• Colonel Brandon in His Own Words

  • By: Shannon Winslow
  • Narrated by: Aaron Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Colonel Brandon in His Own Words

By: Shannon Winslow
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Colonel Brandon is the consummate gentleman: honorable, kind almost to a fault, ever loyal, and chivalrous. He’s also silent and grave, though. So, what events in his troubled past left him downcast, and how does he finally find the path to a brighter future? In Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen gives us glimpses, but not the complete picture.

Now Colonel Brandon tells us his full story in his own words. He relates the truth about his early family life and his dear Eliza—his devotion to her and the devastating way she was lost to him forever. He shares with us a poignant tale from his military days in India—about a woman named Rashmi and how she likewise left a permanent mark on his soul. And of course Marianne. What did Brandon think and feel when he first saw her? How did his hopes for her subsequently rise, plummet, and then eventually climb upward again? After Willoughby’s desertion, what finally caused Marianne to see Colonel Brandon in a different light?

This is not a variation but a supplement to the original story, chronicled in Brandon’s point of view. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the things Jane Austen didn’t tell us about a true hero—"the very best of men".

©2022 Shannon Winslow (P)2022 Shannon Winslow
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Liked it better than canon.

Truly outstanding performance by a new-to-me narrator, Aaron Smith. Love his voice and cadence to the various characters—male and female. His Colonel Brandon was perfection and the emotions expressed touched the heart and made my eyes leak. Highly recommend this narrator and this lovely 5⭐️ story. I hope Mr. Smith will do more JAFF. I would love to hear his Fitzwilliam Darcy.

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Having loved Shannon Winslow’s “Fitzwilliam Darcy in His Own Words”, when she indicated she was considering a Colonel Brandon version, I was all for it. As I wrote in my review for Darcy’s version, I love a first-person account if written well. Diaries can be flat, but Colonel Brandon in his Own Words is definitely not so and I was thoroughly engaged throughout the read.

The author’s detailed imagining of CB’s early life and relationships with his father, brother, and Eliza, provides the reader with a very believable look at what his life might have been like as a younger man and beyond what we know of him in Sense and Sensibility. There’s also an entirely new character that is mentioned early and eventually revealed—a woman from his time in India who caught his interest there and for whom he bears a burden of guilt. Of course, he also feels guilty for his perception of having failed Eliza and her daughter. While the book follows canon to a degree, for the most part we are thankfully (in my opinion) spared the drudge that is Mrs. John Dashwood and Mrs. Ferrars.

I enjoyed this book very much, and reading CB’s own words endeared me to him even more than before. He was resolved to cultivate his relationship with Marianne on his own terms and timetable. I found myself teary eyed at times, so my emotions were definitely engaged. This man is such a kind soul, how can you not love him? I even managed to warm up to Marianne somewhat—something I did not do with S&S—a credit to Ms. Winslow’s thoughtful and creative writing style. I actually enjoyed this book better than I did S&S, if I’m honest.

If you love Colonel Brandon and desire an enlightening and very satisfying first-person account, you will enjoy this book.

Oh, and fabulous cover too!

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  • Mo Bass
  • 09-27-22

Almost melancholic

The narrator sounds just like Alan Rickman who played Colonel Brandon in the 1995 film which is wonderful. The tone throughout this wonderful audiobook is patient, self-effacing and tinged with melancholy and regret. Strangely, it's not at all depressing. Marianne was a very fortunate lady to have inspired such a depth of love and steadfastness.