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  • The Unthinkable Triangle

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: Joana Starnes
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

All is fair in love and war - or is it? What if Mr. Darcy's rival for Elizabeth Bennet's hand and heart is not some inconsequential stranger, but his dearest, closest friend? How is he to reconcile the claims of loyalty and kinship with the urge to pursue his heart's desire?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-wrenchingly delightful!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-13-17

Goodness! This was amazing!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

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

This is easy to recommend! Any Austen lover would enjoy this reimagining but you din’t have to know Austen to enjoy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unthinkable Triangle?

When Elizabeth realizes her love for Darcy—gah! Heartbreaking but I loved it! Hahha.

What about Stevie Zimmerman’s performance did you like?

I like all the characters—she makes them sound authentic and not forced.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listen to my audio books as I run errands and do chores. Makes the time and tedious tasks go by.

Any additional comments?

Not to be missed! Delicious story.

  • The Falmouth Connection

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: Joana Starnes
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Just as Mr. Darcy finally decides to propose to the enticing Miss Elizabeth Bennet, she is summoned to Falmouth, to meet a relation she never knew she had. Thus, the ill-starred Hunsford proposal is avoided - but before he could even begin to understand his luck, adverse circumstances hasten to conspire against him, and Fitzwilliam Darcy is compelled to follow the woman he loves to the far reaches of Cornwall, into a world of deceit and peril, where few - if any - are what they seem to be...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • P&P On a Cornwall Adventure

  • By Sophia Rose on 07-09-17

A favorite!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

What made the experience of listening to The Falmouth Connection the most enjoyable?

I love imaging all the British coastline scenes and the different spin on a timeless classic.

What other book might you compare The Falmouth Connection to and why?

This book tugged at my heart much like Joana Starnes’ The Unthinkabke Triangle!

Have you listened to any of Stevie Zimmerman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I enjoy Stevie Zimmerman as she narrated Austen reimaginings. She has a great voice for Elizabeth!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this as I folded piles of laundry—it made the chore less so!

Any additional comments?

I recommend this audiobook as well as the other written formats! Delicious story.

  • The Subsequent Proposal: A Tale of Pride, Prejudice & Persuasion

  • By: Joana Starnes
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Characters from Jane Austen's novels are thrown together by fate, and all manner of unwise decisions are taken at this vulnerable time. But then their past creeps up upon them - and what is there to do but face it, and hope that their convoluted paths will finally lead them to their proper place? Friends, rivals, foes, wrong choices, and a duel - Fitzwilliam Darcy's life is never dull! The Subsequent Proposal - a story that is primarily about him - follows Mr. Darcy in his struggles to decipher the troubling enigma of Elizabeth Bennet's feelings - and to correct the worst misjudgment of his life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful retelling!

  • By DeDe Teeters on 02-22-18

Joana Starnes words/Zimmerman’s voice: Perfection

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

What made the experience of listening to The Subsequent Proposal: A Tale of Pride, Prejudice & Persuasion the most enjoyable?

Huge fan of Joana Starnes and performed by the fabulous Stevie Zimmerman— Perfection!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Subsequent Proposal: A Tale of Pride, Prejudice & Persuasion?

So many lovely moments that tug at my heart. Love how there is sweet angst before all find the happily ever after.

Have you listened to any of Stevie Zimmerman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, love her Joana Starnes’ Books! She has a wonderful voice for Elizabeth Bennet.

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

Pride & Prejudice story with a blend of Persuasion

Any additional comments?

I loved reading the book but listening to the words was a great treat!

  • Jane & Me: My Austen Heritage

  • By: Caroline Jane Knight
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Caroline Jane Knight is the last of the Austen Knight family to grow up at Chawton House, the 16th-century English manor house on the ancestral estate where Jane Austen lived and wrote. Caroline ate at the same dining table, read in the same library, explored the same country lanes and shared the same dreams of independence as Jane Austen did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Go back to Chawton w/Jane Austen & Caroline Knight

  • By Claudine A Pepe (Just Jane 1813) on 07-13-17

A must buy for any card-carrying Jane Austen fan

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

"I have spent most of my adult life trying to forget Chawton and avoiding all reminders of my heritage..."
And that is the opening line of Caroline Jane Knight's memoir, "Jane & Me". I, an unabashed Janeite, was instantly hooked. What could have happened to make this blood relation of Jane Austen's (one of the greatest authors ever) want to reject her entire heritage? Over the next 250-some pages, Knight takes us on her personal journey from when her family forfeited their ancestral home to her present day successes...all the while weaving her Great Aunt Jane and Chawton House into stories from two-hundred years ago with her own yesterdays and tomorrows. I loved peeking in all the windows and nosing about the cupboards through such an intimate and masterfully written point of view.

