Regency England speaks of love and romance when Darcy's Passions brings to life once again Jane Austen's classic love story. An interpretation of Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Darcy's Passions tells the story from Mr. Darcy's point of view.
When Fitzwilliam Darcy comes to Hertfordshire as a service to his best friend Charles Bingley, who has recently let the Netherfield Park estate, Darcy assumes the locals will possess "vulgar" country manners. So, when the opportunity arises, he refuses to dance with Elizabeth Bennet at the Meryton Assembly; however, from that moment, the woman's charms possess his every waking and sleeping minute. Obsessed with Elizabeth Bennet, Darcy places himself in a position to learn more about her while realizing his social status will not allow him to marry her. He manipulates Bingley and others in order to spend time with her. He tells himself Elizabeth Bennet is simply a "diversion" from the lack of society he finds in Hertfordshire.
However, if she is only a diversion, then why does he dream of her as mistress of his estate? Why does he seek her out as a friend for his shy, withdrawn sister? Why does he allow her to speak to him with a saucy attitude? Why can he not even breathe when she is in the room? Why does a raise of her eyebrow or an enigmatic smile or the smell of the lavender she wears create havoc with his emotions? His duty to his family and his estate demand he choose a woman of refined tastes. Yet, what his mind tells him he wants and what Darcy's heart knows he needs are two different things.
Darcy is a man in turmoil. He loves a woman he first denies as being worthy, but it is he who is found wanting when Elizabeth Bennet refuses his proposal of marriage because he does not conform to her standards of a "gentleman." Devastated, he must transform himself into the man she learns to love and respect.
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The story of Lizzy Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy is a beloved one, and I would gladly enjoy it over and over again. Having said that, do not for one minute believe that I would settle for just any drivel.
There were reviewers who disliked Darcy's repetitive denial of his love, his need to be near her etc etc. Yes, they behaved outside of the norm of their society; Darcy including her in the running of the estate, their intimate relations, their obvious expressions of love, but then, they had always been beyond the norm, even when Austen herself decided their fates.
Honestly, I liked it. It speaks to his original admission that it 'just would not do' and how he had struggled 'in vain'. I liked the fact that it continued past their wedding and showed their HEA. Which was normal after all. They fought and made up, made mistakes and learned from them, but most of all, their love helped them to continue their personal growth.
Like it or don't, but the love affair of Darcy and Lizzy will outlive most of us.
"Darcy addicts: this one's for you"
Top 5, but only because I love Mr. Darcy, and this story is all about him. I alternate between this one and P&P constantly.
When he first realizes that he can't live without Elizabeth.
Nope. Andy Cresswell was very non-exciting. Penny Scott-Andrews sounded like a robotic child. I'd LOVE to hear Colin Firth, as he is the ONLY Darcy.
This book is for the die-hard Darcy fans. It has its faults, as other reviewers have pointed out. Jane Austen didn't write it, so that explains a lot. But if you love the character of Fitzwilliam Darcy, and you need more of him, this book is for you. It is definately a look into his mind. There are some liberties taken with the story, but they don't bother me at all.
Parents: it isn't R-rated by any means, but it has a few mentions of their love life. I think it's tastefully done.
I enjoyed the author's research into major works of Jane Austen's novel from written word, TV and Cinema. Regina Jeffers took care in telling the story from a masculine point of view. One that is a fitting companion to Austen and the telling character of Darcy portrayed first by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation and Matthew Macfadyen's 2005 movie version for which she took care.
I often felt that Matthew's Mr. Darcy was so real and the acting of his inner turmoil entirely encompassing in his acting talents that are so acute, that to the point of a viewer; the subtly of the depth of the character portrayal could nearly be missed in a blink. I found it brilliant and have often gone back frame by frame to drink in each arch of a brow and nearly misperceived smirk, glance and adored admiration. Once you realize what you have as a viewer in front of you watching again and again is it's own guilty pleasure.
This book carries forward where we are left off to wonder. I did enjoy it.
Of the style of character development I would say, Persuasion comes close to the dynamics of the pair from Austen. However, I did find this work a harder read in flow and character differential.
The narrator's kept it lively and the voices varied enough as to not get confused as to who was speaking.
The book did a good job in making me flush and blush as the characters did the telling of the passion had just enough heat that one tends to ache for such a depth of feeling in their own lives. It was well developed next step into the lives of this most unusual couple of the times.
