These Three Remain

  • by Pamela Aidan
  • Narrated by George Holmes
  • 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"You could not have made me the offer of your hand in any possible way that would have tempted me to accept it."His proposal of marriage to the lovely, but socially inferior, Elizabeth Bennet thoroughly rejected, Darcy must come to terms with her evaluation of his character and a future without her.Book Three, These Three Remain, recounts Darcy's painful journey of self-discovery in his quest to become the gentleman he always hoped he would be and the kind of man of whom Elizabeth Bennet would approve.A chance meeting with her during a tour of his estate in Derbyshire offers Darcy a new opportunity, but the activities of his nemesis, George Wickham, interfere once more in a way that may ruin everyone's hopes for happiness, unless Darcy succeeds in putting his new-found strengths to the test.Setting the story vividly against the colorful, historical, and political background of the Regency, Aidan writes in a style comfortably at home with Jane Austen, but with a wit and humor very much her own. Aidan adds her own cast of fascinating characters to those in Austen's original, weaving a rich tapestry from Darcy's past and present.

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You need to be a P&P fan

-else the detail might drive a listener crazy, but I found all three parts of this Darcy novel a very relaxing listen. By part three, I even enjoyed the narrator's style, almost.

If you have the time or inclination for only two parts of the series, part 2 could be skipped.
Part one covers the period up to the departure from Netherfield to prevent the Bingley-Jane alliance; part 2 sees nothing of the Bennets except the knowledge that Jane is in London and cut by the sisters Bingley; it then diverges into a gothic mystery entangling Darcy as he tries to find a society wife; part three picks up at Darcy's encounter with Elizabeth at Rosings and and follows the P&P plotline and past to the wedding (I think the author ought to have ended where the P&P plot did, but then again, if she produced a part 4 that imagined the Darcys' married life, I still probably would listen.)

The biggest faults in the listen for me were the overwrought "romance speech" scenes and the quick references to stereotyes of Irish rebels and misunderstood Celtic spiritual traditions. But there are gems of imagination to compensate, such as Darcy's valet portrayed as a bit of a Jeeves character.

If you want some good chick lit for listening, you might as well get this homage to the ultimate work of chick LITERATURE. Now can someone re-write P&P from the servants' viewpoint?
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- Connie "trying to see the world through my ears"

The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth

These three remain, faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love. Saint Paul's Letter to the Corinthians goes on to enumerate the qualities and variations of love as well as what love is and isn't. Beginning with the visit to Rosings, Ms. Aidon shows his struggles with himself while Miss Austen only alludes to them.
In addition to his Elizabeth problem, he has to come to terms with his evolving relations with his sister Georgiana and his friend Bingley.

In Mansfield Park, Edmund Bertram said of his long infatuation with Mary Crawford, that the woman he had been dwelling on for so long was in fact a creature of his own imagination. Until that dramatic and angry confrontation at Huntsford Parsonage, Darcy was in love with the Elizabeth he had created in his mind. Elizabeth detested the Darcy she had created. After Huntsford and The Letter, they begin to know themselves and each other. In that most satisfying of all Jane Austen movies: Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, the beginnings of Darcy's evolution is shown as he writes The Letter. Elizabeth begins her journey toward Pemberly as she reads it. All she has to do is reverse all of her opinions of Darcy.

Poor Darcy, after Huntsfords, he is more in love than ever with no hopes. He examines himself in light of Elizabeth's charges and begins to see some justice in them. At the inn at Lambton when Elizabeth discloses the contents of Jane's letter revealing the disgrace Lydia brought to her entire family, she realized that Darcy is exactly the man she wants and understands that Lydia's behavior made a marriage with him impossible. Ms. Aidon made me understand that Darcy's actions were far more noble and Wickham's behavior was much more wicked than I had previously understood.

In addition to being a fine work by a gifted author, the thought and care taken by the production staff is obvious. Audible should be proud.
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- Joseph R

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-18-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios