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Summary

“I must not speak for my sister, even to you who have been all goodness and kindness throughout this awkward situation. Only know," and here she broke off, suddenly shy, "that even though I must deny myself the privilege of being your wife for love of my sister, I should very dearly like to have you for a brother!"

Elizabeth Bennet does not set out to manipulate people. It's merely the correct choice of words, accompanied by an engaging smile or a beseeching look that yields the most satisfactory results. 

The morning after the Netherfield ball, Lizzy dispenses with one unwelcome suitor to her hand so amicably and successfully that she sees no reason why she should not make use of her talent for tactful speeches and deal with other unwelcome suitors in the same deft manner.

Unfortunately, not all young men are quite so obligingly obtuse as her poor foolish cousin, and Elizabeth finds that one particular gentleman from Derbyshire proves annoyingly impervious to her cunning.

©2019, 2020 Jeannie Peneaux (P)2020 Jeannie Peneaux

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Wonderful narrative but weak narration

Delightful Pride & Prejudice variation where Elizabeth Bennet is rather more empathetic and cheerfully manipulative, well written and plotted.

I cannot say that I outright hated the narration, it was tolerable enough, except Katherine Anderson seems to have some trouble with male characters. Colonel Fitzwilliam especially sounded downright screechy. Still, it wasn't irritating enough to put me off the audiobook altogether.

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  • 15-05-20

much to love.

Some of the best conversations between Darcy and Elizabeth. Great narrator, too. I wanted the passionate Darcy from the first proposal to show up again at some point and was left wanting.

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  • Robert
  • 29-05-21

Romantic witty and fun

One of the most engaging variations on Austen. Peneaux narrative captures the character and humour of Lizzie and the romance of Austen. Very well read by Anderson.

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  • Fabulous Mrs B
  • 04-08-20

Great story

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I have read it as a book before I listened to it. Witty and well written. Laughed out loud many times when Elizabeth outsmarted them. Really good. Composed.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-04-20

Interesting but a little staid

Entertaining, humorous but a little dry. Every interaction of ODC is almost austere. Yes they are playful with each other but other than the kiss witnessed by Bingley, ODC did not display much in terms of passionate love for each other.

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