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Publisher's Summary

What if...

Instead of disappearing from Elizabeth Bennet's life after she refused his offer of marriage, Mr. Darcy had stayed and tried to change her mind?

What if...

Lizzy, as she gets to know Darcy, finds him undeniably attractive and her impulses win out over her sense of propriety?

What if...

Madly in love and mutually on fire, their passion anticipates their wedding?

In To Conquer Mr. Darcy, instead of avoiding Elizabeth after his ill-fated marriage proposal, Mr. Darcy follows her back to Hertfordshire to prove to her he is a changed man and worthy of her love. And little by little, Elizabeth begins to find the man she thought she despised, irresistible....

©2002, 2008, 2010 Abigail Reynolds (P)2012 Abigail Reynolds

Critic Reviews

"Shows a different side of Darcy, a bold side unafraid of going after what he wants." ( Hollywood Today)
"Sure to appeal to fans of lusty historical romance." ( Library Journal)

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P&P Variation - Overstepping Just "A Bit"

Where does To Conquer Mr. Darcy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Having read this book many times in hard copy, I already knew I loved the story. The narrator, Elizabeth Klett, did a very good job and made it an enjoyable listen.

What other book might you compare To Conquer Mr. Darcy to and why?

I read quite a few P&P variations, and have read all of Abigail Reynolds books. It's not possible to compare it to another book other than other P&P variations, and Abigail's books rank right up there with others of the best of the genre.

What does Elizabeth Klett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Since I have read the book many times before listening to the audiobook, there could only have been a down side to her performance. I was happy that she did a good job and did not make the book more difficult to finish. Many times I have stopped listening to audiobooks because the narrator is terrible. Ms. Klett is quite good. I liked her performance better than the lady who did the other Abigail Reynolds book at audiobooks.

If you could take any character from To Conquer Mr. Darcy out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Mr. Darcy, of course, because he is Mr. Darcy and you can't get much better than that.

Any additional comments?

Abigail takes Darcy and Elizabeth's romance quite a bit further than the acceptable courtship niceties of the Regency Age; and this probably bothers many purists, but for those of us who like to believe Darcy and Lizzy as real people would have many of the same physical and emotional desires as any normal, redblooded, 20 somethings, anticipating their wedding vows can be accepted with a bit of a wink. I did feel, however, feel that Lizzy's actions before officially becoming "engaged" was a bit too much for our dear heroine. She had too much sense to let herself be carried away to that extent before she had a formal engagement. But then, it's Darcy, so who could resist?

I am not opposed to Lizzy and Darcy having normal sexual urges, but Lizzy accepting it so readily BEFORE they were officially engaged, and so many times, was just a tad stretching it for me.

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Just ok.

Rather than being a variation on the original, I wish it had just picked up where Jane Austen left off. The story was ok. The dialogue at times was so cheesy, it was hard to read without laughing. If you're a true lover of P&P, you most likely will not enjoy this rendition.

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More boring than vanilla at Baskin Robbins

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who doesn't bore easily and is into very insignificant details.

Would you ever listen to anything by Abigail Reynolds again?

No, I am afraid that her style is not one that I would like to experience again.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

There was a slight lisp that I have often heard in UK English which was very distracting.

What character would you cut from To Conquer Mr. Darcy?

So many I can't even begin to count. The book was filled with insignificance things including many characters.

Any additional comments?

After five hours of listening to part 1, I came back to Audible to read the reviews in hopes that I would find the reason why I was interested in this book to begin with. Given the high ratings I thought it would pick up in the second half and become exciting with some deep life altering issues. But unfortunately the second half was as predictable and boring as the first. The characters Darcy and Lizzie describe themselves as private and not allowing people even the closest relatives into their lives. Well the same is true of us the listeners. I did not care for the characters nor their story. If this was friend or relative telling me about their life in the same fashion as this book told the story of Lizzie and Darcy, I would had politely walked away faking the sudden onset of a headache. Next time I follow my instincts and stop after the first hour of torture.

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One of my all time favourites

What did you love best about To Conquer Mr. Darcy?

This was one of the first Romance books I read. I was obsessed with Pride and Prejudice in High School.
I love the "what if" idea. That Darcy goes back to Hartfordshire and tries to convince Elizabeth to marry him,
They become engaged before she takes her trip to Pemberley.
And Elizabeth becomes part of the plan to make Wickam marry Lydia.

What was one of the most memorable moments of To Conquer Mr. Darcy?

I really loved the the courtship scenes, and when Darcy tells Elizabeth, that even though they are not yet married by the church, he feels she is his wife. So sweet.

What about Elizabeth Klett’s performance did you like?

I really loved her interpretation

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

Not so extreme, I just really enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

It's really worth the credit.

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This is Not Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice

This variation on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice would definitely make Miss Austen blush. It contains explicit sex whereas the original novel hardly alluded to the sexual natures of Elizabeth and Darcy. Elizabeth Klett's reading is superb; she has a perfect English accent and changes her tone of voice for the different characters. If Ms. Klett is blushing as she narrates the sex scenes, the listener will not detect it in her voice! Well-read. The author, Abigail Reynolds, has come up with an interesting and fun variation on the original Pride and Prejudice.

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An Absolute Masterpiece

Would you listen to To Conquer Mr. Darcy again? Why?

I would listen to this audiobook over and over again because it is incredibly compelling. And utterly believable. The story Ms Reynolds tells, could very well have happened, exactly that way. She manages to twist Ms Austen's plot in a subtle way but entirely true to the great author of romance herself.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr Darcy, because he is so much more amiable than in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
He is more human, more pliable, more compassionate, more reasonable. He sees where his faults lie and acts accordingly to it. Which gives him what he craves for: the way to Elizabeth's heart.

Which scene was your favorite?

The first love scene in Darcy's bed. Here the two heroes are governed only by their mutual love.

Who was the most memorable character of To Conquer Mr. Darcy and why?

Mr Wickham. Ms Reynolds paints him as I would never have pictured him at all. As a man to whom money means everything, literally.

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Author must be a young Abigail Reynold

This was not a good Pride and Prejudice variation. The main reason I absolutely love Jane Austen's P&P is the vivid and wonderful characters. None of the characters in To Conquer Mr. Darcy are consistent with Austen's P&P. Elizabeth is a smart mouth woman who can only argue and throw out one liner insults and remarks. She and Mr. Darcy do not have good chemistry despite the fact that the author says they do. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy would never have sex prior to marriage. The acceptance of their fooling around is not as shocking to her relatives as it would have been in that time.
I did not like the narrator very much. I am returning this book.





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100% The VERY best Abigail Reynolds P&P variation.

This is my personal favorite P&P variation, I’ve read so far. I loved L.L Diamonds Undoing, but it can be heart breaking at times. This variation was Light hearted, but not fluff. It still had similar trials and tribulations, they had to face, in order to live “happily ever after.”

I love the idea that Mr. Darcy returns, pursues, and woos Elizabeth. Abigail Reynolds must know a thing or two about seduction, because she does a superb job describing it! It reminds me a lot of my husband, and my own love story. He loved me, before I knew I even liked him! His pursuit of me was aggressive, once he decided I was his, that was it! He ended up awakening all these desires, and feelings inside of me, that I didn’t know existed. I too fought them, but eventually I fell madly in love, and gave in.

I only have one critique of the book, but I can’t rate it 4.9 stars, so 5 it must remain. Darcy was just so open about “compromising” Lizzy. He told her aunt and uncle, and the woman who runs his estate, and all of Lizzy’s family, including Mr. Benet, Jane, and Bingley. They claimed it was because he couldn’t think of an excuse and so he was just honest. I feel like it would have been far less embarrassing and scandalous for him to simply say, “Since having her under my roof at Pemberly, I refuse to let her go. I love her, and I will not wait, she can’t leave Pemberly!” They would chuckle, because they would know he refuses to wait for the marital bed any longer. Because of Darcy’s wealth, and station, no one would question his motives. Maybe they’ll try to insist he wait, but his say would be final. No one needs to know about the incredible love scene half way through chapter 7!

You won’t regret reading this!

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Love it

I love this audiobook and I will recommend it to my friends and family.

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Great audio book

Love both Reynolds and Klett. Klett voices a very good Darcy and her intonations are soothing and inspiring. I adore Reynolds' characters and their inner voices. Loved this Darcy. Ardently.

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  • 02-25-13

I don't think true Jane Austen fans would approve!

I wouldn't recommend this. How the author manages to use and twist the words of Jane Austen, almost word for word it seems at times, into this concoction of rubbishy nonsense and gets it published I don't know. Parts of Jane Austen's story are taken out of context and woven into the mishmash of Abigail Reynold's own story to make it make sense as something original, while still retaining it's connection with Pride and Prejudice. But it really isn't worth the time out of your life; you'd do better to get something written by Elizabeth Aston as she too does a Darcy collection. As for Mr Darcy he's positively sleazy and Lizzie Bennet isn't much better! The obviously American narrator however does her best to put on a strange hybrid of an English accent. As for this book I wouldn't recommend this to anyone and I don't think true Jane Austen fans would approve!

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  • Catherine
  • 04-22-14

Reynolds repeats herself again and again

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would cut out the frequent desriptions of the sexual intercourse between Elizabeth and Darcy. Once "encounter" is more than enough in each book. I would shorten the narration by cutting out these repetitions and devote more time and space to investigating the psychology of the characters in greater depth.

Would you be willing to try another book from Abigail Reynolds? Why or why not?

I have now read/heard several of this authoress's books... She is beginning to repeat herself too much across books too.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She might have been more relaxed ; she seems to make too much of an effort to speak with a British accent which bestows a stilted air on the whole performance. Sometimes she "hyper corrects" her pronunciation and places the wrong tonic accent on some words.

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  • ana
  • 01-29-16

A passionate Darcy and Elizabeth

Would you consider the audio edition of To Conquer Mr. Darcy to be better than the print version?

I've read this book and listened to the audio, of couse it's lovely to read and imagine the story yourself, but the narrator did a great job with this story

What did you like best about this story?

It's not quite the original Darcy and Elizatbeth in this story, they're a little more modern and much more passionate. I love getting more insight in to each character and their feelings.

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  • Micha
  • 06-10-15

Read more than once. Love it!

I have already reviewed this book on Amazon so I won't do it again. I will however review the reader.

This is the second audio title I have listened to by Elizabeth Klett and I must say she is one of my favourite narrators to date. No silly deep voices for the male parts or extra high pitched annoying voices for other characters yet she still manages to change her tone enough that you know which character is speaking. She is very pleasant to listen to.