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Publisher's Summary

"You must allow me to tell you..."

For over 200 years, Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy has captivated readers' imaginations as the ultimate catch. Rich. Powerful. Noble. Handsome. And yet, as Miss Austen's Pride and Prejudice is established through Elizabeth Bennet's fine eyes, how are we to know his mind? How does Darcy progress from "she is tolerable: but not handsome enough to tempt me" to "I thought only of you"? 

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. 

Stories by Susan Adriani, Sara Angelini, J. Marie Croft, Karen M. Cox, Jan Hahn, Jenetta James, Lory Lilian, KaraLynne Mackrory, Beau North, Ruth Phillips Oakland, Natalie Richards, Sophia Rose, Joana Starnes, Melanie Stanford, Caitlin Williams

Edited by Christina Boyd

Narrated by Harry Frost

©2017 Christina Boyd dba The Quill Ink,LLC (P)2017 Christina Boyd dba The Quill Ink, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Since he's fictional, this is the closest I can get to have him whispering in my ear sweet nothings and thoughts I imagined Mr. Darcy would say." —Of Pens and Pages

"Think of The Darcy Monologues as your JAFF gateway drug. Don't worry, experts agree; it lowers anxiety, increases imagination, and is very good for health." —Period Drama Madness 

"...there really is something here to suit all tastes, and to delight any diehard Darcy fan." —Joceline Bury, Jane Austen Regency World Magazine

"Frost captures Darcy's tone perfectly, bringing a heart and soul to the character that readers get only a glimpse of in the original novel. The remaining half of the audiobook contains stories from other eras, reimagining Darcy as a baseball player, a school principal, and an Old West traveler, to name but a few. Frost portrays everything from New York sophisticate to grizzled cowboy, never falling into caricature. A delightful listening experience." —AudioFile Magazine 

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A Whole Book of Darcy!

Just as the title of this review says, a whole book of Darcy. A collection of stories from the perspective of one of the most crushed on man (who cares that he is fictional) of all time, Fitzwilliam Darcy.

The stories are set in a variety of times and places. Some put events of Jane Austen's original story into Darcy's perspective, or continued the story after they were married. There were a couple that set it in different historical time periods like the Wild West & WWII. There were a few modern retellings, and one completely fantastical story.

I loved most of them. There were a couple I didn't care for, but on three whole really well done. The reader had a great voice, and made all the different Darcy's sound so luscious.

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Absolutely Fantastic!

This is a collection of 15 short stories, all told from the point of view of the alluringly enigmatic Mr. Darcy. Some of them are alternate stories told from Darcy's point of view, but most are variations that completely change the story. Half of them are Regency era, and the other half run the gamut from the Wild West, to WWII, to modern day. There are no really graphic scenes, just a little steaminess. Each story runs about 45 minutes to an hour and a half, perfect for a little taste of Darcy.

I don't think I can rave about this collection enough! I listened to the whole thing straight through, but it can be enjoyed in little bite-sized pieces. Joana Starnes and Caitlin Williams are both favorite authors of mine, but I'm always looking for new authors to try. This collection is perfect for that. I really hope there's another anthology in the works, it was such a pleasure!

I honestly couldn't pick a favorite story, but a few of them stand out as I write this. I absolutely loved Beast of Pemberley, a wonderful and surprising P and P and Beauty and the Beast mashup. From the Ashes had me laughing out loud, and it still makes me smile to imagine poor befuddled Darcy writing out his letter. Without Affection tugged my heartstrings, and The Ride Home had me fanning my face. The stories never got boring, or confusing, each one is so different and wonderful in its own way.

The narration was really well done, it was a great immersive performance. I'm used to female narrators for Pride and Prejudice variations, but Harry Frost was the perfect person to narrate for Darcy. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. The whole book was an awesome listen, start to finish, and I'd 100% recommend it.



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Darcy

Death of a Batchelor’ by Caitlin Williams
Darcy's thoughts the month before his wedding and after the wedding. A sweet story.

From the Ashes' by J Marie Croft
Darcy as I have not seen him before when he is trying to write THE letter to Lizzy. He was funny

If Only a Dream’ by Joana Starnes
Oh Darcy, you are such a fool, but being a fool brings him closer to Lizzy at Rosings. So it all works out. I like these sides of him.

‘Clandestiny’ by Karalynne Mackrory
Netherfield Park, the Ball. See what things you can accomplish by talking!

‘The Beast of Pemberley’ by Melanie Stanford
A Beauty and the beast re-telling :D Fun! Even if Lizzy could have been nicer. I mean Darcy was so sweet.

