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Return to Longbourn

The Next Chapter in the Continuing Story of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Narrated by: Marian Hussey
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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What will happen to the Bennet females now that Mr. Bennet has died? With Mr. Tristan Collins on his way from America to claim his property, Mrs. Bennet hatches her plan. The new heir to Longbourn simply must marry one of her daughters. Nothing else will do. Will it be Mary or Kitty singled out for this dubious honor? When the gentleman in question turns out to be quite a catch after all, the contest between the sisters is on. Which one will be the next mistress of Longbourn? Or will a dark horse step in to muddy the picture? Darcy, Elizabeth, and the rest of the Pride and Prejudice cast are back as the socially awkward Mary emerges from the shadows to take center stage in Shannon Winslow's long-awaited sequel to her best-selling novel, The Darcys of Pemberley.

Many Austen fans have a soft spot in their hearts for Mary and wonder if she might have the hidden makings of a heroine. Now, in Return to Longbourn, we learn what really makes her tick. Is she destined to be a governess forever, or will she overcome the misfortune of being 'plain' to find love and her own happy ending?

©2013 Shannon Winslow (P)2013 Shannon Winslow

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Decent but not fabulous Jane Austen knock-off

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This is an amusing and well narrated story based on Jane Austen characters. The writing is mostly fine, but there are some lamentable lapses in diction, for example, a character says: "The thing of it is..." I find these stylistic lapses inexcusable. Even a single read-through of Jane Austen's novels should be enough that the author would know to write "The plain fact is" instead of "The thing of it is..."

That said, lovers of Jane Austen will probably enjoy this lively story that features many of the familiar faces of Pride and Prejudice.

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A wonderful continuation to Pride and Prejudice

What made the experience of listening to Return to Longbourn the most enjoyable?

Just a wonderful story about the characters I fell in love with in Pride and Prejudice. It was wonderful to find that all the Bennett women find love and adventure in their lives.

What did you like best about this story?

Mary falling in love with Mr. Farnsworth, especially when it look like she would never find someone.

Which scene was your favorite?

I love the scene when Mr. Farnsworth tries to fluster Mary, but instead she puts him in his place without even raising her voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Love for everyone.

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This was a great conclusion to the many questions I had after reading Pride and Prejudice. I can't think of anything else I would want to know.

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Mary takes center stage.

very nice to have a story with the main characters as a backdrop. they really don't play that large a part (Elizabeth and Darcy) but rather Mary is the lead in this story and the story line around her is very creative and plausible and satisfying. great job.

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Austen fans might enjoy

When one reads alll Jane Austen and know there aren’t any more left, one looks for fan fiction. Enjoyable read.

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Thoroughly enjoyed!

I thoroughly enjoyed this continuation of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice. It was well written and performed. If you liked Pride and Prejudice, I highly recommend it!

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great continuation!

Ms Winslow has made the storyline seamless between the original Pride and Prejudice! I throughly enjoyed both books!!!

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Lovely Continuation to Pride and Prejudice

I feel this continuation would make Jane Austen proud. I loved that all the sisters' lives ended so well. The story is complete for me. The narrator did an excellent performance and was very persuasive with all the voices of each character. I would love more books by Shannon Winslow!

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Finally! it's Mary"s turn!

Thanks Shannon. I've never liked the way things were left with Mary. I'm sure that there are those who espouse the notion that Mary was representative of the spinster who surely did \does exist. My response to them is that since Mary is fiction then one has the prerogative to insure her happiness. Now my heart is content with the Bennett family. Keep writing. (-:

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Loved it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I am so hooked. This story is amazing, so awesome to read a hook as wonderful as the original. I loved hearing the follow on story with different main characters I had low expectations but this write blew me away. I hope she continues to write more!

Have you listened to any of Marian Hussey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Wonderful voice

Who was the most memorable character of Return to Longbourn and why?

Mary

Any additional comments?

Listen and live it

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Love, love stories....

Easy to listen to, very well written and the ending keeps you wanting more. A very good addition and continuation of the original masterpiece!

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  • KLG
  • 04-04-15

Brilliant!

The story tells of what happens next to Mary :) it's great very true to the character of Mary and writings and language of Jane
Highly recommended

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  • P
  • 01-12-15

Wonderful. Does Jane Austen proud

Excellent narrator. Lizzie Darcy especially sounds like Jennifer Ehle's performance of the 1994 tv series. Great writer wish there were more in this series. If you love Pride and Prejudice you'll love this too!! Just one criticism. In England we don't have 'Fall' we have 'Autumn"

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  • wixey
  • 04-09-14

FAB-U-LOUS!

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If you loved Pride and Prejudice you will love this.... I was a little sceptical after reading the reviews but decided to give it a try... and I am so pleased I did. Although a little predictable it left me with that warm fuzzy feeling that all in the world is alright. I totally recommend.

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  • Catherine
  • 04-01-14

P&P sequel & Jane Eyre for good measure

Where does Return to Longbourn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Of those focusing on Austen, one of the very best.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

. Yes! And I did... couldn't turn it off. Beautifully written and delightfully performed

Any additional comments?

It was fascinating to discover the swan hiding inside Mary, the ugly duckling of the Bennet family.

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  • struggling
  • 01-16-19

An interesting addition to the world of Pride and Prejudice.

Enjoyable - it's good to see Mary having a happy ending - but the author needs to be careful not to introduce jarring Americanisms such as "lay" instead of "lie", "pled" in place of "pleaded" and worst of all, the appalling word "snuck". I don't think that Jane Austen would have approved and she would surely have been puzzled by reference to Mary's "subconscious" . Also, Spain for the honeymoon and walking on the beach? I'm not sure about those. Generally good reading, but I'm not sure if "cowering" someone instead of " cowing" them was a mistake by the author or by the performer.

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  • R Gunn
  • 06-22-18

Love!

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite novels. So much so I didn’t want the story to end so took the plunge, bought the audio book and ended up loving it. Only slight criticism is that it goes into a bit too much detail in the bedroom to be entirely consistent of Austen’s style but none the less I’m really glad I read it and couldn’t stop listening! Definitely recommend.

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  • Sara
  • 09-04-19

Finally Mary Bennet has her happy ending

I really liked this sequel that focuses on Mary Bennet, which is quite "neglected" in Pride and prejudice and seems to be the least fortunate sister. A pleasant read for all Austen's fans.

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  • Anna McMillan
  • 08-30-19

excellent

so glad I found these books it just completes the first book so well . excellent cant wait for next one

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  • Richard
  • 10-28-18

A nicely put together book following on from P&P.

Loved it. It was a clever extension to the awesome classic Pride and Prejudice. It brought each character to life after the sad loss of their father and the periods demeaning surrender of house ownership to male relatives!!!

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  • Jo S
  • 04-16-18

Very enjoyable

I really rather enjoyed this book! I did wonder at the start where a story about Mary could go, but I was thoroughly caught up in this and much prefer this book to The Darcy’s of Pemberly. The narrator is excellent and her performances in narrating the characters are very reminiscent of the 90’s BBC adaptation, particularly Mrs Bennett.

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  • NLP
  • 05-23-15

Great variation

Wasn't sure I'd like this because I'm more obsessed with Darcy & Elizabeth but it was excellent. Mary's story was a great addition and I even started walking more so I could listen to it.....throughly enjoyable.

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