Longbourn: Dragon Entail (A Pride and Prejudice Variation)

Jane Austen's Dragons, Book 2
Narrated by: Benjamin Fife
Series: Jane Austen's Dragons, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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Darcy thought his problems were over when Pemberley hatched and successfully imprinted on humans. But baby dragons prove far more difficult than any dragon lore prepared him for. Only Elizabeth Bennet's notes offer him any help. When his imperious Aunt Catherine takes matters into her own hands, things take a turn for the worse and Pemberley’s life hangs in the balance. He desperately needs more of Elizabeth’s help, but she ignores all of his requests. 

Elizabeth, though, has problems of her own. After the Bennet family dragon sent Pemberley away, life at Longbourn was supposed to return to normal and Elizabeth get on with the all-important business of marrying the heir to her father’s estate. Except that he is the last man in the world whom she could ever be prevailed on to marry - a bumbling, addle-pated dragon-hater who demands she gives up the dragons she lives for. 

Can she, with the help of her dragon friends, find her way back to Pemberley before they both suffer their fate from the Dragon Entail? 

Jane Austen meets Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Riders of Pern. A must-listen for Pern fans.

©2017 Maria Grace (P)2019 Maria Grace

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Love!!!

Longbourn has decided that Elizabeth will marry Collins. To ensure this happens, he sends Pemberly and Darcy away. He feels that her attachment to them will prevent her from doing what he wishes. If that isn't enough, her father completely insists that she honor the marriage as well. Elizabeth is feeling completely overwhelmed and she's starting to become afraid of Longbourn.

I was trying to figure out how the author was going to go with this series. I loved Pride and Prejudice. I was very impressed with the retelling of this. I loved how creative the author was. I loved that she put exact word for word scenes from the original. It was impressive. I think even Jane Austen herself would have been impressed. I loved the first book and I loved the second as well!

I kind of wanted to smack Elizabeth in this one. She was being a little stubborn. I get it though. Nobody bothered to tell her that Darcy and Pemberly were banished. Poor Pemberly! I just couldn't handle how much pain that poor baby was in! I am also very impressed with how Darcy is portrayed in this. He's just so dreamy!

This book was narrated by Benjamin Fife. This is only the second book I've listened to by him, but I'm totally hooked. He's got amazing talent! If I had a lot of money, I would go and buy every single book he's narrated. I will plan to buy them when I can. Narrators are great. They are. The ones that go the extra mile for our entertainment are AMAZING. He's one of those. He has quickly been added to my favorites list. Hands down.

I really can't' wait to see where the rest of this series goes. It's such a creative take on a classic that we all love. Like I said before, I believe that Jane Austen herself would even love it. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I'm just so in love with it! I fully recommend this unique retelling!

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The fun continues!

You could say that Darcy is suffering the trials of single fatherhood only the baby involved is a dragon, not a human, and there aren’t a lot of folks around who can offer experience and advice. The infant Pemberley is unhappy at being apart from Elizabeth to whom she’s very attached. As for Elizabeth, who does have more experience and a better connection to the scaled creatures, other matters are keeping her occupied, not the least of which is an arranged marriage that she really doesn’t want. Mr. Collins is entirely unsuitable. especially considering his views on dragons but, oddly enough, the Bennet estate’s landed dragon, the crabby Longbourn, is adamant that this marriage should happen.

Elizabeth is a woman ahead of her time, resistant to the societal controls that keep her from making the most important life choices for herself and Darcy still has remnants of his former arrogance and dismissal of the less wealthy Bennets but the two are drawn more and more towards each other. Meanwhile, the infamous Wickham seems to be up to something that does not bode well for anyone. Numerous plot threads intertwine but it’s all fun and I adore the many different dragons, each with his or her own distinctive personality.

This alternate Regency universe created by Maria Grace, with more than a little help from Jane Austen, continues to be immensely intriguing and compelling and, as with the first book in the series, I’m enchanted with the characters, human and dragon, and with Benjamin Fife’s impeccable narration and particularly with his vocalizations of the various dragons. I’m moving on now to the third book, Netherfield, with great anticipation.

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unlike Jane's classic is not at all dull

although I have had to read Pride and Prejudice I found it a story that I had to force myself to finish. Not the case with story, it was an absolutely enjoyable listen. The only flaw in the narrator's presentation were some of the female voice but not fatally distracting. I will read the first book and the following books with serious anticipation.

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Romance with a Dragon Twist.

After listening to this novel, I have found a new series to enjoy. This is my second read in this series and I find that I am looking forward to more. At first I thought that throwing Dragons into a romance theme would not work well. I am pleasantly surprised with the way this Author has built the storyline and the characters together so well that it is highly entertaining. I usually don't listen to romance but now I can't say that anymore. Lol! I recommend this series for everyone. You will enjoy the listen!

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I like it

I love pride and prejudice, I love dragons. What could be better? Lol.
In all seriousness, if you are reading this and expecting it to be just like Jane Austin’s then you are going to be upset. But hopefully you read the description and realize that it is more like a trip into alternate reality Austin land. It’s a fun concept

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Another fantastic installment

Picking up right where the first book left off, this one takes us on a journey that is equal parts comedy, romance, and mystery.

In most ways, it is much superior to the first book. Unfortunately, it lost a star on account of the non-ending.

As with the previous book, Benjamin Fife gives a phenomenal performance complete with unique, believable voices and masterful control of vocal inflections and tempo variations.

This story builds on the already fantastic character development established in the first, while bringing in several new characters that are just as wonderfully drawn.

