Mr. Darcy, Vampyre starts where Pride and Prejudice ends and introduces a dark family curse so perfectly that the result is a delightfully thrilling, spine-chilling, breathtaking read. A dark, poignant and visionary continuation of Austen's beloved story, this tale is full of danger, darkness and immortal love.
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I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and very open to new adaptations with a new spin and sequels. I'm also a big fan of vampire stories.
So it was with high hopes and enthusiasm that I started to listen to this audio-book.
Whilst the story diverges hugely from P&P it seems reasonably well researched and is broadly in the style of Austen. It cross- references events in P&P regularly to remind us of the original. This is the good news.
But we do need to be reminded of the original as we quickly lose the real character of Darcy and Elizabeth in this vampire sequel.
The tone, not helped by the narration, is cold, clipped and unsympathetic to the characters. Darcy does not feel like the Darcy we loved as we left the world of P&P. "New" Darcy is more two dimensional and takes ridiculously ill-informed decisions - entirely uncharacteristic of the character we know. And Elizabeth lacks character and intelligence and occasionally seems a little pompous. Most of the side characters are irritating, dull, and narrated with extremely annoying accents.
This story isn't a total disaster, but deeply disappointing to a fan who was hoping for so much more. I will not be looking for further works by this author, or this narrator.
left me flat im afraid, not enough substance ... felt unfinished and rushed at the end
"Not in the tradition of Jane"
The clever repartee and wit of Austen, as well as plot progression, suspense, character development, etc. do not appear in this cliched "story" where Elizabeth's reaction to attack is a letter to Jane, repeated descriptions of getting in and out of a gondola epitomize the descriptive prose, Mr. Darcy alternates between hungry and...hungry, and the book is in its final endless hours when Elizabeth suddenly realizes something it horribly, horribly wrong (time for another letter). Concept is great, execution drivel. The narrator was also agonizingly slow, especially the first half.
"Mr. Darcy, boring Vampyre"
I love Jane Austin, I have a weakness for vampire romances, and I adore Mr. Darcy. These should all go together well, right? Not in this book. The first half is spent waiting for something to happen. The second half is spent wishing we could get more details about what is happening. The author sticks rigidly to Austin's style, but without the humor which made it so charming. We end up with a fairly boring travelogue punctuated by a few frightening moments and poor Lizzy wondering if she is in bad odor with Mr. Darcy. This could have been an extremely romantic, funny, sexy novel. It was not.
I've come to avoid books -- even books I have read and enjoyed -- narrated by particular readers I have heard and consistently failed to enjoy, though none of them were completely unlistenable.
This is completely unlistenable. The narrator's plodding monotone is so utterly disengaging that I could hardly believe those who produced the recording allowed it to continue. I could not get through fifteen minutes before I gave it up as a bad job.
Unfortunately, what I heard in those fifteen minutes hardly deserved better. The text reads like one of the worst varieties of fanfiction, wherein the author liberally recycles dialogue from Austen in an attempt to recall her characters while totally missing her characterizations. The pretentious spelling of "Vampyre" should have been a warning.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was fantatistic; this was not. It's possible this gets better as it goes along, but the beginning is too off-putting to continue.
"Could not finish it"
Hopeful of another interesting mash up, I was very disappointed with the narration. The story might have otherwise been okay, but this drawn out over dramatized self indulgent narration was so painful I had to give up.
A wasted credit.
"Crap. Absolute Crap."
Don't waste your money on this. There is absolutely no action or real feel of romance. It makes no sense, and it's an insult to Jane Austen! If you like Vampire stories you'll be dissappointed as well. If your interested in a story with depth, forget it. It's all mush with no sincere or practical emotion. The character's are completely re-written in an annoying way. Darcy is a torn jerk, Elizabeth's a whiney girl with no backbone. It's repetitive. It's crap.
"With out Backround History or Realism"
Im sorry to say that this bk is not a very good creapy scary or even suspenful. 75% of is just the new married couple doing there wedding tour. Liz only faintly sees hints here and there. No actual action or climax. and the ending is w out backround history of events that unfold. Its mostly that shes loonely. she trusts the wrong people and well it amounts to nothing. Im sorry to say but I believe it to be a rip off. Hearing about there life after the wedding it self would of maid a better book. Just the unrealism kills it. No actual vampire behavier is visible and Im sorry to kill it for everyone else but noo she does not become one(if you know what i mean).
"A travelog of Euope beatifully written"
A vampire love story beatifully written and narrated. The beautiful description of historical locations adds to the enjoyment of this book. No gore, only the struggle of what seems to be an impossible bond of love between two people.
"Lovely for what it is"
I made the mistake of listening to this right after Pride and Prejudice. It's a good book but it simply doesn't compare.
"A wonderful story"
So glad i got this book, was a bit hesitant at first as i thought (Mr Darcy and Vampires?) It was a well told and exciting story. Most enjoyable
"Mr. Darcy, Vampyre"
Excellent listening! You Jane Austen fans will love it. A great audio book.
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