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...because so many of us keep reading them. I doubt I would be seen in public with this book, let alone admit how much I enjoyed it, but read (or listen) to Austen spin-offs I do, and Audible is, well, anonymous and filled wih other P&P compulsives.
This Darcy tumbles with maid servants, actually supervises work at Pemberly, carouses with former Cambridge classmate Lord Byron, and can be inconvenienced by too tight britches; however, he still is not as villianous as much of the male gentry of his day. He is, of course, set back on course by "a fine pair of brown eyes." While this version of Darcy is not a monk, his antics aren't, thankfully, detailed for us. Such attempts only stain the cult of P&P, and from these I abstain in memory of Austen's brave example of NOT cashing in on fallen women as was routine in novels of her time.
As P&P re-tellings go, this is good: more detailed than the similar novel "Darcy's Story;" not as humourous (but much better narrated) than the Pamela Aidan Darcy trilogy; not as smutty as others that go on to imagine the married life of the Darcys.
Also this Darcy hints of the broader world: the Regency, PM Percival, war with France, industrialization, etc. It details a bit more of servant life. Georgina is imagined in more detail, and even Mr Hurst has some character (though not a very good one).
The narrator affects a haughty upper crust tone which might not be to everyone's ear, so listen carefully to the sample.
Face it, if you're reading this review and you've read other Darcy novels, you want to read the present one anyway. If you haven't read any of the others, this is as good as any to start. You don't need to have memorized P&P to enjoy the novel, but it helps.
I'm still waiting for a P&P re-told entirely from the servants' perspective; either that or a self-help book for compulsive P&P readers.
43 of 43 people found this review helpful
I am disappointed as this is the worst telling I have yet to read. Darcy is no gentleman, he is no better than Wickham. I cannot even finish listening to it because he is a pig. I find that there is nothing for Elizabeth to like as he looks down on her, he is taking whores to bed and the maids in the house. The book doesn't share the same details that are in Pride and Prejudice at all. His mother did not die at childbirth also he is in London alot when his character is supposed to be at Netherfield. This a poor telling of Darcy and I would not recommend this to anyone.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of Mr Darcy's Diary to be better than the print version?
I have only listened, but I intend reading it too. An insigtful account of the man behind the scowl.
What did you like best about this story?
I loved the epilogue which brought listeners gently back to the XXI century. It reminded us that two centuries have gone by since Fitzwillian Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet "walked this earth".
What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Although I haven't yet read the book, I found David Rintoul's reading masterful, moving and a pleasure to listen to... it also recalled his performance as Darcy in the TV version he starred in a few decades ago. With Laurence Olivier, Rintoul is one of my favourite Darcys.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It brought a tear to the corner of the eye now and then but also made me smile quite often.
Any additional comments?
Many revisitations of P&P backfire because they betray the style and atmosphere of the original ( a must for a successful "remake") some are irritating because they fail to respect the authoress and her times; a few are downright unacceptable. This version is beautifully balanced and written in credible Austenesque style. I hope there will be more of Ms Slater's work on Audible.
Thank you for this great listen which I shall soon indulge in as a great read!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
After reading both positiva and negative reviews on the paper version of this book I decided to try the audio version for myself. Most enjoyable if not a little eye opening. I did get fed up with the moaning about his position with regards his feelings towards Elizabeth but, other than that, I enjoyed the reading very much. Of course it helped to 'see' the actor doing the reading as Mr Darcy as he actually played the part in an early BBC production.
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