I really enjoyed the further development of the dragons, including new species, as well as the ongoing investigation into the Blue Order and just what it is about Elizabeth that makes her so special.

I did feel that the dramatic reversal between Elizabeth and Mr Darcy was just a bit too sudden, but overall the development of their relationship has been a lot of fun to read.

I must confess, however, that the seemingly haphazard way in which characters go from being referred to by first name, then last name, and back again gets more than a little confusing, especially concerning family members with the same last name and the instance where one character's first name is another's last name.

But overall the flow of the story is excellent.

Now, as I mentioned above, the ending was thoroughly disappointing. It isn't that there's no climax, there definitely is. But it flows seamlessly into a connected plot that feels like a continuation, as though it was just a mid-point climax, then the book ends.

I will still be continuing the series, but I really hope the next book has an actual ending.

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Not Stand-Alone

I didn't feel this was stand-alone. It does seem to be fun, though, and I plan to read Book 1 in the near future so I can enjoy this more. A lot of characters were thrown at me at once in the beginning, so I think I will need to start at the beginning. After all, dragons.

Cute narration of the dragons.

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LONGBOURN DRAGONS

I HAVE REALLY ENJOYED THIS SERIES SO FAR,
IT IS A WONDERFUL ADVENTURE WITH MR. DARCY THE BENNET FAMILY AND OF COURSE DRAGONS! I LOOK FORWARD TO THE REST OF THE SERIES!

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Hmm... Excellent!

This was great! The narrator is really good.. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Veering further away from canon - for good and ill

The first volume of this saga didn't stray too far from the 'stations of canon' in that most of the events followed fairly closely to the original ones, if not always for the same reasons. This volume continues to follow roughly the same course of events, but diverges fairly significantly from the original in the latter half. Some of the divergence was welcome, but I feel almost that it tried too hard to keep particular events which would have been better off left out.

If you're going to stick to canon, stick to canon. If you're going to diverge, then diverge. But trying to keep particular iconic scenes, while altering their context significantly enough that they become out-of-place, is the worst of both worlds. One scene in particular, a famous proposal, was treated so. And I couldn't stop thinking about it, wondering why it bothered me so much, but in the end I realized it wasn't actually the scene itself that is the problem, so much as that it's symptomatic and symbolic of the deeper flaws which permeate this story.

This is a fanfiction. The first book managed to make me forget that, but there is no longer any way around it. I've been treating it as an original work, but that does it both too much credit and too much of a disservice. There are interesting new elements thrown in which, for a time, conceal the deeper flaws of the work. There are iconic scenes, familiar character interactions, and changes to make things just fresh enough to pass as new.

But the greatest flaw lies in the erasure of the two main characters' titular flaws. Instead of being kept apart by their own nature, they are people who have been deceived by outside forces. They are perfect for each other, only circumstance and misunderstanding keeping them apart.

Thankfully, I'm not here for the romance. I'm here for the dragons. And those are the saving grace of what would otherwise be a very bland wish-fulfillment fanfic. Setting aside the blandly nicer main characters, we also have a broad cast of dragons with their own politics, goals, and place in the story. It is here that the most interesting divergences arise, and these elements which succeed in enticing me to consider continuing the series should the opportunity arise, rather than dropping it for good.

As with the previous entry in the saga, the narration remains solid. The dragon voices in particular are very distinct and well-crafted to fit their personalities, and the listening experience was enjoyable throughout.

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  • Raya Whitehouse
  • 02-12-20

The epic tale continues

This book continues with its interesting little twist in the re-writing of the classic novel. The illustration of the book is adorable.

The characters are getting even more details as you learn about them in this second installment of the series. I love the dragon scenes the best.

The narrator continued to do an excellent job with so many different pitches of voices for the different characters, keeping the same tones as the first book.

Book leaves you wanting more, which is great.

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving am honest review.

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  • MimiaTheReader
  • 01-24-20

The series continues with a strong book

So the series continues with a slightly less strong book than the first, but very strong still. In this one we get to see more of the dragon world (which I find fascinating) and a lot more of baby Pemberley (which I aprecciated a lot, even if it is sad that the narrator makes her sound like a scary creature from an horror movie). The timeline starts to diverge from the original and I found it a little confusing and also felt that Darcy's feelings appeared out of nowhere (was I the one who wasn't paying attention? Maybe..).
The narrator became less irritating when I listened at 1.5 time but I still didn't like the narration.

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  • Susannah
  • 12-14-19

Another outstanding installment.

Another wonderfully narrated story from Maria Grace. I'm starting to believe that Benjamin Fife is part dragon as he brings to life the dozens of dragonkin we have encountered in this story!

It is well written and each chapter will leave you wanting 5 more minutes. Can't wait for book 3!

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  • kharnynb
  • 12-11-19

part two of a great tale.

continuing the story of Elizabeth's life in dragon-infested England, there is a great balance of character development and story pace, as trouble keeps increasing and draconic law throws another spanner in everyone's plans.

narration is amazing, worth great character voices and perfect pacing, Benjamin Fife manages to really bring the characters alive and it is much easier to follow with all characters being easily seperated by voice/afflection and modification alone.

my only complaint is that the book ended sooner than i wanted and i am looking forward to book 3!

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  • Rowena Buchanan
  • 02-09-20

These are worth the read

This second book in the series definitely needed the first for context, but was a delightful listen. The narrator really does a very good job. There were a couple of times when I needed to read rather than listen, for my family's sake, and there were errors in the text that the narrator corrected in passing. Well done.
I will be finding and reading the third in the series straight away.