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Assumptions & Absurdities

A Pride and Prejudice Variation
Narrated by: Nikki Delgado
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
3.8 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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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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Not a bad story, shame about the performance.

ASSUMPTIONS AND ABSURDITIES by Cinnamon Worth, audiobook performance by Nikki Delgado First of all, there are two HUGE clues in the title as to the tone of this book. Don't go in expecting a serious, angst-ridden variation of Pride and Prejudice. If you're a Brit, like me, and are old enough to remember the Whitehall Farces, on stage and/or TV in the 50s, 60s and 70s, then you'll have an idea as to what you're in for. By the way, that is by no means a derogatory statement. The Whitehall Farces embodied a style of humour that seems to be particularly, but not exclusively, British. They were very popular with the public in their heyday, although the critics seemed to turn their noses up at them. If you're not a Brit, have a word with Mr. Google about them. Some people will turn their noses up at Ms. Worth's writing style but generally, this particular picky Brit quite likes it. Yes, there are more contractions than I'd like to see, too many modern expressions (e.g. stymied, which I've come across in two of her works so far), and this one had an "okay" as well. Okay, (yes, I'm a 21st century Brit, so I can use it!) that's the criticisms out of the way for now, but here we have a Regency-set variation that veers off from canon P&P after the Netherfield Ball and the parties resident there are back in London. Darcy and Bingley hare off back to Netherfield when they hear that a "Miss Bennet" is engaged to Mr. Bennet's heir, William Collins. This happens early on, so it's not really a spoiler. As Mr. Collins' patroness, Lady Catherine De Bourgh and her daughter also attend the wedding. I love that Jane is given a backbone in this and really makes Bingley work for his HEA. Darcy and Elizabeth have many of the "assumptions and absurdities" to work through to reach theirs and I quite enjoyed being a voyeur on their journey. This isn't just a review of the ebook version, though. I requested a free copy of the audiobook from Story Origin of my own free will and an honest review was requested but not demanded. I'd previously listened to this author's book Deception and Debauchery which had a different person performing and she was reasonably good but I had real problems with Ms. Delgado's performance. There were mispronunciations of at least three common place names: Longbourn (she pronounced it Long-burn), Rosings Park (pronounced as Rozz-ings) and Meryton (which for some reasons had acquired an -ing, and was pronounced Merington). These places occur so frequently during the story that it took me right out of the narrative; so much so, that for this and other reasons regarding the performance, I'm afraid I gave up on the audiobook about a third of the way in and switched to the ebook, which I already had a copy of. That was a much more enjoyable experience and the story raised a smile and a wry shake of my head on more than one occasion at those aforementioned "assumptions and absurdities". I'm sorry to have to give a low rating of only one star for the performance. If Ms. Worth didn't proof-listen the audio version, then I'd recommend she should do so in any future excursions into audio publication. I'm quite happy give the story itself a solid four stars.

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Reasonably enjoyable

I didn't quite finish this book. My problem wasn't with the story at all, I just didn't get on with the narrator. Having read other reviews though I feel like this might be a 'me' problem because a lot of people found the narrator made it for them. I'd definitely recommend giving it a try.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • N. Haun
  • 22-07-20

Meh & bleh

This book was ok. I love a P&P variation and the premise of this one seemed promising. The narrator pronounced some of the names wrong and also read the story as if it was a documentary- several times I found myself lulled into not listening. It was part of the audible escapes otherwise I would’ve been upset to have used a credit.

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  • Jaime H
  • 06-07-20

little expression

the story seemed longer than necessary but maybe if I had read it myself or maybe it was the narrator herself. The narrator was very stiff sounding very little change in tone, expression.

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  • The Sharp Shopper
  • 19-06-20

Too rushed.

I couldn’t make it past 30 minutes. The narration was so rushed it felt like one run on sentence. It actually gave me a headache. The storyline seemed interesting. I may purchase it later as a kindle book. But I can’t sit through the audible.

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  • Katie
  • 17-06-20

Sweet story

I liked this variation, it was a fun listen. the narration was ok -- not great -- with a hollow sound at points.

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  • M. Sheron
  • 25-02-20

Good P&P variation

I enjoy P&P variations. This one had a great storyline. Overheard conversations and wrong conclusion make for an interesting story. The narrator spoke very fast. I slowed it down but her tone and voice did not improve. The best variations use original dialogue but this one only used a few words and phrases. If you like P&P variations this is a good Escape selection. Not sure I’d purchase it.

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  • Coke Drinker
  • 03-02-20

Narration Could Be Better

The story was most enjoyable, well written expressing the humor of the situations. It would have been even better if there were more actual character interactions instead of descriptions of interactions. Although the narrator has a lovely voice, it was sometimes difficult to distinguish the dialog of the characters. Also, the narrator does not seem to have distinguishable male voices in her range.