I loved this book! I listened to another Willis book "To Say Nothing of the Dog" (also an award winner) and enjoyed it immensely. Then, I debated downloading this one. The terrible reviews almost stopped me - but I'm so glad I didn't listen to them. I imagine fans of action/adventure-oriented Science Fiction would not appreciate it. However, if you like more character-oriented scifi, historical novels and British literature, you are likely to enjoy this as I did. I agree that the narration isn't especially outstanding, but I found it perfectly adequate. The characters are very well-developed and many are truly lovable. Try it!
I ordered this book thinking it might be imitation Georgette Heyer and thus a comedy of manners with a love story plot - which is what "Regency Romances" used to be years ago. Other reviewers described it as historical fiction, which reinforced that idea. Most historical fiction fades to black when the characters go to bed - this book follows them there with lots of purple prose. If you are looking for erotica, you might enjoy this!
There is a good scene where our heroine fires the housekeeper.
I would have cut the lovemaking scenes, and just alluded to their marital bliss.
P.S. Our account is in my husband Paul's name, but this review was written by a women - I can't imagine a straight man listening to this!
I thought it was well-written and quite Austen-like in its wit and portrayal of the manners of the time. There were some charming little surprise references to Austen characters from other novels which I loved.
I agree with one reviewer that the women characters were overall a little pale and retiring in this story. I would have to say Darcy is the most central person, and his self-reflections are interesting.
The narrator was easy to listen to, and I loved her working class Brittish accents.
Old family scandals breed fresh problems for Elizabeth and Darcy.
This was a very enjoyable listen. Don't let the critical reviews dissuade you from giving it a try!
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