Letting the mind wander through thoughts of devotion, love, misunderstanding of these characters a person can see where their own lives could be foiled by a similar circumstance in these modern times. I will be picking this book up again.
I loved the narrator Andy Cresswell, he made an excellent voice of Darcy. I enjoyed the liberties taken with the story, exploring Darcy's innet thoughts and then extending the story past the wedding and showing some of Darcy and Elizabeth's marital bliss.
"A Fascinating Insight into Mr. Darcy's Mind"
With classical-style books, I generally prefer to listen to them than read them on my own. If I try to read them, I tend to get caught up on the word choice and lengthy sentences, which is so different than how we talk nowadays. I had the Kindle version to read along to, but I definitely preferred listening to it than reading it.
I thoroughly enjoyed Andy Cresswell and Penny Scott-Andrew's performances, because they drew me into the story; I was often lost in the telling, forgetting I was actually listening to a book and not participating in the Society of the time. I really enjoyed Penny Scott-Andrews reading Georgiana's letters.
What an interesting and insightful take on Pride and Prejudice! We know the classic tale, told from Elizabeth Bennet's point of view, and how that once one's pride and another's prejudice are put aside, love prevails. But what we lack from Jane Austen's novel is Mr. Darcy's take on all that occurred.
Regina Jeffers does an excellent job portraying the events within P&P and how they effect Mr. Darcy's side of things. We see everything from his point of view in Dary's Passions, more of Georgiana and the friends/family Darcy is close with, including his friendship with Charles Bingley and Darcy's actual feelings for Caroline Bingley. We see the process in which the man becomes the Mr. Darcy everyone loves (with its own little twists and extras and drama).
I thoroughly enjoyed this version. It felt true to Austen's original tale and even expanded beyond the conclusion to give a little aftertaste of what became of the Darcys after they found each other. The plot flowed, gave new exciting information, stayed true to historical expectations, and the drama was fun. I really, really loved it.
(At the beginning of this novel, Regina Jeffers states you don't have to have read Pride and Prejudice to understand and enjoy this version, which is true, from a literary stance, but I do highly recommend having experienced the original before delving into this one. It'll make this one all the more interesting and fun.)
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. You know you have something good when you find yourself sitting in your car listening when you should be at work or doing errands but I was transfixed on Darcy. The author added some scenes but I didn't mind. Her depiction of Darcy was well developed and written. I loved Cresswell's voice ( one of the reasons I was hooked) and was disappointed he hasn't done much else ( in my genre of interest). I was also surprised at other negative reviews. I was hooked which is all that matters. Happy reading (listening!)
"Through his eyes"
This book is written from Fitzwilliam Darcy's point of view. I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fan fiction and what if stories.
"A fun version"
I love Pride and Prejudice and have read it and listened to it many times. I also have watched many different movies versions of the book. I just cannot get enough of Elizabeth and Darcy. I usually shy away from imagined sequels by modern authors, but I gave this one a try. It was surprisingly good and I am so glad I bought it. There is nothing new, but just a different perspective and well written. Very interesting. The readers were also good.
"Good story but the narration is disturbing..."
The narrator's voice drove me crazy. I'm sure if Colin Firth read this book, it would be wonderful!!! But he didn't and the terrible voice made me quit the book once for several weeks before going back to it...
I'm glad I did, as the story became more interesting and the last several chapters were sweet peeks into the Darcys' lives after the wedding...
I have bought the audiobook version of this sequel because it's a nicely paced book for listening to while I drive, cook and clean... I am looking forward to it!!
"Darcy's point of view is very enlightening"
I am a Jane Austen devotee. As the original P and P was written in a different culture and time, it is often difficult to understand Darcy's sudden transformation. Many of Darcy's words and mannerisms sound almost hostile under the lens of our current mode of communication. This story gives us the explanation for Darcy's words and actions based on his understanding and frequent misunderstanding of Elizabeth's words and looks. Regardless of significant changes to societal norms, Austen continues to resonate in our world. The tumult of first love is captured in the P and P original story and as filtered through Darcy's POV here. I enjoyed it very much.
I was surprised to learn this was written by an English teacher. Abysmal grammar, continual misuse of words (malapropisms), and juvenile dialogue (such as characters explaining social customs and norms to each other) were distracting enough. The superlatively annoying female narrator sealed the deal; I asked for a refund. I'm glad audible does have a refund policy.
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