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Darcy's Ultimatum: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

The Cousins, Volume 1
Narrated by: Emma Lysy
Series: The Cousins, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
3.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Summary

The date's set. Now, all he needs is a bride....

When Fitzwilliam Darcy's arranged life falls to pieces, his father, Mr. George Darcy, gives him an ultimatum: Marry by the end of the London Season or risk disinheritance. Can Darcy cast aside society's frigid attitude toward marriage and find true love? Or will his desire to honor his deceased mother's memory hold him back?

Elizabeth Bennet faces the greatest challenge of her life: Find a husband by the end of the London Season or be forced to marry the heir apparent of her family home, Mr. Collins. A romantic at heart, will Elizabeth find a gentleman to meet her high expectations?

After a disastrous meeting, Darcy and Elizabeth determine not to like each other.

But, the London Season has only begun....

Darcy's Ultimatum is the first book in Jennifer Joy's trilogy, The Cousins Series. If you want to fall in love with Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth as they fall for each other, then you'll love this sweet romance based on Jane Austen's timeless classic, Pride and Prejudice.

Listen to Darcy's Ultimatum to satisfy your craving for a clean, sweet Regency romance today!

©2015 Jennifer Joy (P)2015 Jennifer Joy

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Ruined by the narration

The narration is so odd that it is distracting from the story, completely unnatural with some very perculiar pronunciations. I suspect the narrator is not English which, in itself is not a problem, rather the over the top "British" accent she is affecting. I want to enjoy the story and would love to be able to review it properly but I'm finding it impossible.

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Lovely story ruined by awful narration.

I have already read the Kindle version of this book and had no hesitation in getting the audible version. I am sorry to say that once again the narration has ruined a good story. The problem is once again the pronunciation. Hairtfordshire instead of Hertfordshire, Awnt instead of Aunt, and many more. This is not the first time audio books have been spoiled for me by incorrect pronunciation. I do hope there is a different narrator if the second book in the series is made into an audio book. Eilizabeth Klett or Pearl Hewitt would have been better narrators.

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  • Fi
  • 18-12-19

good story, bad narrator

the story is light-hearted and quite funny in places, however the narrator is quite off-putting as she is an American pretending to be British. This results in a lot of mispronunciations, such as 'hairtfordshire' and 'awnt'. if you can get past that it is a good story

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Awful narration

This book was ruined by the awful narration. The mispronunciation of so many words would have done an episode of the tv programme ‘Allo, Allo’ proud! Otherwise, a pleasant enough story.

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What if Darcy’s father is still alive?

What made the experience of listening to Darcy's Ultimatum: A Pride & Prejudice Variation the most enjoyable?

A lovely sweet story, well narrated.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Darcy's Ultimatum: A Pride & Prejudice Variation?

When both Darcy AND Elizabeth were each given an ultimatum that affected their entire futures.

What about Emma Lysy’s performance did you like?

Just about all of it. I've listened to a lot of Regency era audiobooks and heard some real horrors in narration. Emma Lysy did a pretty good job in my opinion.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Darcy, marry by the end of the season or lose your inheritance!
Elizabeth, find a husband by the end of the season or marry Mr. Collins!

Any additional comments?

This is the first of a series of three books so not everything is resolved by the end. Looking forward very much to the next two. I gather from the author that the second will be coming in the not too distant future.

There's no explicit sex or even very sensual scenes in this book so I can recommend it for all audiences.

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  • Patti
  • 20-08-19

Glad I ignored the negative reviews

I really enjoyed this variation. I don’t understand the 1 star reviews. One such complaint was that it was nothing like the original. Many of us listen to these variations to see these beloved and even the detested characters in different circumstances. To see their love overcome different obstacles and triumph. I thought the narration was good. Ms. Lysy didn’t give each character completely different voices, the nuances were subtle but I could tell who was speaking. She did show emotion and excitement in all right places. It was not a monotonous performance to me.

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  • Pippy Jones
  • 03-11-15

Delightful

fast paced ,delightfully romantic and the narrator has a pleasant voice.ill be listening again 5 stars

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  • PALMANMF
  • 27-01-19

Liked the book.

I liked the book. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the narration. Of course I am not apparently as astute as other reviewers. End of story.

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  • Wren
  • 30-10-19

Great Story - Narrator pronunciations off

The story was very nicely paced. A modest romance, it was very pleasant. Nicely written.
The narrator needs to brush up on pronunciations of British place names and terms such as footman. It would jarringly pull me out of the story. Most of the tonal variations for characters were good.

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  • M. Sheron
  • 26-10-19

Good variation of P&P

As a fan of Jane Austin P&P it is risky picking variation stories. You may find one that is really good and others leave you shaking your head. The Escape package does allow you to listen to a few before you make a purchase. I liked this story but I would not purchase it. A good listen, worth the time.

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  • Sdcota
  • 12-09-18

Did not like the voice narration.

I wish the narrator had used different voices for the characters. They were running together.

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  • Elizabeth S
  • 29-05-16

Disappointed

The performance was terrible: English accent fake, parts of the text was clearly in error in various places and times. The story though good was weak in the end.

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  • kotomi
  • 03-04-18

Reader was horrible.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Story was interesting. The reader killed the book

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Lysy?

Someone who actually has a British accent.

Any additional comments?

I felt like I was listening to those automated voice answering prompts when he call customer service and can't get a real person no matter how many times you go through the prompts. It just keeps going and going and going until you give up and call another number hoping for a real person

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-04-17

Disappointed

The variation of this story left me disappointed. Don't waste your money if you are a fan of the original book.