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Well-read, observant, and spirited, a young Elizabeth Bennet draws the attention of a wealthy widower. When she finally meets Mr. Darcy, she outranks him. Of course, that doesn't stop him from insulting her. Married and wealthy, is she still beneath his notice? 

Elizabeth's high society connections create new opportunities for her sisters and, in turn, keep Darcy close to her family. When tragedy strikes, will Darcy rise to the occasion? Or will his propensity to give offense show no respect for rank?

©2017, 2018 Elizabeth Adams (P)2017 Elizabeth Adams

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This would make a great movie! Loved it!

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

I absolutely would recommend this book. As a Jane Austen fan, I find it hard for variations to live up to the original; however, there was nothing about this story line that I did not thoroughly enjoy. The author does a superb job of fleshing out these beloved characters, and warming up Mr. Darcy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of On Equal Ground?

Mr. Darcy's alcohol-induced epic fail at flirting with Elizabeth.

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

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Simply the best!

This is certainly one of my favorites variations I had the pleasure of listening to so far! This one takes you through the life of Elizabeth, her marriage to her first husband Lord Robert Talbot--who is many years her senior and how she grew and learned about life and high society from him during the few years of their marriage. It was after his accidental death, which left Elizabeth heartbroken and planning on never to marry again. However, meeting up with Mr. Dacy, and thinking very little of him in the beginning, she comes to know him --with his persistence-- and the two end up together.

Elizabeth Adams did a fabulous job with this variation and her pick of Stevie Zimmerman to narrated it was perfect! This is a must read or listen to, you will not be disappointed.

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Stands on its own

I think what I liked the most about this book is that it's such a fresh take on the original story that you don't even need to have read Pride and Prejudice to enjoy it.
It's original enough to entertain even those who are not fans of Pride and Prejudice, but still like a nice, romantic story.

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Really a fresh story

It is different from most of the variations if you’re a fan of p&p you must listen this story

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An interesting switch

What would happen if Elizabeth married an Earl long before she ever met Mr Darcy? Parts f this book follow the original with the exception of Elizabeth being a countess and later a widow and now she is the one who is the better standing.
This book did a great job with imagining how things could be different and also brought us inside the Elizabeth and Darcy relationship over the course of many years. It was a fun change from other P&P imagining. The narration by Stevie Zimmerman was superb - she does a great job of making all the voices sound great>

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Bittersweet but so satisfying

This pride and prejudice variation is so sweet and sad but satisfying. at first you have no idea how it could possibly work out, but I love how everything comes together in the end.

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Drags on and on

As alway Stevie does a great job with narration but the story just went on and on with nothing happening. I did not finish the book. Yawn.

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Better than the original story!

I love P&P and it took me a couple of going back to the epilogue to get my bearing on the somewhat reversal of situation between Lizzy and Darcy. Once I have the proper picture in my head of how these to characters behaved in this situation and without abandoning their core personalities, it was a complete delight listening through the entire story of their endearing love story. I also adore how Lizzy's first love blossomed and how there is no need for villains and scandalous dilemmas to push the characters closer. The author managed to make this story so magical without making it ridiculous. Congratulations, Eliza Adams!

P.S. The narrator was extremely talented, I dared not click on the 30 seconds jump forward and a few times, clicked on the 30 seconds back just to enjoy a line or two once more.

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This variation was interesting, I'm on the fence

Stevie Zimmerman is as always, excellent, and the story was good; but I couldn't help feeling that three quarters of the way through the story started to drag. Elizabeth's character although strong and admirable seemed very different from the one in the original Jane Austen novel. Jane Austen's Elizabeth was wise, witty, smart, and unworldly. The Elizabeth in this book lacked some of the innocence that I admired in the original Jane Austen novel.
Although a good novel in its own right this is not one that I wish to keep and re-read in my library.


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Not want I expected, it was better.

If you could sum up On Equal Ground in three words, what would they be?

Heartbreak, love, and family.

What other book might you compare On Equal Ground to and why?

Darcy and the Duchess by Mary Ann Mushatt. ( not an audiobook) Although in this book Elizabeth loses her husband to an accident not an illness. Her life is very happy and she makes friends with Mr. Darcy before her husband dies, so the basis of friendship makes it an easier road to love.

What about Stevie Zimmerman’s performance did you like?

Stevie Zimmerman makes All the characters come to life, it like a play in your mind.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Moved me? I’m not sure but I had to get over my own prejudice at Elizabeth’s marriage to another, an older man and her happiness with their children. I’m not a fan of Elizabeth being with anyone other than Darcy. The book became easier for me as Darcy comes to Elizabeth professing his love and they decide to come together as a family.

Any additional comments?

This book was well written and kept my attention. I’m sure in an alternate universe this is how Elizabeth and Darcy would come together.

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Brilliant book

Loved it and performed brilliantly as always by stevie zimmerman. This my second time round