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  • Happier in Her Friends than Relations

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Friends & Relations)
  • By: Jayne Bamber
  • Narrated by: Sadie Pepperrell
  • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance, Historical
  • 3.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Summary

In this angsty fusion of two of Jane Austen’s most beloved novels, Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility, the actions of their sisters cause challenging chain reactions for one of literature’s most celebrated couples....

Fitzwilliam Darcy is faced with a family crisis of epic proportions after the fallout of his sister Georgiana’s ill-fated elopement in Ramsgate, while his friend Charles Bingley is persuaded to abandon his scheme of renting Netherfield Park.

Elizabeth Bennet journeys to London to recover her spirits after Jane’s unexpected marriage changes the sisters’ relationship forever, and despite an attempted reconciliation, Jane is revealed to be far from the angel Elizabeth has always admired.

The bonds of friendship offer Elizabeth a lifeline after a series of tragic events causes her to fear for her future. The support she receives from her new neighbor Marianne Brandon and snarky socialite Lady Rebecca Fitzwilliam may yet prove to heal her broken heart and bring her closer to a happily ever after. The wide array of characters from throughout Austen’s works teach Elizabeth Bennet that she is truly happier in her friends than relations.

Author's note:

Please note that this volume has been heavily edited and revised since original publication, based on suggestions from previous reviewers.

This is book one out of a three-book series. Most storylines will be resolved by the conclusion of this story, but minor characters' stories will be left not fully resolved, for continuation in book two and book three. The Friends & Relations series is an epic saga that peers into the lives of all of Jane's Austen's heroines, imagining them to inhabit a world where their lives and families are intertwined. Throughout this series, characters from all of Jane Austen's major works will be revealed to have existing familial relationships and will forge new connections as well. As the lives of so many beloved Austen characters weave together, this series will address the question of what if all of Austen's works had taken place in the same world...a world where overlap was possible and surprises hide around every corner....

©2019 Jayne Bamber (P)2020 Jayne Bamber

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Not your best effort Audible

An entertaining if silly story made ridiculous by the narration. Often sentences are terminated before the end, mispronunciations are common and chapter 6 is incomprehensible. The impression is that Audible has abandoned Quality Control. The world is full of book fans who would Alpha test recordings for free. Come on Audible, make an effort.

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  • Lauren
  • 07-01-21

PLEASE EDIT CHAPTER 6!!

Please.. its killing me. It just needs to be clipped and edited. It's all there, and I tried to be patient.. but after 10 minutes of claps and restarts, i cant take it any more.

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  • Melissa
  • 05-01-21

hmm.

1st. I do realize that any reader has a difficult job. Keeping up with voices, infection, adding sighs and a hint of laughter is no easy task. However! There are word she completely mispronounced that have Nothing to do with an accent.
2nd. SKIP TRACK 6/ chapter 6! This is definitely the fault of the sound editor. The skips, the pauses, repeating the same sentences several times in a row. You can hear the reader trying various inflections (in a small way an interesting insight to the world of a reader, still very annoying though), also the snapping/clap after every retake.... gah! This starts in a small way the in track before, you'll notice words oddly repeating. It mostly ends in track 7. But track 6 may cause you to just get frustrated and not want to continue.
The gist of track 6: Elizabeth and Darcy see each other at the theater. They don't talk.
3rd. The author is great. I really enjoyed the story. The story lines were fun and I liked the tweaks to everyone's personality.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-04-21

Unacceptably unprofessional

I wasn't expecting perfection when I purchased what I knew to be self-published fiction.I enjoyed the story well enough to ignore the malapropisms that I couldn't tell were the fault of the author or the reader. I could handle unlikely characterizations or events if they drove the plot. But add to that the fact that the audio is completely unedited beginning in chapter 6? This throws me off enough that I not only intend to seek a refund, but am unlikely to either listen to or read another work by this author. If you are going to put a price on your goods, please make sure it is worth the price. I am sorry, because the story was not bad, but I can't ignore the mistakes

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  • Shannon
  • 01-04-21

Good but some problems with editing

The story is quite enjoyable, and really so was the performance. The problem was it seems someone forgot to go through the editing process for chapter six. It made the whole chapter painful to listen to, with all these claps and snaps and obvious repeats to perfect the performance. I’m assuming the claps and snaps are a trick to know where to go to edit, but I think chapter six just got missed. There are also multiple places in the rest of the book where words and phrases were repeated when they shouldn’t have been. Overall the actress was good enough, but more care needed to be taken with editing.

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  • Judy P.
  • 13-01-21

A great story

Note my version of the audiobook has some editing issues that clear up and do not continue. It was a bit unfortunate that someone did not realize this, but since I read the book I was so very happy to have the audiobook to listen to I did not care.
I hope they get fixed.
This is one of my all time favorite stories. Elizabeth is a strong woman and Jane is an awful sister. I know - but it makes for a wonderful story. Darcy is dealing with his realatives and all their issues that turn his life upside down until he meets and is able to see Elizabeth and make his own mistakes. Throw in some characters from Sense and sensibly and you have a great story.

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  • Peggy A.
  • 11-12-20

Chapter 6 narration had many starts, stops and repeats

For some reason chapter six had numerous starts and stops and repeats in the recording of the story. Hopefully somebody fixes it?!! Enjoyed the story very much.

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  • Linda Steele
  • 01-04-21

delightful but poor quality recording

recordings awful. has arts, stops and repeats. sounds like the practice run at times. but great story. the kind of story that you never want to end

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  • A. Gervais
  • 17-03-21

Needs better editing

It was an interesting story line. So long, it felt like 3 books. Chapter 6 was apparently not edited at all. The narrator kept clapping for the editor to hear the mistakes. The whole chapter was full of clapping, I was ready to quit the book.

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  • Amanda
  • 06-03-21

QA problem

Once you hit Chapter 6, it suddenly becomes unedited and impossible to listen to. Please fix so I can redownload.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-21

So many mistakes

Starting in chapter 6 there are so many audio mistakes and retakes you can't follow the story any longer...how lazy for the production team and how disappointing!!! How can I get my money back?!?!? Don't waste a credit on this one.

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