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Darcy's Passions

By: Regina Jeffers
Narrated by: Andy Cresswell,Penny Scott-Andrews
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Publisher's Summary

Regency England speaks of love and romance when Darcy's Passions brings to life once again Jane Austen's classic love story. An interpretation of Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Darcy's Passions tells the story from Mr. Darcy's point of view.

When Fitzwilliam Darcy comes to Hertfordshire as a service to his best friend Charles Bingley, who has recently let the Netherfield Park estate, Darcy assumes the locals will possess "vulgar" country manners. So, when the opportunity arises, he refuses to dance with Elizabeth Bennet at the Meryton Assembly; however, from that moment, the woman's charms possess his every waking and sleeping minute. Obsessed with Elizabeth Bennet, Darcy places himself in a position to learn more about her while realizing his social status will not allow him to marry her. He manipulates Bingley and others in order to spend time with her. He tells himself Elizabeth Bennet is simply a "diversion" from the lack of society he finds in Hertfordshire.

However, if she is only a diversion, then why does he dream of her as mistress of his estate? Why does he seek her out as a friend for his shy, withdrawn sister? Why does he allow her to speak to him with a saucy attitude? Why can he not even breathe when she is in the room? Why does a raise of her eyebrow or an enigmatic smile or the smell of the lavender she wears create havoc with his emotions? His duty to his family and his estate demand he choose a woman of refined tastes. Yet, what his mind tells him he wants and what Darcy's heart knows he needs are two different things.

Darcy is a man in turmoil. He loves a woman he first denies as being worthy, but it is he who is found wanting when Elizabeth Bennet refuses his proposal of marriage because he does not conform to her standards of a "gentleman." Devastated, he must transform himself into the man she learns to love and respect.

©2009 Regina Jeffers (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Darcy addicts: this one's for you

Where does Darcy's Passions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5, but only because I love Mr. Darcy, and this story is all about him. I alternate between this one and P&P constantly.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Darcy's Passions?

When he first realizes that he can't live without Elizabeth.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Andy Cresswell and Penny Scott-Andrews ?

Nope. Andy Cresswell was very non-exciting. Penny Scott-Andrews sounded like a robotic child. I'd LOVE to hear Colin Firth, as he is the ONLY Darcy.

Any additional comments?

This book is for the die-hard Darcy fans. It has its faults, as other reviewers have pointed out. Jane Austen didn't write it, so that explains a lot. But if you love the character of Fitzwilliam Darcy, and you need more of him, this book is for you. It is definately a look into his mind. There are some liberties taken with the story, but they don't bother me at all.

Parents: it isn't R-rated by any means, but it has a few mentions of their love life. I think it's tastefully done.

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Uneven narration

Andy Cresswell's narration, especially the voice of Darcy, was excellent. His voice for Darcy reminded me of Matthew Macfadden's in the movie version of Pride and Prejudice. However, Penny Scott-Andrews' narration was very disappointing. All the female voices seemed to lack emotion especially Elizabeth. They also did not sound very feminine and I longed for Elizabeth to sound more like Keira Knightly or Jennifer Ehle. The story was well done and I enjoyed seeing things from Darcy's point of view. Mr. Cresswell's narration saved the book for me.

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What made the experience of listening to Darcy's Passions the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the author's research into major works of Jane Austen's novel from written word, TV and Cinema. Regina Jeffers took care in telling the story from a masculine point of view. One that is a fitting companion to Austen and the telling character of Darcy portrayed first by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation and Matthew Macfadyen's 2005 movie version for which she took care.

I often felt that Matthew's Mr. Darcy was so real and the acting of his inner turmoil entirely encompassing in his acting talents that are so acute, that to the point of a viewer; the subtly of the depth of the character portrayal could nearly be missed in a blink. I found it brilliant and have often gone back frame by frame to drink in each arch of a brow and nearly misperceived smirk, glance and adored admiration. Once you realize what you have as a viewer in front of you watching again and again is it's own guilty pleasure.

This book carries forward where we are left off to wonder. I did enjoy it.

What other book might you compare Darcy's Passions to and why?

Of the style of character development I would say, Persuasion comes close to the dynamics of the pair from Austen. However, I did find this work a harder read in flow and character differential.

What about Andy Cresswell and Penny Scott-Andrews ’s performance did you like?

The narrator's kept it lively and the voices varied enough as to not get confused as to who was speaking.

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

The book did a good job in making me flush and blush as the characters did the telling of the passion had just enough heat that one tends to ache for such a depth of feeling in their own lives. It was well developed next step into the lives of this most unusual couple of the times.

Any additional comments?

Letting the mind wander through thoughts of devotion, love, misunderstanding of these characters a person can see where their own lives could be foiled by a similar circumstance in these modern times. I will be picking this book up again.

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I liked the storyline overall and it was interesting to examine what may have been going on in Darcy's mind during the events of Pride & Prejudice. However, in my opinion, the author didn't quite capture the true spirit of either main character, especially in the parts leading up to and following the wedding. The writing is a little too saccharine and cheesy to believe it would be coming from Elizabeth and Darcy, even though they were madly in love. That being said, it was enjoyable, and I'd recommend it for anyone who enjoys P & P adaptations.

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Amateurish and uninspired. Glad it's over.

