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These Three Remain: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman | [Pamela Aidan]

These Three Remain: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman

His proposal of marriage to the lovely, but socially inferior, Elizabeth Bennet thoroughly rejected, Darcy must come to terms with her evaluation of his character and a future without her.
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"You could not have made me the offer of your hand in any possible way that would have tempted me to accept it."

His proposal of marriage to the lovely, but socially inferior, Elizabeth Bennet thoroughly rejected, Darcy must come to terms with her evaluation of his character and a future without her.

Book Three, These Three Remain, recounts Darcy's painful journey of self-discovery in his quest to become the gentleman he always hoped he would be and the kind of man of whom Elizabeth Bennet would approve.

A chance meeting with her during a tour of his estate in Derbyshire offers Darcy a new opportunity, but the activities of his nemesis, George Wickham, interfere once more in a way that may ruin everyone's hopes for happiness, unless Darcy succeeds in putting his new-found strengths to the test.

Setting the story vividly against the colorful, historical, and political background of the Regency, Aidan writes in a style comfortably at home with Jane Austen, but with a wit and humor very much her own. Aidan adds her own cast of fascinating characters to those in Austen's original, weaving a rich tapestry from Darcy's past and present.

©2006 Pamela Aidan; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

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    Connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 08-06-08
    Connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 08-06-08 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world through my ears

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    "You need to be a P&P fan"

    -else the detail might drive a listener crazy, but I found all three parts of this Darcy novel a very relaxing listen. By part three, I even enjoyed the narrator's style, almost.

    If you have the time or inclination for only two parts of the series, part 2 could be skipped.
    Part one covers the period up to the departure from Netherfield to prevent the Bingley-Jane alliance; part 2 sees nothing of the Bennets except the knowledge that Jane is in London and cut by the sisters Bingley; it then diverges into a gothic mystery entangling Darcy as he tries to find a society wife; part three picks up at Darcy's encounter with Elizabeth at Rosings and and follows the P&P plotline and past to the wedding (I think the author ought to have ended where the P&P plot did, but then again, if she produced a part 4 that imagined the Darcys' married life, I still probably would listen.)

    The biggest faults in the listen for me were the overwrought "romance speech" scenes and the quick references to stereotyes of Irish rebels and misunderstood Celtic spiritual traditions. But there are gems of imagination to compensate, such as Darcy's valet portrayed as a bit of a Jeeves character.

    If you want some good chick lit for listening, you might as well get this homage to the ultimate work of chick LITERATURE. Now can someone re-write P&P from the servants' viewpoint?

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph R Dry Prong, LA, USA 05-17-09
    Joseph R Dry Prong, LA, USA 05-17-09
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    "The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth"

    These three remain, faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love. Saint Paul's Letter to the Corinthians goes on to enumerate the qualities and variations of love as well as what love is and isn't. Beginning with the visit to Rosings, Ms. Aidon shows his struggles with himself while Miss Austen only alludes to them.
    In addition to his Elizabeth problem, he has to come to terms with his evolving relations with his sister Georgiana and his friend Bingley.

    In Mansfield Park, Edmund Bertram said of his long infatuation with Mary Crawford, that the woman he had been dwelling on for so long was in fact a creature of his own imagination. Until that dramatic and angry confrontation at Huntsford Parsonage, Darcy was in love with the Elizabeth he had created in his mind. Elizabeth detested the Darcy she had created. After Huntsford and The Letter, they begin to know themselves and each other. In that most satisfying of all Jane Austen movies: Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, the beginnings of Darcy's evolution is shown as he writes The Letter. Elizabeth begins her journey toward Pemberly as she reads it. All she has to do is reverse all of her opinions of Darcy.

    Poor Darcy, after Huntsfords, he is more in love than ever with no hopes. He examines himself in light of Elizabeth's charges and begins to see some justice in them. At the inn at Lambton when Elizabeth discloses the contents of Jane's letter revealing the disgrace Lydia brought to her entire family, she realized that Darcy is exactly the man she wants and understands that Lydia's behavior made a marriage with him impossible. Ms. Aidon made me understand that Darcy's actions were far more noble and Wickham's behavior was much more wicked than I had previously understood.

    In addition to being a fine work by a gifted author, the thought and care taken by the production staff is obvious. Audible should be proud.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Columbia, TN 01-30-09
    Mary Columbia, TN 01-30-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Could have been Jane Austen herself who wrote it"

    I thought Pamela Aiden did a fantastic job of telling the P&P story from Darcy's point of view. As for the narrator - I thought he did a fabulous job -- odd pauses and all. He had a comforting voice

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    Dionne londonUnited Kingdom 08-11-08
    Dionne londonUnited Kingdom 08-11-08
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    "great story terrible narration"

    a very good insight into the mind and world of mr darcy etc. however, the narrator was absolutely terrible, weird pauses and a horrible whiney voice. in the hands of a decent narrator this would have been a much, much better listen and would have deserved 5 stars.

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    Alice haddonfield, NJ, United States 04-02-10
    Alice haddonfield, NJ, United States 04-02-10 Member Since 2005

    Grown up (over *0), voracious audio book listener and e-reader. Prefer fiction, since my own reality is quite enough, thanks.

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    "A good read spoiled"

    Ms Aidan did a great job on this book! It's not Austen, but a fine romance with a gothic spin. More intrigue and political background than Austen would have included. That said, the narrator destroyed it. Darcy was not masculine, struggling to reform his character. Rather, he became a whining fop. The servants were obsequious, and the ladies were drag queens. Not to mention the pacing, which was far too slow, and the misplaced emphasis. I realize the author is not well known, but couldn't they dredge up any better narrator than that?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lcookie Germany 12-19-09
    Lcookie Germany 12-19-09 Member Since 2003

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    "Fun read"

    Good Darcy's perspective.

