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Mr Darcy's Diary | [Maya Slater]

Mr Darcy's Diary

For the first time we discover what really happened between his sister and the dastardly Wickham. How did he distract his friend Bingley from pining for his beloved Jane? Why did he propose to another young woman? Only to his diary does he tell his true story. At last we see Darcy as he really is; and, beneath his polite facade, we find a sensitive, private and passionate man.
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Publisher's Summary

Mr. Darcy's intimate diary tells us of his entanglements with women, his dangerous friendship with Byron, his daily life in Georgian London, his mercurial mood swings calmed only by fisticuffs at Jackson's - and his vain struggles to conquer his longing for Elizabeth Bennet.

For the first time we discover what really happened between his sister and the dastardly Wickham. How did he distract his friend Bingley from pining for his beloved Jane? Why did he propose to another young woman? Only to his diary does he tell his true story. At last we see Darcy as he really is; and, beneath his polite facade, we find a sensitive, private and passionate man.

©2008 Maya Slater

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    Dr. Deni Near Chicago 09-03-13
    Dr. Deni Near Chicago 09-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The Best Mr. Darcy Reveals His Story"
    Where does Mr Darcy's Diary rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably ties with "Pride and Prejudice" as my first choices. Of course, I listen and re-listen to both often.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr Darcy's Diary?

    When Darcy realizes he has behaved abominably as he sees the true character of his aunt. Lovely awakening!


    Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favorite?

    Mr. Darcy --- who else?


    If you could take any character from Mr Darcy's Diary out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Darcy - and just because I could!


    Any additional comments?

    I've always loved David RIntoul's Mr. Darcy in the BBC mini-series production. He so fully captures Austen's character. This story sheds so much light on the inner man. It answers questions the readers of Pride and Prejudice might have had as to why he was so stoic and proud. That it was actual read by Rintoul was simply a delight. Now, when I go to rewatch Pride - it will give so much more dimension to the story. Just a fantastic listen!

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    Catherine 05-04-13
    Catherine 05-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A diary"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if they like reading diary formats.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have written it in a narrative text format rather than a diary. I felt because it was a diary it was was lacking details with some entries or missing the heart of events.


    Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but what can I say about Mr Darcy himself. I could just picture him as Mr Darcy reading this 30 years after it was written. If you loved David's portrayal of Mr Darcy in BBC's 1980 production of Pride and Prejudice you will love listening to him read this. Even though there is more maturity in is voice than when he portrayed Mr Darcy he reads it with the same intonation and feeling as he did in 1980.
    I wonder what he was thinking when he read some of the diary entries, probably there's no way Mr Darcy would have done that or would it have been wow, more of the true side to Mr Darcy.


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    Ylandre Somerset West, South Africa 04-24-13
    Ylandre Somerset West, South Africa 04-24-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Best listern"
    Would you listen to Mr Darcy's Diary again? Why?

    Definately! Was good to see that we still have the same problems as back then and it was fun to listern!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr Darcy


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he proposed for the last time


    Any additional comments?

    Love listering to David Rintoul

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JMatthews20 Arlington, Texas 02-12-13
    JMatthews20 Arlington, Texas 02-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed a different approach to P&P"

    Understandably, this story isn't for the reader who wishes to keep the romance between D & E pure. With that being said, it was an interesting take on Darcy's feelings and emotions for life in general. To see characters who don't generally see with a bit of fire to them (i.e. Anne). On that note, it was quite refreshing for me to hear David Rintoul revisit his turn as Mr. Darcy. Knowing that connection he has with the character makes it more enjoyable than most.

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    Vee Australia 09-23-12
    Vee Australia 09-23-12
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    "Darcy Delight"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mr Darcy's Diary to be better than the print version?

    Yes I was drawn to it by the narrater


    What other book might you compare Mr Darcy's Diary to and why?

    Other versions of Mr Darcy's Diary by other authors. Because they all try to capture his thoughts and feelings.


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

    David Rintoul is my first Darcy crush and he does a magnificent and very entertaining narration of this novel. He is the very reason I chose to purchase it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, way too long for one sitting. It was like reading a good book whereby it took about a week to savour it properly.


    Any additional comments?

    The story as a whole was very entertaining. SOme of Darcy's behaviour was surprising but did not detract from the whole story. David Rintoul definitely enhanced the story for me.

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    Virginia GLADEWATER, TX, United States 06-11-12
    Virginia GLADEWATER, TX, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2015

    Addicted to Dickens, Charles Dickens. I've listened to all his novels at least twice. Our Mutual Friend and Little Dorrit are my favorite.

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    "It's pretty good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it especially for P&J fans. It gives Darcy view on the Bennetts and all. All in all this is worth the read but not the best I've read on Darcy's view point.


    What other book might you compare Mr Darcy's Diary to and why?

    It is good but not the best that I've read from Darcy's view. Pamela Aidan's "A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy Gentleman" is better. In Darcy's Diary Georgiana is rape, I did not like that part but in Aidan's she isn't but saved just in time.


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    Yes I liked the narrartor voice and tone.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was more negative than I like but it did have a laugh or two and a few tears too.


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    mere2442 06-11-12
    mere2442 06-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Rooting for Mr. Collins in this one!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    In this book, Mr. Darcy is a rake of the worst sort. I have never been one that cares to read about Mr. Darcy in previous relationships, but if you can handle him dabbling with the Netherfield servants and seeking comfort with Lord Byron in London, you may be able to enjoy this one.


    Has Mr Darcy's Diary turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely not, I just know that I will read the Amazon reviews before buying an audiobook.


    Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favorite?

    He did a decent Darcy, I just hated the writing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mr Darcy's Diary?

    The scenes about Darcy sleeping with every available woman in sight. I just don't think that this book is redeemable.


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    Kristine Wheeling, WV, USA 07-23-10
    Kristine Wheeling, WV, USA 07-23-10
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    "disappointment"

    utterly disappointed. recording was fine story was not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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