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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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Charming!

Such a wonderful story. I just love Pemberley and I want one too.
Great for all ages.
The narrator has an excellent range of voices and does them perfectly.
Hoping this continues too see all reunited.
This audio was given to me free and I voluntarily gave this review

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THE PEMBERLEY OF DRAGONS,

THIS WII DIBLE WAS AMAZING, MOST YOUNG WOMEN HAVE COME TO KNOW AND LOVE THE CHARACTER ME DARCY AND ELIZABWTH BENNET, THE DRAGINS ARE DEFINETLY A BONUS! TNHE NARRATOR BENJAMIN FIFE DID A WONDERFUL JOB WITH THE FLEXUATION OF THE DIFFERENT CHARCTERS, AND THEN THERE ARE THE DRAGONS, THIS STORY WAS REALLY A TREAT, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO MORE FROM BOTH THIS AUTHOR AND THE NARRATOR! I AM LEAVING THIS REVIEW OF MY OWN FREE WILL, AND THE OPIONS ARE MY OWN.

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"So you wish to hear a story about dragons?" Yes!

The book was an entertaining mash up of Pride & Prejudice and Dragon Riders of Pern.

In this version of P&P, dragons are real and are everywhere around England. Dragons are hidden from most people who cannot see what they really are because of the dragons' magic. They see them as birds, cats and other animals. They vary in size from small dragons the size of a songbird to large Estate dragons as large a building. A few people can hear dragons and have a special relationship with them. They are the keepers of the large estate dragons and companions of the smaller ones.

I enjoyed the narrator's performance: he does a very good job with the voices of the all the people and even the dragons.

The story was good, but it did get off to a bit of a slow start. The book really got a lot better in the second half with more action. This book ended on a cliffhanger, so, if you'd like to see how things turn out, you'll have to read book 2 in the series.

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good story

My only complaint with this story was the unsatisfactory ending. There is still so much to be explored and it truly feels like there is no ending at all. The story was beautiful and colorful...the acting was brilliant but I wanted so much more.

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Very unique world for P&P. It really works!

For someone who doesn’t gravitate to fantasy I loved this series when I read it. Very skilled world building which I am sure devotees of contemporary fantasy would think tame. That’s okay. ForJAFF fans we don’t want the dystopian violence. The story from P&P is still there. This narrator: Benjamin Fife was fantastic for this story. I can’t wait for the next book in this series to come out in audible.

I won this book in a giveaway from the author.

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  • 08-22-19

Benny Fife as a Brit!

pride-prejudice-characters, romantic, England, fantasy, historical-fiction, humor

I have been enamored of dragons ever since reading both Lady Trent (similar time frame and country) and Tesser (USA and present day). This mash up of P&P with dragon culture is great!
It was fun hearing narrator Benjamin Fife do British! I love his abilities!

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Elizabeth, Darcy, and Dragons, oh my!

Dragons still exist in Regency times (many attached to estates, but some living wild), and Elizabeth Bennet is talented at dealing with them. When Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy appears in Hertfordshire looking for his stolen dragon egg, they will be thrown into company and will need to work together. Will they be able to find the egg? Will Elizabeth be required by her father’s estate dragon Longbourn to marry her cousin Mr. Collins? Will she become the new dragon handler? Can she and Darcy get over their misunderstandings? How will Elizabeth’s sister, Mary, and her aunt, Mrs. Gardiner, deal with taking on dragons of their own? This is a mystery and the first book in a series.

This is such a wonderful variation on the original Pride and Prejudice. It keeps the characters as they should be, but adds in new complications. The dragons are a delight, from tiny fairy dragons to huge estate ones, they each bring their own personalities to enrichen the original tale.

I listened to the audiobook of this novel, and the narrator does a wonderful job with all the voices, both human and dragon. I dare you not to fall in love with April, the fairy dragon, or Pemberley, Darcy’s dragon as voiced by Benjamin Fife. The performance offered by this narrator will draw you in and hold you as he tells Maria Grace’s story.

While I know this is not the only P&P/dragon tale, this is a highly enjoyable one, and I look forward to leaning what comes next in this series.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator. I thank him and the author for sharing this book with me. I enjoyed every minute I spent listening to it. However, their generosity had no effect on this review. All opinions in this review express my true and honest reactions to listening to this audiobook.

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My two favorite things...

Dragons and Jane Austen!

I'm totally enthralled. Such a fun story.

And Benjamin Fife did a wonderful job narrating these! Will definitely be checking out the next in the series!

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Interesting fantasy read, but unsatisfying ending

Really got into the story but ending left almost everyone either hanging or miserable. More?

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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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  • 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.