• Defending Elizabeth

  • By: Rowan Renault
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-24-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Cherry Blossom Press
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

He cannot watch her make a mistake of such magnitude.
Darcy: A woman as brilliant, beautiful, and witty as Elizabeth Bennet deserves a good match. One better than her silly cousin, or that irredeemable rake, Wickham, who I know to be much different from the image he presents to the world. Can I save her from committing herself to a disastrous marriage?
Elizabeth: Considering he finds me merely tolerable, the unpleasant Mr. Darcy is unduly obsessed with the gentlemen who wish to court me. Though I have no intention of marrying Mr. Collins, I find myself inexplicably drawn to the witty Mr. Wickham, in spite of Darcy’s objections. I cannot imagine why Darcy thinks his opinions would sway me, nor can I understand why I cannot stop thinking about the infuriating man.
©2017 Rowan Renault (P)2018 Cherry Blossom Press
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4 out of 5 stars
By Maria on 05-06-18

Interesting storyline...

I enjoyed the handsome Mr Collins plot twist, but spent more time on that than the Darcy/Elizabeth romance, which is what I missed in this adaptation.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JM Saenz on 03-17-18


I liked it but this story seemed a little rushed. Stevie Zimmerman really helped the story.
I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jenny on 05-02-18

It's not bad, but it's not good either....

I'm struggling with this review. I didn't really enjoy this book but then didn't have a particularly adverse reaction to it either. It trundles along without provoking any particular reaction or feeling.

It had a promising start... Mr Collins arrives at Longbourn and is very handsome (although still dull and ridiculous) but because of his appearance Lydia and Kitty are fighting over him. Quite humorous!.... but the rest of the book did not continue in the same way. For much of the book, Elizabeth is captivated by Wickham and is giving thought to marrying him. She gives Darcy so much grief!! I actually don't know why he bothers with her. She is a foolish know it all who will not listen... to anyone. Kitty suddenly becomes sensible after circumstances should have surely made her more ridiculous... a change in her circumstances bring about a whole personality change. Miss Bingley is very overt in her attentions to Darcy on a couple of occasions which had the potential to be interesting.... but it didn't go anywhere.... so her entire presence is really without purpose.

Large chunks of dialogue are missing when the reader is told a conversation is going to happen but then is not privy to the detail. We just hear the response afterwards. Consequently the characters and their relationships have little meaning or depth. I think the author relies on the readers knowledge of the original work to have a guess at what happens so she doesn't have to repeat it... but it just felt a bit lazy to me.

There are some errors which are distracting... Elizabeth waits outside her study (it's actually Mr Bennets) and Mr and Mrs Bennet are referred to as Mr and Mrs Darcy. Annoying and distracting.

Overall, it's not bad, but it's not good either. Had I been reading this, rather than listening, I'm not sure I'd have finished it. I really enjoy the narration by Stevie Zimmerman and this book was no exception in that regard. All of the characters have distinct voices and it is always easy to tell who is who.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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