• On Stranger Prides

  • A Pride and Prejudice Novel
  • By: Amy Cecil
  • Narrated by: Marina Barrett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Separated by prideful airs and prejudiced assumptions, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy are convinced they will never see the other again…until 11 years later; fate sets them both on a different course. 

Elizabeth Bennet

After receiving the most insulting proposal imaginable from Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet vows to loathe him for all eternity. Years later, now a widowed duchess and raising her son, the Duke of Grafton, Elizabeth embarks on an adventure with her son and father to the West Indies.

Fitzwilliam Darcy

After enduring a scathing condemnation of his character by the only woman he would ever love, Mr. Darcy decides he must disappear from society. With the help of his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Darcy secures a ship and crew and sets sail on the open seas. Mr. Darcy’s life takes such a turn that even his closest relative would not recognize him or his new identity as Max Sterling, captain of the Absolution.

When the pirates of the Absolution attack the Duchess’ ship, Captain Sterling receives the shock of his life when he spots the beautiful duchess and realizes that they share a connection, albeit one that was abandoned 11 years ago….

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Please read before purchasing this book. This book is written for mature audiences. This is a "what if" book. It is not Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. This story is not cannon. If you are looking for that type of book, then perhaps this is not the book for you. If you are not, then please continue....

©2018 Amy Cecil (P)2020 Amy Cecil

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The best Pride and Prejudice Retelling!

Wow!! Amy Cecil has an amazing, and an original writing. She never disappoints, and she always exceeds my expectations. This is the best Pride and Prejudice retelling I ever read / listen. In fact, this is the first time I can say I truly loved Elizabeth and Darcy's story. Captain Max Sterling (Darcy) is handsome, strong, and caring. Elizabeth is beautiful, sassy, and stubborn. She is a wonderful Mom. Her son, Thomas, is a formidable child. The supporting characters are also great. I like Elizabeth's Father. The world building is captivating, and the scenery is well described. The storyline is original, intriguing, romantic, and beautiful. This is an amazing adventure. I love all about this story. Marina Barrett did an outstanding job with the narration. She has a beautiful voice, very pleasant to listen to. The characters were easy to distinguish. I LOVED it, and I HIGHLY recommend it. This is one of my favorite audiobooks. #AudiobookObsession

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Loved it every minute of it

On Stranger Prides is a fantastic rendition of a beloved classic novel, Pride and Prejudice. Amy Cecil has brilliantly composed her version, which I enjoyed as much as the original. This is one of those novels that I'll be listening to more than a few times. Her depiction of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam D'Arcy is fabulous and impeccable for the basis of the storyline. The premise is utterly entertaining and intriguing, imbedded in a pirate romance. Despite the events playing out differently, the concept of pride, prejudice, and character growth is apparent.

A stellar performance by Marina Barrett. By emulating the characters' personalities, emotions, and moods, she brought the entirety of the story to life. On Stranger Prides is a well-written novel with quality plot and narration, which I strongly recommend. I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook, and my unbiased review is voluntarily given.

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Great mature story

This was a great story with little angst. It was written in chapters from Darcy POV and Elizabeth POV. Good Jaff

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Great reader!

A good reader makes or breaks a book and the reader on this book is great! She changed her voice enough to distinish characters but it was never distracting. She made me want to keep listening all night!

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A Pride and Prejudice Variation

On Stranger Prides (A Pride and Prejudice Novel) takes an unorthodox twist on a beloved classic tale. I love the original narrative  and was intrigued to listen to this modern twist version. An entertaining listen with humourous persiflage that Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy AKA  (Max - Captain Sterling) depicted. Supporting character Elizabeth's son, Duke of Grafton was a favourite of mine. World building descriptions and settings are detailed. The alternative narrative of a pirate tale is engaging and the writing style is vivid.  An artistic twist on a pioneer classic. 


Narrator Marina Barrett inflection perfectly fits the historical setting. Her performance was smooth and consistent. Marina magnifies the narrative with bringing all the right sentiments & character reactions. 


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Fall in love with Mr Darcy all over again!

Better then the original! I just loved this version. I loved Elizabeth’s protective side as a mother. I loved Max’s (Mr Darcy’s) carefree side. What a wonderful ride Amy Cecil has taken us on in this what if version of the story. I can’t wait to see how she finishes it.
Marina Barrett as always is freaking brilliant. She is exceptional as Tommy and I she really brought out the playful side of Max. Well done!

