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The Houseguest

A Pride and Prejudice Vagary
Narrated by: Brigid Lohrey
Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Summary

When Georgiana Darcy comes to Netherfield to visit her brother, she becomes friends with a neighbor, Elizabeth Bennet. After Miss Darcy has returned to London, she invites her new friend to stay with her at the Darcy home in town, unbeknownst to Mr. Darcy.

Will this change in circumstances lead to a change in affections?

©2013 Elizabeth Adams (P)2016 Elizabeth Adams

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Another enjoyable story by EA

BL's narration is good and works well with this gentle tale. Unlike many P&P variations, there's no danger due to an evil/insane character and misunderstandings aren't dragged out until you want to bash their heads together!

The focus is very much on Elizabeth: it's all about her changing perception of Darcy and her attempts to reconcile the man in Hertfordshire with the one she sees in London and, later, the one who separated Jane and Bingley. That's not to say that Darcy is neglected, but he accepts that he wants to marry her early in the story, only to be tripped up by his own actions.

Personalities are generally faithful to the original story (although Lady C's motivation is almost certainly darker than JA would have made it, if she'd seen fit to give one).

The story could have done with editing, as it's really longer than necessary and cuts could have been made without detracting from the story. Her later books are much better in this regard and I highly recommend them.

I know some people don't like steamy variations, so I'll just finish by saying that this is a clean story that doesn't go any further than one scene of passionate kissing.

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One of the best

I really enjoyed both the story and the narration. I felt the atmosphere of period and language was done beautifully, and the whole left me with a smile on my face.
I will look out for Elizabeth Adams's next vagary.

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A delicious experience

What made the experience of listening to The Houseguest the most enjoyable?

The reader's voice was varied, interesting and gave a delicious sense of confiding secrets about the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Darcy, as he was as infuriating as ever!

What does Brigid Lohrey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The voices of all the different characters were wonderfully conveyed.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed, or more accurately, smiled often,but also became involved in the love story again.

Any additional comments?

A thoroughly enjoyable reading and I will try others by Brigid Lohrey.

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  • Blake H. Gilbert
  • 21-12-16

Maidens and Matrons

The story was very sweet, if much more long winded than necessary. I understand that the author wanted to recreate the series of misunderstandings that were the original, but every thing seemed drawn out. That being said there were some great scenes. I loved Lizzy's worries over being rude.
My major gripe is the voices of the "matrons." Mrs Bennett, lady Catherine, and Lady Matlock. they are way too nasal and read way to fast.
Am I glad I bought this? Yes

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  • Jodi J.
  • 21-10-17

Excellent!

I've listened to it three times. It is so well done and satisfied all my revenge issues with the original book. Thank you! Keep writing. You have a gift. Maybe you will consider a Sense and Sensibility adventure. Please, please! xoxo

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  • Taylor
  • 01-06-17

Nice Idea, but Not Worth Purchase

What disappointed you about The Houseguest?

I found this on a list of books to read if you love Jane Austen novels, but was pretty disappointed. The idea behind the retelling is great, but it's poorly executed. The characters do not seem to be true to the original, and it doesn't seem to follow Jane Austen's voice at all. Mr. Darcy's narratives seem to be the worst. Overall, it seemed too silly for me to finish.

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  • Bockler96
  • 10-05-17

Love a good P&P story

Highly recommend this to anyone looking for some fanfiction. The narrator is good and the story line is well thought out.

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  • bebe
  • 08-12-18

Excellent - couldn't stop listening

I truly enjoyed this Pride and Prejudice variation. It sort of followed the original P&P but with some changes that were really interesting. All the original characters are present, and a couple of new ones are introduced. This takes place after the Netherfield Ball. Elizabeth meets Georgiana Darcy at Netherfield and goes to visit Georgiana in London. Elizabeth believes that Mr. Darcy will not be there for the duration of her visit, but he came on the same day that she arrived. There are many events that occur as Darcy and Elizabeth interact in London. The pace was not too fast and it gave the listener time to really enjoy the development of the relationship. The ending is most satisfying and I really loved the Epilog. It is about thirty minutes long and I found out what happened to all the major characters, which was very interesting. This is really a great listen - I highly recommend it.

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  • Linda C.
  • 12-11-18

Good Story, but....

I read the book first and liked this variation when I found I could purchase the Audible version at a discount. Rarely have I been as disappointed in a purchase than I've been with this one. The narration all but ruins the story. She cannot do multiple voices well at all. Her vocal portrayal of Lord and Lady Matlock were pathetic, Lady Catherine, Mr. Bennett were poorly done as well. It will be a long time, if ever, before I listen to this again and I will never purchase another book narrated by her.

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  • CCruzer
  • 17-07-18

Not the Elizabeth Bennet I've come to know

Elizabeth Bennet sounded like a brat in this story, but over all the story does have some merit

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  • Michele
  • 08-04-18

Long Road to Nowhere

The conflict is hinted at, starts... and then is immediately solved. And then there’s more chapters, where nothing happens. And then there’s an unbelievably long epilogue in which every single character is given a brief “and then they went on to...” like a bad documentary’s ending text scroll. Only longer.

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  • PETER GENOVA
  • 22-03-18

Sweet story.

Great story of the growing attraction between Elizabeth and Darcy. Miss Zimmerman is an excellent narrator.

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  • Guama Mama
  • 09-12-17

Very entertaining!

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

Yes. I am a Jane Austen fan of 50 years now, and I just recently discovered these Pride and Prejudice variations. This is such a pleasant variation, with our beloved characters and all their flaws intact, yet "transmogrified" into a different plot. I enjoyed this variation tremendously and had a hard time setting it aside.

What does Brigid Lohrey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Brigid Lohrey does a pretty good job narrating, but I personally had to get used to her accent - possibly because she's not a native English woman?