Mr Darcy's Diary

  • by Maya Slater
  • Narrated by David Rintoul
  • 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mr. Darcy's intimate diary tells us of his entanglements with women, his dangerous friendship with Byron, his daily life in Georgian London, his mercurial mood swings calmed only by fisticuffs at Jackson's - and his vain struggles to conquer his longing for Elizabeth Bennet. For the first time we discover what really happened between his sister and the dastardly Wickham. How did he distract his friend Bingley from pining for his beloved Jane? Why did he propose to another young woman? Only to his diary does he tell his true story. At last we see Darcy as he really is; and, beneath his polite facade, we find a sensitive, private and passionate man.

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Slater reveals Darcy's soul

Would you consider the audio edition of Mr Darcy's Diary to be better than the print version?

I have only listened, but I intend reading it too. An insigtful account of the man behind the scowl.


What did you like best about this story?

I loved the epilogue which brought listeners gently back to the XXI century. It reminded us that two centuries have gone by since Fitzwillian Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet "walked this earth".


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

Although I haven't yet read the book, I found David Rintoul's reading masterful, moving and a pleasure to listen to... it also recalled his performance as Darcy in the TV version he starred in a few decades ago. With Laurence Olivier, Rintoul is one of my favourite Darcys.


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

It brought a tear to the corner of the eye now and then but also made me smile quite often.


Any additional comments?

Many revisitations of P&P backfire because they betray the style and atmosphere of the original ( a must for a successful "remake") some are irritating because they fail to respect the authoress and her times; a few are downright unacceptable. This version is beautifully balanced and written in credible Austenesque style. I hope there will be more of Ms Slater's work on Audible.
Thank you for this great listen which I shall soon indulge in as a great read!

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- Catherine

Most enjoyable

After reading both positiva and negative reviews on the paper version of this book I decided to try the audio version for myself. Most enjoyable if not a little eye opening. I did get fed up with the moaning about his position with regards his feelings towards Elizabeth but, other than that, I enjoyed the reading very much. Of course it helped to 'see' the actor doing the reading as Mr Darcy as he actually played the part in an early BBC production.
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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-11-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios