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Nefarious: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Narrated by: Harry Frost
Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
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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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This was great.

Buy this, it’s 15 hours of absorbing escapism, and who doesn’t need that? I’ve read a lot of P&P variations and for me this is up there with the best of them. I loved this Darcy. His journey towards redemption was often moving and his appreciation of Elizabeth and what she brought to his life was heartfelt and incredibly romantic. The sub plot built the suspense well and kept me guessing! I’ve taken to listening to audible as I get on with everyday chores and the ‘sorting and clearing’ tasks I’ve set myself during ‘social distancing’. it makes the most mundane tasks less monotonous and the time seem to fly by.

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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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  • Sherrie Jones
  • 26-10-20

Very Dark and Twisty

All of the regular characters are here and the story follows along with the original in some areas, but when it diverts the curve is sharp. Darcy was married to another Elizabeth before meeting Lizzy. The similarities don’t end there either, same basic shape, hair an eyes. We weave back and forth between the original story and this alternate reality. I’m not going to give many more actual details as the story is one that unfolds slowly, in some cases almost too slowly, and is full of surprises. I will say this, we meet Wickham earlier and differently, and although he is still a villain, he is a light weight compared to the real criminals behind the scenes. It is a very twisty story with many unsavory characters, male and female, who are scandalous,violent, abusive and just plain murderous. This Darcy is dark and deeply broken to the point of being frightening to the ladies of Meryton and this story is told in the first person so we get to see into the very depths of his despair. If you feel like a dark, moody romance, this will fit the bill.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-20

Superbly written and narrated!

I loved this book, the characters were so beautifully developed, and such strong plot! highly recommended

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  • M. Sheron
  • 02-10-20

Great P&P Variation

This was an enjoyable listen and worth listening to again. It is told from Darcy’s perspective and has an excellent twist in his demeanor. I really enjoyed his descriptions of Elizabeth as his worthy opponent. At the end he does become a bit flowery in emotions regarding his love but it isn’t over the top. I personally prefer a long story if the language and plot are good - and this one is! If you love these characters you won’t mind the length. Harry Frost nails the performance. Bravo!!!

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  • Katie
  • 15-05-20

Angsty Darcy as he learns to love against his will

I loved this variation, perhaps my favorite. I like the ones that detail Darcy's journey from early withstanding to love, and give Elizabeth the wit that makes her more than just a pair of fine eyes. And the narrator is PERFECT for voicing Darcy's inner thoughts! I could listen to this Darcy all day.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-04-20

Forgot to review

I forgot to review this when I listened but I remember I really enjoyed it! The story was a new premise on a very popular genre and the dialog was memorable - even months later! One of my favorite of Nicole Clarkston's books

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  • Fabia88
  • 17-04-20

Excellent!!!

Amazing, thrilling, heart wrenching and brilliant story. Darcy's inner turmoil found the perfect voice in this audiobook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-20

Fasten your seatbelt’s it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Who is this Darcy? He’s cruel, he’s vindictive and he tries to seduce Bingleys Jane. He refuses to see his sister Georgina for a year and a half. He even walks away from Pemberley and plans to never return. This is the most inventive take on a Jane Austen story yet. I highly recommend It. The life lesson here is making bad choices usually comes back to haunt you. I enjoyed the clever repartee. I liked the narrator. The story is told by Darcy himself. He’s so quick on the draw that for the first several chapters I slowed the speech down. I enjoyed Elizabeth’s manipulations to keep Darcy away from her sister. There are mysteries galore with cruel men who have evil intentions. I usually listen to books while I clean or perform no brainer tasks. Not so for most of this book. Enjoy!