What if Elizabeth Bennet didn’t turn down Mr. Darcy’s initial proposal? How would Mr. Darcy, a man full of pride and love, react? That’s just what Lara S. Ormiston sets out to explore in this reimaging of the classic Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice. With an enchanting delivery from veteran performer, Carmela Corbett, Ormiston’s Unequal Affections is a humorous and touching examination on what happens to Mr. Darcy when he isn’t hit with the necessary humbling refusal of his proposal. Though knowledge of the original story isn’t necessary for this powerful story to resonate, fans of Jane Austen will delight in the alternate look at what could’ve happened to the man from Derbyshire.
When Elizabeth Bennet first knew Mr. Darcy, she despised him and was sure he felt the same. Angered by his pride and reserve, influenced by the lies of the charming Mr. Wickham, she never troubled herself to believe he was anything other than the worst of men - until, one day, he unexpectedly proposed.
Mr. Darcy's passionate avowal of love causes Elizabeth to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about him. What she knows is that he is rich, handsome, clever, and very much in love with her. She, on the other hand, is poor, and can expect a future of increasing poverty if she does not marry. The incentives for her to accept him are strong, but she is honest enough to tell him that she does not return his affections. He says he can accept that - but will either of them ever be truly happy in a relationship of unequal affection?
Diverging from Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice at the proposal in the Hunsford parsonage, this story explores the kind of man Darcy is, even before his "proper humbling," and how such a man, so full of pride, so much in love, might have behaved had Elizabeth chosen to accept his original proposal.
©2013 Lara S. Ormiston. Foreword Copyright 2013 by Devleena Gosh (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
This was a sensitive and lovely P&P variation. The narrator Camella Corbett was excellenti n bringing the characters to life, each with a delightful voice that fit their personalities perfectly. This was like being at a theatrical performance with your eyes closed. I just loved her voice which complimented the excellent writing and beautiful language used by the author.
I appreciated the way Elizabeth was portrayed as a more realistic and pragmatic women and yet seemed quite true to the original in essentials. Her anger and subsequent admonishment of Darcy's attitude toward her family and neighbors was absolutely perfect and led to the last facet in Darcy's transformation to a true gentleman.
Surprisingly the male characters gentle bemused Mr Bennet, bubbly Bingley, smarmy Wickham, the aloof public and tenderly private Darcy were so well done.
Camela Corbett is a real talent with a special gift. I look forward to hearing more from her.
This gives a very believable alternative to P&P. Here, with Elizabeth deciding to say yes after the first proposal we see our favorite couple run into the obstacles we already know (how Darcy acts towards her family and society, Elizabeth's previous opinions of Darcy, Wickham, Bingley) and we actually get to see (hear) the conversations that help them work through this and eventually help Lizzy realize what we all know...Darcy is the ideal man!
The narration is also done quite well, with none of the characters being ruined by a weird voice. I definitely recommend this listen, though if you are looking for ::cough cough:: indecent scenes, you're looking at the wrong book (in my opinion, thank goodness).
Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, of course.
There were several scenes that made me hide my eyes and wish I could crawl under a rock out of embarressment for the characters--that's a good thing. I was excited to know what happened next. The best involved Wickham, Elizabeth, and Darcy--that is all I'll say.
My only complaint is that Mr. Darcy sometimes felt much too sappy for my liking. He's generally my favorite character, but there were a few instances in which I couldn't imagine Mr. Darcy being so much in love that he would act the way he would. The only reason the book didn't get a 5 star rating in all categories was this small detail.
The narrator was absolutely wonderful. She did a great job. I can not complain about how good she is in any way at all.
Too many times, too often that is, a retelling of Pride and Prejudice becomes nothing more than a sordid romance novel, with kissing and fondling and make-out sessions...but not here. Here, what you get is an actual retelling, a different, alternate ending. How refreshing.
That is not to say there are not portions of the book dealing with affections, hands being pressed and the sort..this retelling is just much more true to the original than those others. The characters are not changed, they are simply there, and feel like those in the original.
If you liked the original, this one will allow you to revisit the Bennet household once more, and feel at home for a bit. Recommended.
As this production combines a flawless performance by Ms Corbett with the unique narrative of Ms Ormiston, I would recommend it without the slightest hesitation.
Of the countless P & P alternatives out there, this is one of those rare ones where all that's best of narrative, character portrayal, style and dialogue meet to create a lasting effect on any reader already an admirer of Ms Austen's timeless classic.
Ms Corbett with her melodious voice is a pleasure to listen to and though she does an admirable job of character shifts, I especially enjoyed her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet.
The Lifted Veil
Courting Miss Bennet
An Irresistible proposal
Appreciating Mr Darcy
A Betrothal of Convenience
My deepest gratitude to both the author and the narrator for a remarkably well done job.
Having read many variations of this classic story, I appreciate when the author maintains the personalities and eccentricities of the characters from the original. It also allowed new perspectives for actions taken in the main story. The narrator did a wonderful job of portraying everyone in the story, allowing for easy recognition each character.
Thoughtful, clever, romantic
Always Darcy. He's noble, gentle, kind and strong. Recognises his faults once pointed out to him.
Elizabeth. Loved the way the reader spoke her character.
The current title is perfect
I have many P and P. Books on audio and this has to be one of if not the best. So easy to listen to and the story similar to the original but with a few twists.The author has written it beautifully, with some lovely language, to compliment Jane Austen's herself. Just hints of physical love and desires.
I don't think I've ever wanted to listen to an audiobook more than this one! I was literally trying to find things to do in my house just so I'd have an excuse to tuck away and dive into this story. I'm not one to be tempted by fan fiction, but I was on an Austen kick... I'm sure you know how that goes. Needless to say, I LOVED this story. The characterization was spot on and the narration was great! I'll definitely recommend this to friends and will reread (or listen) to it again. Write more, Mrs. Ormiston, write more!
Satisfies the inner desire for more of this interesting pair of lovers
Mr Darcy certainly always intrigues
Her narration was good & easy to listen to.
When Elizabeth finally comes to understand & love Mr Darcy
Read it yes, listen to it no unless read by somebody else.
Fidelity and Affection. Loved that book.
The reader sounds too harsh. No real sentiment or passion put into the different characters. At times it was even robotical. I nearly quit the book because of her performance.
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