Lighthearted, Fluffy, Romance
The wedding scene, was especially amusing. The dialogue was witty, charming, and laugh out loud funny.
I was especially fond of Frances Catherine, her light brogue and characterization were spot on and particularly sparking and bright. Duerden did an all around good job with all the characters.
When Judith confronts her father for the first time and realizes every assumption she had ever made about the man was incorrect and based on lies. Obviously this is a light fluffy romance, lacking any particularly serious or weighty subject matter, but the characters were well rounded out, believable, memorable, and rang true. The plot did cover interesting ideas and was thought provoking, but did not bludgeon the reader over the head with a moral.
Another listener commented on the narrator's ability to do male voices. While they were not spot on, they were not horrible either, nor did they unduly detract from the story. Whilst the heroine did sound somewhat like a little girl in certain parts, especially during whispered dialogue, didn't find it to be particularly annoying. Overall, I enjoyed the narration and would definitely listen again.
The book lacks real depth or conflict, the characters are one dimensional, the overarching plot for the series distracts from what little story there is, and the fictional world the author is attempting to establish is trite and confusing.
Perhaps something by Julie Garwood or Karen Marie Moning, who are both able to mix a good plot with a fun romance.
Cook did a good job with the material she was given. Her voice is pleasant and easy to listen to.
I was highly disappointed with the quality of the story. The characterization was nonexistent and the hero and heroine fell flat. They are both paragons of virtue, capable of miraculous feats, but lacking in any sympathetic, humanistic traits that make them believable or likeable. The story was poorly written and lacked depth. It relied heavily on the intimate scenes to carry it. It felt like poorly written fan fiction.
I would never recommend this author.
Despite a myriad of obstacles and their own stubborn flaws Darcy and Elizabeth are able to find happiness while learning important life lessons.
Unfortunately, Pride and Prejudice is the standard to which I hold up all other novels, so it would always when in a comparison. The writing, the story, and the characters are timeless and have held up well over two centuries. Although many have attempted to replicate it, none have succeeded.
Fox, who coincidentally portrayed Georgiana Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries, was superb. Her narration and delivery embodied the spirit and tone of this classic novel and brought the story and characters to life.
Although some label this novel as light and fluffy, I find it to be a sparkling and charming look into the human condition, complete with heroes and villains along with lessons we can all learn from. Austen was a shrewd observer of people and wittily portrayed human nature at its best and worst without having to drag her characters through unnecessary pain and hardship to gain her point. The characters and situations were entirely relatable and life like.
I like both versions equally and for different reasons. The audiobook is fun to listen to and thoroughly enjoyable. Great for when I am working in the kitchen or doing other tasks with my hands. The book is fantastic for whiling away time in the imagination.
I liked that it was a continuation of sorts to a previous novel. It revisited the hero and heroine of a previous book and gave a glimpse into their lives several years later. It also took a secondary character from the original novel and gave him his own exciting story.
The original novel was narrated by Duerden as well. She did an admirable job on The Secret and even better on Ransom.
It definitely made me laugh in certain places. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the writing, and the narration.
The story is a fun, lighthearted romance with strong comedic elements set in the time of William the Conquerer. It is fluffy and sparkling with a strong, like able cast and believable (for a romance novel) characters and situations. The plot is fun, moves at a decent pace, and doesn't require too much thought, perfect for a rainy afternoon, to enjoy a few hours of mindless amusement. All this being said, the poor choice in narrator virtually ruins the story.
I loved how the protagonists were both continually trying to get the better of each other and the situation. It made for some cute, memorable scenes, and made them both interesting and likeable.
Her narration skills were poor to non-existent. I'd seen previous reviews as to the quality of her performance, but stubbornly bought the book because I wanted something lighthearted and fun for a car trip. As I have always loved the author and this book, I thought I could ignore a mediocre performance. However, the terrible voice depictions, poor timing, pacing, and delivery, all made it a chore to listen to. Flosnik's inability to make The characters sound like anything other than old women or sinister villains with a head cold was distracting, disheartening, and disturbing.
If The Prize was ever immortalized on film as a romantic period comedy, Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie would nicely fill the lead roles nicely.
Skip the audiobook and go straight to the paperback!
Yes, I very much enjoyed the novel. Both the subject matter and the story are captivating and the author is able to draw readers in and keep them listening/turning pages.
The main character is this story is flawed, just like everyone else. She makes choices in her life and then must live with the consequences of those choices. The story did not necessarily have a happy ending and was aptly able to convey a moral.
When Susanna is chastised by Joseph for not coming forward earlier. She made some obvious errors in judgement, doing the wrong things to protect her family. Joseph did a good job acting as a conscience and evoking an emotional response in the reader, feeling the position Susanna had been out in.
When Susanna decides to let go of her anger and hate and forgive Ann Putnam. She seems to have realized that not letting go would continue to be a blight upon her own life.
Thought Provoking Reading
Anything else written by Douglas and Olshaker. He recaps and updates previously covered materials and delves further into the dark side of humanity.
The narrator did a fine job. His timing and tone worked well with the material and he was easy to follow and understand.
Justice is not blind. People sometimes turn a blind eye to facts and the truth to believe outlandish, illogical, and sensationalized information.
It is very enjoyable, fun to listen to, especially when I need a good laugh. It is near the top of my favorites list.
Yes, we're he to write another book, I would definitely be interested in it.
As this book is composed of anecdotes of the author's experiences as a father, having him narrate really brings his voice and perspective into the story.
No, but only because it contained anecdotes and no specific plot. It is great for short car trips and listening while doing other tasks.
Yes, but only in the written format. No one need suffer through such a narration.
When Darcy investigates the mystery regarding Lady Sylvanie.
His voice, his timing, and his delivery.
Yes in that it let me "reread" the book during a car trip. No in that the narration was poor.
I am on the fence regarding this question. I loved the book and the story, but detested the narration. Had I not previously read the novel, I probably would never have stuck with it.
Put here are several other books out there that tell Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's point of view. Hands down, this series is the best...by leaps and bounds, both in plot and in writing style, ability.
By getting another narrator. To say the performance was poor is an understatement.
No. If given the opportunity, I would have re-read the book instead.
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