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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 usually do not write reviews so it has taken a particularly extraordinary book to have me write. I am the daughter of an English professor and grew up with Pride and Prejudice at the dinner table. I know that it is my favorite book and was my father's favorite book. I read it to him on the last day of his life as he lay in hospice ravaged by Alzheimer's. I have laughed at myself (as Elizabeth would do) when I've read these variations voraciously. But after reading this version I realize that I was looking for answers that I was not able to glean on my own. I thank Ms Ormiston for this lovely work.
What I love most about this is how faithfully Lizzie and Darcy's personalities are recreated in this new version. I have read P&P perhaps 25 times and I love this opportunity to be with the couple again.
Extremely wordy, and overloaded with torpid angst, and introspection. Still, it is a worthwhile listen.
"A Good P&P variation for a change!"
I have tried many P&P variations over the years only to be hugely disappointed by each and every one of them, including P.D James' Death Comes to Pemberley, so it was with trepidation that I bought this one. I was pleasantly surprised! This author has kept the characters almost as Jane Austen wrote them. The story begins with Elizabeth accepting Darcy's proposal at Hunsford (eventually) for altruistic reasons and continues on a new path from there. This Darcy is at times a bit soppier than I would like but the story is an excellent chronicle of what might have happened under these new circumstances. So well done and thank you to this author for increasing my library of books that I can read and re-read! There are not too many of them.
The narrator also was of a much higher standard than in the other variations, but I could only give her four stars as to have given her five would have put her on a par with Emilia Fox who is the definitive and unsurpassable narrator of Darcy and Elizabeth's love story for me!
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.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.