Who is this Mr. Darcy and what are his intentions? Like much of Meryton, the Bennets of Longbourn anticipate the arrival of Mr. Bingley and his friends to Netherfield, yet an unexpected visitor is not a part of Mr. Bingley's or Mr. Darcy's plans. While the two gentlemen attempt to control their uninvited guest, Elizabeth Bennet arrives to tend to her ill sister.
The story's plot was well conceived and wonderfully executed. It was perfectly paced. The story was different enough to be refreshing, but stayed mostly true to the original. The characters were fully formed, and I loved the fate of Lydia and Miss Bingley.
The narrator made the story difficult to finish. She was monotonous and dull, especially when portraying a male character.
Damaris Chance's unhappy past has turned her off the idea of marriage forever. But her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, convinces her to make her coming out anyway - and have a season of carefree, uncomplicated fun. When Damaris finds herself trapped in a compromising situation with the handsome rake Freddy Monkton-Coombes, she has no choice but to agree to wed him - as long as it's in name only. Her new husband seems to accept her terms, but Freddy has a plan of his own: To seduce his reluctant winter bride.
The story was well plotted and the narration was spot on.
I hope Gracie and Larkin continue to collaborate in the future.
Leila Beaumont is a gorgeous and talented portrait painter trapped in a loveless marriage with her profligate husband, Francis. Though long ago, Francis very much played the hero, rescuing and wedding the orphaned 17-year-old Leila - Francis' more recent hedonistic lifestyle of drinking, drugging and womanizing has not only earned him quite a few enemies in London, but lost him the love of his wife.
Loretta Chase and Kate Reading are my favorite. I've loved everyone of thier books. I've listened to each one multiple times.
Being shunned by society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. As "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective", aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, she has had great success helping with all manner of inquiries, but she is not prepared for the new client who arrives at her Upper Baker Street office. Lady Ingram, wife of Charlotte's dear friend and benefactor, wants Sherlock Holmes to find her first love, who failed to show up at their annual rendezvous.
I had trouble putting it down! I originally became interested in this series because anything narrated by Kate Reading is worth the listen. Then I had to get this book because of the writing.
Sherry Thomas is excellent at weaving an entirely original story from a classic piece of fiction. I love variations, especially of Pride and Prejudice. What if stories are sometimes disappointing; that was not the case with tis book. I'd give it 6 stars, if only I could.
Although this mystery is a stand alone novel, I would strongly recommend listening to the first book. It not only introduces all the major players and their relationship to one another, but gives you a better understanding of their motivations.
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Rupert Carsington, fourth son of the Earl of Hargate, is his aristocratic family's favorite disaster. He's irresistibly handsome and unapologetically irresponsible, & trouble follows wherever he goes. Still, Rupert somehow manages to escape entanglement - emotional or other - with maddening grace! But now he's a prisoner in Cairo's most infamous jail and his only chance out is accepting a beautiful widow's dangerous proposal.
This is my first Loretta Chase novel, so I hope her writing skills have improved.
Her plot line was wonderfully original. I truly enjoyed the heroin's struggle with her late husband's insecurities. I laughed out loud so many times, my husband thought I was losing my mind.
I loved Kate Reading's narration. Every voice was distinctive. Her accents were spot on, and her pacing and inflexion bring life to the story.
I only had one one complaint. If I heard: he said, she said, one more time, I thought I would go insane. English 101 : do not repeat the same words over, and over, and over. There are so many different verbs to use when your characters are in conversation. If you can't think of any, most computers have a thesaurus in the word processing program. Use it.
Mr. Darcy is determined to find a wife he can love and respect. He is fascinated by the lively Miss Elizabeth Bennet, but is determined to forget her due to her low connections. Until an act of jealously puts her life at risk. Faced with the bleak reality of living without her forever, Mr. Darcy must examine what he really wants. With the assistance of Colonel Fitzwilliam, his sister, and Elizabeth's father, Mr. Darcy works to save Elizabeth's life. If he is lucky, he will then be able to win her heart.
I truly enjoyed the what-if story line. The characters stayed fairly true to Austen's intent.
The best part was how Mr. Bennett, Mary and Miss Bingley grew from their experiences.
Unfortunately, the choice of narrator left something to be desired. It was difficult to tell the difference between characters at times, especially the young ladies. Mr Bennett's voice was very annoying.
Everyday stresses are unavoidable most days, and can add up quickly - taking a toll on your health. Traffic, office politics, relationship issues, financial struggles, issues with children and countless other stressors can lead to thinning hair, premature wrinkles and even disease.
The narrator's voice sounded forced and stilted. It kept distracting and preventing me from relaxing.
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Fitzwilliam Darcy is desperate. Finally confronted with a woman who ignites all his hopes, he agonizes over the cruel trick of fate which placed her in a situation beneath his notice. The morning after the Netherfield ball, he resolves to put as much distance between himself and her as possible.
I really loved the concept of this book. The plot line was well thought out, but I found Elizabeth to be inattentive, which she is not. She made many mistakes in judgment she shouldn't have if she had stayed true to her character and listened attentively. For example, in the case of her jumping to the conclusion that her father was economizing because Darcy made him buy Wickham's debts, was totally out of character for Elizabeth. Her father had plainly said that all he did was stand around while the other men did the work. The epilogue was somewhat disjointed, and did not flow well. It did wrap up all the loose ends and stayed true to J.A. but it felt hurried with way too much information to be imparted for an epilogue.
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When Mr. Darcy left Hertfordshire after Charles Bingley's proposal to Jane Bennet, he promised to return in 10 days. When he breaks that promise due to events outside of his control, Elizabeth Bennet is left abandoned for over a year, finally joining the Bingley household as the second unmarried sister under Charles' protection. An invitation to Pemberley brings out the merry match-making mischief as everyone has a plan for their future happiness.
I enjoyed the story, but would not get another audio book by this narrator. Her cadence was off and she put emphasis in strange places. She would often stumble over words.
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