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Publisher's Summary

The author of The Thorn Birds and The Touch returns with a dazzling new work ... a story of love, family, and independence.

Everyone knows the story of Elizabeth Bennet, who married Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. But what about Elizabeth's sister Mary? Master storyteller Colleen McCullough imagines a life for Mary Bennet 20 years after the events of Jane Austen's novel. Twenty years on, each of Mary's four sisters is settled in her own way: Jane has a happy marriage and a large family; Lizzie and Mr Darcy have a formidable social reputation; Lydia has a reputation of quite another kind; and Kitty is in demand in London's fashionable salons. Mary, however, is a changed woman, and newly independent of family obligations. Now she is afire with resolve - to publish a book revealing the ills of England and the plight of the poor. But the travels she undertakes to research her book will put her life in danger - and ultimately deliver her to the man who inspired her.

The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet is both an exciting adventure and a cracking romance, and a work for every woman who has wanted to leave her mark on the world.

©2008 Colleen McCullough; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing

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Highly Recommended

I was absolutely delighted with Colleen McCullough's continuation of the classic story of Pride & Prejudice. As I am such a great fan of P & P,I was skeptical at first but thoroughly enjoyed the story! Nicki Paull (Reader)executed the various characters beautifully! Highly Recommended

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  • Deb
  • West Pennant Hills, Australia
  • 06-14-12

Independence for at least one Bennet

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

I would recommend this book to a friend because I thought it was really well written and a great audible.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the follow-on from Sense and Sensibility and Colleen McCullough did a grand job with it.

Which scene was your favorite?

I had many favourite scenes in this book.

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

Yes I wanted to listen to it all day

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the history associated with this story. Sometimes it was a little wordy but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

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Only a fan would enjoy.

The style is in a similar vein to that used by Miss Austen - slow and ponderous. The characters are recognisable. Time has not made them any more pleasant than when Jane Austen first wrote about them!! Given I am not a huge fan of Austen novels I am not sure why I would choose to buy a sequel. Having finished listening to it I am even less sure of why I bothered!! In true Colleen McCullough fashion I concede it is well written with a good use of English and she pays due respect to the characterisation created by Jane Austen 200 years ago. If you like this style of writing then I am sure you will enjoy this book.

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  • Paddington
  • 09-01-14

Clever extension of Pride and Prejudice.

Well worth a read!
I am so glad I got over my initial disappointment when I started listening because it really was a terrific story. It is worthwhile persisting and allowing it to flow. Colleen McCullough has written a beautifully crafted tale following on from Pride and Prejudice. I thought the narrator Nicki Paull had difficulty with some of the Darcy masculine voices but it did not take away from the enjoyment of this story. Highly recommended.

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  • Sarah
  • 03-31-17

Highly Recommend

This book is wonderful in every way...wish it never ended! Beautifully narrated with the different accents.