• In the Wilds of Derbyshire

  • By: Jann Rowland
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (188 ratings)

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In the Wilds of Derbyshire

By: Jann Rowland
Narrated by: Mary Sarah
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Rejected by a sister who has allowed her new status as wife to Mr. Bingley to make her proud, Elizabeth Bennet goes to her uncle's estate in Derbyshire, ostensibly to assist her cousin in her introduction to society. In reality, Elizabeth feels there is nothing left for her in the neighborhood of her birth.

Her uncle's estate is small, and Elizabeth must work while there, and though she finds her tasks easy to bear. She quickly becomes close to her young cousin and uncle, though her aunt is a hard, demanding woman, who seems to hold a grudge against Elizabeth. But she also meets many friends, including the daughter of an earl, and the handsome friend of her sister Jane's new husband, a Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy.

As Elizabeth is slowly pulled from her melancholy, new vistas open up to her, and she realizes that she can still have everything she has ever wished to have. But the jealousy of a woman who is no friend of her courtship with a wealthy man threatens her newfound happiness, and the coming of a sister who rejected her has the potential to once again disrupt Elizabeth's life and destroy her future.

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Weak narration

The story was sweet and entertaining. The narration was sketchy. With constant mispronunciations and misplaced inflections it seemed as if the narrator had no understanding of the story or many of the words therein . Her voice was at least pleasing.

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Interesting version of Elizabeth and Darcy

An almost totally different story from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. In this version Elizabeth does not meet Darcy until after Jane and George Bingley get married and there is not the well known misunderstanding between them. They get to fall in love naturally but there are women out there who think Darcy should be theirs. Women such as Carolina Bingley, who is deliciously mean and haughty. Women such as the daughter of an Earle who thinks that her estate and title should be sufficient for Darcy to choose her.

Jane and Elizabeth are estranged due to Jane's apparent feelings of superiority since she married George Bingley. This is too different from the original Jane Austen book.

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Great story

I loved this new Jann Rowlands' variation, and I believe it to be one oh his best books. Elizabeth is a bit depressed at the beginning, but she is a fighter and she perseveres. The Drummond are a very interesting family: a bitter mother, delightful children, and a father who tries to hold his head high, despise of the family's reduced circumstances. Darcy and Georgiana are friendly and loyal, and help Lizzy overcome her melancholy.

I enjoyed the interactions among local society, the ladies who appreciated Lizzy's spirit and wit, as well as the jealous ones. Georgiana, Olivia and Elizabeth friendship was heartwarming. And Lady Emily with colonel Fitzwilliam were very colorful characters.

My favorite part of the story was the Bingleys and Caroline's visit. Miss Bingley's antics are always a great fun, here she is determined, full of disdain and arrogant, the way I like her. I always believed, that Jane's life with Caroline in residence wouldn't be a pleasant one.

The narration was pleasant, but it didn't fit a Regency Era story, would have been much better suited for a Modern book.

Highly recommended

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Pride and Prejudice Variation-One of the better

#tagsgiving
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This is one of the many pride and prejudice vagaries or versions you can find on audible. I find myself addicted to these books as pride and prejudice is not only a classic but one of my very favorite Jane Austen books.

This one lead you to understand the background of her family far better than any of the other versions I’ve read. I truly enjoyed this one it’s one of the better versions. It’s quite a link the book and it gives good value for a credit.

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thoroughly enjoyed

I absolutely enjoyed this story. there are only two things that bothered me with it, one is that they use the word circumspect way too many times. its like they just found this word and wanted to use it every chance they got lol. other then that no problem with the story at all. but my second thing is the narrator, I like her voice what I'm not a fan of the sing song way she does her voice. it drives me nuts

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Terrible narration, good story

Mispronounced words throughout, and slurred words are super annoying. Seems like a fake British accent. Story is good however.

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Pride and Prejudice continues to FASCINATE

I feel this story could really have been written by Jane. The tone of the whole story worked for me.
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I am going toreread this story more than 1 so I feel I understand the lovely story. Thank you!

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Narrator irritating. Story good.

Narrator read in a whisper and sound like spitting when punctuating at the end of a sentence or paragraph. Very irritating. Dampened the enjoyment of the story.

However, I could imaging how good the story was on it’s own. I like the premise of their relationship blossoming in another location other than Netherfield, Longbourn, Kent or London.

I vote for an audio re-do to do justice to this book.

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Excellent

A compelling story with excellent narration. This is one of the best stories focusing on Darcy & Elizabeth, whose first meeting is in Derbyshire.

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Meh.

The characters are too much unlike the original. Lizzy is not just witty, often she's just rude and gossipy. Georgiana isn't shy and elegant at all, she's a regular teenager. The negative characters as Mr Collins or Bingley's sister are constantly bad mouthed by the protagonists, which is very off character. The writing is nice, although there are some anachronisms, but the unlikely personality of the characters just doesn't work for me. I would have likes this book if not for it.

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  • TheNameless
  • 07-17-18

Good story, okay narration

A very different, but plausible variation. Without her family to embarrass Lizzy, and with Darcy on his home ground, the angst all comes from outside sources. From their initial attraction to the slow, steady, well considered building of their relationship and their growing love, the romance between them is sweet and real.

The narration is sometimes a bit stilted but generally quite good, although I got the impression that the English accent was not how Mary Sarah sounds naturally. There were also some odd pronunciations (e.g. Lutton instead of Luton, Mrs Ainsley instead of Mrs Annesley, fother instead of father, ornt instead of aunt etc...). On the positive side, the voices of different characters are generally clear.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-25-23

Good story

I enjoyed the story, however the narration was odd to say the least. There was a strange pronunciation of the letter a as in aunt and father. Also she slipped back to, I’m guessing, her American accent. I stuck it through but it definitely lessened my enjoyment.

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  • CherieLeee
  • 10-16-22

Good Story❣️

I have always loved Jann Rowland’s variations. They are interesting and well written, as is In the Wilds of Derbyshire but the narration ruined this book for me.

This is my first listening to the narrator Mary Sarah and her style, accent, pronunciation and mispronunciation greatly detracted from the wonderful storyline.

It sounds as though English is not Mary Sarah’s first language as even the name Mary is mispronounced as Marry or Merry and continually varied.

This will put me off listening to any other Jann Rowlands narrated books as they all appear to be narrated by Mary Sarah which is an incredible shame.

I would love to hear this book narrated by Stevie Zimmerman. ❣️

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  • Mo Bass
  • 11-29-23

Dreadful narrator

Ludicrous pronunciation, accents all over the place and a peculiar effort to souñd posh. The narrator did the story no justice.

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  • Miss M.
  • 11-13-23

Loved the book, readers voice annoying

The story was great. Nice and long, and we didn’t have to wait until the end for the characters to fall in love. However readers voice grated on me

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  • gillian perry-keene
  • 11-12-23

A good variation. Ox p and p

A good story ruined by being written in American and narrated with a welsh accent.

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  • Elisabeth
  • 10-25-23

Good story, weird narration

I enjoyed this version of P&P, but it was marred by the very strange narration. The odd pronunciation of words 'Fother' 'Ont' 'in foct' being the most obvious, odd hesitation in the middle of sentences and words - piono forte made it clear that British English is not her natural accent. It is enough to make me not want to listen to other books by this author as sadly, they all seem to be narrated by her.

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