His proposal of marriage to the lovely, but socially inferior, Elizabeth Bennet thoroughly rejected, Darcy must come to terms with her evaluation of his character and a future without her.
Book Three, These Three Remain, recounts Darcy's painful journey of self-discovery in his quest to become the gentleman he always hoped he would be and the kind of man of whom Elizabeth Bennet would approve.
A chance meeting with her during a tour of his estate in Derbyshire offers Darcy a new opportunity, but the activities of his nemesis, George Wickham, interfere once more in a way that may ruin everyone's hopes for happiness, unless Darcy succeeds in putting his new-found strengths to the test.
Setting the story vividly against the colorful, historical, and political background of the Regency, Aidan writes in a style comfortably at home with Jane Austen, but with a wit and humor very much her own. Aidan adds her own cast of fascinating characters to those in Austen's original, weaving a rich tapestry from Darcy's past and present.
©2006 Pamela Aidan; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
I think this is my favourite of the three novels of 'Fitzwilliam Darcy - Gentleman'.
Like another reviewer, I think you could miss part two and go straight on to this without missing too much.
I think one of my favourite scenes is Darcy confessing all about Eizabeth to a friend whilst getting extremely drunk in the process. It's not what you might expect from Austen herself, but in the end, the man is human and has recently had a very severe putdown from the woman he loves. I have to admit to smiling a lot throughout that part due to the way it's written.
Obviously, there's no surprises in the ending. We wouldn't be listening to this if we didn't know the story, but it's very well told indeed.
More stories about Mr & Mrs Darcy's life as custodians of Pemberley would be very welcome and I'd dearly like to know how things work out for Georgiana in the future if Pamela Aidan is thinking of carrying that story on.
All in all - my favourite listen of the past two or three years!
I have read all three books in the Novel and very much enjoyed this one. The Author gives us a wonderful insight into the character and lifestyle of Mr Darcy. She leads us through his joy and pain, as he strives to become a better man and win Elizabeth's heart. A thrilling listen for any Pride and Prejudice fan.
I enjoyed the detailed background given here to Jane Austen's book. It certainly helped my understanding of the search for Wickham and Lydia, but sometimes Darcy's introspection felt a little heavy handed, and made the story move too slowly.
There's little actual violence in the three books but I can't help but compare Fitzwilliam Darcy with another well loved fictional character-James Bond. In the previous novel Aiden sets up a scene where Darcy comes into it dressed to kill, surrounded by danger on all sides and has to play a card game for a valued prize.
In the second half of this book he finds himself having to enlist the help of an organization he doesn't really trust but purportes itself to be something like the present day MI5. In order to win a prize he values more than anything else. He fears it all will most likely go horribly wrong but armed with his not inconsiderable wit and personal fortune he enters the fray.
I therefore commend this trilogy to those like me who aren't 100% interested in the goings on in the Bennet household but do want to hear the tale of how a man battles both others and the consequences of his own foolish deeds and emotional problems to try and win the love of an incredible woman.
"You need to be a P&P fan"
-else the detail might drive a listener crazy, but I found all three parts of this Darcy novel a very relaxing listen. By part three, I even enjoyed the narrator's style, almost.
If you have the time or inclination for only two parts of the series, part 2 could be skipped.
Part one covers the period up to the departure from Netherfield to prevent the Bingley-Jane alliance; part 2 sees nothing of the Bennets except the knowledge that Jane is in London and cut by the sisters Bingley; it then diverges into a gothic mystery entangling Darcy as he tries to find a society wife; part three picks up at Darcy's encounter with Elizabeth at Rosings and and follows the P&P plotline and past to the wedding (I think the author ought to have ended where the P&P plot did, but then again, if she produced a part 4 that imagined the Darcys' married life, I still probably would listen.)
The biggest faults in the listen for me were the overwrought "romance speech" scenes and the quick references to stereotyes of Irish rebels and misunderstood Celtic spiritual traditions. But there are gems of imagination to compensate, such as Darcy's valet portrayed as a bit of a Jeeves character.
If you want some good chick lit for listening, you might as well get this homage to the ultimate work of chick LITERATURE. Now can someone re-write P&P from the servants' viewpoint?
"great story terrible narration"
a very good insight into the mind and world of mr darcy etc. however, the narrator was absolutely terrible, weird pauses and a horrible whiney voice. in the hands of a decent narrator this would have been a much, much better listen and would have deserved 5 stars.
"A good read spoiled"
Ms Aidan did a great job on this book! It's not Austen, but a fine romance with a gothic spin. More intrigue and political background than Austen would have included. That said, the narrator destroyed it. Darcy was not masculine, struggling to reform his character. Rather, he became a whining fop. The servants were obsequious, and the ladies were drag queens. Not to mention the pacing, which was far too slow, and the misplaced emphasis. I realize the author is not well known, but couldn't they dredge up any better narrator than that?
