Instead of disappearing from Elizabeth Bennet's life after she refused his offer of marriage, Mr. Darcy had stayed and tried to change her mind?
Lizzy, as she gets to know Darcy, finds him undeniably attractive and her impulses win out over her sense of propriety?
Madly in love and mutually on fire, their passion anticipates their wedding?
In To Conquer Mr. Darcy, instead of avoiding Elizabeth after his ill-fated marriage proposal, Mr. Darcy follows her back to Hertfordshire to prove to her he is a changed man and worthy of her love. And little by little, Elizabeth begins to find the man she thought she despised, irresistible....
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"Shows a different side of Darcy, a bold side unafraid of going after what he wants." (Hollywood Today)
"Sure to appeal to fans of lusty historical romance." (Library Journal)
I wouldn't recommend this. How the author manages to use and twist the words of Jane Austen, almost word for word it seems at times, into this concoction of rubbishy nonsense and gets it published I don't know. Parts of Jane Austen's story are taken out of context and woven into the mishmash of Abigail Reynold's own story to make it make sense as something original, while still retaining it's connection with Pride and Prejudice. But it really isn't worth the time out of your life; you'd do better to get something written by Elizabeth Aston as she too does a Darcy collection. As for Mr Darcy he's positively sleazy and Lizzie Bennet isn't much better! The obviously American narrator however does her best to put on a strange hybrid of an English accent. As for this book I wouldn't recommend this to anyone and I don't think true Jane Austen fans would approve!
I would cut out the frequent desriptions of the sexual intercourse between Elizabeth and Darcy. Once "encounter" is more than enough in each book. I would shorten the narration by cutting out these repetitions and devote more time and space to investigating the psychology of the characters in greater depth.
I have now read/heard several of this authoress's books... She is beginning to repeat herself too much across books too.
She might have been more relaxed ; she seems to make too much of an effort to speak with a British accent which bestows a stilted air on the whole performance. Sometimes she "hyper corrects" her pronunciation and places the wrong tonic accent on some words.
"P&P Variation - Overstepping Just "A Bit""
Having read this book many times in hard copy, I already knew I loved the story. The narrator, Elizabeth Klett, did a very good job and made it an enjoyable listen.
I read quite a few P&P variations, and have read all of Abigail Reynolds books. It's not possible to compare it to another book other than other P&P variations, and Abigail's books rank right up there with others of the best of the genre.
Since I have read the book many times before listening to the audiobook, there could only have been a down side to her performance. I was happy that she did a good job and did not make the book more difficult to finish. Many times I have stopped listening to audiobooks because the narrator is terrible. Ms. Klett is quite good. I liked her performance better than the lady who did the other Abigail Reynolds book at audiobooks.
Mr. Darcy, of course, because he is Mr. Darcy and you can't get much better than that.
Abigail takes Darcy and Elizabeth's romance quite a bit further than the acceptable courtship niceties of the Regency Age; and this probably bothers many purists, but for those of us who like to believe Darcy and Lizzy as real people would have many of the same physical and emotional desires as any normal, redblooded, 20 somethings, anticipating their wedding vows can be accepted with a bit of a wink. I did feel, however, feel that Lizzy's actions before officially becoming "engaged" was a bit too much for our dear heroine. She had too much sense to let herself be carried away to that extent before she had a formal engagement. But then, it's Darcy, so who could resist?
I am not opposed to Lizzy and Darcy having normal sexual urges, but Lizzy accepting it so readily BEFORE they were officially engaged, and so many times, was just a tad stretching it for me.
"One of my all time favourites"
This was one of the first Romance books I read. I was obsessed with Pride and Prejudice in High School.
I love the "what if" idea. That Darcy goes back to Hartfordshire and tries to convince Elizabeth to marry him,
They become engaged before she takes her trip to Pemberley.
And Elizabeth becomes part of the plan to make Wickam marry Lydia.
