• Happier in Her Friends than Relations

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Friends & Relations)
  • By: Jayne Bamber
  • Narrated by: Sadie Pepperrell
  • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
  • Categories: Romance, Historical
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this angsty fusion of two of Jane Austen’s most beloved novels, Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility, the actions of their sisters cause challenging chain reactions for one of literature’s most celebrated couples....

Fitzwilliam Darcy is faced with a family crisis of epic proportions after the fallout of his sister Georgiana’s ill-fated elopement in Ramsgate, while his friend Charles Bingley is persuaded to abandon his scheme of renting Netherfield Park.

Elizabeth Bennet journeys to London to recover her spirits after Jane’s unexpected marriage changes the sisters’ relationship forever, and despite an attempted reconciliation, Jane is revealed to be far from the angel Elizabeth has always admired.

The bonds of friendship offer Elizabeth a lifeline after a series of tragic events causes her to fear for her future. The support she receives from her new neighbor Marianne Brandon and snarky socialite Lady Rebecca Fitzwilliam may yet prove to heal her broken heart and bring her closer to a happily ever after. The wide array of characters from throughout Austen’s works teach Elizabeth Bennet that she is truly happier in her friends than relations.

Author's note:

Please note that this volume has been heavily edited and revised since original publication, based on suggestions from previous reviewers.

This is book one out of a three-book series. Most storylines will be resolved by the conclusion of this story, but minor characters' stories will be left not fully resolved, for continuation in book two and book three. The Friends & Relations series is an epic saga that peers into the lives of all of Jane's Austen's heroines, imagining them to inhabit a world where their lives and families are intertwined. Throughout this series, characters from all of Jane Austen's major works will be revealed to have existing familial relationships and will forge new connections as well. As the lives of so many beloved Austen characters weave together, this series will address the question of what if all of Austen's works had taken place in the same world...a world where overlap was possible and surprises hide around every corner....

©2019 Jayne Bamber (P)2020 Jayne Bamber

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A great story

Note my version of the audiobook has some editing issues that clear up and do not continue. It was a bit unfortunate that someone did not realize this, but since I read the book I was so very happy to have the audiobook to listen to I did not care.
I hope they get fixed.
This is one of my all time favorite stories. Elizabeth is a strong woman and Jane is an awful sister. I know - but it makes for a wonderful story. Darcy is dealing with his realatives and all their issues that turn his life upside down until he meets and is able to see Elizabeth and make his own mistakes. Throw in some characters from Sense and sensibly and you have a great story.

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PLEASE EDIT CHAPTER 6!!

Please.. its killing me. It just needs to be clipped and edited. It's all there, and I tried to be patient.. but after 10 minutes of claps and restarts, i cant take it any more.

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hmm.

1st. I do realize that any reader has a difficult job. Keeping up with voices, infection, adding sighs and a hint of laughter is no easy task. However! There are word she completely mispronounced that have Nothing to do with an accent.
2nd. SKIP TRACK 6/ chapter 6! This is definitely the fault of the sound editor. The skips, the pauses, repeating the same sentences several times in a row. You can hear the reader trying various inflections (in a small way an interesting insight to the world of a reader, still very annoying though), also the snapping/clap after every retake.... gah! This starts in a small way the in track before, you'll notice words oddly repeating. It mostly ends in track 7. But track 6 may cause you to just get frustrated and not want to continue.
The gist of track 6: Elizabeth and Darcy see each other at the theater. They don't talk.
3rd. The author is great. I really enjoyed the story. The story lines were fun and I liked the tweaks to everyone's personality.

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Chapter 6 narration had many starts, stops and repeats

For some reason chapter six had numerous starts and stops and repeats in the recording of the story. Hopefully somebody fixes it?!! Enjoyed the story very much.

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chapter 6 needs reediting, but still very good.

in spite of the one badly edited chapter, I still give it 5 stars. Enjoyed this one.

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Had to return

The production of this book was so terrible that I had to return it. The story would’ve been OK except it was an unedited portion of the story that had many mistakes and repeats often several repeats within the first five minutes. I couldn’t tolerate this and had to return the book

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Needs re-editing!,,,

Most notable at the about 3:15 into the recording. Repeats, clapping which was apparently to mark the edit cut, etc....

Great story but unhappy audiobook!!!!

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Awesome variation but...

There is so much to enjoy in this reimagining of P&P. It is one of my favorites with a who’s who of Jane Austen characters. I love the cross novel friendships between beloved characters.
The author brought some real perspective on things glossed over in the original.... Bingley’s indecisiveness; Georgiana’s loneliness and teenaged rebellion; and Mrs. Bennet’s love of her daughters. Darcy in particular was portrayed with more true humanity behind his haughty facade. We can infer these traits from the original, but it is a joy to read a more in depth story. Very well done keeping to the original characters. So often variations create caricatures based on the best or worst traits of the originals. Aside from Jane, this story was very true to Austen’s depictions.

The narration and editing are the only downfall to this lovely production. Others have mentioned the editing mishaps, and they are correct. The narrator has a wonderful voice for it and did better than most varying voices of multiple characters. She caught the tone of 90% of the scenes perfectly in her performance.
With a little practice and expanded vocabulary, this narrator has true potential. When I say vocabulary, I mean the author wrote words that the narrator didn’t interpret correctly. This is a pet peeve of mine in audiobooks. Example:
An “eligible” match was commonly used in the book. The narrator read it as an “illegible” match every time. There were several other words repeatedly misspoken throughout. To misread or misspeak a time or two is expected in such a long book. To get the same words wrong every time suggests the narrator doesn’t understand the words. I hope the narrator will continue to practice as Lady Catherine would say. She does have talent and a great voice for audiobooks.

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Great story but....

This is one of my favorite JAFF stories (I do love a crazy Jane/Bingley).
However, there are a lot of technical issues. The volume goes up and down and at times the narrator reads too fast or too slow - she reads way too fast in the last few chapters of the book. There are numerous times that a line is read, there is a pause and then it the line is repeated. The audio file for Chapter 6 needs to be completely re-edited. The narrator reads a line, there is a clapping or snapping noise and then line is read again. This especially occurs between time 17:01 and 21:46 of the chapter at which point I grew frustrated and skipped onto Chapter 7.

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  • Rosemary
  • 12-28-20

Not your best effort Audible

An entertaining if silly story made ridiculous by the narration. Often sentences are terminated before the end, mispronunciations are common and chapter 6 is incomprehensible. The impression is that Audible has abandoned Quality Control. The world is full of book fans who would Alpha test recordings for free. Come on Audible, make an effort.