The Subsequent Proposal: A Tale of Pride, Prejudice & Persuasion

Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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A number of broken-hearted characters from Jane Austen's best novels are thrown together by the vagaries of fate, and all manner of unwise decisions are taken at this vulnerable time. But then their past creeps up upon them - and what is there to do but face it, and hope that their convoluted paths will finally lead them to their proper place?

Friends, rivals, foes, wrong choices, and a duel - Fitzwilliam Darcy's life is never dull! The Subsequent Proposal - a story that is primarily about him - follows Mr. Darcy in his struggles to decipher the troubling enigma of Elizabeth Bennet's feelings - and to correct the worst misjudgment of his life....

©2013 Joana Starnes (P)2018 Joana Starnes

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Good idea for a story

Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice are two of my favorite novels of all times, so the idea of a variation that combines the story line of both was very appealing. However, the author did not use the opportunity to my satisfaction. It should have been so much better. She did not create the chemistry between the couples that I expected. Therefore, even though the book has great promise, it was a disappointment to me.

The narrator is very good.

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Tormenting and brilliant

Once again Joana Starnes torments poor Darcy through this wonderful, sad, romantic and beautiful story! Stevie Zimmerman is a wonderful narrator, which was a pleasure to listen to.
A hint of Shakespearian in the story of suitors swapping, and yet hope for a happy ending between the right couples.

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P&P with a Persuasion twist

What an interesting premise! Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion are my two favourite Austen novels so it was fantastic to see them combined in this very enjoyable variation. Joana Starnes is a dependable, solid writer and I have never not enjoyed one of her books, even when the blurb worries me a little. <insert a laugh> I do prefer variations with a novel twist, but it is difficult to see members of my most beloved couples in relationships with other people. I won’t say too much to avoid spoiling anything, but given that it is Starnes, I knew that it would all turn out well and it does. I completely understood and sympathized with the decisions Darcy made and I liked seeing Georgiana’s reaction to events around her. Getting to know Anne Elliot and especially Captain Wentworth in a different light was a highlight.

Great narration!

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A “Dramedy” of Errors!

Almost Shakespeare’s in it’s plot, The Subsequent Proposal is a mixture of dramatic and comedic elements! This book is one of Joana Starnes’ earlier Austen Variations and is a masterly blend of two beloved novels- Pride & Prejudice, and Persuasion. As the first chapter opened, I was annoyed to hear Mr. Darcy proposing to someone other than Elizabeth, but I quickly grasped and accepted the premise. And once again it’s a pleasure to listen to the gifted narration of Stevie Zimmerman!

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delightful

this was a very good book. I love the narrator Stevie Zimmerman she is great anything that she reads I would like to listen.

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A wonderful retelling!

I loved this. A wonderfully written retelling of Jane Austen's best. The tone, setting and use of language was delightful and very true to the original. Stevie Zimmerman was the perfect narrator, giving each character their own distinctive voice.

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Great P&P and Persuasion crossover

I loved this crossover between my two favorite Jane Austen novels. The idea of Darcy and Ann Elliott getting engaged was brilliant. Both Sir Walter and Miss Elliott were captured perfectly, so true to their original characters. It had a lot of angst and some humor as well, but luckily there was a HEA for both couples.

It is a Joana Starnes' story, so there had to be a lot of Darcy's soul searching, she always does it so beautifully. I enjoyed rivalry between Darcy and Captain Wentworth, and their working together against Wickham. Wicked Wicky got his just deserts, and it's always a pleasure.

Another wonderful Stevie Zimmerman's narration of Joana Starnes' story. Highly recommended.

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great book

Loved it. Joanna Starnes is a great author. Stevie Zimmerman is great to listen to. Very well written story. Just as if Jane had written it herself.

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Loved this!

One of the first I’d read of Joana Starnes. Loved it then. And love it more as audiobook book. Not to be missed.

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Shakespearenesque

Shakespearenesque Pride and Prejudice variation. Suitors swapping. It was quite delightful. I really enjoyed it.

And as always, Stevie Zimmerman rocked as a narrator.

I hope more titles by this author are released soon on Audible.

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  • Jennifer Jane
  • 03-09-18

Get ready for a roller coaster!!

If you could sum up The Subsequent Proposal: A Tale of Pride, Prejudice & Persuasion in three words, what would they be?

Angst, misjudgement, misunderstandings

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Subsequent Proposal: A Tale of Pride, Prejudice & Persuasion?

The interactions between Darcy and Captain Wentworth are brilliant!

What about Stevie Zimmerman’s performance did you like?

Stevie Zimmerman speaks beautifully. Her pace, tone and expression is always spot on. The voices for each character are distinctive. I think her Colonel Fitzwilliam is my favourite.... although her Mrs Bennet is annoying brilliant too!

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

I had so many emotional reactions to this book. I was frustrated, anxious, impatient and laughing out loud - sometimes experiencing all these things within a few minute period.

Any additional comments?

This story starts with Mr. Darcy proposing to Anne Elliott! The angst starts from almost the first sentence! Both agree to a marriage of convenience as neither believe they can marry the one they truly love. Mr Darcy makes his assumption as he does not meet with Elizabeth again following his proposal at Huntsford.

I really enjoyed so many aspects of this book but found myself frustrated that Darcy proposes to Anne without any effort to talk to Elizabeth after giving her his letter. He is sad and lonely, acting for duty and he pines. It's all very sad. Then I experienced a real conflict like I've never experienced before.... I thought Anne would actually be a good match for him. I really liked her!

I loved Darcy's interaction with Captain Wentworth, they squabble like children!

I think this is a 4.5 for me.... not my favourite book by this author, although to be honest, I'm not really sure why as I did enjoy it and liked all the characters and the lovely humour. The interaction with Darcy and Elizabeth was generally very serious and Mr Darcy was responsible for his own misery so I had less patience with him!

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  • Diana
  • 10-09-18

Another corker of a book

Oh what a delight to have listened to another fabulous work by Joana Starnes. This was my 3rd book and I am amazed as to the ability of how someone can re-imagine a story. It has been extremely cleverly written.

My favourite parts are when Darcy struggles for words and when he observes his intended. The descriptions are so brilliantly written, and narrated, they leave goosebumps on my skin. Indeed, Stevie did NOT disappoint, again. I adore listening to her voice; she does female voices, as well as male ones, justice, and very convincingly as well.

What a clever idea to combine P&P with Persuasion.

Another 5 stars out of 5 from me.

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  • Lesley Mac
  • 01-30-19

Another winner.

This is another wonderful book by Joan’s Starnes bought to brilliant life by Stevie Zimmerman.

I love all Joana’s work and Stevie Zimmerman is one of my favourite narrators.

The Subsequent Proposal is a very clever premise that melds P&P with Persuasion. It is written around the newly broken heart of Darcy and the old wound that Anne Elliot has lived with for 8 years. The title indicates what Darcy commits himself to and the story is what ensues when Elizabeth is thrust back into Darcy’s life and his anguish when he is told that his Lizzy is close to being proposed to by a naval officer who has distinguished himself in battle and has amassed quite a fortune in the spoils of war.

I won’t go into detail but urge you to buy this audiobook if you love P&P and Persuasion, a tortured Darcy—whose is the POV the story is written from—and lots and lots of angst.

Full marks! 👍😊