Rumours & Recklessness

A Pride and Prejudice Variation
Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (270 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fitzwilliam Darcy is desperate. Finally confronted with a woman who ignites all his hopes, he agonizes over the cruel trick of fate which placed her in a situation beneath his notice. The morning after the Netherfield ball, he resolves to put as much distance between himself and her as possible.

That very morning, however, Elizabeth's future is jeopardized by her father's untimely accident. With Mr. Bennet unconscious and surrounded by concerned neighbors, Mr. Collins presses his suit. Elizabeth's mother frantically demands her acceptance to secure the family's welfare. With so many witnesses to his proposal and everyone expecting her to make a practical choice, Elizabeth's reputation hangs in the balance.

Without her father to defend her refusal of Mr. Collins, there is no one to speak up for her...except the last man in the world she would ever marry.

©2015 Nicole Clarkston (P)2016 Nicole Clarkston

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Wonderful , I’m still smiling!

This was probably the best Pride and Prejudice Variation that I’ve read. Ignore the dull picture on the cover. This story fleshes out the parts we know, by adding dialog or the characters thoughts and feelings or more of the backstory. It does also make changes from the original story as the variations do but most of the characters stay true to the original. The exception to that was Lady Catherine de Bourgh. The extra storyline regarding her seemed over the top. But overall the story has suspense, romance and many smiles and chuckles. Stevie Zimmermans performance was very enjoyable too. Lady Catherine voice was at times overly strident but the rest of the characters were very well done. Also one of the reviews I read made me wonder if this was one of the “R” rated variations but all the scenes and dialogue stayed “G or PG”.

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A rare Austen spin off worthy of Jane

Where does Rumours & Recklessness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. Well written, fun, interesting, and superbly read by Stevie Zimmerman.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ordinarily I would say Lizzie of course who is even spunkier in this telling than in the original. But listening to the audiobook there are so many fun characterizations it's really hard to choose.

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

Many of hers to the extent that I now seek them out. This is one of her best because of her command of the different characters, types and accents.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not an extreme reaction but I was surprised how quickly and easily the quite long book went. Well worth the listen.

Any additional comments?

If you are a Jane Austen purist you will find much to admire in this retelling. You might wonder why the story needs retelling at all, and it doesn't really, but unlike some spinoffs this one feels really authentic and respectful without being posed or old fashioned in its writing. It's just a different perspective on some beloved characters.

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Amazing.

I loved this book. It was new to me. And I really enjoyed the narrator's way of telling. It felt like I was part of it. If you like Jane Austen fanfic and what if stories this is a book I highly recommend.

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Wonderful characterizations & great story!

Another great story from Nicole Clarkston, and the narration by Stevie Zimmerman is so very well done! I totally cracked up hearing her rendition of Lady Catherine in particular. Terrific job!!!

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A wonderful story.

The performance was wonderful. I was listening to the various characters not wanting to stop. The plot was well thought out and kept my attention. This is one of the better stories about Elizabeth and Darcy finding love.

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Wonderful book!

This was the best variation on Pride and Prejudice I ever heard or read! The narrator was perfect and so was the story!

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Excellent Pride and Prejudice variation

A little tangled toward the middle and end, but still a very good variation of one of my very favorite books, Pride and Prejudice. This starts after the disastrous Netherton Ball. Instead of Bingley and Darcy leaving for London, they stay in the neighborhood because Mr. Bennett falls from his horse and the sickening Parson Collins tries to take over Longbourne. Darcy can not allow Collins to have Elizabeth and he intervenes. Other things involving all the P&P characters, but alll ends well with the big wedding. Quite satisfying.

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  • 06-30-16

Audio Quality Lacking

I thoroughly enjoyed this book- the only subpar quality was the audio. The performance was great but the sound quality was iffy. Not enough to ruin the experience though.

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A good story and beautiful naration

This story was fun, well written, and moved along at a good pace, most of the time , but was a tad slow a points. Stevie Zimmerman did an excellent job narrating the story. Her character's voices are distinctive and clear making you feel as if you were watching the scenes unfold. I recommend this story for readers of JAFF.

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Story had promise, but Lizzy's not that dizzy!

I really loved the concept of this book. The plot line was well thought out, but I found Elizabeth to be inattentive, which she is not. She made many mistakes in judgment she shouldn't have if she had stayed true to her character and listened attentively. For example, in the case of her jumping to the conclusion that her father was economizing because Darcy made him buy Wickham's debts, was totally out of character for Elizabeth. Her father had plainly said that all he did was stand around while the other men did the work. The epilogue was somewhat disjointed, and did not flow well. It did wrap up all the loose ends and stayed true to J.A. but it felt hurried with way too much information to be imparted for an epilogue.

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  • 03-02-16

Spoiled by careless wording for the country and period

Narrator was right for the book. Pretty story and intriguing new angle. Deplorable use of the word drug - why didn't editors do something about that?

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  • 07-05-18

Brilliant fun!

Funny and enchanting 'what if' story of Lizzy and Darcey. Beautifully narrated. Will be listening again and again over the years

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  • Sue
  • 09-03-19

Really enjoyed this one

I really enjoyed this story.... clever and it kept you guessing as to how all the problems would be solved. The language is spot on, in-keeping with Austin's style, although the story leaves Elizabeth and Darcy alone unchaperoned more often than Austin would have allowed. Narration was perfect. Enjoyable listen.