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  • Darcy's Passions

  • Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes
  • By: Regina Jeffers
  • Narrated by: Andy Cresswell, Penny Scott-Andrews
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

When Fitzwilliam Darcy comes to Hertfordshire as a service to his best friend Charles Bingley, who has recently let the Netherfield Park estate, Darcy assumes the locals will possess "vulgar" country manners. So, when the opportunity arises, he refuses to dance with Elizabeth Bennet at the Meryton Assembly; however, from that moment, the woman's charms possess his every waking and sleeping minute.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Uneven narration

  • By Glinda on 04-07-17

Amateurish and uninspired. Glad it's over.

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

If you're a fan of the original, I'm afraid you won't find any new insights into Darcy's character or the events of the original Pride and Prejudice here. Nor are there any very interesting twists in the part of the novel that extends past the original book-- this goes about two months past their wedding. Instead, you may experience multiple eye rolls, cringe at uncharacteristic and too-modern behavior of beloved characters, and laugh out loud at the use of such terms as "baby bump" in a Regency period tale. I actually started disliking the Darcy and Elizabeth in this book, and most of what they seemed to do after becoming a couple was fawn over each other, become more forward with each other, and make constant sappy declarations of undying love to the detriment of any other aspects of their character development. Definitely not real, dynamic people.

The writing lacked sophistication and beauty- it was simple and artless and boring. The narration is likewise dull. You can't tell Mr. Darcy's voice apart from the narrator, and this is the least expressive of all the voices used in the narration. Not great considering that between the two it is the voice you hear most. And for some reason, sometimes in earlier parts of the novel a somewhat prissy sounding woman does Georgiana's voice, but this is not continued throughout. Why even bother?

I see other people saying, "Well, nobody can be Jane Austen!" but believe me, there are much better attempts at P&P variations out there. This book reminds me why I avoided the Jane Austen Fan Fiction category for so long, despite P&P being one of my favorite books.

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  • 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 60
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

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

Characters we love, interesting new circumstances

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

While the characters in this novel are true to the ones Pride and Prejudice fans have grown to know and love, the circumstances in which they meet are drastically different, producing a very different but very enjoyable path for their acquaintance and growing respect and affection for each other. Mr. Bennet having passed away before the novel begins, we find Elizabeth working first as a governess for Darcy's relations, then becoming Georgiana's paid companion after the two form an acquaintance while Georgiana is visiting that family. So we, and Elizabeth, get to meet Mr. Darcy in the environment in which he is his best- as the fair and generous master of Pemberly and lovingly concerned older brother. He still has his faults and missteps, but with a wider picture of his character, Elizabeth's reaction to him is of course very different than how she feels after seeing only his distant and disdainful public manner in the original novel. Of course, her situation and position in society is also very different, creating new obstacles between them. But Darcy and Elizabeth are still great complements to each other, still two pieces that fit together so well, and you will savor the story as they begin to both realize and despair over this.

Georgiana, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and Wickham play significant roles in the story, and other favorite characters such as Jane and Bingley play smaller parts. All of them are very true to their original characters, and the universe in which they live is likewise recognizable and realistic, things I always look for in this kind of book. If you love Pride and Prejudice and long to spend a little more time in that world, you won't go wrong with this one. This was a very enjoyable, believable, wonderfully narrated story full of sweet moments, secret longing, misunderstandings, and twists and suspense. I was kept up late listening! This is a P&P variation worth your time!

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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 50
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

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

Heart-wrenchingly delightful!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I'm in the midst of a Pride and Prejudice variation spree, and there are certain things I'm always looking for: the characters seem true to the originals and haven't been poorly "modernized," the language passes as fitting with the original mood and time period, and the new plot is believable. This book passes on all three accounts. The narration was also excellent! Stevie Zimmerman does a great job with both male and female voices and various accents.

While we don't get to see much into Elizabeth's perspective, or Colonel Fitzwilliam's for that matter, about how their courtship and his proposal unfolded at the very beginning of the book, what we do see, largely from Darcy's perspective, is believable. And it is, as another reviewer wrote, exquisite torture! Poor Darcy is stuck between a rock and a hard place-- or rather, between his inextinguishable and too-late acted upon love for Elizabeth and his loyalty to Fitzwilliam and respect for his and Elizabeth's obviously sincere attachment. Later on we do see more things from Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam's sides, to round out the whole story a bit more. For the longest time you'll be wondering how in the world this whole thing could possibly be resolved! I enjoyed it all with a smile on my face.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,250

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

Best Cormoran Strike novel yet!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

I enjoyed learning more about both Strike and Robin in this book. Great narration, great story.

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  • Timebound

  • By: Rysa Walker
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,756
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,760

When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Enjoyed It

  • By Lessa on 06-27-14

Annoying over-enunciation

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

Reviewed: 03-21-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was interesting enough, but about halfway through it crossed my tolerance threshold for teen angst and drama. I can only sympathize so much with super-strong-we've-only-known-each-other-for-a-month love. That and the narrator's pronunciation made me want to get this story over and done with.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Timebound?

I enjoyed the trip back in time, especially the encounter with the little boy.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The voice differentiation was good between Kate, Katherine, the young boy, and "men." The older (teen/adult) male voices sounded pretty similar. That was not really a big deal (except one of them was supposed to have an Irish accent, it turns out). The biggest problem I had was her over-enunciation of words that are usually reduced in normal, native-speaker speech. For example, normal people might say "Go to school" where the emphasis is on GO and SCHOOL, and "to" sounds more like a quick "duh" or "tuh." Our narrator seems to say, "Go TO school," calling our attention to this really unimportant word. This makes her sound like something between a robot and a simpleton, and it makes it really hard to listen to and imagine that these are real people. Nobody talks like that naturally. It really drove me up the wall.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I think the time travel effects and costumes would make it interesting as a movie.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,900

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

A great story with a fantastic narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-01-16

Listened to on a long drive and was totally engrossed. The narrator was excellent, the story was interesting, the characters realistic, and there were some really captivating expressions in the writing. I did guess a few aspects of the mystery before they were revealed, but there were still enough twists and turns to make the journey enjoyable. I will be looking for other things by this author and narrator.

  • Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell

  • An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas
  • By: Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398

The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town's ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove - or prove - the woman's story.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What! No Kristen Bell?! This feels so wrong....

  • By P. Wellings on 01-28-15

Narrator is not a good fit

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

What made the experience of listening to Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell the most enjoyable?

I love seeing the continuation of the characters' lives in the Veronica Mars universe. Glad there was some significant Logan in this one. And a pony.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Veronica and other characters have snappy lines of dialogue, but the narrator's take on these render the humor and snark we've come to love in the Veronica Mars stories almost unnoticeable. I think reading the print would have allowed me to enjoy this aspect of the writing much more. I found the pace of the reading to be too slow and sleepy to match the story and the characters well. I had to listen to it at a faster speed to tolerate it.

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

Veronica and Logan on the beach. Lovely. Can't say more on account of spoilers and such.

Any additional comments?

I hope the series continues. If not with the amazing Kristen Bell narrating, then at least with someone who understands the feel of the characters and the series overall. Make watching the TV series and/or movie a pre-requisite for anyone narrating.

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