Regardless if you have been fortunate enough to make the pilgrimage to Chawton to see Jane Austen's house (the cottage) and the Great House or if visiting where Jane Austen walked remains on your bucket list, this book is a must-buy for your collection.

Any additional comments?

The narrator's voice was engaging and clear. I look forward to hearing more from her.

  • The Complete Novels : Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 81 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Ever since Colin Firth's Mr Darcy emerged from the lake in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, the novels of Jane Austen have become more popular than ever, delighting millions of fans all over the world. Now, Alison Larkin's critically acclaimed narrations of Austen's six completed novels are brought together in this very special 200th anniversary audio edition. "Alison Larkin's narration will captivate listeners from the first sentence" raves AudioFile magazine about the Earphones Award-winning recording of Sense and Sensibility, which starts the collection.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Table of Contents/Navigation Guide!

  • By Jim on 02-23-18

80 hours of Austen's! What could be better?

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

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

I would recommend to any fan of Jane Austen because the pacing is perfect and none of Austen's subtle nuances are missed because of voice actor's choices. Narrated as I had hoped.

What about Alison Larkin’s performance did you like?

Obvious she has a string understanding of Austen. Her characters are authentic!

  • Miss Darcy's Companion

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: Joana Starnes
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Miss Georgiana Darcy is need of a companion, and she would much rather not have Mrs. Younge. The recently bereaved Miss Elizabeth Bennet is in need of a position. When she accepts the one Mr. Darcy offers, she finds herself in his near-constant company and gets to know him at his best. Not as he would present himself to strangers in some remote corner of Hertfordshire, but as his nearest and dearest know him. An excellent brother, landlord, master. A wonderful man, noble, kind and impossibly handsome. So who falls in love first? What of Mr. Wickham and his dastardly ploys? And how is a lady's companion ever to have a future with one who could marry into the best houses in the land?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Wonderful Variation!

  • By HeatherY on 11-19-17

Joana Starnes is a gifted storyteller!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

What did you love best about Miss Darcy's Companion?

Always a fan of Joana Starnes' books! I read this latest over a few nights. The first few chapters were a bit slow while setting the scene--despite the fact we find our beloved Lizzy Bennet in reduced circumstances or the scenes of how she came to be the governess of a mini-tyrant to paid companion of Miss Darcy. But once the story arrives at Pemberley (about Chapter 6), I found myself absolutely invested and finished the rest in one night. Lots of heart pounding action, tender moments of retrospection, hope, and angst. I was whole heartedly satisfied and thought "Miss Darcy's Companion" a delightful read. If you are new to this writer, I must recommend some of my favorites: The Falmouth Connection by Joana Starnes"The Falmouth Connection" and The Unthinkable Triangle A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Joana Starnes "The Unthinkable Triangle." I look forward to Joana Starnes next work!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr Darcy and Miss Elizabeth, of course.

Which character – as performed by Stevie Zimmerman – was your favorite?

Colonel Fitzwilliam and Georgiana

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Wept. And then wept for joy. All the feels!!

Any additional comments?

Joana Starnes is on automatic download for me, ebook or audible. In fact as a new audible member, every month, I have been saving my credit to collect all of Starnes' audio books.

  • Texas Secrets

  • Texas Heroes: The Gallaghers of Morning Star, Book 1
  • By: Jean Brashear
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

Up-and-coming chef Maddie Collins finds out that her father's life was a lie when she is bequeathed a family homeplace she never knew existed - by the husband of the only woman her father ever loved. A former SEAL, sexy cowboy Boone Gallagher arrives back in Texas to discover that the father who drove him away has struck one last blow. The only place he's ever thought of as home now belongs to a woman who doesn't want it, and he must keep her there for 30 days - or it will be lost to them both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets can sometimes reveal a treasure

  • By Kathy on 11-26-14

Enjoyable storyteller

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

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

Easy to recommend

What other book might you compare Texas Secrets to and why?

