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If you are looking for a book that follows P&amp;P story line, this one isn't the one. It is definitely a variation and it also contained nods to other Austen books. I noticed Sense and Sensibility as well as Persuasion but there might have been others that I missed. I enjoy Jennifer Joy's writing. I found a lot of humor in the book and had a number of laugh out loud moments. Lady Rutledge is a hoot. I thought her antics very entertaining. Some aspects of the story didn't seem to get finished in this book making me wonder if some people might get their own book at some point (Or maybe already have but I haven't read them yet?). Lydia's problems don't really get dealt with after Darcy saves her and maybe Caroline and Colonel Fitzwilliam? Jane and Bingley as a couple weren't even part of this book since they didn't meet until the end. It would be fun to see more books with Lady Rutledge in them.
I don't always agree with characterizations in variations but try to set aside my own prejudices to allow the author to make the characters who he/she wants them to be. This one had some interesting differences.
********Spoiler: Who would have thought that Mrs Bennett could become less hysterical and actual try to teach Lydia proper behavior? That Lydia would go as far as to attempt suicide because she didn't get her way? That Caroline could decide to be nice? That someone could actually love Caroline before she turns nice? That Darcy and Elizabeth didn't need to have disagreements? And that in a sense, Mr. Bennett is the &quot;bad guy&quot;? I say that because negative behaviors in others seem to disappear when he is out of the picture, Mrs. Bennett being the prime example. Were all her hysterics and nerves a result of the way Mr. Bennett treated her over the years? And the fact that she didn't discipline her daughters or see to their educations?************
I thought the narrator did a good job using different voices for the characters but with my particular speaker system I had a harder time hearing the deeper voices sometimes. Had to have my volume up really high. But that might just be due to my system or settings.
I received this audio book in exchange for a review.
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I’ve read most of Jennifer Joy’s books, and this one is now amongst my favorite. I’m also a big fan of the narrator chosen for the story; she does a great job of distinguishing her characters and speaks at just the right pace.
Four stars instead of five because there are some unanswered questions: what happens to the rest of the Bennet girls? What about the letter? How goes Mrs. Bennet fair in her new life?
I have only listened to about three books and this one has been my favourite. The story behind the book is so good and touching and making you to want to listen more and more.The narator did a great job. I actually enjoyed it hope you do too