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For over 200 years, Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy has captivated readers' imaginations as the ultimate catch. Rich. Powerful. Noble. Handsome. And yet, as Miss Austen's Pride and Prejudice is established through Elizabeth Bennet's fine eyes, how are we to know his mind? How does Darcy progress from "she is tolerable: but not handsome enough to tempt me" to "I thought only of you"?
In this romance anthology, 15 Austenesque authors assemble to sketch Darcy's character through a series of reimaginings, set in the Regency through contemporary times - from faithful narratives to the fanciful. In The Darcy Monologues, the man himself reveals his intimate thoughts, his passionate dreams, and his journey to love - all told with a previously concealed wit and enduring charm.
Stories by Susan Adriani, Sara Angelini, J. Marie Croft, Karen M. Cox, Jan Hahn, Jenetta James, Lory Lilian, KaraLynne Mackrory, Beau North, Ruth Phillips Oakland, Natalie Richards, Sophia Rose, Joana Starnes, Melanie Stanford, Caitlin Williams
Edited by Christina Boyd
Narrated by Harry Frost
"Think of The Darcy Monologues as your JAFF gateway drug. Don't worry, experts agree; it lowers anxiety, increases imagination, and is very good for health." —Period Drama Madness
"...there really is something here to suit all tastes, and to delight any diehard Darcy fan." —Joceline Bury, Jane Austen Regency World Magazine
"Frost captures Darcy's tone perfectly, bringing a heart and soul to the character that readers get only a glimpse of in the original novel. The remaining half of the audiobook contains stories from other eras, reimagining Darcy as a baseball player, a school principal, and an Old West traveler, to name but a few. Frost portrays everything from New York sophisticate to grizzled cowboy, never falling into caricature. A delightful listening experience." —AudioFile Magazine
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By Sean M Nipping on 01-19-18
A Whole Book of Darcy!
Just as the title of this review says, a whole book of Darcy. A collection of stories from the perspective of one of the most crushed on man (who cares that he is fictional) of all time, Fitzwilliam Darcy.
The stories are set in a variety of times and places. Some put events of Jane Austen's original story into Darcy's perspective, or continued the story after they were married. There were a couple that set it in different historical time periods like the Wild West & WWII. There were a few modern retellings, and one completely fantastical story.
I loved most of them. There were a couple I didn't care for, but on three whole really well done. The reader had a great voice, and made all the different Darcy's sound so luscious.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By HeatherY on 01-04-18
This is a collection of 15 short stories, all told from the point of view of the alluringly enigmatic Mr. Darcy. Some of them are alternate stories told from Darcy's point of view, but most are variations that completely change the story. Half of them are Regency era, and the other half run the gamut from the Wild West, to WWII, to modern day. There are no really graphic scenes, just a little steaminess. Each story runs about 45 minutes to an hour and a half, perfect for a little taste of Darcy.
I don't think I can rave about this collection enough! I listened to the whole thing straight through, but it can be enjoyed in little bite-sized pieces. Joana Starnes and Caitlin Williams are both favorite authors of mine, but I'm always looking for new authors to try. This collection is perfect for that. I really hope there's another anthology in the works, it was such a pleasure!
I honestly couldn't pick a favorite story, but a few of them stand out as I write this. I absolutely loved Beast of Pemberley, a wonderful and surprising P and P and Beauty and the Beast mashup. From the Ashes had me laughing out loud, and it still makes me smile to imagine poor befuddled Darcy writing out his letter. Without Affection tugged my heartstrings, and The Ride Home had me fanning my face. The stories never got boring, or confusing, each one is so different and wonderful in its own way.
The narration was really well done, it was a great immersive performance. I'm used to female narrators for Pride and Prejudice variations, but Harry Frost was the perfect person to narrate for Darcy. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. The whole book was an awesome listen, start to finish, and I'd 100% recommend it.
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By Em Jay Reads on 02-16-18
Great anthology. Worth a repeat listen or three.
The Darcy Monologues is a wonderful anthology and Harry Frost does a wonderful job of bringing all these Darcys to life. Whether set in Jane Austen’s time, the current time or any time in between we find a new and interesting iteration of Mr Darcy. At times he’s the strong stoic man we first meet in Pride and Prejudice. At other times he’s smitten and unsure how to act. Every time Harry gets it right with his tone, pace and emotion.
Where to start? Well, none of the authors in this anthology are familiar to me so I had no idea what to expect.
I enjoyed each story and was keenly listening to words and situations from the book. All the authors have done an excellent job with their take on the inner thoughts of Mr Darcy.
The highlights for me were Death of a Bachelor by Caitlin Williams. The crisp, tight prose was a delight to listen to. Being inside Darcy’s mind was a novel experience and I really enjoyed listening to his thoughts and feelings.
For its humour and biting sarcasm, From the Ashes by J. Marie Croft deserves a mention. Darcy’s thoughts as he labours over his letter to Elizabeth is very clever.
And lastly, The Ride Home by Ruth Phillips Oakland has some laugh out loud moments as Darcy contends with a drunk Elizabeth.
None of the stories are long, so it’s the perfect anthology when you want to dip into Mr. Darcy’s world for a short time.
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By TheBoredBrunette on 03-16-18
Snapshots that will tingle your senses!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes! It's fun! It's a lovely angle into each and every scene of Pride and Prejudice that left you hankering for more.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Because P&P is amazing, I was already a fan, but this gives you the opportunity to see a lot of stories from his side, which Austen did not include.
What about Harry Frost’s performance did you like?
His voice is just yum. Deep and gravelly and still room for emotion and intonation without feeling like acting.