It's the best of all worlds - five short Pride & Prejudice variations by best-selling writer Abigail Reynolds gathered in one volume. Can Mr. Darcy win Elizabeth Bennet's heart... or will they misunderstand each other forever? Can he stand by and watch Elizabeth lose everything she holds precious... including him?
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At first glance, it sounds like a good and fun idea to write alternative endings of the beloved novel. Some of the passages are good and imaginative, but the overall stories lack drama and original thoughts. The language and dialouge - especially between Elisabeth and Darcy - are too modern and direct. Where Jane Austen's characters convey meaning in downplayed dialouge, in this book they just say things plain out right. And some of the language and actions (like kissing) are way too explicit for the time/original novel. If one wants to fantasize about the couple in 'hot emrabces' and talking almost openly about sex, then it is the book for you.
However, if you would enjoy some truly alternative endings with different plot lines, you will be disapointed (like me). Why must Elisabeth and Darcy get each other in every variation of the story? It would have been so much more interesting to read/hear about them not getting married in the end! Why not let Elisabeth marry colonel Fitzwilliam and Darcy be forced to take his cousin (like his aunt wants). Or - what if mr Wickham's bad character is not found out before Elisabeth marries him (maybe she could inherit some money to make him really go after her)! Or Darcy could marry miss Bingley and Elisabeth remain a spinster. The possibilities are endless, why not utilise them!
"Each of the 5 stories wonderful"
Although each of the stories is cleverly written, my favorite is "Intermezzo" . Intermezzo includes Georgiana Darcy as she overcomes her shyness and distrust of Caroline Bingley's machinations.
determines to find out more about the woman who has captured her brother's heart. With the prodding of Georgiana and Bingley's new seating plan, Darcy is seated next to Elizabeth and has an opportunity to find out how her opinion of him has changed.
"Love Abigail's P&P Stories"
Yes, as I have read all these stories over the years many times and always enjoy my favorite literary couple's re-imaginings.
Can't have Darcy without Elizabeth. All ladies want to BE Elizabeth and want to WIN THE LOVE AND DEVOTION of Darcy. All other characters are minor. They are Lizzy and Darcy's stories.
If I had the choice of listening to the same story by Ms. Klett or another narrator, I would probably choose the other narrator. I found Ms. Klett's slight lisp, especially on the word "Elizabeth", which is everywhere in the story, annoying to say the least. It became more and more difficult to hear - like fingernails on a chalkboard. Seeing as it's also the narrator's own name, I found it even more annoying. It was a subtle lisp, but when the word occurs hundreds of times in a story it drives me crazy.Perhaps it is something about an English accent and the word Elizabeth since another of Ms. Reynold's stories, with a different narrator, also seemed to have a lisp as well. Maybe it's my ears, but I am quite used to listening to actresses with an English accent and don't hear this type of subtle lisp in them. Maybe it's the recording equipment.
I always enjoy Abigail's variations on P&P. She has a great knack with writing humor (wit).
The wonderful stories overrides the slight qualms I had with the narrator, so overall I would not discourage others to listen to this audiobook. Perhaps I am too picky.
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