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Very enjoyable collection

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Reviewed: 2020-03-02

I particularly appreciated reading the stories of secondary, often overlooked characters, such as Miss Bares and Mrs Croft. The narration was solid. It is an easy recommendation for any Austen fans.

Fantastic collection of stories

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Reviewed: 2020-02-27

The stories range from modern to Regency, with a couple of stops along the way. While there is some variation in how much I liked the individual efforts, overall it is a great listen and one sure to be enjoyed by fans of Mr Darcy.

Harry Frost did an amazing job.

Great start to a new series

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Reviewed: 2020-02-25

I'm a big fan of Allison Brennan's and if you like her previous books, you should enjoy this one, too.

The narrator is new to me and, while overall I think she did a fine job, I found her reading to be a bit flat at times.

This series gets better and better

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Reviewed: 2020-02-14

Therese Plummer did a fantastic job with the book, as she has with all of the others in the series. The story itself reminded me why I adore Kelley Armstrong. Her world-building is amazing, and I love that the characters in her series grow and develop from book to book.

Amazing!

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Reviewed: 2020-01-30

This was another very enjoyable read by Amy D’Orazio. The premise is straightforward—Darcy shares his plan to wed Elizabeth with his family and Mr Bennet before he proposes to her. Turns out his family lives to gossip, and, before you know it, Elizabeth (and Darcy) finds herself in a very difficult situation. Along the way to a happy ending, we get to know some truly delightful characters. (Lord Saye is particularly amusing, and I love the relationship between him, Col. Fitzwilliam, and Darcy.) I enjoyed this take on Bingley, too, which was an uncommon one. I could see some readers not liking it, though. There is some angst, but nothing over the top.
The narration was solid.

Enjoyable

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Reviewed: 2020-01-30

I’m a little torn about this review, both for the story and reader.

First, narration. Katherine Anderson has a very pleasant voice; it is clear and easy to understand throughout the book. I do think a little more distinction between the characters’ voices would have helped, however. I would absolutely listen to other books she’s narrated.

Second, story. It, too, was pleasant. Elizabeth accepts Darcy’s proposal when she is sick and not really fully aware of what she is doing. Post-illness (which is not a source of angst; she is not that ill), she ends up feeling obligated to go on with the engagement, although at first does think about breaking it. She quickly realizes that he is a good man. She never learns of his interference in Jane and Bingley’s relationship-although in canon, she did suspect it-and the couple never argue about Wickham. The book does spent a good while on what the change in Elizabeth and Darcy’s relationship means for other people, including Jane and Wickham, which is interesting.

While I do understand why and how C. P. Odom has E&D end up as they do, I ended up feeling that their relationship was too easy, given the set up (i.e. Elizabeth accepting against her reason, then, because Darcy told everyone about it immediately, stuck). More conflict between them would have helped—in my opinion. I know that many people prefer ‘our dear couple’ to have an easier path, and that’s fine, too.

In the end, it was an enjoyable listen, and I would recommend it, particularly for those who prefer a lower-angst story.

Diverting and well-read

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Reviewed: 2020-01-16

In the 4.5 range and definitely recommended.

This is an interesting variation on the Darcy and Elizabeth story. There is some angst, but not an excessive amount.

I found Mrs Bennet very diverting, when the story had us in Meryton. I also liked the uncommon version of Georgiana that was introduced at the start of the story, and who was important to the plot. Her role seemed to diminish and practically disappear after a certain point and, although I knew where she was and why, I did expect her to get mentioned or even make a reappearance later in the story.

The mystery part of it was well done. Some I could sort out pretty easily and early on, and I think the reader is supposed to, but there was a twist or two that kept it interesting and kept it from being mundane. I enjoyed the climax of it (Go, Lizzy! Go, Darcy! - read it and you’ll see what I mean).

I would have liked a little more of Elizabeth’s reaction to all of the revelations at the end, but I also understand why it was time to wrap up the story. I also know that I have an uncommon attachment to wanting to get into the thoughts and emotions of characters to understand the consequences of events on them and I suspect most readers would not miss seeing more of Elizabeth’s reaction.

I’ve read others by this author before and certainly will read more.

Charming collection

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Reviewed: 2019-12-23

This is a charming collection of Pride and Prejudice inspired short stories, all with a Christmas theme. It is a mix of Regency and modern tales. As you’d expect, some stories are stronger than others, but as a whole, it is very enjoyable.

The narrator was fantastic.

Another solid book by Ms Starnes

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Reviewed: 2019-12-03

I have read and/or listened to all of Joana Starnes' books and they are always enjoyable. The settings are wonderfully explained, the plots well thought out and the characters believable. The resolution between Darcy and Elizabeth was perhaps a bit too swift for my liking, but it did not require anyone acting out of character, so this is mainly about personal preference.

Stevie Zimmerman did an awesome job, as always.

Lots of romance and some great characters to hate!

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Reviewed: 2019-12-03

The premise was an interesting one and I really liked what the author did with Jane and Bingley. The narrator was new to me and he did a fantastic job. I greatly enjoyed Jessie Lewis' writing and I look forward to reading more of her work!