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  • The Makings of Mr. Darcy

  • Darcy and the Young Knight's Quest Box Set
  • By: P O Dixon
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

What if Elizabeth is promised to another when she meets Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the one man who captures her heart and imagination like no other? What's more, Darcy has an entanglement of his own - an engagement of a peculiar kind. As dire as their chance at happily ever after seems, is there a measure of hope by way of a strong and enduring bond between them?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved The Little boy

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 12-07-16

Promising Story-Horrible Narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-18

The story is promising, but unfortunately I was unable to finish this set because the narration was simply terrible. I haven't bought the Kindle set yet; I'm still simmering about paying for the set and not being able to stand the narration. With respect to the author, and with respect to Ms. Hewitt, I will never buy another book that is narrated by Pearl Hewitt.

  • Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy

  • The Last Man in the World: A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: Abigail Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Rachel E. Hurley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

What if 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?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Darcy Gets What He Wants - So He Thinks...!!

  • By Soul Searcher on 11-09-18

Darcy Gets What He Wants - So He Thinks...!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-18

When FD proposes, he gives EB no chance to refuse because he kisses her, is observed, she is compromised, and they must marry. He is ecstatic, she tries to make the best of things as the events carry her unwillingly but inexorably into marriage with a man she does not know and does not love. She decides to make the best of things, and is cautious because she has been warned by Wickham of Darcy's temper. She, like many women of her time, is extremely conscious of a husband's power over his wife and children, and measures the risks to her sisters if there is any resulting scandal, and the benefits to her family of having contracted a much sought-after bachelor. She tries to please FD but the bouyant spirits he fell in love with are oppressed by her efforts to adjust to her situation, and eventually during a serious quarrel he discovers that she married him because he compromised her. He is devastated and sad, they continually miscommunicate and misunderstand one another, they both become despondent over the alienation from one another, then he is injured and she discovers love for him. Although it takes a while for ODC to really start to communicate, once they understand one another the story is very tender and comes to a very satisfying conclusion. Because this story starts after Hunsford, there's not a lot of sparkling EB dialogue here; rather, this is more a thoughtful depiction of EB trying to control her natural high spirits and unruly tongue, following her aunt's advice, and FD learning to unbend and open up. If you've ever truly suffered from unrequited love or disappointed hopes, this story will resonate.. I would rate this story an R due to graphic bedroom scenes, especially toward the end, between husband and wife.

The narration is superlative; the narrator's voice, inflection, accent -- everything was a pleasure. There are some JAFF audiobooks I simply won't purchase because I can't stand the narrator.





  • The Grand Sophy

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sarah Woodward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,881

Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Full Sophy

  • By Carol on 10-17-13

#Favorite

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I started reading Georgette Heyer over 30 years ago and have long been a fan. This has been one of my favorites of hers. The narration is particularly excellent.

  • Colonel Darcy: An Elizabeth and Darcy Story

  • By: Timothy Underwood
  • Narrated by: Virginia Ferguson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Bennet thought Fitzwilliam Darcy, her friend Georgiana's brother, was the most wonderful, handsomest man in the entire world. When he went to India to fight Britain’s enemies, she made him promise to write her along with Georgie regularly. There wasn't anything improper, since Georgiana and she had sworn to be sisters. When Elizabeth and Georgiana learned that Fitzwilliam was captured, they kept writing letters to him, so that when he was released, he would know that he had not been forgotten by those who loved him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ❤❤❤❤

  • By JM Saenz on 01-15-18

Lots of Angst

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-18

This is a well-written and imaginative story, quite a departure from P&P canon. We still have our Fitzwilliam Darcy, Elizabeth Bennett and Georgianna. I give credit to the author for a good story. I personally found this story to be dark, melodramatic, and laden with sad situations. Darcy suffers dreadfully in India. Elizabeth suffers dreadfully at Longbourn until she is rescued. Georgianna suffers dreadfully at the enforced separation from her brother. The Darcys new married life together is a story of suffering. The author does a brilliant job describing their suffering. This is not the kind of story I will re-read, so I cannot say it is a favorite of mine. But it is different and well done.

Having listened to narrations that completely spoil the anticipated pleasure of JAFF, I give the narrator a 4. She did a pretty good job and her narration did not detract from the story.

  • The Darcys of Derbyshire

  • By: Abigail Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Elizabeth Bennet longs to see the view from the famous Black Rocks in Derbyshire, but her aunt and uncle refuse to allow her to climb to the highest rock outcroppings alone. Elizabeth's distress is only worsened by a chance encounter with Mr. Darcy - at least until he offers to escort her to the top. But unbeknownst to her, the Black Rocks have a very special meaning for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed Mr. Darcy's Parents Story

  • By M. Harrison on 08-08-15

Thoroughly Enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-18

I hesitated for a while to buy this because it was so short, and am glad that I gave into the temptation. It's sweet; Darcy and Elizabeth's characters are intact, the story line is new and pleasant, and the ending is, of course, immensely satisfying. Sigh...