"Could have been Jane Austen herself who wrote it"
I thought Pamela Aiden did a fantastic job of telling the P&P story from Darcy's point of view. As for the narrator - I thought he did a fabulous job -- odd pauses and all. He had a comforting voice
"A Special Treat for Pride and Prejudice Fans"
A very creative and well done spin on the Pride and Prejudice story: we are treated here to Darcy's self revelation as a counterpoint to Elizabeth Bennett's self revelation in the Jane Austen novel. The writing is very well done, with memorable descriptions of Darcy's own self reproach over his narrow focus on his family lineage and social position after he reflects on his totally unexpected rejection by Elizabeth. This is the highly engaging counterpoint to her self revelation as she reflects carefully on the letter she receives from Darcy the day after she has told him he is the last person in the world she would be willing to marry.
The Aidan book also brings in other interesting characters and scenes to fill out Darcy's life,
including the tried and true device of the close friend in disguise who saves Darcy from a dastardly plot. A most entertaining as well as a thoughtful read.
Full disclosure: I followed the advice of another reviewer and skipped the second novel in this series, because it apparently did not relate to the original Jane Austen story. Having finished the first and third novels, I feel fully satisfied.
"Mr Collins reads Mr Darcy!!!"
Yes, it's good fun and a lighthearted easy listen. It may not hit the highs of the original, but there are plenty of quotes.
The narrators "posh" voice wasn't terribly convincing and sounded more like the sycophantic, sniveling Mr Collins.
Good Darcy's perspective.
"The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth"
These three remain, faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love. Saint Paul's Letter to the Corinthians goes on to enumerate the qualities and variations of love as well as what love is and isn't. Beginning with the visit to Rosings, Ms. Aidon shows his struggles with himself while Miss Austen only alludes to them.
In addition to his Elizabeth problem, he has to come to terms with his evolving relations with his sister Georgiana and his friend Bingley.
In Mansfield Park, Edmund Bertram said of his long infatuation with Mary Crawford, that the woman he had been dwelling on for so long was in fact a creature of his own imagination. Until that dramatic and angry confrontation at Huntsford Parsonage, Darcy was in love with the Elizabeth he had created in his mind. Elizabeth detested the Darcy she had created. After Huntsford and The Letter, they begin to know themselves and each other. In that most satisfying of all Jane Austen movies: Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, the beginnings of Darcy's evolution is shown as he writes The Letter. Elizabeth begins her journey toward Pemberly as she reads it. All she has to do is reverse all of her opinions of Darcy.
Poor Darcy, after Huntsfords, he is more in love than ever with no hopes. He examines himself in light of Elizabeth's charges and begins to see some justice in them. At the inn at Lambton when Elizabeth discloses the contents of Jane's letter revealing the disgrace Lydia brought to her entire family, she realized that Darcy is exactly the man she wants and understands that Lydia's behavior made a marriage with him impossible. Ms. Aidon made me understand that Darcy's actions were far more noble and Wickham's behavior was much more wicked than I had previously understood.
In addition to being a fine work by a gifted author, the thought and care taken by the production staff is obvious. Audible should be proud.
"Darcy and Elizabeth, meant to be!"
If you're a Pride and Prejudice fan then you will DEFINITELY enjoy this read from Darcy's perspective.
"Not Austen, but a Wonderful Darcy Transformation"
Granted this is not real Austen, but for all of us hungering for more to the P&P story, it certainly fills the bill in more ways than one. The style and structure are reminiscent of Austen, but more important, this book, or, rather, series, actually enhances the story and provides plausible explanations for the change in Darcy's thinking and behavior, something sorely missing in the original. It is always a delight to see a good story, originally written from one main character's point-of-view, from another POV. There are flaws, however. The first time I listened to the trilogy, the entire Norwycke section seemed a bit silly, superfluous and completely unrelated. However, the second - and subsequent - times through, I came to realize that it did several things. First, it anchored the events of Austen's story to its time tying it to the assassination of Perceval and other related plots of the period. It also fills in the story of Darcy's long absence from Austen's original.
And, finally, it delineates Darcy's processes by which he comes to think he loves Elizabeth, tries to forget her, learns to face his own weakness of character, and finally realizes her true value through his struggle to understand and help his sister, his realization of who his real friends are, and his failure to interest himself in other women. Austen's Darcy has always been considered one of literature's great romantic men. However, from a 21st century perspective, he isn't particularly likable, much less lovable. Much of that is due to the fact that Austen gives us no real, logical transition from his shocked anger at her refusal to his complete change of heart regarding himself and her family and lack of connections. This series provides us just that. I've listened to the trilogy 4 times so far and still find it fun. The narrator does an excellent job of delineating characters giving each one a distinct personality and voice. Not for Austen purists, however.
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