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Nefarious: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Narrated by: Harry Frost
Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Summary

He hates everything about her.
She despises him even more.
So why is his heart so determined to belong to her?

Once trapped by marriage to a woman he loathed, Fitzwilliam Darcy is finally free again. Resentful, bewildered, and angry, he is eager to begin his life over - preferably with a woman who is the exact opposite of his wife.

He never imagined a short stay in Hertfordshire would bring him face to face with his worst nightmare; a woman similar in face, form, and name. He certainly never expected her to be so impossible to ignore.

Torn between what he believes he wants and what his heart cannot live without, his dignity begins to unravel. Will his desperation to escape his past drive a wedge into his closest friendship and destroy any hope of a future?

Will Miss Elizabeth Bennet prove to be as nefarious as his wife? Or, will the last woman in the world be his only chance at happiness?

©2019 Nicole Clarkston (P)2019 Nicole Clarkston

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  • Sophia Rose
  • 02-12-19

A Gothic Romance Variation on a Classic


A tortured hero and a spirited heroine in a gothic-style variation on an old familiar classic pulled me in from the beginning especially from now fabulous and familiar author and narrator.

Nefarious is a variation on Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice that introduces the story with a stormy, bitter Darcy beside his wife's grave. Hating the perfidy she and her family used to manipulate him into marriage and access his wealth (ala Mr. Rochester's in laws from Jane Eyre), he swears he will never trust another Elizabeth. Gasp! Then the man decides to court the sister. Double Gasp!

But, that is only the first of the shocking twists on the original as Darcy endures much at the hands of his enemies and alienates the one woman who is nothing like his wife though she shares the same given name and has an ambitious mother and now counts herself as hostile toward the rude, arrogant man from Derbyshire.

It was full of angst and pushed me to my limits. I'm not generally a fan of that much angst and over the top gothic villainy, but something about the author's writing and the story kept me listening and vested in the story. I had to know how Darcy saw his way through all the plotting against him from all sides it seemed and won Miss Elizabeth's favor and love after he set her against him so strongly. I'm a softy for a wounded, brooding hero who has to overcome so much both character-driven and action-driven conflict and a strong, engaging heroine who has her own flaws to overcome and does.

Surprisingly, it wasn't all doom and gloom. The humor-laced leaven in the lump even during the darker scenes had me smiling and sometimes laughing a little. I was glad to see it there so my emotions got a reprieve and the story felt more balanced.

As this was a Pride & Prejudice variation, I enjoyed seeing familiar characters, dialogues, and key scenes, but they were sometimes creatively mixed about to form this new story. Those who haven't read the classic tale would do all right as a result.

The narration work was fabulous. This was all told from Darcy's point of view and I thought Harry Frost, a now familiar and engaging narrator, captured Darcy so well. He voiced the bitter anger and betrayal as well as the lighter amusement. He did great with gender, age, class, and the various situations. I felt he gave an already solid story more depth and would happily look up more of his work.

All in all, Nefarious was captivating to my senses and had me emotionally vested in the outcome of this tumultuous variation tale of treachery and romance. I would recommend it to historical romance fans who like a bit of the classic gothic feel to their read-listens.

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  • JM Saenz
  • 06-12-19

Brilliant


This book is quite beautiful. I would have never imagined that Mr Darcy could be portrayed thus but I am glad it was so.
I would highly recommend this book to any JAFF enthusiast. I would have liked to know what happened to the villains in the story. All that was summarized towards the end was that there was testimonials against them and some evidence but nothing was revealed afterwards stating if they received their just desserts or not.

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  • Christina Boyd
  • 03-12-19

Easy to recommend!

Voice actor Harry Frost really shines, showing his range and imagination. His rich voice and excellent pacing made for the perfect Mr Darcy! He is an enthusiastic narrator, bringing a nuanced, honest performance to each character. His audio production is flawless—no annoying clicking or mouth sounds, no echoey recording to detract from the performance or story.

Easy to recommend this clever, emotive, and even funny “Pride & Prejudice” reimagining from Darcy’s POV. Yes, Darcy is a little more frustratingly flawed than in some other fan fiction but don’t worry—that just adds to the delicious happily-ever-after that we know MUST come. Warning: Block out the time to listen to this one—because once you’ve started, you won’t be able to turn it off.

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  • E.B.
  • 26-01-20

A Very Commendable Austen Spinoff

I enjoyed this very much, One of the better productions of Austen fan fiction. The narration was a pleasure to listen to and the story was a lot of fun. If you are a JA fan, fear not! Her characters are in good hands here.

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  • Kindle Customer Maggie. Love of Jesus and His Blessed mother will be engrained into your soul.
  • 15-01-20

Loved it


The story was unique. Most enjoyable, especially Darcy with all his anger and anguish. The narrator was the absolute best. I'm sure I will listen again to this entertaining

audible book in the very near future.