  • The Darcy Monologues

  • By: Lory Lilian, Caitlin Williams, Joana Starnes, and others
  • Narrated by: Harry Frost
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

In this romance anthology, 15 Austenesque authors assemble to sketch Darcy's character through a series of reimaginings, set in the Regency through contemporary times - from faithful narratives to the fanciful. In The Darcy Monologues, the man himself reveals his intimate thoughts, his passionate dreams, and his journey to love - all told with a previously concealed wit and enduring charm. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Whole Book of Darcy!

  • By Chon Saffron on 01-19-18

Witty, Sexy, Masculine -- A "Gotta Listen-To"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-18

This is a new #Favorite of mine. The different monologues are vastly entertaining and the narrator conjured up the picture of a handsome Darcy with lots of witty, male, passionate thoughts rattling around in his head. I could listen to it again... and again...

  • A Constant Love

  • A Pride & Prejudice Continuation, Book 1
  • By: Sophie Turner
  • Narrated by: Verona Westbrook
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

As Britain settles into a short-lived peace, the characters of Pride and Prejudice pick up very nearly where the novel left off, in a new series of stories focused on love and family. Elizabeth Bennet finds the joy of her marriage and honeymoon are followed by the demands of becoming Mrs. Darcy, all while helping her shy new younger sister come out into society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very good story

  • By gobovine on 09-08-18

An immensely satisfying continuation...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-18

First of all, this is a longer than usual P&P variation, I find, but that's okay because I have really enjoyed and savored this book. It is well written, not a lot of action, some angst, no wicked villains at the center - but a mild, elegant continuation of the story of our dear characters' lives. The narrator did a good job on all but I did feel that when it came to Elizabeth Darcy's voice.the narrator could have put more inflection into Elizabeth's voice that would portray her character, wit and personality better. But after listening to a number of P&P variations, I appreciate that this narrator was pleasant to listen to.

  • On Equal Ground

  • A Pride and Prejudice Vagary
  • By: Elizabeth Adams
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Well-read, observant, and spirited, a young Elizabeth Bennet draws the attention of a wealthy widower. When she finally meets Mr. Darcy, she outranks him. Of course, that doesn't stop him from insulting her. Married and wealthy, is she still beneath his notice? Elizabeth's high society connections create new opportunities for her sisters and, in turn, keep Darcy close to her family. When tragedy strikes, will Darcy rise to the occasion?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This would make a great movie! Loved it!

  • By Soul Searcher on 12-13-17

This would make a great movie! Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I absolutely would recommend this book. As a Jane Austen fan, I find it hard for variations to live up to the original; however, there was nothing about this story line that I did not thoroughly enjoy. The author does a superb job of fleshing out these beloved characters, and warming up Mr. Darcy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of On Equal Ground?

Mr. Darcy's alcohol-induced epic fail at flirting with Elizabeth.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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  • The Houseguest

  • A Pride and Prejudice Vagary
  • By: Elizabeth Adams
  • Narrated by: Brigid Lohrey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

When Georgiana Darcy comes to Netherfield to visit her brother, she becomes friends with a neighbor, Elizabeth Bennet. After Miss Darcy has returned to London, she invites her new friend to stay with her at the Darcy home in town, unbeknownst to Mr. Darcy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maidens and Matrons

  • By Blake H. Gilbert on 12-21-16

Very entertaining!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I am a Jane Austen fan of 50 years now, and I just recently discovered these Pride and Prejudice variations. This is such a pleasant variation, with our beloved characters and all their flaws intact, yet "transmogrified" into a different plot. I enjoyed this variation tremendously and had a hard time setting it aside.

What does Brigid Lohrey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Brigid Lohrey does a pretty good job narrating, but I personally had to get used to her accent - possibly because she's not a native English woman?

  • Unequal Affections

  • A Pride and Prejudice Retelling
  • By: Lara S. Ormiston, Devleena Gosh PhD (Foreward)
  • Narrated by: Carmela Corbett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great alternate finish to the novel

  • By Pezzilla on 02-02-14

Wonderful Variation!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

What did you love best about Unequal Affections?

I couldn't put this down. This variation takes a deep dive into the hearts and minds of our beloved Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. The narration was so good as well, with an authentic English woman narrating this lovely story. You understand Elizabeth's soul and motivations, and feel Mr. Darcy's passion for Elizabeth, his pain in dealing with unrequited love, and the intensity of joy as -- oops, gotta stop here folks so I don't spoil this very satisfying love story.