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What a fun variation of Pride and Prejudice. This book has a totally different plot from the original but it is very respectful of each character's personality and behavior. Even the changes in the family dynamics was an interesting and unique diversion. A definite must listen for those who enjoy P&P variations. 🌼
The narration was very well done. She connected with each character and delivered a fine rendition.
Note: No warnings for this book.....it's a clean listen. 😉
My sincere thanks to the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audio book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
This Pride and Prejudice variation is a true gem. It stays true to the tone and humor of the original while adding so much more. I'm not an Austen purist, but if you are, this variation treats the original characters and plot with care.
Our story begins true to canon with Elizabeth right after the Netherfield ball. The only difference is that Mr. Gardiner has recently passed, leaving his estate to Mrs. Gardiner with small sums to his nieces. Mr. Collins makes his disastrous offer to Elizabeth, and she rejects him with gusto. That day, Mr. Bennet is caught in a rainstorm and becomes very ill, sparking the events of the rest of the story.
With Longbourn entailed to an angry Mr. Collins, Mrs. Bennet and the girls are left homeless and nearly penniless. The Bennet family splits between the Gardiner and the Phillips' households, but the prospect of living on the charity of relatives is difficult for Elizabeth. She's approached by a very unlikely person and offered a business partnership running a little tea shop in Meryton. She accepts, and she and her sisters become tradeswomen.
Most of the events up to the Netherfield ball are quickly summarized without being rehashed, so the story isn't bogged down with events we're very familiar with. Instead, we jump right into Mr. Bennet's accident and then the story introduces all new scenes. The story is alternately told from Elizabeth and Darcy's point of view with very surprising fun additions by Caroline Bingley.
In the original P&P, the only characters that experience any development are Darcy and Elizabeth. All the other characters stay as silly, sweet, arrogant, obsequious or mercenary as they were in the beginning. In this variation, most of the characters experience realistic and welcome character arcs. I loved the new relationship between the sisters and the different strengths they each showed running the shop. Caroline Bingley was a joy and a surprise, most authors depict her as an over the top villainess, this variation made her chapters fun.
The narration was well done, each character had their own recognizable speaking voice. I really enjoyed it, and I'd listen to this narrator again.
With the interesting plot twists, character development, and one of the most outrageous Darcy proposals I've ever read, I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for more D&E.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is a delightful variation of Pride and Prejudice that has the feel of being in an alternate universe. Let me be absolutely clear, this is not a sci-fi story. Not at all. The basic plot is the same. The era presented by the setting and language is also the same. It differs in the details and therein lies the drama, intrigue and fun. This book is thoroughly enjoyable for anyone who loves Jane Austen. It starts a little slowly but is well worth persevering as the plot begins to thicken.
Jannie Meisberger's narration compliments Kate Bedlow's story wonderfully. She brings the characters to life and gives credibility to the regency setting.
Pride and Prejudice delight through and through!!
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