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    Figgy Oklahoma City, OK 09-27-12
    Figgy Oklahoma City, OK 09-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Darcy and Elizabeth, meant to be!"

    If you're a Pride and Prejudice fan then you will DEFINITELY enjoy this read from Darcy's perspective.

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    R. Dunne 09-18-12
    R. Dunne 09-18-12
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    "Mr Collins reads Mr Darcy!!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, it's good fun and a lighthearted easy listen. It may not hit the highs of the original, but there are plenty of quotes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrators "posh" voice wasn't terribly convincing and sounded more like the sycophantic, sniveling Mr Collins.


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    Laura Lancaster, PA, United States 02-27-11
    Laura Lancaster, PA, United States 02-27-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Not Austen, but a Wonderful Darcy Transformation"

    Granted this is not real Austen, but for all of us hungering for more to the P&P story, it certainly fills the bill in more ways than one. The style and structure are reminiscent of Austen, but more important, this book, or, rather, series, actually enhances the story and provides plausible explanations for the change in Darcy's thinking and behavior, something sorely missing in the original. It is always a delight to see a good story, originally written from one main character's point-of-view, from another POV. There are flaws, however. The first time I listened to the trilogy, the entire Norwycke section seemed a bit silly, superfluous and completely unrelated. However, the second - and subsequent - times through, I came to realize that it did several things. First, it anchored the events of Austen's story to its time tying it to the assassination of Perceval and other related plots of the period. It also fills in the story of Darcy's long absence from Austen's original.
    And, finally, it delineates Darcy's processes by which he comes to think he loves Elizabeth, tries to forget her, learns to face his own weakness of character, and finally realizes her true value through his struggle to understand and help his sister, his realization of who his real friends are, and his failure to interest himself in other women. Austen's Darcy has always been considered one of literature's great romantic men. However, from a 21st century perspective, he isn't particularly likable, much less lovable. Much of that is due to the fact that Austen gives us no real, logical transition from his shocked anger at her refusal to his complete change of heart regarding himself and her family and lack of connections. This series provides us just that. I've listened to the trilogy 4 times so far and still find it fun. The narrator does an excellent job of delineating characters giving each one a distinct personality and voice. Not for Austen purists, however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sammy Says california 01-15-11
    Sammy Says california 01-15-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Enchanting and engaging continuation of P&P"

    Not really a continuation, Aidan's three books are a refreshing take on P&P from Darcy's perspective. These Three Remain is the final in the trilogy & my favorite-I would give the story 4.5 Stars. Aidan fleshes out many of the characters and backstories, yet remains remarkably true to Austen's classic.


    The second book can be skipped entirely-a darker turn of events for Darcy, largely unrelated to the ultimate story, devoid of Bennets - and its events are only referred to in passing one or twice in These Three Remain.
    The narrator of this production is not among my favorites. He is dry and monotone, but the story propells itself in spite of him. If you are not ble to sit down & read Ms. Aidan's 'Novel in Three Parts,' then I heartily recommend the audio version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Angie
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    3/29/11
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    "I just loved it!"

    I think this is my favourite of the three novels of 'Fitzwilliam Darcy - Gentleman'.

    Like another reviewer, I think you could miss part two and go straight on to this without missing too much.

    ****SPOILER ALERT****
    I think one of my favourite scenes is Darcy confessing all about Eizabeth to a friend whilst getting extremely drunk in the process. It's not what you might expect from Austen herself, but in the end, the man is human and has recently had a very severe putdown from the woman he loves. I have to admit to smiling a lot throughout that part due to the way it's written.

    Obviously, there's no surprises in the ending. We wouldn't be listening to this if we didn't know the story, but it's very well told indeed.

    More stories about Mr & Mrs Darcy's life as custodians of Pemberley would be very welcome and I'd dearly like to know how things work out for Georgiana in the future if Pamela Aidan is thinking of carrying that story on.

    All in all - my favourite listen of the past two or three years!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Northwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    1/22/11
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    "Darcy Becomes A Better Man"

    I have read all three books in the Novel and very much enjoyed this one. The Author gives us a wonderful insight into the character and lifestyle of Mr Darcy. She leads us through his joy and pain, as he strives to become a better man and win Elizabeth's heart. A thrilling listen for any Pride and Prejudice fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cynthia
    Hinckley, United Kingdom
    10/21/08
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    "Generally enjoyable"

    I enjoyed the detailed background given here to Jane Austen's book. It certainly helped my understanding of the search for Wickham and Lydia, but sometimes Darcy's introspection felt a little heavy handed, and made the story move too slowly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Nelson, Lancashire, United Kingdom
    10/19/08
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    "Austen For Blokes"

    There's little actual violence in the three books but I can't help but compare Fitzwilliam Darcy with another well loved fictional character-James Bond. In the previous novel Aiden sets up a scene where Darcy comes into it dressed to kill, surrounded by danger on all sides and has to play a card game for a valued prize.

    In the second half of this book he finds himself having to enlist the help of an organization he doesn't really trust but purportes itself to be something like the present day MI5. In order to win a prize he values more than anything else. He fears it all will most likely go horribly wrong but armed with his not inconsiderable wit and personal fortune he enters the fray.

    I therefore commend this trilogy to those like me who aren't 100% interested in the goings on in the Bennet household but do want to hear the tale of how a man battles both others and the consequences of his own foolish deeds and emotional problems to try and win the love of an incredible woman.

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