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Pemberley: Mr. Darcy's Dragon: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Jane Austen's Dragons, Book 1
Narrated by: Benjamin Fife
Series: Jane Austen's Dragons, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

England is overrun by dragons of all shapes and sizes. Most people are blissfully unaware of them and the Pendragon Treaty that keeps the peace between human and dragon kind. Only those born with preternatural hearing, like Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are able to hear and converse with dragonkind.  

When the first firedrake egg laid in a century is stolen from Pemberley, the fragile dragon peace teeters on collapse. Darcy has no choice but to chase down the thief, a journey that leads him to quaint market town of Meryton and fellow Dragon Keeper, Elizabeth Bennet.    

Elizabeth shares a unique bond with dragons, stronger than anything Darcy has ever experienced. More than that, her vast experience and knowledge of dragon lore may be the key to uncovering the lost egg. But Elizabeth can’t stand Darcy’s arrogance and doesn’t trust him to care properly for a precious baby firedrake. After all, he already lost the egg once. What’s to prevent it from happening again?  

Can he win her trust and recover the stolen egg before it hatches and sends England spiraling back into the Dark Ages of Dragon War?  

Jane Austen meets Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern. A must-listen for Pern fans.

©2016 Maria Grace (P)2019 Maria Grace

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A Riveting listen.

Who knew that dragons could slot so easily into the world of Jane Austen? This fantasy adventure is action packed from beginning to end while still following much of the storyline from Pride and Prejudice.

The narration was fabulous and the range of character voices worked really well and were consistent. The narration was well paced and kept you engrossed in the story.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Pride and Prejudice variations and the fantasy genre. Can't wait to listen to the next installments!

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Cute re-written book

This book has such an interesting little twist in the re-writing of the classic novel people have talked about for ages. The illustration of the book is so cute and should help you know about the dragons in the book (as well as the title). Although the title on audible and the one on goodreads are vastly different, they both look nice, I would have liked the one on goodreads better if you could see more of the dragon.

The narrator did such a great job. He does so many different pitches of voices for the different characters

The way this book ends is in a cliff-hangar style (although you know there was going to be more)

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving am honest review.

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A very interesting twist on a beloved book

This book is a very interesting twist on a beloved book. I've read other books by Maria Grace and they're a solid three stars read for me at least because of the historical accuracy and the imagination. I was expecting this one to be just like the others but was surprised to find it even better.
I loved to see how the dragons influenced certain well-known scenes of the book.
It was such a shame that the narrator seemed to have stones in his mouth and his female voices were so annoying. It didn't stop me from listening 'til the end but that was for sure a negative point.

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A great twist on a classic novel.

I really enjoy this. The voice is clear and not grating to listen to with emotion behind the words.

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good listen, both well narrated and interesting

great take on fantasy with a good plot, only slightly let down by an unsatisfying ending that i the writer intends to solve in future books.
the setting and ideas are well thought through and feel real enough for the story to not be too farfetched.

the narrator keeps a perfect pace throughout with no unnecessary pauses and great voices to separate characters without it being too overplayed except some kid voices at the very start of the book.

overall a great listen which leaves me looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Patti
  • 10-07-19

A great Dragon inspired Pride and Prejudice story!

You must allow me to tell you how ardently I love and admire this entire series. It has completely occupied all my spare time since I saw this first book in the series, here at Audible. The personalities and foibles of all the characters Dragon and Human are what makes this so entrancing. Their entire society is well thought out and expressed. I enjoyed it too much to wait for the rest of the series to be released in audio format. But per the author they are going to released soon.
The narration was very good. I did find The voice of April the Fairy Dragon to be quite irritating . Even though that’s exactly how she was described, I wish Mr. Fife hadn’t been so exacting in his portrayal.
There is a prequel, A Proper Introduction to Dragons, in Kindle Unlimited, it could be read at any time. I read it first and I’m glad I did. It gave so many insights into the Dragon Accords, The Order and the different dragons that it enhanced my enjoyment and understanding in this book and the rest of the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-11-19

Enchanting

What a fun story! I love Jane Austin and this fan fiction of Pride and Prejudice uses so much of her original story to tell a delightful and very different story. The narrator is very clever, while the original characters sound like they are straight from the BBC the dragons voices are enchanting and believable. I loved it!

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  • Lelia T
  • 02-02-20

Dragons!

Reader Alert!! If you’re a Jane Austen purist, meaning you can’t bear to have someone mess with your favorite characters, having them do things Jane Austen didn’t intend, you need to walk away. Now, you’d think a purist would never dream of reading this book since it has a dragon right there on the cover but I’ve actually seen a few reviews by people who complained mightily about this retelling, particularly the dragons, even though they had to know what was coming. Why read them if you can’t stand the idea? Sheesh.

Normally, I’d save my comments regarding the narration till the end of my review but I have to bring it up now. Mr. Fife is purely amazing with the widest range of vocalizations I’ve heard in a long time and he truly breathes life into a story that’s already wonderful. His dragons are especially well done; when I first heard his interpretation of the tiny April, I was so taken with it—and her—that I had to pull off the side of the road and listen again without the distraction of driving. That wasn’t an anomaly as I soon discovered when other dragons spoke, each in a very distinctive voice. Even if I didn’t love this story, I would still have to listen to Mr. Fife’s rendition.

