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On Equal Ground

A Pride and Prejudice Vagary
Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)
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Summary

Well-read, observant, and spirited, a young Elizabeth Bennet draws the attention of a wealthy widower. When she finally meets Mr. Darcy, she outranks him. Of course, that doesn't stop him from insulting her. Married and wealthy, is she still beneath his notice? 

Elizabeth's high society connections create new opportunities for her sisters and, in turn, keep Darcy close to her family. When tragedy strikes, will Darcy rise to the occasion? Or will his propensity to give offense show no respect for rank?

©2017, 2018 Elizabeth Adams (P)2017 Elizabeth Adams

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Brilliant book

Loved it and performed brilliantly as always by stevie zimmerman. This my second time round

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  • Soul Searcher
  • 13-12-17

This would make a great movie! Loved it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I absolutely would recommend this book. As a Jane Austen fan, I find it hard for variations to live up to the original; however, there was nothing about this story line that I did not thoroughly enjoy. The author does a superb job of fleshing out these beloved characters, and warming up Mr. Darcy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of On Equal Ground?

Mr. Darcy's alcohol-induced epic fail at flirting with Elizabeth.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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  • Ginny Aybar-Flores
  • 02-12-17

Simply the best!

This is certainly one of my favorites variations I had the pleasure of listening to so far! This one takes you through the life of Elizabeth, her marriage to her first husband Lord Robert Talbot--who is many years her senior and how she grew and learned about life and high society from him during the few years of their marriage. It was after his accidental death, which left Elizabeth heartbroken and planning on never to marry again. However, meeting up with Mr. Dacy, and thinking very little of him in the beginning, she comes to know him --with his persistence-- and the two end up together.

Elizabeth Adams did a fabulous job with this variation and her pick of Stevie Zimmerman to narrated it was perfect! This is a must read or listen to, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Roberta Greene
  • 12-07-18

Stands on its own

I think what I liked the most about this book is that it's such a fresh take on the original story that you don't even need to have read Pride and Prejudice to enjoy it.
It's original enough to entertain even those who are not fans of Pride and Prejudice, but still like a nice, romantic story.

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  • Patrice M Pennington
  • 02-06-18

This variation was interesting, I'm on the fence

Stevie Zimmerman is as always, excellent, and the story was good; but I couldn't help feeling that three quarters of the way through the story started to drag. Elizabeth's character although strong and admirable seemed very different from the one in the original Jane Austen novel. Jane Austen's Elizabeth was wise, witty, smart, and unworldly. The Elizabeth in this book lacked some of the innocence that I admired in the original Jane Austen novel.
Although a good novel in its own right this is not one that I wish to keep and re-read in my library.


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  • isa
  • 23-02-18

Really a fresh story

It is different from most of the variations if you’re a fan of p&p you must listen this story

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  • Diane D
  • 12-12-17

An interesting switch

What would happen if Elizabeth married an Earl long before she ever met Mr Darcy? Parts f this book follow the original with the exception of Elizabeth being a countess and later a widow and now she is the one who is the better standing.
This book did a great job with imagining how things could be different and also brought us inside the Elizabeth and Darcy relationship over the course of many years. It was a fun change from other P&P imagining. The narration by Stevie Zimmerman was superb - she does a great job of making all the voices sound great>

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  • HeatherY
  • 28-11-17

Absolute Perfection!

This Pride and Prejudice variation explores what would happen if Elizabeth outranked Darcy when they met, and all Darcy's advantages of wealth and privilege weren't a consideration. At 17, Elizabeth is traveling with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner when they meet a charming older man named Mr. Robert Talbot. After Mr. Talbot spends more time in the Gardiner's company, he confesses he's actually the Earl of Asheland, a very wealthy man with a number of estates. He's drawn to Elizabeth and makes her an offer of marriage. She accepts and grows to love him deeply. When Elizabeth travels to Hertfordshire several years later and meets the Bingleys and Mr. Darcy, she's now the Countess of Asheland.

After several years of happy marriage to the Earl, Elizabeth is widowed and mourns her husband deeply. When Mr. Darcy meets her again, he remembers the relationship the Earl and Elizabeth had, and determines that he wants that for himself. Rather than look for a carbon copy of Elizabeth, he can now have the original. But she's not so eager to accept the haughty and proud Mr. Darcy, and he has to convince her that he's worthy of her heart.

I really enjoyed this variation! It's split into two parts, the first part is Lizzy's marriage to Robert Talbot, and in the second part, she's widowed and caring for her children. It's beautifully written and takes the time to delve deep into all the characters and their relationships with each other. There's little to no conflict or drama, it's merely a story about Lizzy's life.

I loved the depiction of Lizzy and Robert's marriage, he was so wise and kind. I loved that he offered marital advice to Bingley and parental advice to Mr. Bennet, and I would have been happy to have the book end with her married to Robert. He was such a paragon, and their marriage so wonderful, that when Darcy was introduced he was almost unlikable in comparison. But the author pulled out all the stops and gave us TWO swoon-worthy men for Lizzy to love. It was really well done.

The narration was wonderful, Stevie Zimmerman was perfection as always. Her regular speaking voice is so pleasant and her character voices are distinct and recognizable. She just brought me right into the book and made it a pleasure to listen to. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I would 100% recommend this book to fans of Jane Austen.

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  • seriously?
  • 13-02-19

blue eyes???? not my mr. darcy....

loved the story and will likely listen to this again but blue eyes kinda threw me off. of course my Mr. Darcy looks a great deal like Colin Firth...

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  • bebe
  • 13-12-18

Mixed Feelings

I never thought I would prefer Elizabeth Bennett to be with anyone but Darcy - however I fell in love with her first husband, Robert, and wish that he had not died. The first part of this book was wonderful. Robert is the perfect man for Elizabeth. In fact he is the perfect man for anyone. He is also a perfect father and friend. Because of Robert, Elizabeth's sisters fared so much better than they did in Pride and Prejudice. So did Mr. and Mrs. Bennett and everyone else surrounding Elizabeth. I was terribly sad when Robert died and the rest of the book was a let down. Darcy just did not measure up. However, at the very end and through the epilog Darcy somewhat redeemed himself and was a good husband and father. I finally accepted him in Robert's place.

This was a well plotted and written variation of P&P. It was also very well narrated. It is well worth a credit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-18

a very touching story

I really liked this story because it was different from other Jane Austen's stories. Because it is so different there are new life lessons to take away. Be sure and have a box of Kleenex at the ready.