In this humorous re-imagining of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet's pet cat causes an unfortunate accident to befall the haughty Mr. Darcy, forcing the injured gentleman to reluctantly take up residence at Longbourn - more specifically, in the parlor of Longbourn!
In pain, forbidden to leave by his doctors, Mr. Darcy cannot escape the ridiculous antics of the Bennet clan. And when Georgiana Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and Lady Catherine de Bourgh arrive to visit the invalid, chaos, confusion, and hilarity ensue!
Inspired by the classics of comedy, author Jack Caldwell transforms Austen's beloved novel into a tour de force of farce. The Regency will never be the same!
©2013 Jack Caldwell (P)2014 Jack Caldwell
Michael James has a marvelous voice,
and she brings the characters to life, with all her different voices
Mr. Jones as he was supper funny, and I loved Mr. Bennett
Mr Collins I could picture him by the way she did his voice
love me or die, funny and romatic
Yes because the narrator gave such humor to the characters.
It brought all my favorite characters together in a cool and funny way.
She made it come alive for me. She has a really neat voice and is very talented with her range of crazy voices and accents.
Are you crazy ? It's 11 hours :)
I almost didn't buy it based on the reviews. Just shows there's no accounting for taste. I'm pretty sure that her pronunciations are English. Kinda ok as it is based in England. Don't take the story too seriously, either. It is a farce!!
The character voices were so exaggerated that it made it hard to listen to.
No, I still love P&P Variations just not this one.
I didn't mind her voice for most characters, just didn't like her phrasing.
I found the voices and stilted reading of the characters of Mr Collins and both doctors barely tolerable. I found myself speeding up the recording just to get past them quickly.
Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet spent very little time together in this book. Mr Bennet was so altered from what you expect of his character that it was unenjoyable to listen to him constantly complain about how he was being inconvienienced. I have read/listened to over 40 P&P variations and this one I almost stopped many times. The ending is fine although very quickly wrapped up.
This entry into what is becoming its own genre, "Alternate Austen", is charming and sees Mr. Darcy make a profound difference in the entire Bennett family. The narrator is rather annoying, and appears to "ham it up" to an more than is necessary. The story itself is well done and ties up all the loose ends it creates. It calls itself a farce, but the characters' behavior seemed no more unlikely than it might have been in Austen's orIginal setting. The characters possessed the same foibles and eccentricities they had in the original, and with few exceptions, the conventions of early 19th Century British society as revealed to us by Austen, Bronte, and others are maintained. I do have a couple of quibbles with the plot which made the book less satisfying for me, however. ***Spoiler Alert*** I didn't like the fact that the quite nasty Caroline Bingley ended up with the dashing Colonel Fitzwilliam, and that the blameless Charlotte Lucas virtually disappeared from the story after not marrying Mr. Collins. Also, the prolonged courtship of Darcy and Elizabeth seemed unnecessary after all the time they spent together (or spent obsessed with one another) while he was incapacitated. Also, while including the somewhat prolonged courtship and maintaining the trip to Derbyshire with the Gardiners, no delicious details of the courtship were included, and I missed them.****End Spoiler Alert***. All in all, a good, fun take on the P&P saga, but not as satisfying as it might have been, in my humble opinion.
I'm not usually one to complain but I had a real problem with the narration for this book. Michaela James is fine as long as she is not giving voice to the characters. When speaking for the characters, her phrasing and inflections made me think that she had no real understanding of the characters. Other than that I found the story entertaining.
Ludicrous attempts to create humour, mispronounciations, overall a mixture of ignorance and poor characterization. I gave up when a servant was depicted as insulting Mr Bennett in his own house. Not even funny: just tedious and annoying.
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