• Mr. Darcy's Daughters

  • By: Elizabeth Aston
  • Narrated by: Morag Sims
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (302 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Picking up 20 years after Pride and Prejudice left off, Mr. Darcy's Daughters begins in the year 1818. Elizabeth and Darcy have gone to Constantinople, giving us an opportunity to get to know their five daughters, who have left the sheltered surroundings of Pemberley for a few months in London. While the eldest, Letitia, frets and the youngest, Alethea, practices her music, twins Georgina and Belle flirt and frolic their way through parties and balls and Camilla - levelheaded and independent - discovers what joys and sorrows the city has to offer an intelligent young woman.

Listeners will delight in the return of such beloved Austen creations as Elizabeth's old nemesis Caroline Bingley (now Lady Warren), the ever-reliable Gardiners, and wayward Aunt Lydia. Charming, beautifully written, and full of societal intrigue and romantic high jinks, Mr. Darcy's Daughters is a tale that would please Austen herself.

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soooo much drama!

start to finish unbelievable silly drama.. seriously not at all believable! and to say Jane Austin would approve? oh hell no..
it was extremely tough to get thru but I persevered and was rewarded with well a wasted couple of days.
good luck
-oh the narrator was great I can't blame her...but the story? ugggh

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Pleasant Austen Fanfic

The narrator made this book very pleasant to listen to. I mostly enjoyed the story. I didn't think it was necessary to include Caroline Bingley Warren's stepson, a plot thread that went nowhere. And in the original Pride and Prejudice, there's an explanation for the younger daughters' wild behavior (neglectful parenting and a too-young chaperone). There are no such explanations here, and I have a hard time buying the behavior of the youngest three girls if they'd been brought up by Darcy and Elizabeth, without more explanation from the author.

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Basic romance with "Darcy" in the title

Enjoyable enough but I feel slightly scammed because of "Darcy" in the title. Darcy and Elizabeth are conveniently off scene in Constantinople and the five sisters just romp through London. It is hard to imagine how Darcy and Elizabeth could possibly have raised the 3rd and 4th daughters to be as completely thoughtless of others as these two are. They absolutely "do not care" what happens to any of their sisters or the reputations of any relatives as long as they are momentarily having fun. Fitzwilliam is invoked as the girls' guardian but his character is completely made over to be a stuffy idiot. Lydia is brought in as a villainous aunt but now she is subtle and clever, which is also not believable. Nevertheless the story is well told, and very well narrated. There are plenty of twists and surprises and a happy ending.

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Disappointing

No Elizabeth and Darcy in the entire book, and all five of their daughters are selfish and flat, even the Elizabeth-like 2nd daughter, Camilla. It makes it seem that the beloved Pride & Prejudice characters must have been uninterested and unaffectionate parents, with daughters brought up so badly. No one improves, no one changes (except in their affections). SO much whining, so much complaining and criticizing. It was just tiresome.

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Disappointed in the book ... and myself

So much is wrong here.
But how did we expect a fanfic to compare? These girls could not have been raised by the legends that are purported to be their parents. It’s inconceivable. The inconsistencies are tragic. These girls have never stepped foot in London? Or given thought to marriage? Or own decent clothing? All why being raised at Pemberly by a father of a sufficient standing to be on a diplomatic mission?
The language and story-crafting are basic and unequal to the original. And the homophobia is cheap and insulting attempt at plot. So glad it was a freebie at my membership level, or I’d have been wasting a return as well as an evening.
Buyer beware.

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This should never have been written.

This is a travesty and never should been written and certainly never been recorded. The characters are so hollow and flat and the action is boring when it isn't being homophobic. I couldn't finish it I was so offended. The new characters are shallow and boring, and the character taken from Jane Austen's original, have no relationship to her dynamic personalities. They are written to fill the author's story, and bear little or no relationship to those characters that Ms. Austen made so compelling. I couldn't make it even half way through before I had to bale on it.

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Jane's story extended

I enjoyed this book more as a part of the series than for itself. Narration was good even if some of the voices were a little shrill, thus... annoying. The Narrator did change their voice for almost every character which helped to keep things straight. I appreciate this Author's attempt at continuing Austin's classic more than most. But be aware the style is less subtle and more descriptive.

