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The Companion of His Future Life

Narrated by: Jo Ashes
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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One of the great what-ifs among Pride & Prejudice aficionados is: If Mr. Collins married Mary Bennet instead of Charlotte Lucas, how would that influence Mr. Darcy's dogged pursuit of the elusive Elizabeth? In this breezy and hilarious re-telling of Jane Austin's classic novel, the author explores what would have changed - and what would have not - had two of literature's most self-righteous characters found their way together. Elizabeth Bennet goes to Kent with her sister Jane, and the fur flies! A wonderful, mad-cap romp!

©2014 Jack Caldwell (P)2019 Jack Caldwell

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  • Kelly
  • Valley Village, CA
  • 12-11-19

Too Similar to the Original

There was not enough different here from the original plot to justify the price of the book or the time spent on it. Huge portions of the story are lifted exactly from Pride and Prejudice, there are a few scenes that are slightly changed by the addition of a character that wasn't originally present or a location change, but the dialog was largely the same and the changes did not really impact the story in any substantial way. I thought the narrator was fine, clear, good inflection, and an excellent Lady Catherine DeBourgh. Unfortunately every character sounds like a variation of the same elderly lady, it kind of takes you out if it a little. I love Pride and Prejudice variations and have been devouring them lately, but this is not satisfying, just listen to the original this is more or less the same with a bizarre epilogue.

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  • Lori F.
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 12-06-19

I like this one

It hits my favorite alternates. Mary marries Mr. Collins (who isn't a bad man, just rather stupid), Anne marries Colonel Fitzwilliam, and even Charlotte gets a happy ending. Oh, and Lady Catherine isn't a total monster.

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Nice changes to the story!

This author uses Jane Austen books as the base of his stories, and then makes some interesting changes! At first I thought that this book might be vacuous, as other authors have made Austen's books - but this author made some changes that were actually interesting and good. This book is based on the change that the heir to Longbourne, through entailment, Mr. Collins, the vicar, instead of marrying Charlotte Lucas, marries Lizzie's sister, Mary Bennet, because he sees a kindred spirit in her love and study of the Bible. This means that both Jane and Elizabeth Bennet go to Rosings Park. Towards the end of the book, this author nicely wraps up each characters matrimonial state, including some you may not suspect. I enjoyed his twists in the plot! And the narrator was very good, too!

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  • Lesley Mac
  • 10-20-19

From serious to ridiculous! 🤔

This story was mostly worth $14.95 even though there were quite large blocks of dialogue given over totally to the original words spoken by various characters in Pride and Prejudice. Take these blocks away and this book would be short indeed.

Still, the storyline was entertaining enough until the last couple of chapters where it just became a farce. The fates of various secondary characters were dealt with in these final chapters and those fates ranged from the sublime to utterly ridiculous. It quite changed my appreciation of the book. I am not without a sense of humour; I can appreciate farce as much as anyone else, but not when the story to date has been of a serious nature.

Another thing that spoiled the ‘mood’ for me was the narrator. She had all of the male characters sounding exceedingly effeminate, and when it comes to Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam especially, and even Bingley and Mr Bennet, I, as a lover of P&P, want these gentlemen to sound like men, not delicate ladies.
The best thing that can be said for Jo Ashes is that (and I cannot find the nationality of Jo on Google) her accent is British. I am sorry to give pain to anyone, but this is my opinion I’m afraid.

My star reviews are 2 1/2 stars each for overall and narrator and 3 1/2 stars for story.