A sequel faithful to Jane Austen's beloved masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have been married for almost a year, and their heated arguments are a thing of the past. All that passion is now directed into more satisfying pursuits. But how long can the honeymoon last?
The couple's idyllic life together at Pemberley is jeopardized by the secrets they begin keeping from each other, the troubles of their closest friends, and the threat of a villain in their midst. Layers of seemingly innocent deception are building between Darcy and Elizabeth, threatening their relationship. He is conducting some covert business dealings that he's unwilling to share with his wife, and she likewise begins keeping things from him against her own better judgment.
The couple also becomes embroiled in the tribulations of Mr. Darcy's younger sister, Georgiana, and his friend and cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam. Fitzwilliam falls victim to their aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, as the object of her latest scheme to make a noble match for her daughter. The arrangement satisfies the ambitions of the couple's parents, but appears to hold little prospect of happiness for Anne and Fitzwilliam, who each harbor other romantic interests. During this same period, Georgiana runs the gamut of emotions as she comes of age. Her elation at her birthday ball soon crumbles when she learns the man she secretly admires is engaged to another. The excitement of a London season and the attention of two other eligible suitors cannot make her forget her disappointment over her lost first love.
As the story progresses, the menacing shadow of Mr. Darcy's life-long nemesis looms ever-larger. By carelessness and design, Mr. Wickham and Lydia painfully intrude into the lives of the Darcys and the Bingleys, with disastrous results.
The Darcys of Pemberley is the tale of two romances: the continuation of Darcy and Elizabeth's story, and the courtship of Miss Georgiana. For those of us who didn't want Pride and Prejudice to end, this charming novel gives the opportunity to learn what happens after the wedding, to revisit old friends and foes, and to share the next chapter of their lives. Ms. Winslow carries on the saga much as Jane Austen herself might have - true to her style, her sensibilities, and the delightful characters she created.
©2011 Shannon Winslow (P)2013 Shannon Winslow
I have not read the print edition of _The Darcys of Pemberley_. I found the audio edition to be very well performed and recorded. My only slight criticism of the audio edition is the somewhat predictable difficulty any reader has with voices of the opposite sex. Nevertheless, Ms Hussey is certainly gifted with an enjoyable reading voice.
I had read Jane Austen's _Pride and Prejudice_ prior to reading _the Darcy's of Pemberley_. To her great credit, Shannon Winslow has woven her plot, characters, and setting quite seamlessly into the world created by Ms. Austen nearly 200 years earlier. The most memorable moments for me, in Ms Winslow's work, were her detailed accounts of the role honor played in nearly all dealings between respectable people. It is, sad to say, a gentility that is all but lost in our current generation.
Ms. Hussey has a voice that seems to belong at Pemberley. She invites you into the story from the very first sentence. That is critical in audio books, and not all professional readers pull it off as well as Marian Hussey.
I was unable to listen to this book in one sitting. But I have a long commute, by bus, to and from work and I was able to finish it in just a few days. I would much preferred to have spent a Sunday afternoon and evening listening to the story, uninterrupted, allowing the verbal images to expand across my imagination.
Shannon Winslow obviously has a profound respect for Jane Austen. She would have to in order to meld her "sequel" so completely with Ms Austen's source material. One can almost imagine Ms Winslow sitting down with Jane Austen over tea and discussing Pemberley in great detail before composing this wonderful narrative.It's a great story, extremely well told..
As a chronic reader of Pride & Prejudice, I was excited to entertain the idea of a sequel to this amazing story.
To my horror, Ms. Winslow managed to flatten Jane Austen's brilliant characters (much like one of those giant asphalt roller things) into one-dimensional dichotomizations. Each character was either:
-"an admirable character" (Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bennet, Charlotte, Jane & Mr. Bingley) -dripping with virtue,
-some loathsome, despicable wretch (pretty much everyone else).
Listening to this book was an absolute agony! By the time I got to the third chapter, I couldn't bear it any longer.
It was a complete waste of time and money!
....a tabloid magazine & a crispy cream are more satisfying than this book.
It wouldn't have mattered *WHO* narrated this book. It was the story that was unforgivable.
I would pulp the entire mess -and next time I would be sure to read both books (Pride & Prejudice *AND* this "sequel") before publishing.
can I have my money back?
Believer in what you can't see
I am already listening to it again. There is a lot that happens and listening allows me not to miss anything.
Georgianna love for Colonial Fitzwilliam.
When Colonial FitzWilliam declares his love for Georgianna.
A great ending to a great story.
The Classics can be added to and not diminished.
I love all of Jane Austen's books and have read a few spin offs and continuations. This was terrible. The book isn't even close to being in the tone or style of Jane Austen. It's a bad book, badly written, with a bad and predictable plot, much like any bad romance book one could pick up.
All this was good for was passing time. I don't feel this in any way represents anything Jane Austen would write. Elizabeth is completely wrong. Darcy is completely wrong. No, Shannon Winslow have completely missed the characters of the main characters. All this was good for was passing time. Not worth it at all.
Not only that - I really feel that the narrator is completely miss cast. She was ok for the younger female characters I guess. But Darcy & the elder female characters were horrific.
I've listened through the audible book, but I must say - - I will not ever give it a second thought. I don't like the narrator & I don't like the characters Shannon Winslow has created. What a waste of my time. No one can do Jane Austin as well as Jane Austin. This is a joke or more - - an insult to Jane Austin.
I've been thought to always find something good in something very bad or something bad in something very good. So this is it - - I love "Pride & Prejudice" & have always wanted to know what would happen next. This is for sure not it. This audible book passed about 10 hrs of my time - but that's about it. I don't believe the story anything Jane Austin would ever consider.
Not write it. Sorry to say so. This is not a good following to "Pride & Prejudice". OK better answer - - - Elizabeth is strong & full of whit as Jane Austin created her. Shannon Winslow's Elizabeth is everything but. And Darcy - - I don't have words for how stupid she's made Darcy. No, Shannon Winslow should have stayed away from this one.
Narrator did ok for young female parts, but she should not read men nor older women. It was a joke. She sounded like a hag.
Cancel my audible account - - well almost. It inspired me to write my first review because I want to warn other people who love "Pride & Prejudice" not to listen to it. Didn't take me long to make that decision.
I'm really disappointed in this one. Sorry
"Jane Auten Would be Pleased"
I have listened to this over and over again. Sexy comes to Pemberley. The story is well read following the Darcy, Bingleys and Bennett's.
Imagining Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle as Mr and Mrs Darcy in this book makes for an interesting picture!!
Absolutely everything. She is now my No 1 Narrator. I shall be searching out books read by her. She should be in television, I can see her playing lots of parts very versatile voice!
I can't say one particular part of the book was any better than another, excellence all the way through
Listen to it, Author and Narrator are a marriage made in heaven.
This book is an insult to miss Austin and would make her turn in her grave! While there is slight merit in the storyline, it is poorly written and the authors attempt to imitate the style and language of miss Austin's era has failed dismally. This book would lend itself to being severely abridged as it is full of the most boring and unnecessary detail, and gives the impression of being the 'blow by blow' account of what a romantic teenager would imagine the subsequent course of events in the lives of miss Austin's characters would be. The narrator has a 'sing song' manner of execution which is boring and irritating.
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