery, why bother?
I liked the opportunity to visit with all of my favorite characters from Pride and Prejudice with the quality of writing that makes the characters and their interactions with one another believable. The thing that bothered me the most was the time spent, particularly in the epilogue, going over that with which I think the vast majority of readers are very familiar.
I would much rather have read what P.D. James thinks would continue to happen in the lives of the Bennet family. Is Mary happy in her marriage? Does anything ever happen in Kitty's life? The epilogue mainly covered what we already knew. I think the assumption needed to be made that the reader was very familiar with the original Bennet story. The other thing I would have done is have a man do the narration. This was not a woman's story. There was much more from Mr. Darcy's viewpoint. The narration on many audible books is done by someone very skilled at performing many different voices, male and female,demonstrating an amazing ability to create voices that can be distinguished from each other. I would not say this was true for this book. The men all sounded like some slightly pompous, upper crust nineteenth century generic man. I was always conscious that it was a woman attempting to sound like a man.
Pleasant, unvaried, inoffensive