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Blake H. Gilbert

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  • Conceit & Concealment

  • A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • By: Abigail Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Six years after Napoleon's invasion of England. Fitzwilliam Darcy is a traitor. He even admits to collaborating with Napoleon's troops. And Elizabeth Bennet despises all traitors. But she can't make sense of Darcy. He doesn't act like a traitor. He risks his own safety to save young women from the French. And how can she despise a man who loves puppies? Something about him doesn't add up - and she finds him far too attractive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Butterflies, Goosebumps, And A Lot Of Tears!

  • By HeatherY on 07-19-17

extremely original

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

The most original P&P variation that still feels like it could be Darcy and Elizabeth. So well researched.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Particular Intentions

  • By: L. L. Diamond
  • Narrated by: Leena Emsley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story But Terrible Narrator

  • By Maine on 04-29-17

Lovely story

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

In essentials this story is a, "What if Elizabeth eaves dropped on everyone?" lol.
Elizabeth overhears several things that allow her to get to know Darcy sooner. The real draw of the story, however, is in the subtle changes to characters and relationships woven through this reimagining. Because of this I won't go into more detail, as it would definitely ruin the surprises of the story, but so you have an idea of what type of variation you are getting: There are some passionate scenes but nothing very explicit. Also it is very centered on D&E; the use of other characters and relationships are used to drive their story not as filler or side line plots.
(I did listen to it at 1.15x speed as the narrator was rather a ponderous reader, but none of the voices bothered me)

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • On the Edge

  • The Edge, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,062

Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing

  • By Stephanie on 12-12-12

Enjoyable but flawed

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

(vague spoilers ahead) I actually really enjoyed the little world glimpsed in this book. The Edge refers to the overlap of two alternate versions of earth. Our world, the Broken, and a version in which magic exists, the Weird. However, I find it a little frustrating how little about the Weird we actually find out. It's strange how much the "Edgers" know about our earth, but so little about the Weird. I found this to be one overarching flaw to the story.
As pointed out in another review this is a romance, however one sex scene does not "chic porn" make. The romance plot actually runs parallel to the fantasy plot line. I think this is an interesting approach, however not amazingly well executed in this case. Rather than the book cohesively progressing, both plots were separately advanced and had very little effect on oneanother. The book felt like two separate stories being told together.
Essentially this story is a wonderful idea, however it winds up reflecting it's setting. Is it a Fantasy novel? Yes, but it's got enough romance in it to annoy non romance readers and you aren't going to learn much about the most interesting part. Is it a romance? Yes, but the romance is back-burnered for large sections. The story rides the edge of genres like it does the edge of world's.
I you like both fantasy and romance, and what I said above doesn't turn you away, then you are in for an interesting story with strong, caring, and selfless characters.

  • The Abominable Mr. Darcy

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: J. Dawn King
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Mr. Darcy was an enigma, until he spoke. Then, he was the enemy. Miss Elizabeth Bennet's eyes are instantly drawn towards a handsome, mysterious guest who arrives at the Meryton Assembly with the Bingley party. The gentleman destroys her illusions by delivering an insult that turns him from Mr. Divinely Attractive to the Abominable Mr. Darcy. While Elizabeth sets in motion her strategy for retaliation, Darcy plans to win the campaign being waged in the genteel drawing rooms of Hertfordshire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Variation!

  • By HeatherY on 05-04-17

Well thought out Variation

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

A few small changes to the time line and the addition of Richard at a different point in the story ripples through the story. Characters feel very consistent and I loved Charlotte it this!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Impertinent Strangers

  • By: P. O. Dixon
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

An impertinent stranger is thrown into Fitzwilliam Darcy's path and, even though he declares her tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt him, it is all he can do not to think of her. Upon first making Mr. Darcy's acquaintance, Miss Elizabeth Bennet is quite fascinated with him. Then she discovers that the gentleman is haughty and above his company, and she wants nothing to do with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quick Lighthearted Listen

  • By HeatherY on 09-12-17

A good Variation

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

Lizzie's refusal of Colin's happens before Charles Bingley let's netherfeild. in this way Elizabeth meets Mr Darcy at Rosings not the neighborhood Assembly. Characters are true to the original and the story is sweet. This was a very enjoyable P&P variation read well by the narrator.