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Not a P&P Sequel

[SPOILERS] This book's portrayal of Darcy's daughters is completely wrong - from their lower status, lack of high connections, worn country clothing like poor country bumpkins, to their poor manners and behaviors. The book attempts to explain all these away by saying that they spent most of their life in the country with little time in London. However, they lived at Pemberly, not a lowly cottage, so they would have been trained properly and fitted up according to their station. Unrealistic... If you forget all connections to Pride & Prejudice, you miight enjoy this book as a typical period romance novel.

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A huge disappointment

While I initially enjoyed the writing style, it quickly became apparent that this book was not at all in keeping with the style of Austen’s writing, but was actually completely opposed to her dismissal of the gothic hyper-drama. The overt sexual references were unnecessary and unappreciated, and the characters were an insult to the personalities created in Elizabeth and Darcy. It is far-fetched and unimaginable that their daughters would turn out in the way they were written in this book – quite an insult to any devotee of Pride and Prejudice!

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Mediocre at best

The narration is truly bad. While she has a pleasant enough voice, the timing, the inflections, leave a LOT to be desired. There are spots where she employs a positively shrill screech that set my teeth on edge. The story itself...meh.... Miss Aston is NO Miss Austen. Make no mistake. The characters are thin, weakly fleshed out and vapid. I got the book for free, and I’d say that was just about my money’s worth.

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  • P
  • 06-12-15

Perfect Elizabeth Aston Novel

I had already read the book form of this Audible, so I was looking forward to having the book read out to me. I was disappointed with the narration. All the female were at best different from one another, but not that well that I could tell which character was speaking and all the male characters were exactly the same. For those that have listened to the first 3 novels read by Phyllida Nash will probably likewise disappointed. The story line is excellent However, I hope Audible will put the story about Miss Alethea Darcy in their repertoire, even if it is the same narrator I shall download it because it was a very good read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-14-15

Bring back Phyllida Nash

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator made the voices of various adults in the book sound as if they were very young children. She is also unable to pronounce a number of word properly, such as ogle and chaise longue.

Any additional comments?

At the end of the audio book there is a free chapter of the next book in the series and the narrator ends the whole book by encouraging the listener to download this second book. But it is not available from Audible at the moment...
It would have been preferable if Phyllida Nash had narrated the whole series!

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  • JED
  • 06-23-17

Easy listening, but . . .

Easy listening but if they were Darcys Daughters the three younger daughters would NEVER behave as these ladies did. Nor would Elizabeth and Darcy leave their daughters to their first London season without being there for them. Mr Darcy and Elizabeth would be excellent parents in teaching the correct behaviour. The girls would also have too much respect for their hosts! However, as I cannot change the storyline, if you dismiss the Jane Austen characters this book is an easy listen. The voice of the narrator grate's a bit, as she doesn't manage to change the tone very well between characters. Along with other reviewers I would prefer Phyllida Nash to read this. The story moves along fairly well and is easy to follow. I dislike the impression this book gives that everyone in fashionable London at that time were all small minded, petty gossips. I believe that there were some "nice" people in society in those days. Although I like happy endings, I could not see where Sophy and Belle's love matches came from - its not as if their lovers are strong dynamic men, ready to push their claims or arrange clandestine meetings! Even saying all this, its is still an easy listen!

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  • patcp
  • 04-09-22

Entertaining

Awful narration.
Story entertaining but it does not follow in any way from pride and prejudice. The sisters, apart maybe from Camilla, could not have been raised by Elizabeth and Darcy!
Passed time in car.
Disappointed that can’t get the next book despite the opening chapters at end of this one.

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  • Mrs. Lindsay Sabin
  • 03-24-22

A good writer

A good story marred by very few anachronisms but the perennial trouble of nonsensically wrong emphases on words.

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  • GeraniumCat
  • 11-29-16

Mostly enjoyable

An enjoyable Regency romance centred around the London season of Elizabeth's Darcy's daughters - all five of them - slightly marred by the reading. Morag Sims has a pleasant voice but some of her attempts at the voices of male characters are rather odd, especially Mr Roper, unless he permanently wears his stock tied too tightly. More disconcertingly, she mispronounces various words, including the name Alethea, and I was reduced to shouting "rowt!" every time the characters discussed a proposed rout party. For someone who seems to specialise in reading historical novels this lack of familiarity with the period really won't do. And if "ogle" was pronounced "oggle", as seems to have become current, it would have been spelt that way! Grrr!

