Wife to sometimes neglected husband (due to listening to audiobooks) and mother to adult children. I am a relatively recent avid reader/listener, only really starting to read for pleasure a few years ago but now am thoroughly addicted.
I love Pride and Prejudice and felt this was an excellent continuation of the stories. I especailly loved Elizabeth and Darcy's passionate relationship throughout the book.
Sometimes when I buy really long books to get the most "bang" for my credit buck I am bored with the book by the end. This one is well paced and had enough side plots to keep me interested. Also the main characters are fun and likeable. I am not an Austin devotee but I thought the author did a believeable continuation
YES! Because it takes you on a journey that all of us have pondered, what happens after Elizabeth and Darcy Marry~!
I think it was ideal how Berdoll kept the same characters and personalities from pride and prejudice. When she did introduce the few new characters she brought them to life seamlessly within the story and made me comfortable with them.
I Loved how she changed her voice from Female to Male, an EXCELLENT performance. mostly I enjoyed her as Darcy.
I'm not good at that tag line stuff. maybe LOVE, SEX, and ADVENTURE!??
I appreciate how Berdoll at the end finished the story- explaining what happened with each character not leaving anyone out. the characters she purposely wrote about had an ending and made you feel like you were informed about everyone.
Engaging. Humorous. Satisfying.
I felt like I had picked up with old friends, and enjoyed what this author was able to contribute that Jane Austen could not - the relationship between a man and woman - based on true lack of experience.
Shouldn't. Read. Men.
The female voices in the book were great - Elizabeth, especially. The men's voices were awful. They only had one expression, and it was impossible to discern one from the other.
It took me to the moon and back again and I enjoyed every minute. It made me laugh out loud and made me cry on occasions. I felt hurt, angry and a few more emotions. In my mind's eye, form this minute on, this is what happened to Mr and Mrs Darcy, not any of the other continuations of which I have read several. Very well written book, that is for our day and age, nothing that Jane Austen would approve of mind you. In fact, it is my belief that if Ms. Austen were to read it, she would be severely displeased!
English major, Attorney then CEO of 5000 employee company (in that order). I have over 1200 books in my Audible library.
i LOVE Pride and Prejudice. I never tried a "sequel" because I did not think one would do Jane Austen justice - not until, based on its reviews, I tried Linda Berdoll's Mr. Darcy Takes a Bride. I was enthralled. Berdoll remains true to Austen's characters but does go into the bedroom areas where Austen would never go. Berdoll's lovemaking scenes are quite sexual, but never trashy or raunchy. The writing about the bedroom activity can be very humorous also. Berdoll has a wonderful sense of humor and fantastic insight into human nature. Her pace is excellent in that suspenseful situations are resolved fairly quickly and do not go on for hundreds of pages. The "Mr. Darcy goes in search of Georgiana" is a little long, but necessary. It was so satisfying to be able to continue reading more about the Pride and Prejudice characters and finding out what happens to them, in Berdoll's view. There are also many new and fascinating characters. Landor does a masterful job in her reading of this book. I hated for the book to end and could think of nothing else for the next 24 hours. Even though the loose ends are neatly tied, the last page led me to believe there may be a sequel. Sure enough, there is, but it is not on Audible yet. I found that there are two more books by Berdoll following this one. I found them on Amazon and purchased the Kindle versions. They are Darcy and Elizabeth; Night and Days at Pemberly, and The Darcys; the Ruling Passion. I am half way through Darcy and Elizabeth and am as enthralled with it as I was with Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife. The more I read Berdoll, I see that not only has she been influenced by Austen's style, but also by Charles Dickens. The story lines, pace and characters remind me greatly of Dickens work. Berdoll also reminds me of Georgette Heyer's Regency romance novels. If you have not read Heyer, try starting with The Grand Sophy, or Bath Tangle, or Lady of Quality. You will be hooked! Back to Berdoll's writing, even with the Austen and Dickens influence, Berdoll has her own unique style. Berdoll makes brilliant and well phrased observations about people and events. Some of them so impressive that I had to stop, back up and listen or read again. Absolutely amazing!. Please don't pass this book by. It vastly exceeded my expectations. I RARELY give a book 5 stars (and I have well over a thousand books in my library). This book deserves the 5 stars. I rarely write reviews, but I wanted to influence people to try this book, especially Jane Austen fans, because I think they will love it as much as I do. If Berdoll's sequels to Mr. Darcy Takes a Bride come out in Audible I will get them too, especially if Landor is the reader. Berdoll's books based on Pride and Prejudice are ones that I will read again and again, just as I have reread Jane Austen's books.
