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Publisher's Summary

Of most interest to Bennet was Mr. Darcy of Pemberley. 

When Fitzwilliam Darcy attends the Meryton assembly, he befriends a quiet, intelligent gentleman. In frequent visits to his friend’s home, he becomes acquainted with the Bennet family of Longbourn. Yet Mr. Darcy is distracted by a strange feeling of having met some of them before. 

This is a different Bennet family from the cleverly crafted one in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. This Mr. Bennet is a responsible gentleman who takes an active role in the education and upbringing of all five of his daughters, manages Longbourn to be prosperous, and displays loving guidance toward Mrs. Bennet - a gentle, caring mother and wife. 

There is a mystery lurking at Longbourn - a secret unknown even to Elizabeth Bennet - and Mr. Darcy is entangled in its extraordinary revelations. 

Who is Thomas Bennet? 

This book contains one brief scene of nonexplicit sexual violence that may be concerning to sensitive listeners. The sexual violence does not include Elizabeth Bennet.

©2013 Suzan Lauder (P)2020 Suzan Lauder

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  • Catie
  • 2021-01-12

trigger warning ⚠️ RAPE

What the actual hell!?! Just after all the Bennett family is introduced in a lovely way, there is a flash back to Mrs. Bennett's coming out party where a detailed account of her being RAPED is forced upon you the listener. I don't care what it adds to the story line later on. I'm done. Do not come at me with that garbage with no warning. Bullshit.

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  • Sophia Rose
  • 2021-01-08

The Mysterious and Enchanting Bennets and Romance!

Variations can be such fun adventures off the map. This one asks the question 'what if Mr. Bennet was a different person?' How would this effect the P&P story? And folks, let me tell you, the answer to that is A LOT. I enjoyed the mysterious atmosphere around the Bennets that led to some amazing reveals as the story progressed.

I loved exploring a Bennet family and household where Mr. Bennet is not just clever, but dutiful, loving, industrious, firm, and has a lot of secrets. There was the trickle effect of a wife who has a tendency toward nerves, but keeps them well regulated with his help and thus can focus on her children, of a home and estate in much better condition so that the family circumstances aren't as bad, of daughters who are fundamentally the same, but have been guided and taught so that the good traits and skills learned shine.

The author let the sequence of events parallel events in the original story- the arrival of the party at Netherfield, the Assembly, arrival of Wickham and Collins, the Netherfield party departing to London, Hunsford, misunderstandings answered, Lady C and Wickham drama again.

But, not only does each scene alter greatly because the players are altered, there are also situations that arise. Because think if Lizzy and Lydia do not succumb to Wickham's wiles, he will turn them on someone else. And there are other changes that set off a new chain of events. It was clever how the author incorporated these with events that are recognizable.

And lest you think everyone is perfectly perfect and we don't have any pride or prejudice in sight, not true. Darcy has his pride though it isn't as severe because the Bennet aren't so objectionable. Lizzy has her prejudice toward Darcy's pride though she's not as blind as to not see through Wickham's woes and flirting. Caroline, Lady Catherine, and Mr. Collins are still amazingly full of folly to keep one entertained.

I think my favorite part of the book was Thomas Bennet. Shazam! He gave Darcy a run for his money in the hero department. This was definitely his story.

The story clips along at a good pace with moments of drama and suspense to keep things interesting. There are some disturbing elements of classical gothic darkness like the blackhearted ravishing Marquess in the beginning who is the catalyst for all that comes after. Wickham is much more dastardly, too.

I will say that the romance elements have some decided spice to them. Darcy and Lizzy are lustier versions though they keep to the correct side of the line. I enjoyed all the storylines that even include a romance for Mary and the continued romance of the older Bennets.

This was my first time with narrator Jacq Ainsworth and I delighted in her rendition of the character voices. She caught the tone of the story and captured gender, class, and individual traits in the characters so well that I was entranced and reluctantly set the story aside when I had to.

All in all, I had a fabulous time with this story that greatly varied from the original to do a fascinating 'what if' exploration of Mr. Bennet. Austenesque fans should really give it a go.

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  • CCruzer
  • 2021-11-22

had potential but fell short

I do not like to give bad reviews and I did give this book a chance to keep my interest but I can't make it to the end. The story had good potential in the beginning but the author could not quite put it together well. The mature scenes are too awkwardly written and the narrator did not help either. It's really a shame because the story line /plot seems to be a good idea.

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  • Claire
  • 2021-10-15

narrator made this a difficult listen

I didn't care for the explicit sex. however, the worst part was the narration. this narrator is very gifted when it comes to many of the voices and characters. however, the voice used for the general narration and Elizabeth Park was horrid. I can't believe I ate the whole thing!

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  • Traci S.
  • 2021-06-01

Great potential, but didn't quite come together

I've been on a PPV binge recently, so thought I'd give this one a try. It just didn't do it for me. Overall, I loved the idea of the story, here are the things I did like:

- the Mr Bennet / Mrs Bennet plot twist was great, and I REALLY liked Mr & Mrs Bennet in this story - A LOT! Their personalities were wonderful, they are much more likeable than the original.

- In the beginning of the book, I felt as if I was reading more about the March sisters than the Bennet sisters. The author did a decent job though of keeping true to each characters personality, she just turned what were frivolities in the orig to traits they were working on in this story. eg. Lydia recognizing that her natural exuberance could be deemed flirting if not controlled. They all were being raised to be strong, smart women.

what I wasn't a fan of:
- the narrator!! her weirdly stiff / odd british accent combined with a somewhat mechanical cadence made this a really awkward listen. She was ok when reading dialogue, but when she was just narrating - really weird!
- the sex! I just don't want explicit sex scenes in my P&P! I listen to my fair share of Mary Balogh and Julia Quinn and similar, so am not opposed to books with sex scenes. Just not P&P please. This book would have been so much better with just a reference to the assault that happened rather than graphic detail - and I def don't want to listen to Darcy's VERY explicit thoughts - it was just too much IMO.
- one of my favorite thing about PPV books is the expanded witty banter that you really wanted in an expanded original. Most of the PPV's I've ready have such wonderful banter between characters, especially E+D. This version does not really have much, of course it uses topics from the original and adds to them slightly, but most of the banter between E+D is scientific / mechanical?? eewww, very disappointing. especially for a book of this length - I was hoping for hours of fun dialogue.
- the Bennet girls started out really strong, smart and cleaver and in the end I kind of felt like they (or Elizabeth) turned into a vapid silly girl - the second half of the book all she did was worry about if she looked ok and what she was wearing, or think about sex with Darcy.

overall - it's ok, not in my top 10 PPV books. IMO worth a credit if you don't mind very explicit sex scenes with E+D and a few long rambles about science and mechanics, and I say it's worth the credit just because the idea of the story was so compelling, and Mr & Mrs Bennet were so likeable.

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  • Fabulous Mrs B
  • 2021-02-06

Really lovely story

Very well written and what an adventure they had. I was so entertained that I could hardly put the book down (or my iPhone while listening) it was so good. I highly recommend this book to a Jane Austen fan fiction lover.