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I'd half-forgotten how much I enjoyed Ms. King's debut novel (sorry Joy!). Her Mr. Bennet is far from canon and a truly detestable character, and her Wickham is lot worse too.
On a lighter note, I loved that Elizabeth got to travel far and wide with the Gardiners after being cast out by her father. Now that's not really a spoiler as it happens quite early on. Some of the things she learns on her travels come into good use when she's called upon to nurse Jane after she's taken ill at Netherfield and in another situation which I won't mention - spoilers this time! A good deed she did whilst away also has repercussions for later in the story.
This is a sweet re-telling of Darcy and Elizabeth's story, suitable for all ages, and Catherine O'Brien's narration is pretty good too.
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The story is nothing out of the ordinary in this P&P genre, but still good fun. Imagine Elizabeth as a doctor! Or at least an apothecary. Not really a spoiler but be aware Mr Bennet is the villain of the piece, so there are quite a few character licenses to be had.
The story has a lot of great historical background, for the time. and the tone is generally light and fun. a few of the plot twists made me think more of a Charles Dickens impersonation, ala Nicholas Nickleby, than Jane Austen. It pokes fun at the times, the characters occasionally feel like caricatures, and event generally feel either too good or too bad to be true.
Now about the narrator, I'll just say listen to sample. If you don't mind her, great! If you do get as annoyed as I did, be aware that if you listen to this at 1.25 to 1.5 times speed she becomes completely tolerable.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I LOVE this story, and have reread it many times. I finally thought to look for it on Audible, and I wish I hadn’t. The English accent is gratingly bad, and the voices for the characters (particularly Darcy) are a form of punishment.