felt true to the original in vocabulary and syntax. characters seemed authentic to austen's creation. still want to take Lydia over my knee!!! narration was consistently excellent throughout.
There are plenty of reviews summing it up as it is: a really smutty, really long story with plenty of drama and scenarios that probably would never happen. But you know what? I listened to all 40-something hours.
I liked seeing the characters I loved from P&P continue on. And it wasn't just a little bit after the wedding - we went from basically the engagement all the way to a few years after. I loved seeing them continue to grow, and see what life brought, etc.
I thought MOST of the characters were recognizable to those of the original , MOST of the time. Especially when you remember the time period. Sometimes I wished Elizabeth was more... of a modern woman, but when you remember this was based on life 200 years ago, you forgive her a bit for not being as independent as you want her to be.
Maybe - I need to emotionally recover from this one first. Seriously - it was emotionally tolling - like a full season of Downton Abbey in a few sittings. Lots of things happen, most of them very emotionally charging. And one thing I cannot forgive - and I kind of hate the author for writing it. A lot. I hate her a lot for writing it.
Jane - she sounded just like i always imagined
Least favorite - Darcy. I'm not sure about you, but i still imagine him as Colin Firth, and this Darcy's voice was just very... deep. Deeper than I wanted.
Just have Colin Firth play Mr Darcy in everything. Thank you.
Yes. Very. Very extreme. I smiled in appreciation, I was enthusiastically happy, I was so upset I had to stop the book, delete it and a few hours later, re download it.
The best way I can describe this book is that its like Jane Austen meets Downtow Abbey; a LOT happens - you're happy, you're sad, you're FURIOUS - and a lot would be solved if people just TALKED to each other.
The beginning started out with a good amount of things happened in the bedroom; this seemed to wane by the end of the book - not that people fell out of lust/love - just less scenes took place there, which I thought was natural.
There is one thing that absolutely drove me insane; the writing style. If the following bothers you, keep away;
Something happens THUS/HENCE/THEREFORE this happened.
I swear, every paragraph at least one sentence was in that format. You begin to hate the word "hence" - it was so bad that I noticed it. I mean, as a tool in your writing bag of tricks, it works. The author over abused it. TO death.
Speaking of death - the author is also a bit of a Jane RR Martin
In addition, I didn't appreciate what she did to some of the characters - some of them acted very out of character and it was infuriating. Seriously. I complained ad nauseam to my fiance about it. You'll see what I mean.
Ok, I kind of need to get it off my chest - so stop reading now if you don't want spoilers.
Seriously... look up now.
I WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU MS BERDOLL!
THE REAL MR BINGELY WOULD NEVER HAVE ACTED THAT WAY, SO I WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU !! NEVER! YOU BROKE MY HEART AND JANE'S HEART AND ALL THE HEARTS FOR NO FRACKING REASON!
Although, I wanted to high five Jane for the way you she told Bingely she found out. Very nice. I may be slightly vindictive - but i was also very upset on her behalf and on behalf of all P&P fans everywhere.
AND WHY KILL OFF MR. BENNETT? I *LOVED* HIM. I almost cried at my desk! It's not like the actor had a better offer and wanted to do something else, so you had to kill him off in the show! i still don't see the reasoning behind this!
I liked this story it was ok. I think that it was filled with way to many events. I felt like saying give them a break ready. Also I wasn't a big fan of the story teller, an old woman. I think if they had used someone younger clouded to Elizabeth's age it would have been much more captivating.