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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 13 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Abigail Reynolds
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 31 Jan. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B8W8TMK
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Mr. Darcy's Undoing: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Audio Download – Unabridged
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Where the plot falls down, and this for me is a failing of all of Reynolds' P&P variations (with the possible exception of 'Impulse and Initiative'), is the continual resort to sexual content. After a while it becomes irritating that such a talented writer feels the need to embellish every story with graphic adult scenes when in my opinion the stories would stand up well without them- indeed, I believe this story would have been improved without such scenes. After all P&P has stood the test of time without anything like that!
That said, I would still recommend this book and all Reynolds' others- I read them one after another and enjoyed all of them. I just wish she would do herself justice and write one where the chemistry between Darcy and Elizabeth is implied rather than made explicit.
But, readers of Pride and Prejudice will find this to be a very original and satisfying variation. The idea of Darcy faced with another suitor for Elizabeth's hand makes an excellent story, and provides a look at some of the social customs of the time. It also provides some heart-wrenching moments as well as some beautifully romantic scenes. The interactions between the main characters, Darcy and Elizabeth are beautifully evocative. The use of Blake's poetry serves to complement the story and helps to frame the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth.
I love this story - I've read it over and over again. It keeps your interest throughout, and should appeal to a wide range of readers.
Though Jane Austen herself frequently reveals exactly what Elizabeth is thinking and feeling, she much more subtly conveys what is going on in Darcy's mind. To wit: Jane Austen's reference to Darcy's reaction after their first dance, which has left both "on each side dissatisfied, though not to an equal degree, for in Darcy's breast there was a tolerable powerful feeling toward her, which soon procured her pardon, and directed all his anger against another [Wickham]."(JA's P&P, Vol.1, Chapter XVIII)
The foregoing reference to Darcy's thoughts recalls to my mind a Sicilian expression for the sudden onset of an intense, passionate attraction. Reynolds has Elizabeth experience such a feeling for Darcy commencing in Chapter 2 of "Without Reserve".Read more ›
The beginning seemed very promising. The book is well-written and at times funny. But I could not get over this version of Darcy who seems obsessed with Lizzy and does not care for her reputation.
He was either imagining doing wicked things to her or actually doing them. This is not the Mr. Darcy that Jane Austen wrote about! I do not much care for smutty romances and this is what P&P has been turned into here.
SPOILER. The book also includes premarital sex and I can't imagine Lizzy being as reckless as Lydia yet that is how she is portrayed in this book. Darcy just seduces her so how is he any better than Wickham? Oh right. He does marry her. But it this really the way to go about it? I doubt it.
Don't think I'll be reading another book by this author. I want romance, not smut.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The enjoyment of the P.and P.series lies in their reflection of the Austen base.The inclusion of overt sexual references is unnecessary and alien.Published 28 days ago by Eureka
I have read a number of books by this author and found them all very enjoyable. However, I found I struggled a little to get started with this one. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2013 by Jenny
I loved this book and I could easily get lost and put myself in Elizabeth's place.(if only I could) really enjoyed itPublished on 13 July 2013 by Martine
touching and entertaining. I wouldn't call any of her intimate scenes smutty or even very graphic. nicely done and well constructed i enjoy the way she wrjtes and her ideasPublished on 17 Mar. 2013 by hatty burrow
I don't usually like this amount of smut but this variation was actually quite farcical rather than gratuitous so I could live with it - it bordered on 50 shades in places - which... Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2013 by fxyd
One of the better ones in the darcy-elizabeth fan fiction books that i have read. Couldn't put it down. recommendedPublished on 21 Feb. 2013 by E P Moss
A great little book. Could not put it down and read it all in one go. I really enjoy Abigail Reynold's variations and in this one the story was what if Elizabeth Bennett had... Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2012 by Ms. N. J. Parker