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A Most Civil Proposal

A Pride and Prejudice Variation
Narrated by: Christopher Jarvis
Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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Summary

"You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."

When Fitzwilliam Darcy spoke these words to Elizabeth Bennet as part of his marriage proposal, they expressed his concealed feelings completely, but their meaning was at odds with the rest of his prideful and arrogant offer of marriage. It was therefore rather easy for Elizabeth to reject his offer in much the same manner. But what if Darcy, never one at ease when trying to speak of inner sentiments, had realized beforehand how his intended proposal would sound to the young woman he hoped to make his bride? What if he had attempted a much more civil and thoughtful proposal of marriage? Could Elizabeth Bennet have coldly and angrily rejected an offer made in such a manner?

A Most Civil Proposal, a variation on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, examines and explores how the lives of the two main characters and their families and friends might have turned out differently had Darcy realized his error beforehand and thus avoided being so forcefully instructed and corrected by the love of his life.

©2013 C. P. Odom (P)2019 C. P. Odom

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Unnecessary bedroom scenes

Overall a good variation. But I would have been happier if the wedding night and beyond had been not so explicit, it spolit the gentleness of the story..

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Very Worthwhile read

Really enjoyable. Interesting story with a wonderful narration. Recommend to those that like a Elizabeth/Darcy variation. i enjoyed the fact the Story continues onto their early days of marriage.

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Any fan of Pride and Prejudice would enjoy this

loved the story and the narration was excellent. most enjoyable and easy listening, no hesitation in recommending.

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Brilliantly done

A lovely story, enhanced by the narration with little touches such as background noises when people spoke which really brought it to life.

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Amazing! a must read.

Couldn't turn it off. The sound effects really added to the story (sometimes I struggle as they detract but these were just the right number and level). wonderfully read. I was totally immersed.

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  • Sophia
  • 19-11-19

A wonderful experience with a surprise

Many time I have read this much beloved story, but this time with all the sound effects which a reader could wish for, and made the story come much more to life and if I might suggest become Colin Odom’s trademark for audiobooks in the future.

Darcy and all the beloved characters really came to life with the sound effects which have been put into the story, and which made the story more dramatic, surprising and interesting, than ever before! 🤩 And the narration was downright brilliant! Loved every minute! Can’t wait for future projects!

Congratulations on yet another wonderful experience Colin.

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  • Shopping Fan
  • 21-08-20

A Big Letdown

Darcy's proposal and determination to marry Elizabeth was the best thing about this book. He was relentless in his pursuit. Unfortunately, the story itself was nothing unique. Mr. Bennet as an antagonist who champions Wickham without reason against Darcy only to hurt his daughter Elizabeth is jarring. The narrator has a good reading voice, but the droning quality kept putting me to sleep. The voices of the female characters were too deep . Overall, the voices were pedantic and sonorous. The musical interludes between scenes and chapters annoyed the senses and prolonged the time of the narration. The other sound effects added interest. Definitely not one of my favorites in any published format.

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  • Fabulous Mrs B
  • 16-07-20

Lovely story

Well written story. And I loved the banter and quick wit by Elizabeth. I laughed out loud many times while I listened. I highly recommend this book to a Jane Austen fan fiction lover.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-07-20

Excellent

At first I didn’t care for the narrator, but he really grew on me. I really liked the sound effects as well. They weren’t shrill, and didn’t overwhelm the voice, but it was fun to have piano in the background when Georgiana is doing just that in the story!

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  • Wilkey Way
  • 17-06-20

For mature audiences only!

I didn't like how the author painted Elizabeth or her father. Elizabeth did not act as I feel a new bride would have....more daring and rambunctious on their wedding night than even Darcy was. Her father was way out of character and Jane Austen's Mr. Bennett would never act so cruel. I didn't like the many sexual exploits being so detailed. If you want a clean romance, this is not the book you are looking for.

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  • there^se
  • 14-05-20

Mr.Darcys Elizabeth vrs Wichams Mr.Bennett <br />

I did not like this story ,because it is not clear how,Wicham influenced Mt.Bennett,,to choose
him over Mr.Darcys Thus rejecting his own daughter.
brcause of her choice,
it still does npt really even end well

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  • Ash Heyden
  • 08-04-20

A different take on a great story!

Although the format of the production took a couple chapters to get use to, I very much enjoyed the story and performance. This was a well thought out “what if” story and is well worth listening to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-03-20

The best yet!

I love this story. I felt as though I was a blind person at a play. I recommend that you give yourself a chance to become accustomed to the differences. I hope to see more books performed in this way.

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  • L. Bjork
  • 23-02-20

Great Reading!

It was one of the first book readings that came with sound effects. I wish more books were read this way!

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  • E.B.
  • 26-01-20

unfortunate narration

I didn't finish this because the narrator was awful. I have enjoyed Odam's books in the past so I was particularly sorry that I couldn't make it through this one.