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-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?
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
a very good insight into the mind and world of mr darcy etc. however, the narrator was absolutely terrible, weird pauses and a horrible whiney voice. in the hands of a decent narrator this would have been a much, much better listen and would have deserved 5 stars.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I think this is my favourite of the three novels of 'Fitzwilliam Darcy - Gentleman'.
Like another reviewer, I think you could miss part two and go straight on to this without missing too much.
I think one of my favourite scenes is Darcy confessing all about Eizabeth to a friend whilst getting extremely drunk in the process. It's not what you might expect from Austen herself, but in the end, the man is human and has recently had a very severe putdown from the woman he loves. I have to admit to smiling a lot throughout that part due to the way it's written.
Obviously, there's no surprises in the ending. We wouldn't be listening to this if we didn't know the story, but it's very well told indeed.
More stories about Mr & Mrs Darcy's life as custodians of Pemberley would be very welcome and I'd dearly like to know how things work out for Georgiana in the future if Pamela Aidan is thinking of carrying that story on.
All in all - my favourite listen of the past two or three years!
I have read all three books in the Novel and very much enjoyed this one. The Author gives us a wonderful insight into the character and lifestyle of Mr Darcy. She leads us through his joy and pain, as he strives to become a better man and win Elizabeth's heart. A thrilling listen for any Pride and Prejudice fan.