I really loved the the courtship scenes, and when Darcy tells Elizabeth, that even though they are not yet married by the church, he feels she is his wife. So sweet.
I really loved her interpretation
Not so extreme, I just really enjoyed it.
It's really worth the credit.
Rather than being a variation on the original, I wish it had just picked up where Jane Austen left off. The story was ok. The dialogue at times was so cheesy, it was hard to read without laughing. If you're a true lover of P&P, you most likely will not enjoy this rendition.
"More boring than vanilla at Baskin Robbins"
Someone who doesn't bore easily and is into very insignificant details.
No, I am afraid that her style is not one that I would like to experience again.
There was a slight lisp that I have often heard in UK English which was very distracting.
So many I can't even begin to count. The book was filled with insignificance things including many characters.
After five hours of listening to part 1, I came back to Audible to read the reviews in hopes that I would find the reason why I was interested in this book to begin with. Given the high ratings I thought it would pick up in the second half and become exciting with some deep life altering issues. But unfortunately the second half was as predictable and boring as the first. The characters Darcy and Lizzie describe themselves as private and not allowing people even the closest relatives into their lives. Well the same is true of us the listeners. I did not care for the characters nor their story. If this was friend or relative telling me about their life in the same fashion as this book told the story of Lizzie and Darcy, I would had politely walked away faking the sudden onset of a headache. Next time I follow my instincts and stop after the first hour of torture.
"This is Not Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice"
This variation on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice would definitely make Miss Austen blush. It contains explicit sex whereas the original novel hardly alluded to the sexual natures of Elizabeth and Darcy. Elizabeth Klett's reading is superb; she has a perfect English accent and changes her tone of voice for the different characters. If Ms. Klett is blushing as she narrates the sex scenes, the listener will not detect it in her voice! Well-read. The author, Abigail Reynolds, has come up with an interesting and fun variation on the original Pride and Prejudice.
"Harlequin romance meets Jane Austen"
This book takes the beloved Jane Austen story and adds a clichéd and sometimes nauseatingly formulaic "romantic" backstory to Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy's courtship and marriage. If you believe that relationships should be all about loving murmurings and simple physical expressions of that love, you will love this. If you believe, like I do, that human relations are somewhat more complicated, don't bother with this trite story
I love Jane Austen and now Abigail Reynolds. This variation gave me a steamy look at Mr Darcy and left me wanting more. I'm hooked A. Reynolds now on to the next and the next variations. Please try your hand at Sense and Sensibility.
"Highly recommend this book"
Another great read from Abigail Reynolds. I can listen to it again and again. Read it many times too. A book that can make you giggle because of its wittiness.
"An Absolute Masterpiece"
I would listen to this audiobook over and over again because it is incredibly compelling. And utterly believable. The story Ms Reynolds tells, could very well have happened, exactly that way. She manages to twist Ms Austen's plot in a subtle way but entirely true to the great author of romance herself.
Mr Darcy, because he is so much more amiable than in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
He is more human, more pliable, more compassionate, more reasonable. He sees where his faults lie and acts accordingly to it. Which gives him what he craves for: the way to Elizabeth's heart.
The first love scene in Darcy's bed. Here the two heroes are governed only by their mutual love.
Mr Wickham. Ms Reynolds paints him as I would never have pictured him at all. As a man to whom money means everything, literally.
A more fitting title for this book would be Conquering Elizabeth Bennet. I love just about anything to do with Pride and Prejudice and especially Mr. Darcy. I did enjoy this book, Mr. Darcy, not so much. I realize that while this is a what if story, I kept thinking no way would Mr. Darcy to this or act like that. I truly think I would have enjoyed this story much more if it hadn't been based on P & P and in fact started to pretend that there really wasn't any connection to the book and enjoyed ot much more. My lasting thought was while absolutely adoring Mr. Darcy, I love him much more as the man of mystery and hero that he is in my mind than someone elses characterization of him.
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