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To Have His Cake (and Eat It Too)

Mr. Darcy's Tale
Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Bennet had this to say about Mr. Darcy: "We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man." Elizabeth Bennet spoke of his arrogance, his conceit, and his selfish disdain of the feelings of others - the last man in the world whom she could ever be prevailed on to marry. Mr. Darcy's housekeeper described him as the best landlord and master who ever lived. Such varying accounts as these are exceedingly puzzling, indeed.

In this amorous, provocative, and at times tumultuous "what-if" story, Mr. Darcy is a wealthy young man of sense and education, with considerable worldly experience - not at all uncommon for Regency-era gentlemen of his social standing. He is his own master. He enjoys his situation and has no particular desire to marry at all.

Darcy's world is turned inside out when he renews his acquaintance with Miss Elizabeth Bennet - her own circumstances considerably diminished pursuant to the sudden and tragic death of her father.

To Have His Cake (and Eat It Too) is a tale of Darcy's journey from a man who, indeed, is proud and haughty, to one who seeks to please a woman worthy of being pleased.

©2009 P O Dixon (P)2013 P O Dixon

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Absolutely loved it

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

yes I love Pride and Prejudice and this book give you more

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elizabeth Darcy

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

she good

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Mr. Darcy's Tale

Any additional comments?

this book is a fun way of listening to a different Pride and Prejudice Variation

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Premise Was Good, Story Okay, Narration Okay

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Somewhat! The beginning really kept my attention and I was very into the story, but the end dragged because the scenes and dialogue were repetitive lots of times.

Would you be willing to try another book from P. O. Dixon? Why or why not?

Yes, I've liked several of her stories and love her writing.

What three words best describe Pearl Hewitt’s performance?

Clear diction, Well-Paced, humorous

Was To Have His Cake (and Eat It Too) worth the listening time?

Mostly- Wasn't fond of the weaker Darcy characterization or the unbending Elizabeth who had to be right all the time. Their romance and barriers were good up until the resolve and then I felt I was reading about two horny teens. Secondary Characters were strong, colorful and engaging

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I really liked the premise and the creative decision to pursue what would happen if the Bennet's worst case scenario (Mr. Bennet dies while daughters all unmarried) takes place. I felt this story explored the possibilities well taking the story in a whole new direction. Its spicier on the romance than I was expecting, but I still feel Austenesque fans might enjoy seeing where this one takes matters.

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  • Kris
  • suffolk, VA, United States
  • 03-11-14

Wonderful story, terrible narrator

What made the experience of listening to To Have His Cake (and Eat It Too) the most enjoyable?

I would give the narrator 0 stars if I could. She is terrible. The men sound like creepy old men out to eat women for lunch. The women sound like weak pathetic wallflowers who could be blown away by a strong wind. The voices she provides each character fall very short of conveying any sense of their personalities. If you can get past all of that, it's a great story and a lot of fun for Jane Austen fans!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Pearl Hewitt?

Almost anyone else.

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

Yes

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  • Lisa
  • Fulshear, TX
  • 02-12-14

Enchanting Tale

I had the privilege to be swept away into PO Dixon's To have His Cake (and Eat It Too) on a recent cross-country driving trip. It was the only thing that could keep me not only awake but enthralled. It was wonderful! The story is sweeping and enchanting and the narration FLAWLESS! Ms Dixon's writing taps into the reader's every emotion. Ms Hewitt's performance is so genuinely British, it adds to the overall experience. I have seen several of these type of romance novels on Audible, but will only buy them if Pearl Hewitt is listed as the narrator! Brava!!

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Enjoyable story, great narrator

This variation of Pride and Prejudice finds Elizabeth in reduced circumstances. Darcy offers her a job as Georgiana’s companion, which she, naturally accepts. Darcy still loves Elizabeth, but is still at the stage of not feeling he can marry her; his duty requires me marries a lady of wealth and consequence. Georgiana is 18 and about to have her first Season. I really liked the characterization of Georgiana; she was sweet and happy. There were some nicely developed background characters, such as Darcy’s aunt and his cousin, Col. Fitzwilliam.

I enjoyed seeing Elizabeth and Darcy’s friendship develop. Elizabeth still greatly dislikes Darcy at the start, and believes he doesn’t like her, and watching that evolve to the happy ending was a high point. There were times I was frustrated, even uncomfortable, with Darcy’s behaviour, but I expect that in this sort of story. Some people may really dislike some of what Darcy does - and the antics he gets up to with his cousin - especially as it relates to how he treats women. For a man of his class and in the early 1800s, his behaviour was not uncommon.

The narrator was really good. She did a great job giving the characters their own voice. I would gladly listen to other books she’s narrated.

I received this audiobook for free as part of a promotion from the author (and Audible, I believe). Thank you!

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Darcy's Dilemna - Love vs Family Expectations

I love Ms. Hewitt's ability to drawn you in when speaking Ms. Dixon'sheartwarming, engaging dialogue! This is book one of three. I absolutely love this trilogy!!! This trilogy is definitely intended for a mature audience. Darcy left Elizabeth behind when he left Netherfield and returned to London, but he cannot forget her. When he learns of her father and Lydia's death due to Wickham, he seeks her out. She desperately wants to escape her mother is ghastly in this book. She agrees to become Georgianna's companion, and they soon become fast friends. Darcy and Richard have lead a life of debauchery - playing games with the women of the Ton, had numerous trysts and Darcy had an Elizabeth doppleganger as a mistress. Elizabeth realizes that he is typical man of this times, but doesn't truly understand the full depth of his "sexcapades." When Georgie finally marries, she offers to take Lizzy with her, but she declines. Darcy is frantic to keep her in his sphere, so he buys her a house and attempts to set her up. He doesn't realize that it would appear that she is his mistress - the two have a major misunderstanding that results in them parting ways. Bingley has moved on to wed a member of the Ton. Jane marries a widower who has two little children. Darcy realizes that he can't live without Elizabeth, and proposes to her when she visits Pemberley. Richard reluctantly agrees to support Darcy, but the rest of his family are not as receptive. Ultimately Lady Matlock agrees to support their marriage. They marry and head off on their honeymoon. This ends part one of this lovely trilogy. Ms. Hewitt continues to amaze me with her ability to modulate her tone and inflection to capture the full range of emotions experienced by the characters. Her tone is very pleasant to listen to!! Books two and three in this trilogy builds upon the continuing storyline from this book. You simply MUST read this extremely original, well-written engaging trilogy!!! It is an absolute GREAT read. The three stories in this trilogy are ones that I have read and listened to over and over again!! It is a GREAT three story arc -- a MUST read!!

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Driven to distraction

I generally listen to audible on my daily commute. This however is material made for an accident. Better left for bath time.
I found the narrator’s cadence relaxing and her character voices distinct and well done.
I received this audible recording compliments of the author via her website. I am grateful for her generosity and that of audible for the offer.

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I plan to return this

too porn-ish and I missed Jane Austen's Mr Darcy. I fast forward through most of it.

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Excellent narrator

Pearl Hewitt's superlative narration keeps the reader's attention in the retelling of this familiar story.

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Is Love Possible after Wickham kills Mr. Bennett?

Any additional comments?

This book is an alternative telling of how Elizabeth and Darcy fall in love by taking a very different path to get there than how Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice. It starts with the premise that George Wickham and Mr. Bennett end up dying after shooting each other along with Lydia. Mr. Collins and his wife Charlotte move into the Bennett’s estate within a month, kicking out Mrs. Bennett and her daughters. Elizabeth moves in with the Gardners, and Mrs. Bennett, Mary and Kitty move in with Mrs. Phillips. Bingley marries a woman from the Ton soon after departing Netherfield, and Jane is now a nanny for a family in Scotland.

If these events were not strange enough, Darcy is a renown rake in London with no particular desire to marry at all. Along with his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam, Darcy frequently goes carousing and visits a brothel. Darcy goes as far as paying for “exclusive rights” to one of the working girls so he doesn’t have to share her body with any other customer. Things start to change after Darcy learns of the tragic death of Elizabeth’s father.

Darcy invites Elizabeth to Pemberly to be a companion for his sister Georgiana, who needs to overcome her severe shyness so she can experience a successful season when she is introduced to society next year. Over the next 18-months, it is apparent to almost everyone who sees them that Elizabeth and Darcy are destined for each other - if only Darcy can learn to love her enough so it wouldn’t matter that she is from a family beneath his station.

Pearl Hewitt did an outstanding job narrating, as she did with other books written by P.O. Dixon. She really brings the characters to life giving each one their own distinct voice. Pearl’s narration is natural and easy to listen to, which really enhanced my enjoyment of this audiobook. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

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  • Susannah
  • 11-08-19

Wonderful Variation

Very enjoyable. Nicely narrated with a good selection of voices. Looking forward to the sequel.

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  • Terry S
  • 05-29-16

Terrible irritating voice

Would you try another book written by P. O. Dixon or narrated by Pearl Hewitt?

No I hate her voice and childish inflections

What will your next listen be?

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Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Pearl Hewitt?

? I do not have a wide enough knowledge of narrators to comment

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from To Have His Cake (and Eat It Too)?

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Any additional comments?

Story of her living under Darcy's type of guardianship unrelated and to removed from original plot of Pride and Prejudice