It seems odd to me that the rational and well-read Darcys should produce two offspring as silly as Lydia and Kitty Bennet, but since Aston is playing with the parallels between her Darcy daughters and the Bennets, I suppose it's allowable. I'm more sorry for what Aston has done to Mrs Gardiner, who seemed very pleasant and capable in Pride and Prejudice but seems here to have lost many of the qualities which made Elizabeth and Jane so fond of her. The heroine, Camilla, is a worthy successor to her mother, though.

Despite my reservations, I shall probably "read" the rest of the series - I think my blood pressure will stand it!

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  • Wee Chrissie B
  • 07-18-22

Jane Austen it ain’t!

This is Pride and Prejudice Lite, with all the irony and humour taken out. It’s a bit of inoffensive fun but it’s essentially a shallow rehash of Austen’s great tale, this time set in a society where virtually all “gentlemen” are would-be rapists, obsessed with staring at teenage girls’ bosoms and all “ladies” are vicious, conniving gossips.
Any daughters of Elizabeth and Darcy would surely be better bred than these girls. And all their beaux are dull and wet.
The language is all wrong - I can’t believe any lady of good breeding in those days would have used words like “whore”.
To top it all, the narrator mispronounces several words. At the end, we get a free preview of the next novel in the series. I really don’t care enough about any of these characters to bother with it, which is a pity since the premise for the story is a good one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-22

Ok to pass the time

The story is a type of rehash of pride of prejudice in the sense that there are five daughters with similar personalities to the Bennett sisters. I find it unbelievable that Elizabeth and Darcy would have had two daughters as silly as Lydia and kitty…just needed the next generation to also make stupid decisions and elope. Elizabeth and Darcy would have raised their daughters with more sense…and given their past experiences, if they did have silly daughters they would not have left them alone for their first London season.

The story is just cashing on on the Austin legacy.

I did not enjoy the narration much: the women often sounded like children and the men quite gruff.

For me this was background entertainment while I was busy doing tasks rather than something to focus on.

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  • Ida Helleskov
  • 06-20-22

If I had paid for this, I would have returned it

Halfway through the novel, I would have said it was a decent regency novel if it had not been connected to Pride and Prejudice. After finishing it, I no longer think so.

I think the author definitely did themselves a disservice by claiming connection to Pride and Prejudice. The only person from P&P who is not acting grossly out of character is Caroline Bingley (Lady Warren in this one). With that in mind, it seems an odd choice to set this in the P&P universe.

Aside from that, the novel is just... it wants to be a regency novel but it has no meat on it. The characters act very anachronistic for the time and I found none of them really likeable. The romance for the heroine is so weird and in both instances seem to go from 0 to "I am so utterly in love with you" in the blink of an eye. There is a serious lack of build-up for the romantic relationships.

Plot-wise, several plots are introduced which end up coming to nothing. The villains lay plans only to seemingly forget about those plans once they don't get an easy win after the first attempt and it honestly just comes off as ridiculous.

And I fully agree with the other reviewers: Darcy and Elizabeth would never be able to produce daughters as silly, vain, ridiculous, and ignorant as the five girls presented in this novel!

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  • Kitchen Queen
  • 05-27-22

Boring

The story is unremarkable, and ultimately predictable. Narration poor. Character voices are unconvincing and in many instances difficult to differentiate. Plus many irritating mis-pronunciations.

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  • Emeralde
  • 06-29-22

Enjoyable

Enjoyable, though slightly unbelievable and far-fetched to believe such hijinks of daughters of Mr Darcy. Seemed a bit like there was too much trying to mirror the five Bennett daughters. The story was well-written and enjoyable and well-narrated.

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  • Nicole
  • 05-10-22

Not as expected

I was hoping for something closer to what I’d expect the Darcy family would be like. Some story lines similar to Pride and Prejudice. I found this version hard to believe as a likely sequel to pride and prejudice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-21

Some real turn offs

Good performance by the reader but the story did not grab me. The characters were not very relatable or likable. Strange amount of homophobia.