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Mr. Darcy's Undoing: A Pride and Prejudice Variation | [Abigail Reynolds]

Mr. Darcy's Undoing: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

What could possibly make a proper gentleman come completely undone? What if Elizabeth Bennet accepted the proposal of another before she met Mr. Darcy again? In Abigail Reynolds' bold and playful retelling of the Austen classic, a devastated Mr. Darcy must decide how far he is willing to go to win the woman he loves. Consumed by jealousy, he knows that winning her will throw them both into scandal and disgrace, but losing her is unbearable. Mr. Darcy is going to have to fight for his love, and his life. . .
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What could possibly make a proper gentleman come completely undone?

What if Elizabeth Bennet accepted the proposal of another before she met Mr. Darcy again? In Abigail Reynolds' bold and playful retelling of the Austen classic, a devastated Mr. Darcy must decide how far he is willing to go to win the woman he loves. Consumed by jealousy, he knows that winning her will throw them both into scandal and disgrace, but losing her is unbearable. Mr. Darcy is going to have to fight for his love, and his life. . .

©2011 Abigail Reynolds (P)2013 Abigail Reynolds

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    Melissa Waxhaw, North Carolina, United States 05-17-13
    Melissa Waxhaw, North Carolina, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Started out promising..."
    What disappointed you about Mr. Darcy's Undoing?

    The last maybe quarter of the book. It was so dragged out and the characters began to break apart and they all stopped behaving characteristically. Seems to be done to try to milk some last bit of pointless and uninteresting rule-defying out before the book concluded. It should have concluded much earlier...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought it was all a bit silly by then.


    What aspect of Vanessa Johansson’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing. She's a *great* reader.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The first half of the book truly interested me and I was hooked on it. The characters were quite like themselves in that portion of the book and the story was very romantic and intriguing. The writing was also top notch.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P. R. Carroll Denver, CO 02-12-13
    P. R. Carroll Denver, CO 02-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Pride and Prejudice what if"
    What made the experience of listening to Mr. Darcy's Undoing the most enjoyable?

    I just love this story and have read it before in the past, and wanted to be able to listen to it while working and driving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Abigail Reynolds is one of my favorite authors and I love her Pride and Prejudice variations. This one had more sex than some, but I loved the addition of Mr. Covington as a rival for Mr. Darcy's affection. Also, there is one particular scene where Mr. Darcy believes his love for Elizabeth is hopeless and he decides to go to Vienna for a few months. Before he leaves he says a private goodbye to Elizabeth, which ends up completely changing everything.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different person to read. The reader had a very poor English accent that was very distracting, and she had a tendency to pronounce places and names incorrectly at times. Also, beware that this is not exactly an unabridged version. I have read the book at least twice and found myself missing scenes, so I picked up my copy of the book and read along for a while and noticed that scenes and paragraphs were summarized or skipped all together. This didn't happen all the time, but I noticed it on occasion.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I enjoyed this book, and I hope that the rest of Abigail Reynolds books are converted to audio because I'd listen to them all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SandyH El Paso, TX, United States 02-22-13
    SandyH El Paso, TX, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I forgot how much I like this story....."
    Would you listen to Mr. Darcy's Undoing again? Why?

    Great story, great characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Darcy as no other... Wait, is there any other....uhhhh no!! Darcy while feeling that his love for Elizabeth will never be returned is too much to pass up.


    What about Vanessa Johansson’s performance did you like?

    I really liked Vanessa Johansson's narration. At first I could not pin point what it was about her voice that I liked so much until a friend came upon me while I was finishing listening to a chapter and commented that her voice had emotion in it, I agree


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

    When Darcy is leaving the country to try to forget about Elizabeth, the goodbye was delicious


    Any additional comments?

    Never miss an Abigail Reynolds' book if at all possible!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    gina 02-07-13
    gina 02-07-13 Member Since 2010

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    If you could sum up Mr. Darcy's Undoing in three words, what would they be?

    wow nice good


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet I love the LOVE story


    What about Vanessa Johansson’s performance did you like?

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

    YES


    Any additional comments?

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    "Ms Reynolds repeats herself"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If they were reading Reynolds for the first time. As a first experience of a P&P variation by A.R. , it might make an interesting read ... Here, however, the authoress repeats scenes and episodes used in other similar works.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Abigail Reynolds? Why or why not?

    I have read four of Ms Reynolds's remakes to date. She writes quite well, but having listened to four of her books, I find she tends to repeat some narrative "modules" and that the same scenes occur across books.


    What does Vanessa Johansson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She reads well, better than the interpreters of the other three books by the same authoress. She brings the characters alive and makes dialogue quite easy to follow.


    Could you see Mr. Darcy's Undoing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    If one of this authoress's books were to become a series, I think "Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy" might be the best choice for its originality... However, if this book were to be made into a film, I think the leads might be played by any one of the recent Austen-novel heroes: Penry-Jones, Cowan, Northam, Lee-Millar ... Elizabeth by any of the recent P&P/ Austen series actresses like Ruth Wilson, Jemima Rooper...


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