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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 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

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

Maidens and Matrons

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

The story was very sweet, if much more long winded than necessary. I understand that the author wanted to recreate the series of misunderstandings that were the original, but every thing seemed drawn out. That being said there were some great scenes. I loved Lizzy's worries over being rude.
My major gripe is the voices of the "matrons." Mrs Bennett, lady Catherine, and Lady Matlock. they are way too nasal and read way to fast.
Am I glad I bought this? Yes

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Darcy's Journey

  • A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • By: Abigail Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Mr. Darcy is at his wits' end. Elizabeth Bennet, the woman he can't live without, overhears him insulting her family. Now she won't even listen to his apologies. Then his old friend Sir Anthony Duxbury tells him two of their friends are in terrible danger. If Darcy wants to help them, they have to leave for Yorkshire immediately.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • too fictional for my taste

  • By María Fernanda Padilla Benavides on 03-09-17

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

This what if seems to be based on the premise of, "What if the political events going on in England and the time of P&P affected the story?" I was sceptical on reading the books description if I was going to enjoy it as much as Abigail Reynolds other novels. The summary reads like an action adventure story (or science fiction if you aren't familiar with the origin of the word Ludite). If that is what you are hoping for, then this might disappoint. I however was released and entertained to listen to the various reactions of an aristocratic family dropped in the middle of the lower classes rebellion. I took off a little because, for me, a book must be outstanding to get 5 stars and also for some recording hiccups. overall I'm glad I spent the credit and the time.

  • Captain's Fury

  • Codex Alera, Book 4
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,373
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,060
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,063

In his acclaimed Codex Alera novels, best-selling author Jim Butcher has created a fascinating world in which the powerful forces of nature take physical form. For millennia, the people of Alera have used their unique bond with these elementals for protection. Now, as enemies become allies, and friends become bitter foes, a danger beyond reckoning looms. . . .

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to STOP everything!

  • By Leowahine on 08-10-09

Fourth time or so I've gone back to listen

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

I truly enjoy this series and find something new to like about it each time. Especially, now, as a member of the military. The interaction of the soldiers and [insert salty swear word] duty that you put up with with nothing more than a grimace/grin and a joke.
I'm a long time fan of Butcher's writing, his characters, and his ingenious and often darkly comedic plots, which come back upon themselves before you can realize it.

  • Pride and Persistence

  • By: Jeanna Ellsworth
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

Undaunted by a threatening storm, Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley insists he must deliver his letter to Miss Elizabeth Bennet - then tragedy strikes. Riddled with guilt, Elizabeth comes to the aid of the comatose Mr. Darcy and stays by his side until he regains consciousness. She soon learns that although Mr. Darcy has awoken, he has not returned to himself. And with no memory of his first disastrous proposal, he has concluded that there is nothing he wants more than to propose to Miss Elizabeth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A worthwhile P&P Variation/

  • By Pemberley Proud on 10-11-16

50 First Proposals

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

No there aren't really 50, but I wouldn't want to spoil the real number. The concept really is P&P meets 50 First Dates, though. Mr. Darcy plagued with "memory problems" cannot remember his disastrous proposal in Kent yet finds himself continually waking in that annoying parson's home injured and under the care of the one woman he has determined he must propose to. It is Elizabeth's perspective we share though as she must decide where the balance is to be struck between propriety and the care of a man she finds to be continually changing. Or is it simply her understanding of the man that changes.?
The story populated by a variety of new characters that the author invented to fill the plot device of Mr. Darcy's injury and having the setting in Kent, where many original characters are not present. This is one of my criticisms of the story. characters like Charlotte and Anne DeBurg are all but absent and most of our time is spent with very likable, but new, faces. It keeps this variation on fresh ground compared to others, however, it also seems like the easy way out. As opposed to reinventing long standing characters in a unique way.
Lady Catherine's story got just such a treatment and I found myself never quite sure who she was or what her real motives were until the end. In conclusion, I found this variation much more worth my Credit than other P&P variations I've bought on a whim and much better presented than some. I would recommend this to those followers of JAFF.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • By Consequence of Marriage: A Pride & Prejudice Novel Variation

  • The Moralities of Marriage Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Ann West
  • Narrated by: Nina Price
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

When his horse throws a shoe, Fitzwilliam Darcy misses rescuing his sister, Georgiana Darcy, from the clutches of George Wickham by only one day. Now on the hunt to find them both, the gossip beginning to swirl in London forces him to abdicate the search to his cousin, Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam, while he plays the wayward gentleman in Hertfordshire with his friend Charles Bingley. After a collision with his future, Darcy struggles to satisfy his attraction to a pair of fine eyes and keep his family's scandal hidden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Characters Come Alive

  • By Lizzy C on 06-08-16

decent story, terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-23-15

The story is a good P&P variation, however I could barely stand the narrator. The recording became tolerable at x1.25 speed, but every woman had a wavery falsetto and she couldn't carry a male voice. Mr. Collins honestly sounded like a bad impression of Adam Sandler on SNL. I strongly urge you to listen to the sample before buying. I'm currently debating if I want to go through listening to the sequel or make time to read it the old fashioned way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful