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I've been listening to this at work and just howling with laughter, prompting my coworkers to ask what in the world I was listening to. Like The Darcy Monologues, the narrator is spectacular, capturing the drama and lovely accent that both entertains and charms. The idea itself (the backstories of Austen's bad boys) is long overdue in coming, and fantastically executed. A must for Austen fans, but be ready for a little more romantic detail than Austen gave in the original stories. I highly recommend the audio version - I am sure the print edition is just fine, but this performance is not to be missed.
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This is an anthology of stories about Jane Austen's rakes and rogues told by some very talented JAFF authors. Some of the stories are about events that occur before Austen's novels and lead seamlessly into canon, some stories are set in the future, and some tell the original story from an alternate point of view. Unlike the first anthology (which I LOVED as well), all of these stories are set in the Regency era and feature anti heroes from George Wickham, to Frank Churchill, to Sir Walter Elliot. My personal favorite would have to be Col Fitzwilliam's story, solely because he's my favorite of these rogues, but they're all wonderfully told.
I loved reading each author's special insight into their main character. Whether the author imagined ruin, reform, regret, or the exact end I always imagined myself (I'm looking at you, Frank Churchill), each story was original. The stories stayed faithful to language of the period and the personality of the original characters. I especially loved when characters from different novels bumped into each other. The bite-sized length of each story was perfect, and I listened to a few stories a day. It was such a treat.
The narration was well done, with distinct voices for each character. The narrator has a voice that was easy to listen to and pulled me into the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. This anthology is the perfect companion to The Darcy Monologues, and I highly recommend them both!
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