If you're a fan of the original, I'm afraid you won't find any new insights into Darcy's character or the events of the original Pride and Prejudice here. Nor are there any very interesting twists in the part of the novel that extends past the original book-- this goes about two months past their wedding. Instead, you may experience multiple eye rolls, cringe at uncharacteristic and too-modern behavior of beloved characters, and laugh out loud at the use of such terms as "baby bump" in a Regency period tale. I actually started disliking the Darcy and Elizabeth in this book, and most of what they seemed to do after becoming a couple was fawn over each other, become more forward with each other, and make constant sappy declarations of undying love to the detriment of any other aspects of their character development. Definitely not real, dynamic people.

The writing lacked sophistication and beauty- it was simple and artless and boring. The narration is likewise dull. You can't tell Mr. Darcy's voice apart from the narrator, and this is the least expressive of all the voices used in the narration. Not great considering that between the two it is the voice you hear most. And for some reason, sometimes in earlier parts of the novel a somewhat prissy sounding woman does Georgiana's voice, but this is not continued throughout. Why even bother?

I see other people saying, "Well, nobody can be Jane Austen!" but believe me, there are much better attempts at P&P variations out there. This book reminds me why I avoided the Jane Austen Fan Fiction category for so long, despite P&P being one of my favorite books.

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I can't wait to replay it.

Positively loved this expand view of this wonderful story! I can't wait to replay it.

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Wonderful!

I loved the narrator Andy Cresswell, he made an excellent voice of Darcy. I enjoyed the liberties taken with the story, exploring Darcy's innet thoughts and then extending the story past the wedding and showing some of Darcy and Elizabeth's marital bliss.

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Good story but the narration is disturbing...

The narrator's voice drove me crazy. I'm sure if Colin Firth read this book, it would be wonderful!!! But he didn't and the terrible voice made me quit the book once for several weeks before going back to it...

I'm glad I did, as the story became more interesting and the last several chapters were sweet peeks into the Darcys' lives after the wedding...

I have bought the audiobook version of this sequel because it's a nicely paced book for listening to while I drive, cook and clean... I am looking forward to it!!

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Pretty bad

I was surprised to learn this was written by an English teacher. Abysmal grammar, continual misuse of words (malapropisms), and juvenile dialogue (such as characters explaining social customs and norms to each other) were distracting enough. The superlatively annoying female narrator sealed the deal; I asked for a refund. I'm glad audible does have a refund policy.

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Love this book!

This book follows the original but from Darcy's point of view. The only thing I didn't like is that at the very end.
SPOILER...the sex of the child. Why didn't you include it! Of course I would want them to have a son first.

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  • Carien
  • 04-22-16

Darcy and LIzzie or Romeo and Juliet - you choose

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The story of Lizzy Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy is a beloved one, and I would gladly enjoy it over and over again. Having said that, do not for one minute believe that I would settle for just any drivel.
There were reviewers who disliked Darcy's repetitive denial of his love, his need to be near her etc etc. Yes, they behaved outside of the norm of their society; Darcy including her in the running of the estate, their intimate relations, their obvious expressions of love, but then, they had always been beyond the norm, even when Austen herself decided their fates.
Honestly, I liked it. It speaks to his original admission that it 'just would not do' and how he had struggled 'in vain'. I liked the fact that it continued past their wedding and showed their HEA. Which was normal after all. They fought and made up, made mistakes and learned from them, but most of all, their love helped them to continue their personal growth.
Like it or don't, but the love affair of Darcy and Lizzy will outlive most of us.

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  • A bedtime listener
  • 05-13-19

Too long for what it was trying to achieve...

and devolved into a series of platitudes and frankly unbelievable 21st-century phrasing Darcy and Elizabeth would never have used imho.
Yet another listen ruined by Americanisms and modern concepts: attorney for lawyer, homicide for good old murder, drapes for curtains, and so many more that an English gentleman would never have heard, let alone used.
Modern concepts of psychology are particularly out of place in this period, and the rather Disneylike feel to the romance became so cloying as the book went on that I struggled to finish it.
Is there no hope that Audible or authors of period British stories might see fit to employ a good English editor? Quite a few issues around homonyms and wrong word choice quite apart from the US/British issues should have been fixed before being sent to audio.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the narrator, who did his best with what he was given. I would listen to more of his work, but doubt the author will be a repeat buy for me.

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  • Heidi Bjørn Larsen
  • 10-26-22

I loved it. ❤

This was the first ever retelling of the story I have ever read, and it was so worth it. With this story I have been introduced to a new way of experiencing one of my favorite stories, and I will endeavour to find more like it. A big thank you to the author for giving us this story. I will cherish it for many years to come.

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  • LMC
  • 12-17-18

OK but needs editing

found the first half very enjoyable but the last half was repetitive and could have done with some rigor of editing as it was rather repetitive still ok

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  • Mrs. Linda Gleave
  • 09-11-17

Darcy's Pleasures

For the most part I have enjoyed this book, and I am sure Miss Austen would approve the re-telling of Pride and Prejudice to include Darcy's thoughts and actions as well as give greater voice to other characters. My only criticism is toward the end of the book, after Darcy and Elizabeth are married the author labours the bedroom scenes and lovers talk too much. I am no prude, I love a saucy tale now and then, and I am well aware that in general during Georgian/Regency period attitudes to lewdness were far more relaxed than even today.....but for me in this case, it rather takes away from the story of their life together as man and wife and the changes which each must make.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-22

Narrator should not do female voices.

Struggled to listen. Narrator makes every line boring and his different voice are unbearable to listen to.