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To Refuse Such a Man Audiobook

To Refuse Such a Man: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

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Miss Elizabeth Bennet must decide whether to accept or refuse a proposal from the last man in the world whom she could be prevailed on to marry. At least two unhappy alternatives are also before her: certain scandal and her mother's disapprobation. Is there a path to happily ever after in wake of an alliance born out of such circumstances?

©2015 P. O. Dixon (P)2015 P. O. Dixon

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    Fabulous Mrs B Sweden 05-01-16
    Fabulous Mrs B Sweden 05-01-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Love short story"

    Well written story. Quite short but it had all a good story needs. Highly recommend it if you like pride and prejudice variations.

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    Julie Vetter global 03-26-16
    Julie Vetter global 03-26-16 Member Since 2006

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    "A lovely, thoughful variation"

    I like alternative stories that stay true to the characters, wit and restraint of the original. I needed to enjoy the goodness in P&P without a lot of angst and this was just right. The romance is romantic and not graphic, which I prefer.

    There are several insights into the reasons behind the decisions of characters like Collins, for example, that I felt added to what we know.

    The narrator has a talent for taking on the inflections from the version starring Colin Firth which I really enjoyed.

    One could find fault but when finished I felt completely satisfied.


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    Lynley D CANNON 03-15-16 Listener Since 2004
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    "Delightful"
    What made the experience of listening to To Refuse Such a Man the most enjoyable?

    A lovely, if short, what if Pride and Prejudice variation. The story is as told by Ms Austen to a point with a just a few minor changes, which of course, changes the entire outcome. Lovely and almost angst free, this is a quick listen of just under 3 hours. Great for a day when you need a nice quiet story that satisfies your need for some quality time with our favourite couple


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    Anji Dale Harrogate, United Kingdom 02-20-16
    Anji Dale Harrogate, United Kingdom 02-20-16
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    "Silence in the library has unexpected consequences"

    TO REFUSE SUCH A MAN - audio version

    Once more, Pearl Hewitt narrates a P.O. Dixon P&P variation to great effect.

    The story starts to diverge from canon during Elizabeth and Jane Bennet's enforced stay at Netherfield Park, due to Jane falling ill. Remember the scene where Darcy and Elizabeth spend half an hour in the library there, without exchanging a single word? In this version, that unchaperoned period has consequences when a servant tattles on them to Caroline Bingley. She fires the servant who then starts to talk about it in Meryton. The rumours reach back to Netherfield and have the complete opposite effect to what Caroline had hoped, as Darcy then does the honourable things and proposes to Elizabeth! However, that day is an eventful one for Elizabeth in that Darcy isn't the first one to propose to her.

    Another departure from canon is that Elizabeth doesn't meet Wickham early on, so he doesn't get the chance to poison her mind against Darcy.

    This is a relatively short novella but nonetheless very enjoyable. We get to be party to the thoughts of both hero and heroine and departures from the original are all perfectly plausible.

    There's nothing very explicit in this book though there are a couple of reasonably intense love scenes, so I think I could recommend it to most audiences, except maybe for young children.

    I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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    LilMissMolly 01-11-16

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    "Darcy's First Proposal to Avoid Scandal"
    Any additional comments?

    To Refuse Such a Man: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by P.O. Dixon is a delightful short story that begins with Darcy helping his friend Bingley learn how to manage the estate of Netherfield Park in Hertfordshire. He is annoyed how a certain few young women keep showing up — presumably uninvited — wherever he goes. Then, Jane visits the Bingley sisters one afternoon in the rain, and is soon forced to stay due to catching a cold. Elizabeth shows up, once again uninvited, to care for her ailing sister.

    After spending considerable amount of time together in Netherfield’s library and taking long walks together without chaperones, staff and others start to gossip about what is going on behind closed doors between Darcy and Elizabeth. Upon discovering this scandalous talk after the Netherfield Ball - where Darcy singled her out to dance with her — he does the honorable thing and ask Mr. Bennett if he can ask her to marry him. Unbeknownst to Darcy or Mr. Bennett, Mr. Collins proposes to Elizabeth earlier in the day and she tells Mr. Collins that she’ll think about it. As Elizabeth is returning to the house, she is approached by Mr. Darcy with his proposal. Unlike in Jane Austen’s version of the first proposal, this one is sweet with Darcy professing how much he’s come to admire her. Now Lizzy is faced with two marriage proposals in one day! A few unexpected scenes follow, which were both surprising and amusing.

