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Pemberley: Mr. Darcy's Dragon: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Jane Austen's Dragons, Book 1
Narrated by: Benjamin Fife
Series: Jane Austen's Dragons, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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England is overrun by dragons of all shapes and sizes. Most people are blissfully unaware of them and the Pendragon Treaty that keeps the peace between human and dragon kind. Only those born with preternatural hearing, like Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are able to hear and converse with dragonkind.  

When the first firedrake egg laid in a century is stolen from Pemberley, the fragile dragon peace teeters on collapse. Darcy has no choice but to chase down the thief, a journey that leads him to quaint market town of Meryton and fellow Dragon Keeper, Elizabeth Bennet.    

Elizabeth shares a unique bond with dragons, stronger than anything Darcy has ever experienced. More than that, her vast experience and knowledge of dragon lore may be the key to uncovering the lost egg. But Elizabeth can’t stand Darcy’s arrogance and doesn’t trust him to care properly for a precious baby firedrake. After all, he already lost the egg once. What’s to prevent it from happening again?  

Can he win her trust and recover the stolen egg before it hatches and sends England spiraling back into the Dark Ages of Dragon War?  

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

©2016 Maria Grace (P)2019 Maria Grace

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A great Dragon inspired Pride and Prejudice story!

You must allow me to tell you how ardently I love and admire this entire series. It has completely occupied all my spare time since I saw this first book in the series, here at Audible. The personalities and foibles of all the characters Dragon and Human are what makes this so entrancing. Their entire society is well thought out and expressed. I enjoyed it too much to wait for the rest of the series to be released in audio format. But per the author they are going to released soon.
The narration was very good. I did find The voice of April the Fairy Dragon to be quite irritating . Even though that’s exactly how she was described, I wish Mr. Fife hadn’t been so exacting in his portrayal.
There is a prequel, A Proper Introduction to Dragons, in Kindle Unlimited, it could be read at any time. I read it first and I’m glad I did. It gave so many insights into the Dragon Accords, The Order and the different dragons that it enhanced my enjoyment and understanding in this book and the rest of the series.

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Enchanting

What a fun story! I love Jane Austin and this fan fiction of Pride and Prejudice uses so much of her original story to tell a delightful and very different story. The narrator is very clever, while the original characters sound like they are straight from the BBC the dragons voices are enchanting and believable. I loved it!

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Surprisingly impressive!

Dragons meet Jane Austen in a surprisingly entertaining story that is one part fantasy, one party mystery, and one part romance.

This is my first exposure to Benjamin Fife and I have to say, wow!

Although at times his voices sound just a touch nasal, each and every voice in the book is unique. Even the female and Dragon voices are all different and fit their subjects perfectly. He is a master of both vocal inflections and tempo shifts.

Honestly, I almost passed on this book. I saw it multiple times in various places before I finally decided to take a chance and devote some time to it.

Not only am I not a fan of Jane Austen's writing style (which this book naturally models to a certain extent), but I'm also not typically fond of Regency period fiction.

That said, however, this book has a similar charm (though very different storyline, of course) to the Lady Trent books by Marie Brennan, which I absolutely adore.

Although there are quite a few characters to keep track of, including nearly a dozen dragons, each is surprisingly well developed. Once things got going there was no confusion about who was who.

Clearly, most if not all of these characters are based on the originals created by Jane Austen, with flaws and quirks translated into a new world quite well.

Speaking of the world, the world building is fantastic. Although I'm not personally fond of the direction the author went with the dragons, it's all very well developed. I can definitely see the Pern influence there. The author has clearly thought through the societal ramifications of having dragons exist in the time period.

There are several mysteries throughout, most of which are resolved though one is open ended. Overall, the reveals of the various mysteries are well timed and satisfying.

The only critique I have that's not tied to either the period or Jane Austen is about that final mystery (main plot). It just felt a little too convenient and didn't really require anything of either protagonist to solve it.

Following that final reveal, however, the ending comes together nicely with an excellent weaving of character and plot arcs with more than one rather emotional character moment.

Definitely looking forward to reading book 2!

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GREAT STORY EVER !!!!!

