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Assumptions & Absurdities

A Pride and Prejudice Variation
Narrated by: Nikki Delgado
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Summary

A witty and cleverly crafted Pride and Prejudice variation, Absurdities and Assumptions retells the story of the courtship between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. 

This classic couple’s romance is shaken off course when, shortly after leaving Hertfordshire, Darcy receives word that one of the Bennet sisters is engaged to the obsequious Mr. Collins. Darcy, a rich and powerful landowner, knows Elizabeth is not a suitable match, but having already lost the battle with Cupid, he finds himself rushing back to the countryside. He is relieved to discover it is Mary Bennet who is destined to become Mrs. Collins. 

But his path to happiness is still far from assured. Darcy may have resolved his internal struggle to accept Elizabeth as she is, but he must now overcome a rival and his own inability to interpret events around him. 

Filled with hilarious misunderstandings and mishaps, Assumptions and Absurdities is sure to entertain.

©2017 Genevieve Frederick (P)2018 Genevieve Frederick

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STORY GOOD, narrator bad!

The narrator has a habit of lifting her voice at the ever now and again. This makes it feel like she is questioning every sentence and the story does not flow. Very hard to listen to!

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  • chickapee
  • 11-09-19

Narrator was distracting

The narrator rushed through the story with virtually no effort to distinguish between male and female characters.

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  • Bonnie K
  • 26-08-19

Terrible Narration of a Fun Book

First, the narrator was terrible in my opinion. There are no variations, no different voices! That made it close to impossible at times to know when the dialogue switched from one character to another. In addition, she seemed to “plow through” the book, reading too fast and without any modulation.

However, this P&P variation was imaginative and humorous. I found myself laughing out loud several times as I read. The misunderstandings were the cause of much confusion and despair, making the true understanding all the more encouraging for the characters. We know the characters very well from the original text, but the author gives us a different perspective. It’s a challenge to come up with another variation of the original, but I think Cinnamon Worth managed to write a creative alternative. It was a fun read.

I had a difficult time with the dialogue, which I found unnatural. I just don’t think people talked to each other so formally. It gave me the impression that the author was trying to have the characters speak like they would back in that period, but she missed the mark in my opinion.

Overall I liked this book and recommend it to all P&P fans.
Note: I do NOT recommend this Audible version. The narrator is not pleasant to listen to and detracts from the book. I received an audio review copy from the author, but purchased the kindle version which i found more enjoyable.

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  • M.A.
  • 14-01-19

a little predictable

the story was a little bit predictable, but for what I paid for it it was worth it. The narrator was great but the only problem I had was that the sound would either increase or decrease in volume randomly.

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  • Morgana
  • 30-01-19

Poor narration was the start ….

I have read a lot of P&P variations, it is a great way to leave the 21st century behind and live in a gentler and refined era. This story has far too many touches of our time to recommend it. The narrator spoke rapidly, so much so I had to lower the speed and she only spoke in only one voice. The men sounded like the women and vice versa. The plot was amateurish even by soap opera standards. Does this woman know her characters? Jane is guarded, Georgiana has a backbone and Charles Bingley is Mr. Darcy's rescuer and advisor? Also Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam never materializes and George Wickam's name is never mentioned Although it was great to see Ann DeBurgh get away from Lady Catherine to lead a life of her own. I was told the last ten chapters everything would come together which is why I kept listening, but the ending was just as bad. Please stay away! I will never read anything by this writer again.

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  • Jennifer R Feltz
  • 07-10-19

bad audio

the audio of this book cut high and low, it was very distracting. the story its self was ok.

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  • Maria
  • 07-09-19

Sweet story with laugh out loud moments

I am reviewing the audio version of this book!

Firstly, i have a confession to make. To my chagrin, I have never read Pride and prejudice. As a result, it took me a little bit to get in to this book. I wasn’t sure what was going on at first. Once I got in to it though, it was fine.
It was a sweet story with moments that made me smile, even laugh. I can see why it was called assumptions and absurdities.
There were so many misunderstandings. Everyone beat about the bush and talked in circles.
Sometimes with hilarious results.
I was also pleasantly surprised with what happened when some of the characters stopped trying so hard and just let themselves be their true selves.
I did enjoy the ending.
Some reviewers said their was a problem with the narration, but I thought the narration was just fine. I could understand the narrator very well. I think there were a few pronunciation problems, but these were minor.
All in all, I would highly recommend this book. Especially if you are a fan of the Pride and Prejudice genre.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • HeatherY
  • 02-09-19

Adorably Absurd!

In this Pride and Prejudice variation, one tiny change spells the rewriting Lizzy and Darcy's entire story. Mr. Collins' marriage to Mary Bennet brings Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy back to Netherfield Park, each fearing that their respective Ms. Bennet is Collins' intended bride. After seeing Jane and Lizzy again, each man decides to follow their heart and court their ladies. But Jane's heart is now on guard from Bingley's abandonment, and Darcy discovers he may never have had Lizzy's heart at all.

This was an adorably absurd variation! I didn't come into this book expecting to find the character's unchanged, if I was a purist I would reread the original. I love seeing the characters in different situations with different reactions. This variation has a determined Bingley, a guarded Jane, and a Georgiana who freely dispenses advice to a willing Darcy. But that just makes it all that much more fun. The writing was delightful, and there were many scenes that had me laughing out loud. I really liked how much dialogue there was, and how many scenes with our favorite couples. There's also no Wickham, but a whole lot of fun with Anne de Bourgh.

The narration was done well, I had no trouble getting pulled into the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. If this is the first published work by this author, I can't wait to see what's next!

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  • Ginny Aybar-Flores
  • 28-08-19

Delightful Variation

I so enjoyed listening to this variation which made me chuckle several times. The characters stayed true but with more strength, humility and wit. Whether you prefer to read the novel or listen to the audiobook you will not be disappointed. I truly enjoyed it and will certainly be one I will listen to over and over.

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  • Ballet in AK
  • 24-08-19

Delightfully and cleverly written

I am extremely sparing with my 5 star reviews, holding up the likes of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer as a measure.

What a joy to listen to this book! It captured the feeling of clever humor that graced Jane Austen’s writings and yet hardly quoted any of her novel directly. (A pet peeve of mine is when large portions of P&P are quoted in variations.) A few new characters are introduced (yay!) and Wickham is done away with(yay?) but I loved this version!

Will be listening to more by Ms. Worth!

The narrator did a fine job, with the occasional mis-pronunciation which threw me momentarily out of the flow of the book, but that is my only complaint. She did well!

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  • Jenny Lidstone
  • 20-07-19

Great Read

Loved the book. The only reason for one less star is that the audio was not the best in some parts. elder I really enjoyed it.