    Pearl Hewitt did a fantastic job narrating, as she’s done with several other P.O. Dixon books. Pearl’s narration is natural, easy to listen to, and really brings the characters to life each with their own distinct voice. I particularly enjoyed her Darcy voice in this book, which was swoon-worthy. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

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    Melissa C Maryland USA 12-23-15
    Melissa C Maryland USA 12-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A light hearted look at how it could have been"
    What did you love best about To Refuse Such a Man?

    I really enjoyed the fact that it was a refreshingly low angst look at how things could have been if Darcy and Lizzy had been a bit more tempered in their reactions to one another.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was wonderful to be able to get a glimpse into the thoughts of both our hero and heroine so as to get a better understanding of their actions. It was especially nice to see them be genuine and mostly open and honest right from the start so as to avoid misunderstandings and misinterpretations that eventually see. I also liked how Ms Dixon was able to use original dialogue and concepts in New and different ways and situations. It was a lovely, quick listen to a sweet and light-hearted romance.


    What does Pearl Hewitt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator did a great job with the pace and tone of the story. Her voices were consistent throughout pointless easy to close my eyes and know who was speaking in turn.


    Who was the most memorable character of To Refuse Such a Man and why?

    Darcy and Lizzy were my obvious favorites, but I must say that this Caroline Bingley was a piece of work. She was easily dealt with in the end, but incredulous and forceful in her open disdain of Elizabeth and the Bennets. Even knowing that they were engaged did not seem to temper her reaction which made her pretty unforgettable in this particular story.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story very much as a nice take on what could have been. The low angst was a nice change for me personally. It's always enjoyable to see them just progress naturally without all the edgy angsty heartache. It was a quick and easy listen and the narrator did a great job.

    I've found in the past that I typically prefer to use the kindle sync and read along as I listen, but I did not feel that was necessary for this story. I was able to easily close my eyes and follow along listening only and without feeling like I was missing any important details.Overall I thought that it was a sweet and refreshing look at how things could have progressed in a nice low angst situation.I've read a number of Ms. Dixon's other stories as well and enjoyed them and have now likewise enjoyed my first audio version of one of her stories.I would also note that I did receive a complementary copy of the audio book in exchange for my honest opinion. And my honest opinion would certainly be to recommend it to anyone looking for some levity and romance.

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    me 12-22-15
    me 12-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not so great.."

    Must say I feel somewhat disappointed with this story. Yes, it is very sweet and the author tells a beautiful story as usual, but to me it lacks a deeper story, some drama, even a little angst. It is quite simply bland.
    I have read the other books by Dixon and I think I will prefer reading to narration - I found the dialogue part of the narration difficult.
    Free cool received for honest review

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    Amazon Customer 12-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Left me wanting more"

    loved it,but too short...Was left wanting much more of married Darcy and Elizabeth....But was a great time spent!

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    Melissa Claire Australia 12-20-15
    Melissa Claire Australia 12-20-15
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    "Delicious "

    Firstly I must admit I have yet to read a story by P O Dixon that I haven't loved and I often search audible for stories narrated by Pearl Hewitt because she is wonderful to listen to, so when I came across this combination of my 2 favorites together I was very excited and couldn't wait to escape into my favourite genre.
    I was not disappointed, and if you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice variations then I promise you will love this beautifully read story.
    LOVED IT !

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    Deborah 12-16-15
    Deborah 12-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Elizabeth Must Choose One"

    Another wonderful novella by Pam Dixon. Lizzie is considered compromised after spending time alone with Mr. Darcy in Netherfield's library during the ball. Mr. Collins is present and she must choose between the two. All moves forward from here with no refused marriage proposal in Kent. Pam knows how to weave a wonderful story. I highly recommend this story. Pearl Hewitt's narration is remarkable. Whenever I listen to Pearl's narrations I can immediately pick out Darcy's and Elizabeth's voices. Pearl's British accent also brings out nuances I occasionally miss when reading, such as the humorous side of the machinations of family members.

    I received the audiobook from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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