‘A Resentful Man’ Lory Lilian
I am not the biggest fan of stories which are just through another POV, but it made it up for it at the end cos he was so dang sweet

‘In Terms of Perfect Composure’ by Susan Adriani
Here they did not get together when Bingley proposed so everything is still unsure and Darcy makes friends with the Gardiners

‘Without Affection’ by Jan Hahn
Darcy looks back at their life together and a few bumps in the road. All cos of him, men are silly.

‘Hot for Teacher’ by Sara Angelini
Present day, everyone are teachers. Darcy was even more proud than usual

“You Don’t Know Me” by Beau North
I think my least fav, as I do not really care for the modern day (fine 60s) variations, and this was not even a variation. It was just people with their names.

‘Reason to Hope’ by Jenetta James
This "Modern" day ones sure do not follow the story. Just the names. Darcy meets Lizzy during the war. Though no war action.'

Pemberley by Stage’ by Natalie Richards
1860s, bandits, Darcy to the rescue. Again, no story, just names. WIckham was evil as alwayas, but I did feel sorry for him too.

‘Darcy Strikes Out’ by Sophia Rose
Present day (present day just works so much better than the in betweens because here they are free. I want free or you know 1800s.)
Anyway, it takes place after "lambton" and it worked really well. Could even been its own story without the PP stuff.

‘The Ride Home’ by Ruth Phillips Oakland
This one was short and took place in a car but it was fun and Lizzy was drunk. It was amusing.

‘I, Darcy’ by Karen M Cox
I have come to realise that Lizzy really tends to be an idiot, yes I get that is the whole point with prejudiced bur Lizzy come on! Tsk.
Modern day, not anything from the story except names.

All in all fun stories! I am a classic which means I prefer it to take place around when it should take place. I like the era and how polite everyone has to be. Or not be.
But some modern ones were really fun too cos it changes thing.

Narrator
He did well and I forgot that I listened to a bunch of stories cos it worked so well

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A delight for Regency fans!

This was SO MUCH FUN! The different Darcy's gave a marvelous variety of his point of view. From the Ashes was my favorite traditional story. A drunken Darcy scribbling and rescribbling a letter to Elizabeth. I saw a sodden Colin Firth in my head as I listened. Much to my surprise, my other favorites were the stories set in the U.S. All were well-written and I enjoyed the shorter length of each.
Harry Frost is now rivaling Nicholas Boulton for me in narration. And that is a hard voice to compete with. But Frost pulled me in from the sample and now I can't wait to hear what he performs next. His voice washes over you and puts naughty thoughts in your head!
Overall, excellent and well-worth the money!

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Recapturing the essence of a classic love story

First, let me say the narration is perfect. When listening to Jane Austen retellings, who would want to listen to anyone other than a British storyteller who sounds like Mr. Darcy (think Colin Firth). Each story is different with its own take on the timeless literary classic.

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Gotta listen!!

I enjoyed every spoken word! The narrator is absolutely fabulous!
After listening to all these Darcy s , I will read them all next!
Give yourself a treat and immerse yourself in all ages, types of Darcy!!

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Made me fall for Darcy all over again!

All the heart eyes for this fun collection of stories about beloved Mr. Darcy. I loved the ones set back in the original era the most, but the modern day ones were still fun. The narrator was fantastic!

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What a treat!

STORY OVERVIEW AND REVIEW:

The Darcy Monologues is a collection of short stories told by a group of amazing JAFF authors, all starring our beloved Mr. Darcy. There was a fantastic selection of stories, the book divided into two eras—Regency and Other. I've mentioned this in my more in-depth review of the book, "each author perfectly highlighted the Mr. Darcy every romance fan grew to love—a gentleman, a dedicated brother, a good friend and a devoted lover. A good and honest man."

I enjoyed reading this book but enjoyed it even more when I finally listened to it.

WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT THE AUDIOBOOK?

Reading The Darcy Monologues was heartwarming, but listening to it was a whole new experience. It felt more intimate, more tangible, if that makes sense. Like a real person was telling me a real story of his life. Harry Frost was a fantastic Darcy, and he was equally fantastic in portraying different characters, particularly Mr. Collins. The change in accents from Regency era to other era stories set in the USA was surprising but not unwanted. I don't know which I prefer, to be honest. And I don't know if it was just me, but his American accent sounded a lot like Henry Cavill's. I can only tell you I giggled so much when I heard it.

While Harry Frost did a wonderful job narrating all of the novellas in this anthology, the novella I enjoyed listening to the most was From the Ashes by J. Marie Croft. It was so amusing to hear a slightly intoxicated Mr. Darcy write a draft of his letter to Elizabeth the night after the Hunsford proposal. A close second was You Don't Know Me by Beau North because like I've mentioned about, the accent reminded me of Mr. Cavill's American accent. Hehe. Obviously, I'm a fan.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS AUDIOBOOK TO A FRIEND? IF SO, WHY?

