The last man in the world she could be prevailed upon to marry...is her husband?
In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet tells the proud Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy that she wouldn't marry him if he were the last man in the world.
But what if she never said the words? What if circumstances conspired to make her accept Darcy the first time he proposes?
In this installment of Abigail Reynolds's acclaimed Pride and Prejudice Variations, Elizabeth agrees to marry Darcy against her better judgment, setting off a chain of events that nearly brings disaster to them both....
©2006, 2010 Abigail Reynolds (P)2013 Abigail Reynolds
Finally, out of all Abigail Reynolds' books, this is the one I was most looking forward to in audio. As I have gone on and on about in the past (if you read any of my past reviews) I love all her books, but this one has always been is my absolute favorite. Darcy proposes to Elizabeth in Huntsford but before she makes it clear to him that her answer is no, he kisses her and they are seen by others. I know, big deal right, well it is in the time of this story. Basically, Elizabeth agrees to marry him to prevent scandal and all the conflict between the two in the orginial P&P story happens after they are married. Of course, Darcy thinks she married him because she wanted to, making the story at times quite heart wenching, especially when Elizabeth finally confronts him about all she holds against him and why she agreed to marry him. I will not give away anymore, but I have to say that I have read this story several times, it gets to me everytime! Rachel Hurley as the narrator does a great job. Listening to it was just as wonderful as reading it!
It has to be Darcy because I'm totally besotted with him. He's strong, thoughtful, loving and caring. He's far too 'proper and aloof' at first but then learns he is not the centre of the universe , just slightly off centre, and becomes lovable and appealing.
she has an easy voice to listen to. it's at just the right pitch and her tone and pronounciation is just right.
When Elizabeth contemplated suicide i was moved but I also wanted to shake her. That was too selfish for Elizabeth even though she tried to argue she was being selfless.
Devoting her time to Darcy in his illness was also moving as was his amnesia to her attention throughout his illness. Sometimes the good old stiff upper lip is far too frustrating.
Easy to read, very enjoyable for all P&P fans who like to read variations in the 'lives' of these wonderful characters.
I would. I think anyone who enjoyed Pride and Prejudice would most likely enjoy this. It is an easy guilty pleasure and covers a new look without removing much of the personality of the original characters. I would read it again (listen) myself.
As always, Elizabeth. She has a nice quality to her character here even when she is misunderstanding another person.
I didn't really laugh or cry in this story, but parts were somewhat touching.
I've read a few variations of Ms. Reynolds works and this is one of the better, cleaner versions. I actually returned another one due to it being completely off character and too focused on the bedroom rather than the storyline.
I love Darcy and Elizabeth. I think I must have read Pride and Prejudice at least once a year since I was 12. The couple in this story bear no resemblance in any way to the characters I love so much. It reads like bad fanfiction written by someone who saw the movie once.
I will not be bothering with any other offerings from this author.
It's difficult to tell with something so painfully bad as this how much of said badness the narrator may or may not be responsible for. Presumably she made it the whole way through the story at least once, which is a lot more than I could manage.
All of the above and more, but not in a good way.
The characters react like real people, I did get frustrated with F and E's assumptions of each other until they finally started talking to each other.
I like her accent
If you don't want to listen to intimate scenes between consenting adults, you best skip this one.
"No, no no!!"
Keeping him true to the character Jane Austen created instead of this unrecognisable, insipid creature.
Certainly not a Prise and Prejudice variation.
Too rushed. Mispronounced Eliz-i-beth instead of Eliz-A-beth which annoyed me every single time she said it.
Marketed by Mills and Boone, and with the names changed it would have been tolerable as a romantic frippery but as a variation to Pride and Prejudice I would cut it all and take it off the shelves.
This is pure Mills and Boone and nothing whatsoever to do with Jane Austen. The characters were unrecognisable and absolutely untrue to those of Pride and Prejudice apart from (almost) bearing the same names. I have hesitated for a long time to read any of these variations and shall not be reading any more. It is nothing short of a total travesty to be marketed as anything to do with one of the greatest novels ever published. Hated it. I would have given it no stars in any category if I could have.
"The Last man in the world overly contrived"
Though the story got off to an intriguing start, the second part of the story was excessively contrived. The solutions underlying the comings and goings of the main characters' thoughts and feelings were not credible.
She might have compressed the story or found different details to justifiy its length.
She might have pronounced some words more correctly.
To rewite the second part.
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