GREATEST STORY EVER, TOTALLY MEAN IT. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. CLEAN AND FUNNY THROUGHOUT THE ADVENTURE. LOTS OF LAUGHS AND HUMOR AND TWISTS OF LOVE IN DRAMA. DEMANDS OF THE PAST IN CHANGING TIMES. BEST CLASSIC STORY WITH A DRAGON TWIST YET. ACCEPTABLE FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES. NARRATOR IS GREAT AND EASY TO FOLLOW.

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Very Fun!

This book is just fun! Definitely worth listening to. Great narration, really brought the story to life.

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Wonderful beyond belief

This wonderful twist on Pride and Prejudice is utterly delightful. It feels a bit like Jane Austen blended with J. K. Rowling. The dragons are fantastic. The story has been told in a three book series, so be sure to read them all. I received a free review copy of the audio version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Quite entertaining

I can't say just how close to the original book this is, having never read it, but I'm going with the assumption that anything dealing with dragons is probably original while the relationships, balls, and such are probably from the original.

The original is obviously a well-regarded classic, and so I hesitate to credit this rearrangement with any of the great merits of that former work. That said, the draconic elements seem largely to be well intertwined, if a bit basic. Mr. Darcy has lost his family's dragon egg. Elizabeth has an affinity for dragons. They don't like each other, but have to work together for the good of the dragon egg.

While largely entertaining (and excellently narrated), I couldn't help feeling that some pieces were out of place. I also noticed several plot elements which are left unanswered, and I'm curious to see if they are dealt with in future installments or merely forgotten, as it rather feels they have been.

If you liked the original story and feel it would be improved with the addition of dragons, this story may be exactly what you're after. I personally prefer dragons to romance, and if you find yourself in a similar circumstance, this may be a good version to employ to appreciate a classic story.

The book ends somewhat abruptly, so be prepared to continue on to the next volumes.

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Rather good💚

Pemberley Mr Darcys dragon was a very enjoyable clever fantasy take on the first half of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice. I recommend it to those who liked P&P with a twist much like P&P and Zombies version too.

Now on to book 2 Longbourn Dragon Entail.


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

 

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Absolutely Brilliant In Every Way!

I unbelievably adored this book! I'm a sucker for anything Jane Austen, and especially retelling and with fantasy elements like Dragons thrown in? It was the perfect combination. Maria Grace did an absolutely brilliant job with this idea and this story and adding such fun to it, and picking Benjamin Fife as the Narrator was astounding. I especially loved his voice as April, who quickly stuck out as my favorite, (which is hard considering Elizabeth Bennet has been one of my top favorite book characters of all time). I cannot wait to get started on the second book of this series and to keep this going. Anyone who loves Fantasy, or Dragons, or Even Jane Austen should give this a listen!

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Pride & Prejudice + Dragons!

This is SO much better than Pride and Prejudice & Zombies! I love fantasy and Jane Austin and this author mixed the two so well. The narrator had a lot of fun with the voices and characters and I'm glad he did! He really made this an incredibly fun listen. If you like both of these genres then you'll love this book and I can't wait for book two.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Susannah
  • 07-14-19

A Riveting listen.

Who knew that dragons could slot so easily into the world of Jane Austen? This fantasy adventure is action packed from beginning to end while still following much of the storyline from Pride and Prejudice.

The narration was fabulous and the range of character voices worked really well and were consistent. The narration was well paced and kept you engrossed in the story.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Pride and Prejudice variations and the fantasy genre. Can't wait to listen to the next installments!

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  • Rogernie Roberts
  • 12-28-19

A great twist on a classic novel.

I really enjoy this. The voice is clear and not grating to listen to with emotion behind the words.

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  • kharnynb
  • 11-12-19

good listen, both well narrated and interesting

great take on fantasy with a good plot, only slightly let down by an unsatisfying ending that i the writer intends to solve in future books.
the setting and ideas are well thought through and feel real enough for the story to not be too farfetched.

the narrator keeps a perfect pace throughout with no unnecessary pauses and great voices to separate characters without it being too overplayed except some kid voices at the very start of the book.

overall a great listen which leaves me looking forward to the next installment.