I think lovers of Mr. Darcy will enjoy this audiobook as much as I did. Since he's fictional, this is the closest I can get to have him whispering in my ear sweet nothings and thoughts I imagined Mr. Darcy would say. It's a treat.

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What a GREAT book!

I will not summarize all of the stories because there are too many, but will say if you like Pride and Prejudice and have ever wondered what really made Mr. Darcy "tick", THIS is the book for you! This group of authors captured Darcy's character, thought process, passions, and values perfectly. It is one of the best collections of short stories I have read.

Harry Frost's narration and take on both Darcy and the other characters made this book so enjoyable! I will listen to more of Mr. Frost's narrations!

This book was given to me and I voluntarily am leaving this honest review.

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Just brilliant

If you’re a fan of Pride & Prejudice and you always wanted a little more insight into Darcy, you will love this collection of stories.
I loved them all and brilliantly narrated by Harry Frost.

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  • Em Jay Reads
  • 02-16-18

Great anthology. Worth a repeat listen or three.

The Darcy Monologues is a wonderful anthology and Harry Frost does a wonderful job of bringing all these Darcys to life. Whether set in Jane Austen’s time, the current time or any time in between we find a new and interesting iteration of Mr Darcy. At times he’s the strong stoic man we first meet in Pride and Prejudice. At other times he’s smitten and unsure how to act. Every time Harry gets it right with his tone, pace and emotion.

Where to start? Well, none of the authors in this anthology are familiar to me so I had no idea what to expect.

I enjoyed each story and was keenly listening to words and situations from the book. All the authors have done an excellent job with their take on the inner thoughts of Mr Darcy.

The highlights for me were Death of a Bachelor by Caitlin Williams. The crisp, tight prose was a delight to listen to. Being inside Darcy’s mind was a novel experience and I really enjoyed listening to his thoughts and feelings.

For its humour and biting sarcasm, From the Ashes by J. Marie Croft deserves a mention. Darcy’s thoughts as he labours over his letter to Elizabeth is very clever.

And lastly, The Ride Home by Ruth Phillips Oakland has some laugh out loud moments as Darcy contends with a drunk Elizabeth.

None of the stories are long, so it’s the perfect anthology when you want to dip into Mr. Darcy’s world for a short time.

Highly recommended.

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  • TheBoredBrunette
  • 03-16-18

Snapshots that will tingle your senses!

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

Yes! It's fun! It's a lovely angle into each and every scene of Pride and Prejudice that left you hankering for more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr. Darcy!
Because P&P is amazing, I was already a fan, but this gives you the opportunity to see a lot of stories from his side, which Austen did not include.

What about Harry Frost’s performance did you like?

His voice is just yum. Deep and gravelly and still room for emotion and intonation without feeling like acting.

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  • Anji Dale
  • 02-04-18

A brilliant anthology with an amazing narrator.

Where do I begin?

Well firstly, Christina Boyd did a magnificent job in getting together such a wonderful band of writers. All have produced top quality works in this genre in the past. Not all have written full length novels but the shorter works they've produced haven't lost anything for all that.

Secondly, who wouldn't want to read or listen to a collection of stories written from the point of view of one of fictions greatest romantic heroes? Some stories are written in the first person and some aren't, but all of them give us a chance to get inside Darcy's head and witness the very monologues that give this fantastic book its title. Some are set in Regency times, some are set in other time periods including the American West and the 60s. The printed book was divided into two sections to reflect this.

Can I pick a favourite story? The answer is a resounding NO! As I read the book, reading in the order as printed, which starts with the Regency era, each new story immediately became my favourite. Then I thought to myself "No, that can't be! Each successive story simply can't be better than the last. They're all absolutely brilliant!" That hasn't changed on listening to the audio version. The stories vary in length and range from Darcy and Elizabeth overcoming their misunderstandings and falling in love as per canon, to Darcy reflecting on his forthcoming marriage, and to Darcy as an old man reflecting back on his marriage to Elizabeth. Then there's the stories set in more recent times such as the Old West, the 1960s and right up to date with Darcy as a Major League baseball player.

I'm not going to go into details about the individual stories - we'd be here all day! As a card-carrying Janeite, I love variations set in the original Regency era but I've also taken a fancy to variations set in other times, too.

This was one of the best JAFF books to come out last year and Harry Frost's narration adds a whole new sumptuous layer to that enjoyment, keeping me company on my commutes. In fact, I was often reluctant to get out of the car at the end of my journey. His Regency Darcy voice is simply to die for! In fact, all of his voice characterisations were fantastic. I've come across some male narrators whose female characters come across as...well "soppy", but that's definitely not the case here. I'm pretty sure Lady Catherine de Bourgh would simply refuse to put up with that!

So, if you're reluctant to try this book because it's an anthology, don't! Just. Don't. It'll be well worth the time you invest in it.