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Conceit & Concealment

A Pride & Prejudice Variation
Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Summary

Pride & Prejudice meets alternate history.

Six years after Napoleon's invasion of England....

Fitzwilliam Darcy is a traitor. He even admits to collaborating with Napoleon's troops. And Elizabeth Bennet despises all traitors.

But she can't make sense of Darcy. He doesn't act like a traitor. He risks his own safety to save young women from the French. And how can she despise a man who loves puppies? Something about him doesn't add up - and she finds him far too attractive.

Then Darcy's carefully constructed world crumbles, and he must entrust his closest-held secret to Elizabeth. To protect that secret, Elizabeth must disappear entirely, leaving her family and Darcy behind, to plunge herself into the dizzying world of fashionable London and the dangers of the Loyalist Resistance. Nothing will ever be the same again.

Darcy is determined to find Elizabeth. Now that she knows the truth about him, there's nothing to keep them apart - nothing, that is, until the day Darcy is forced to choose between his country and the life of the woman he loves....

©2017 Abigail Reynolds (P)2017 Abigail Reynolds

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Fabulous Novel<br />

This is a wonderful variation on Pride and Prejudice, showing how England would have suffered under French rule had Napoleon won the war. Spies and subterfuge, Love and loss all for a journey to a hopeful HEA.

The narration was outstanding and I was amazed to discover Elizabeth Klett was not actually British. Lovely character work and great flow. Outstanding.

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A very different P&P variation

In the myriad of P&P variations, I think this one is unique in having Darcy and Elizabeth meet while England is under occupation by Napoleon. I really enjoyed it, but I think it should have been shorter. There are several occasions when the story gets bogged down and isn't very interesting, especially during a long stretch where they're separated. Despite it's flaws, its still well worth reading/listening to.

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This is my first audio book, found it difficult at

times because I'm a fast reader but once I got used to the pace I really enjoyed it. Narration was very good.

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  • HeatherY
  • 19-07-17

Butterflies, Goosebumps, And A Lot Of Tears!

In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Napoleon invaded England in 1805 and conquered it, imprisoning royalty and stripping nobles of their lands and titles. Now England lives under French occupation. When the story begins, Mr. Bingley has arrived at Netherfield Park with his friend Mr. Darcy, a man everyone knows is a traitor.

I would go on with a summary, but I don't want to spoil any part of the book for anyone. The revelation of the new state of affairs for the Bennet family had me on pins and needles, and you need to experience that for yourself! This was one of the most original P &amp; P variations I've ever read. It told a completely new story, and only borrowed characters and locations from P &amp; P. Every once in a while the author dropped in a phrase from the original novel, and it was so fun to pick them out.

As for the plot itself, it was really well done. Meticulously researched, wonderfully creative, expertly written, and full of witty dialogue. The book had so many romantic scenes between Lizzy and Darcy, but also managed to be action packed and suspenseful. Expect butterflies, goosebumps, and a lot of tears!

Narration can really make or break the listening experience, especially in a book with so many French accents. Elizabeth Klett ranks up there with Kate Reading, Rosalyn Landor, and Davina Porter for me. Her regular speaking voice is so pleasant, and her French accents a delight. She's incredibly talented, and did an outstanding job with this professional narration.

I received a copy of the audiobook at my request, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.


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  • Melody Anderson
  • 03-07-17

Reynolds does it again...

I didn't even bother to read what this book was about before purchasing because Abigail Reynolds has yet to publish something I haven't been able to put down. To say she has out done her self would be the understatement of the year.

The alternate history sets the backdrop for one of the most adventurous Pride and Prejudice stories I've ever had the pleasure to read/listen to.

I laughed, cried, and laughed again. The new characters were just as lovable as their original counterparts.

This story couldn't have been told better!

Brava, Abigail!

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  • Lady Meserole
  • 08-08-17

Sweet read

Abigail Reynolds has a lovely writing style, it flows smoothly and makes for a fast paced read. The cast of characters were likeable and fun. For me personally, Elizabeth and Darcy didn't remind me of JA's characters, but I really enjoyed them as new characters. The author also created an ending that tied everything up including all the minor story lines. I appreciate when an author takes the time to do this, especially as many of the minor characters are often my favourite ones. Conceit and Concealment was also a fun 'what if story'. I found it interesting to read her interpretation of what life would have been like had the French invaded Great Britain. I loved that at the end of the book she include the actual historical situation regarding Napoleon's plans for a British invasion. It had me running to the computer to do some more research:)

Narration: Elizabeth Klett's narration was an excellent choice for a P&amp;P variation. Her tone and pacing fit the period very well. She is also capable of doing appropriate voices for the cast of characters including men and French accents. I have listened to her before narrating the Cuckoo in Spring by Elizabeth Cadell. She is definitely a narrator that I will follow.

Fun Facts: Elizabeth Klett is from...(think about that beautiful English accent)... New Jersey! Abigail Reynolds states that her hobbies do NOT include sleeping or housework. I believe it! As a Physician and an Author (of a ton of books) when on Earth would she find time!

For those who like to know... there is absolutely no sex, foul language or violence. It's a lovely sweet clean read:)

I received Conceit and Concealment free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Adriana B
  • 19-07-17

Entertaining Twist to Pride & Prejudice

This was a great alternate reality for Pride & Prejudice. The story was entertaining and very original. I enjoyed the adventure, danger, suspense, romance, and unexpected twists.

The narration was well done and brought the story to life.

This is by far the best variation I have heard from Pride & Prejudice. It is set in an alternate reality where England has been invaded and conquered by the French/Napoleon.

I'm looking forward to reading/listening more books by this talented author.

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

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  • Jan M
  • 16-07-17

Interesting Twist!

I have enjoyed Jane Austen's Pride &amp; Prejudice, and found this twist on the original premise to be very good. The story is original and yet has some very familiar details. I thought the narrator did an excellent performance with the various characters and emotions. Both the author and narrator are very talented, and I will look for more of their works. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. This is a sweet story that is a clean listen and full of so much imagery. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Blake H. Gilbert
  • 30-06-17

extremely original

The most original P&P variation that still feels like it could be Darcy and Elizabeth. So well researched.

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  • Annonymous
  • 25-03-20

What an amazing listen!

I've always loved Abigail Reynolds' Pride and Prejudice Variations, and this one was not a disappointment. At first, when I realized that in this variation, the French occupied England, it was a bit of a shock for me and hard to imagine, but Abigail did such a great job of world-building, I quickly found myself sucked into the story and fell in love with Elizabeth and Darcy all over again. The secondary characters, as always, were three-dimensional and well-motivated. Several were so inspiring, I wish I knew more about them.

This was an amazing story and well worth the read. I'm just sorry it wasn't longer!

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  • Caprisha
  • 22-03-20

A Fantastic Book

This is a most entertaining book, and it is exceptionally narrated. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-19

An easy read

This was an enjoyable adaptation. It did not need the P&P tie-in and would have been just as well, if not better, without it. Elizabeth Klentz is one of my favorite narrators and she (as always), brought the characters to life.

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  • CT Amazonians
  • 01-09-19

Love, Love, Love this Audible book!

This book was sensational and I am so sad there is not a sequel. The story was wonderful but the truly best part was the performance by the reader, Elizabeth Klett. I swore there were many readers but it was just her marvelous ability to do many different voices. The story was fun and not trivial. I highly recommend this great book. I didn't want it to end!