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I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and very open to new adaptations with a new spin and sequels. I'm also a big fan of vampire stories.
So it was with high hopes and enthusiasm that I started to listen to this audio-book.
Whilst the story diverges hugely from P&P it seems reasonably well researched and is broadly in the style of Austen. It cross- references events in P&P regularly to remind us of the original. This is the good news.
But we do need to be reminded of the original as we quickly lose the real character of Darcy and Elizabeth in this vampire sequel.
The tone, not helped by the narration, is cold, clipped and unsympathetic to the characters. Darcy does not feel like the Darcy we loved as we left the world of P&P. "New" Darcy is more two dimensional and takes ridiculously ill-informed decisions - entirely uncharacteristic of the character we know. And Elizabeth lacks character and intelligence and occasionally seems a little pompous. Most of the side characters are irritating, dull, and narrated with extremely annoying accents.
This story isn't a total disaster, but deeply disappointing to a fan who was hoping for so much more. I will not be looking for further works by this author, or this narrator.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I love Jane Austin, I have a weakness for vampire romances, and I adore Mr. Darcy. These should all go together well, right? Not in this book. The first half is spent waiting for something to happen. The second half is spent wishing we could get more details about what is happening. The author sticks rigidly to Austin's style, but without the humor which made it so charming. We end up with a fairly boring travelogue punctuated by a few frightening moments and poor Lizzy wondering if she is in bad odor with Mr. Darcy. This could have been an extremely romantic, funny, sexy novel. It was not.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The clever repartee and wit of Austen, as well as plot progression, suspense, character development, etc. do not appear in this cliched "story" where Elizabeth's reaction to attack is a letter to Jane, repeated descriptions of getting in and out of a gondola epitomize the descriptive prose, Mr. Darcy alternates between hungry and...hungry, and the book is in its final endless hours when Elizabeth suddenly realizes something it horribly, horribly wrong (time for another letter). Concept is great, execution drivel. The narrator was also agonizingly slow, especially the first half.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful