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Mr. Darcy's passionate avowal of love causes Elizabeth to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about him. What she knows is that he is rich, handsome, clever, and very much in love with her. She, on the other hand, is poor, and can expect a future of increasing poverty if she does not marry. The incentives for her to accept him are strong, but she is honest enough to tell him that she does not return his affections. He says he can accept that - but will either of them ever be truly happy in a relationship of unequal affection?
Diverging from Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice at the proposal in the Hunsford parsonage, this story explores the kind of man Darcy is, even before his "proper humbling," and how such a man, so full of pride, so much in love, might have behaved had Elizabeth chosen to accept his original proposal.
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By Pezzilla on 02-02-14
Great alternate finish to the novel
Too many times, too often that is, a retelling of Pride and Prejudice becomes nothing more than a sordid romance novel, with kissing and fondling and make-out sessions...but not here. Here, what you get is an actual retelling, a different, alternate ending. How refreshing.
That is not to say there are not portions of the book dealing with affections, hands being pressed and the sort..this retelling is just much more true to the original than those others. The characters are not changed, they are simply there, and feel like those in the original.
If you liked the original, this one will allow you to revisit the Bennet household once more, and feel at home for a bit. Recommended.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
By CrisRod7 on 04-17-14
In case you didn't love Darcy enough!
This gives a very believable alternative to P&P. Here, with Elizabeth deciding to say yes after the first proposal we see our favorite couple run into the obstacles we already know (how Darcy acts towards her family and society, Elizabeth's previous opinions of Darcy, Wickham, Bingley) and we actually get to see (hear) the conversations that help them work through this and eventually help Lizzy realize what we all know...Darcy is the ideal man!
The narration is also done quite well, with none of the characters being ruined by a weird voice. I definitely recommend this listen, though if you are looking for ::cough cough:: indecent scenes, you're looking at the wrong book (in my opinion, thank goodness).
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By A. Kemp on 09-29-15
Would you listen to Unequal Affections again? Why?
Read it yes, listen to it no unless read by somebody else.
What other book might you compare Unequal Affections to, and why?
Fidelity and Affection. Loved that book.
Any additional comments?
The reader sounds too harsh. No real sentiment or passion put into the different characters. At times it was even robotical. I nearly quit the book because of her performance.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Kindle Customer on 04-26-18
Gave up on listening!
Overall this book is good. Great concept and well written.
However, I started out listening to it but gave up and read it instead.
The narrator was appalling and quite ruined it for me.
Delivered in a bland monotone with no inflection, little emphasis and very disjointed as though it had been recorded in one sentence at a time. No continuity and each word delivered as though the narrator had never seen it before. The whole inexpressive delivery was quite frankly irritating and, what should have been a brilliant storyline, was reduced by the narrator to a boring monologue which the narrator appeared to have no interest in at all..
I enjoyed the written one immensely!