Ms. Grace’s worldbuilding is brilliant with much attention to detail. This is a sort of alternate universe but still with the trappings of Regency England, just with dragons, and we have the bones of Pride and Prejudice if not the exact story. For hundreds of years, dragons and humans have co-existed peaceably and each estate has its own landed dragon, named for the estate. In addition to the landed dragons, Ms. Grace has created a myriad of others of all types and sizes and they kept my attention psyched up.

Darcy and Lizzy are, of course, the main players on the human side and they sort of tiptoe around each other at first, much like in the original story. They have a mutual interest that takes precedence over any awkwardness and that’s the retrieval of the stolen dragon egg, legacy of the firedrake named Pemberley. If that egg hatches without a human present, the baby won’t imprint and the long-lasting treaty will be broken.

I can’t come up with sufficient praise for Pemberley other than to say I thoroughly enjoyed it and it’s the first book I’ll be putting on my list of best books read in 2020. Now, on to the second book, Longbourn 🐉

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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 25-01-20

I Needed This!!!

The beloved Pride And Prejudice is retold in a very unique way. Some of our beloved classical characters can hear dragons. They can also communicate with dragons. Every estate has a dragon keeper. Mr. Darcy is in major trouble. Somebody has stolen a dragon egg from his estate. He must find the egg before it hatches.

I am so happy I stumbled upon this book! I love Pride and Prejudice. I read the book at least five times. To the best of my knowledge. I love retellings. I still have many to read, but the ones I have read are great. Especially ones from classical books. I was impressed with the fact that direct quotes from the original book are put in this book. It adds to the story in my opinion.

I obviously love all the characters from Pride and Prejudice. I loved that the dragons in this book had such amazing personalities! It was quite impressive. I'm a sucker for sarcastic characters and animals that are given personalities in books! I have always related to Mary out of the five daughters. I feel like she didn't have enough of a role in the book. That's just my opinion.

This book was narrated by Benjamin Fife. He did a pretty impressive job. I was NOT prepared for the very high pitched voices that he gave the dragons. Well, the fairy dragons. I was impressed. I don't think I could have pitched that if I tried! I'm almost certain that I haven't listened to any books he's narrated before. I'm willing to listen to more.

I'm so glad that I found this book! It's definitely a book that I can classify as I didn't know I needed until I found it. I noticed that this book is the first book in a series! I am here for this! I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I definitely fell in love with this book!

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  • Frank Geimer
  • 23-01-20

Romance with a Dragon Twist.

After listening to the novel, I found that I liked it and I am definitely not into romance novels. The idea of throwing Dragons into the midst, well that got my attention and so I am reading romance with dragons. I enjoyed listening to this story, the narrator kept it lively and set the tone very well. If you enjoy romance and dragons, then this is for you.

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  • Peachesnbeal
  • 21-01-20

cute read

I recieved this for free for an honest review

This story was interesting enough. The audio was done well, but I do not see myself finishing the series. It was well written.

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  • Kevin Potter
  • 11-01-20

Surprisingly impressive!

Dragons meet Jane Austen in a surprisingly entertaining story that is one part fantasy, one party mystery, and one part romance.

This is my first exposure to Benjamin Fife and I have to say, wow!

Although at times his voices sound just a touch nasal, each and every voice in the book is unique. Even the female and Dragon voices are all different and fit their subjects perfectly. He is a master of both vocal inflections and tempo shifts.

Honestly, I almost passed on this book. I saw it multiple times in various places before I finally decided to take a chance and devote some time to it.

Not only am I not a fan of Jane Austen's writing style (which this book naturally models to a certain extent), but I'm also not typically fond of Regency period fiction.

That said, however, this book has a similar charm (though very different storyline, of course) to the Lady Trent books by Marie Brennan, which I absolutely adore.

Although there are quite a few characters to keep track of, including nearly a dozen dragons, each is surprisingly well developed. Once things got going there was no confusion about who was who.

Clearly, most if not all of these characters are based on the originals created by Jane Austen, with flaws and quirks translated into a new world quite well.

Speaking of the world, the world building is fantastic. Although I'm not personally fond of the direction the author went with the dragons, it's all very well developed. I can definitely see the Pern influence there. The author has clearly thought through the societal ramifications of having dragons exist in the time period.

There are several mysteries throughout, most of which are resolved though one is open ended. Overall, the reveals of the various mysteries are well timed and satisfying.

The only critique I have that's not tied to either the period or Jane Austen is about that final mystery (main plot). It just felt a little too convenient and didn't really require anything of either protagonist to solve it.

Following that final reveal, however, the ending comes together nicely with an excellent weaving of character and plot arcs with more than one rather emotional character moment.

Definitely looking forward to reading book 2!

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  • North Wind Knight
  • 10-01-20

GREAT STORY EVER !!!!!

GREATEST STORY EVER, TOTALLY MEAN IT. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. CLEAN AND FUNNY THROUGHOUT THE ADVENTURE. LOTS OF LAUGHS AND HUMOR AND TWISTS OF LOVE IN DRAMA. DEMANDS OF THE PAST IN CHANGING TIMES. BEST CLASSIC STORY WITH A DRAGON TWIST YET. ACCEPTABLE FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES. NARRATOR IS GREAT AND EASY TO FOLLOW.

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  • Fun with Four
  • 07-01-20

Very Fun!

This book is just fun! Definitely worth listening to. Great narration, really brought the story to life.

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  • Patricia Terry
  • 06-01-20

Wonderful beyond belief

This wonderful twist on Pride and Prejudice is utterly delightful. It feels a bit like Jane Austen blended with J. K. Rowling. The dragons are fantastic. The story has been told in a three book series, so be sure to read them all. I received a free review copy of the audio version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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