Anything by Tess Thompson

What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

This was my first introduction to Author Jean Brashear. She is a wonderful romance storyteller. Not a little steam! Happily ever after was on point. The narrator was smooth, clear, did not drop off at the end, and his characters were varied and enjoyable. I look forward to reading more of Brashear's series and listening to other audio books with this talented narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas in Fair Bend

  • A Moonlit Hearts Romance
  • By: Angie Ellington
  • Narrated by: Amanda Stribling
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Lacey Myers is on the fast track to success. Living in Boston, working for a major retailer, and up for a promotion. Fate intervenes and sends her back to her hometown of Fair Bend, North Carolina. She hasn't spent more than a few days back home in 10 years. Will sparks fly when she runs into Mason Peters, the man she left behind? When faced with the choice to stay or go, which path will she choose this time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas in Fair Bend

  • By Christy D on 02-21-18

Light, Endearing, and Tugs at the Heartstrings

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Where does Christmas in Fair Bend rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This novella is in a Christmas setting but easily enjoyed any time of year! The leads are smart and the dialogue is believable. I was hopeful for a happy ending and was not disappointed.

What other book might you compare Christmas in Fair Bend to and why?

This book reminded me of the light and sparkling style of author Sophie Kinsella books.

What about Amanda Stribling’s performance did you like?

Clear and honest narrative. Did not drop off at the end of the sentences. Good variation on character voices.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I am a sucker for a good happily-ever-after.

Any additional comments?

Look forward to Ellington's next offering.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Bennet's Dutiful Daughter

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: Joana Starnes
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

When Colonel Fitzwilliam's disclosures are interrupted by the bearer of distressing news from Longbourn, Miss Elizabeth Bennet is compelled to accept an offer she would have otherwise dismissed out of hand. An offer of marriage from the all-too-proud Mr. Darcy. Yet how is she to live with a husband she hardly knows and does not love?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the Elizabeth from the original P&P

  • By Hilary on 06-26-17

The narration only enhances this masterful novel!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

If you could sum up Mr. Bennet's Dutiful Daughter in three words, what would they be?

Believable, natural, and honest reading

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elizabeth, of course. And Mr Darcy was authentic as well.

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

Honest reading and not at all distracting.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I've read this book before and it haunted me for days after. The narration has again reignited these same feelings.

Any additional comments?

From my original review of the novel: I have read many forced or arranged marriages "Pride and Prejudice" inspired romance novels. But in Joana Starnes' just released "Mr. Bennet's Dutiful Daughter," Mr. Bennet has some kind of apoplectic fit, leaving him at death's door. Darcy, already in love with Elizabeth Bennet, sees the only way to protect her should the worst occur, is to marry her. And soon. Though Elizabeth still finds him abhorrent, under these dire circumstances, and after he has confessed his adoration for her, his protection and his person do not seem as repugnant as upon first acquaintance. As the story unfolds and as she becomes more familar with the man she has hastily married, she discovers he has a kind and generous heart--especially towards her. "Did he not see it dreadfully unwise to reveal quite so much of himself to her? That it would make him vulnerable in the extreme and put him in the greatest danger, were I so heartless as to use it against him? Surely he did not think her equally in love, to trust her so implicitly with every formerly hidden feeling! What a blow must it be to him, were the truth if her deep-held reservations ever to come to light. What burden of responsibility on her, to carefully conceal it from so astute a man." And that dear reader, is the crux. What happens to our beloved couple after he has successfully made her fall in love with him--and he discovers that she married him only to protect her family?
"'Aye. He deserves the world.'
And her eyes filled with tears when [Colonel] Fitzwilliam incautiously retorted, 'That is precisely what he said of you.'"

Gah! Get your tissues out and be prepared to chew a few finger nails because a lot of tears will be shed by Elizabeth and you, dear reader, before the last pages. Three nights in a row did I stay up until 3 a.m. reading Joana Starnes' latest. The evil genius that she is had me sobbing--I haven't been so emotionally distraught for pages, nay CHAPTERS, since C.P. Odom's "Consequences." This book is going to follow me for days as it did something to my soul. Felt every emotion possible. This very well may be her best yet.