Duty and Desire

  • by Pamela Aidan
  • Narrated by George Holmes
  • 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"The inferiority of her connections, yet never was he so bewitched!"Though Darcy struggles privately with his desire for Elizabeth Bennet, he must still fulfill his roles as landlord, master, brother, and friend.In Book Two, the "silent time" of Austen's novel, Fitzwilliam Darcy and his personal world emerge as he deals with his servants, including a valet with aspirations of sartorial triumph; his sister, who is only just emerging from a crippling depression; his cousins, the still-squabbling Fitzwilliam brothers; and his hound, Trafalgar, who he calls "Monster" with good reason.A visit to an old classmate in Oxford designed to shake Elizabeth from his mind sets Darcy amidst husband-hunting society ladies and friends from his university days, all with designs on him...some for good and some for ill. Darcy, and his Shakespeare-quoting valet Fletcher, must match wits with them all, but especially with the mysterious and dangerous Lady Sylvanie.Setting the story vividly against the colorful, historical, and political background of the Regency, Aidan writes in a style comfortably at home with Jane Austen, but with a wit and humor very much her own. Aidan adds her own cast of fascinating characters to those in Austen's original, weaving a rich tapestry from Darcy's past and present. Austen fans, and newcomers alike, will love this new chapter of the most famous romance of all time.

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P & Ps hiatus

This is set in the nebulous time after Darcy leaves Netherfield and before he and his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, arrive at Rosings the following spring.

I really enjoyed the first half but have to admit that I wanted the second half to 'get on with it' until towards the end.

Having said that, I think that Fletcher, in particular, of the 'new' characters, is brilliant and he really comes into his own in this book. I hope that the hint of a start to a happy future for him continues into the third part. I've only just started that part and will submit a review in due course.
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- Anji Dale

More a "who done it" than an account of Darcy

I have just finished listening to all three the books in the Novel. Although I have enjoyed the other two I found this one to be both disappointing and unnecessary. The story that dominates this book Is based around an adventure with Mr Darcy and his Valet in a castle. The whole thing is very much along the lines of a 'who done it' in the style of Jeeves and Wooster. The Author does take the opportunity to introduce and embed a a couple of more interesting characters who feature in the last book. I would suggest that you could listen to books one and three without missing out on anything significant.
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- Tracy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-07-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios