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My Fair Lizzy Audiobook

My Fair Lizzy: A Pride and Prejudice Regency Variation

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Lizzy Bennet, a sassy London shop girl is instantly attracted to Fitzwilliam Darcy, the arrogant, handsome visitor to the Bennets’ struggling Covent Garden flower shop. Darcy insists on purchasing Lizzy’s lucky orchid as a gift for his aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Will Lizzy sell her family’s much needed good fortune to the haughty know it all?

Complications arise when Darcy accepts Bingley’s wager to make a sophisticated lady out of the humble flower girl. Can Lizzy endure Darcy’s mentoring in order to save the Bennet family’s flower shop? Will Caroline Bingley tolerate Darcy’s peppery new student? Will Wickham finally bring about Darcy’s ruination? 

This is a light-hearted tale of a headstrong, London lass (Lizzy) whose drive to achieve more than life has handed her compels her to accept the position of pawn in a wager between two friends, (Darcy and Bingley). Gumption meets true love. A fun read for all those who have ever enjoyed George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. This is not your usual Elizabeth Bennet…no offense intended to either Lizzy or the English language. Lizzy’s occasional lapses of proper English should not be mistaken for typos, but rather a touch of cockney! All the characters retain their original personalities and reactions to one another, but the story is not canon. How could it be?

©2017 Barbara Silkstone (P)2017 Barbara Silkstone

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    Layla 10/01/2018
    Layla 10/01/2018 Member Since 2018
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    "Another enjoyable pride and prejudice variation!"
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    I love reading pride and prejudice variations and this is slightly more different then the others that I have read/listened too. But it was still a great read and the narrator who I have listened to before does a great job of voicing the characters. Her voice suits this type of story.
    I would highly recommend it.

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  • HeatherY
    San Diego
    14/12/17
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    "Just Adorable!"

    This is a really adorable Pride and Prejudice / My Fair Lady mashup! I wouldn't go into it expecting a traditional Pride and Prejudice variation, this book borrows the characters' names but throws them into a whole new setting. The characters aren't exactly true to the original, and the gap between Lizzy and Darcy is even wider, but it's a sweet story I'd recommend.

    When the book begins, Lizzy and Jane are running Longbourn Flower Basket for their father. They're struggling to earn enough to support the Bennet family, but their efforts are hampered by their low status and cockney accents. When Bingley and Darcy enter the shop in search of an exotic flower, Bingley is immediately attracted to Jane. Bingley makes a bold dare, if Darcy can pass Lizzy off as a sophisticated lady to Aunt Catherine, he'll acknowledge Darcy as the foremost expert on the English language.

    This was a sweet story with some funny moments, especially when Caroline Bingley was involved. I loved seeing the proper Darcy combined with Higgins' posturing, and it was fun to watch Bingley outfox Darcy. Lizzy had plenty of spunk, but also a very quick temper, and watching her match wits with Darcy was a treat. It was a fun listen, and had me smiling through most of the book.

    This is the sort of book that needs to be listened to rather than read, as Jannie Meisberger's talented voice acting brings the cockney accents to life. It really added something I would have missed if I'd read it. It was a great performance. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    20/01/18
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    "A Wonderful Narration"

    Jannie Meisberger wonderfully narrated this sweet Darcy ad Elizabeth story. I loved the cockney accent she used for the characters. It is a wonderful what if the Bennets owned a flower shop, and guess who is the landlord. To gain better clientele Elizabeth takes up Darcy on the offer to learn to speak proper English. Caroline and Wickham team up to try to discredit the Bennet sisters. I love how this story is told and narrated and recommend it for anyone who loves JAFF as well as My Fair Lady.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa
    Cambridge
    24/01/18
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    "Spunky Character But Maybe Not A Traditional Lizzy"

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

    Even though I did enjoy the book, I had a hard time associating the characters with the traditional "Pride and Prejudice" cast. It would have worked better as a standalone narrative without the connection to the Jane Austen's masterpiece.
    From what I understand of the social class segregation of that period, this story might not be too credible, but we are dealing with a fantasy world and in that world everything is possible, even the acceptance of an untitled shop girl to the Royal Court...
    The writing however is very nice and the narration great. For the Regency's period readers, this book is still a good choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heather North
    Indiana
    16/01/18
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    "Great!"

    Loved this variation on a classic. Well written and entertaining. Love the narrator! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • mandy
    08/01/18
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    "Fantastic!"

    I love Pride and Prejudice and I'm picky about variations but this one is seriously one of the best I've heard. Very sweet and great narration!


    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lidia Chymkowska
    29/12/17
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    "Imagine "Pygmalion" with a happy ending...:)"

    I've always liked Pygmalion though I've also always regretted it doesn't end with a happily ever after... I know, I know, it's a classic and Shaw knew what he was doing, still - I'm all for happy endings:) And so now I've got it, thanks to Ms Silkstone, who took two of my favourite characters and put them in the shoes of Eliza and professor Higgins'...

    Darcy, Elizabeth, Jane, Bingley, Georgiana, Caroline... they are all there, all their old selves, retaining their good and bad qualities as we know them from Jane Austen's book, just put in a different situation. What's amazing is that although I can generally predict what to expect, knowing both books so well, the plot is still intriguing and engaging, and there are some nice twists in the story itself.
    Some readers could argue that a happy ending in the story of Pygmalion is illogical and contrary to the realities of the times - well, I don't really care:) The way Ms Silkstone weaves her story, the way the characters act make everything possible - so in the case of My Fair Lizzy I accept that fairy tale vibe and just enjoy the book:)

    As for the narration by Ms Meisberger, it's perfect as usual. The pace is right, the acting flawless, the interpretation brilliant. I think I've already written it somewhere - she's one of my favourite narrators, a definite master of her profession:)

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ginny
    California
    28/12/17
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    "Another verison but just as sweet."

    Another version but just as sweet as Darcy and Lizzy meet. Here Lizzy is a poor young woman living in the not so best part of town, yet the attraction is there. It was a bet between Darcy and Bingley to turn Lizzy into a woman of high society. However, Lizzy may agree to this but her stubborn strike drive Darcy nuts!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon CustomerBeliever
    24/12/17
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    "Enjoyable"

    This is another version of Pride and Prejudice. This time both sisters Lizzy and Jane meet and marry their husbands. I got this ARC via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. The narrator did a fine job with this story. This time the sisters run a flower shop and as fate would have it they meet both men at the same time. Bingley falls head over heels immediately but Mr. Darcy and Lizzy do their dance of love and hate. and then love finds its own way. I enjoyed this version better than others I have listened to by this author. It was fast-paced and got the story done quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    07/12/17
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    "Very Unique "

    Not sure if it’s one of my favorite varieties but definitely very entertaining.
    As always excellent narrative by Jannie Meisberger

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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