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  • Return to Longbourn: The Next Chapter in the Continuing Story of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Shannon Winslow
    • Narrated By Marian Hussey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    What will happen to the Bennet females now that Mr. Bennet has died? With Mr. Tristan Collins on his way from America to claim his property, Mrs. Bennet hatches her plan. The new heir to Longbourn simply must marry one of her daughters. Nothing else will do. Will it be Mary or Kitty singled out for this dubious honor? When the gentleman in question turns out to be quite a catch after all, the contest between the sisters is on. Which one will be the next mistress of Longbourn?

    Constance says: "Decent but not fabulous Jane Austen knock-off"
    "Shannon you do Jane no credit with this drivel!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who doesn't appreciate the wit, humour and social commentary in Jane Austen's writing and thinks she is only telling a romantic story about some rather silly people.


    What could Shannon Winslow have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not write it - leaving the possibility that someone could write a sequel which does Jane Austin justice


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marian Hussey?

    Marian did an OK job with very poor material. I doubt a real Austen enthusiast would take on the narration of this boring drivel


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Return to Longbourn?

    All of it!


    Any additional comments?

    Jane Austen knew that Pride and Prejudice would be a popular romance and she wasn't proud of this book but her ability allows us to read a satisfying romance without the usual feeling that we've overdosed on jelly babies - more like a delicious creme brulee.

    I love a good romance as well as the next person but this is not even a good romance.
    While Jane tells her stories through brilliantly phrased conversation Shannon uses the endless boring reflections of her lead character. Mary's reinvention is dealt with in a few sentences and then the story and character development is largely told through her thoughts and these are dull, repetitive and not at all amusing.

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