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On Stranger Prides

I love listening to books with this era and have to say that this book definitely did not disappoint. A misunderstanding leads to some drastic reactions to the point that fate has to take over and make their paths cross again. I really enjoyed this book and loved the narration.

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great listen

love pride and prejudice and this alternative take is a lot of fun! excellent listen! great narration and as usual Amy Cecil writes a wonderful story!
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A prideful read!

Separated by prideful airs and prejudiced assumptions, they are convinced they will never see the other again…until 11 years later; fate sets them both on a different course...

An alternative tale to the classic book, Pride and Prejudice, which was written brilliantly, beautifully and wonderfully!

So interesting. I really loved this version!

Narration was excellent!

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An Alternate Ending To A Classic Tale

I was given a free copy of this title and promised to give an honest review.
I thought the story was good, but I wish the characters were anyone other than Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam D'Arcy. I like a good romance wrapped in a pirate story but I couldn't see those beloved characters in this particular role. The narration was excellent.

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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 05-12-20

Omg!

Darcy finally admits his feelings to Elizabeth and asks for her hand in marriage. Rather than saying yes like he assumed she would, she declines. She also lays down many accusations against him for why she's not marrying him. He takes what she says to heart and writes her a letter of explanation. Once he's sent it, he abandons his life and becomes a pirate. Years later, Elizabeth is a widow to an aristocrat. She, her son, and her father set out to go on a trip to see family. The ship that she's in is overtaken by none other than Darcy and his crew.
When I first started reading this book, I was not very impressed. It was literally a scene in the original Pride and Prejudice book. Then Darcy goes and becomes a pirate and I'm like: WHAT???? I must know more! Sadly, I didn't get to experience everything that I would like to have gotten to experience. However, I still enjoyed this book very much. I like to consider it an alternate reality version of Mr. Darcy And Elizabeth. Her son was a character that I didn't know we needed in the story until we got him! I've read other books by Amy Cecil. She's an AMAZING writer. She's quickly become one of my favorite authors.
This book was narrated by Marina Barrett. She did a really great job. I figured she would. She did great in her narration on Ripper. I am excited to listen to her narrated The mind of a Killer. I'd also like to listen to other books narrated by her. She has a skill with voices and tones. I can't even begin to describe it. The best thing I can do is fully recommend that readers listen to the stories she narrates. It will be very much more than worth it.
I'm glad I decided to put my misgivings about this book and soldier through it anyway. I would have lost out on getting to experiencing an amazing retelling. The only thing I wish is that it had been a longer story. I wish there were more things that could have been added to the story. Especially some of the expositions that Mr. Darcy went on in the years after he left home. I would have liked to see Elizabeth's life as well. They are referenced, but it would have been nice to see. Either way, I recommend it.

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  • JuttaS
  • 04-26-20

I got swept away with this story, loved it!

Oh goodness me I loved this! I have to hold my hands up and say that I am a fan of Pride and Prejudice anyway. I really wasn't sure what to expect but the start settles you in with parts that are familiar and then it takes you off on a journey. Oh my does it! The way that Marina Barrett narrated just helped to suck me in even further. I loved the accents she used. The idea behind it is fantastic and I could just imagine the characters behaving in this way. Sooooooo good.

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  • Susannah
  • 04-21-20

Wonderful Pirate P&P Variation

I received a copy of this audiobook in return for an unbiased review.

I very much enjoyed this take on what occurred after Darcys failed proposal. This story is full of adventure and romance and was a joy to listen to.

The narration was splendid. Accents were very good and a good range of character voices, both male and female. Well paced and clear.

I'd recommend this to all who enjoy a twist for Pride and Prejudice.

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  • 04-16-20

Regency Romance

On Stranger prides by Amy Cecil is a regency romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Marina Barrett.

I absolutely loved this spin on Pride and Prejudice. Amy did an amazing job pulling me into the story. I just had to know how it was going to end.

Marina did an amazing job on the narration. I love that she uses different tones/voices for each character. She really knows how to bring a story to life.

I would highly recommend this book if you love Regency Romances.

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  • Gillek2
  • 04-16-20

The Lady and the Pirate!

Darcy was a wealthy man who fell in love with Elizabeth however her dismissal of his proposal turned his life in a totally different direction. Elizabeth regrets what happened but never saw Darcy again and in the years since she married a man she loved, who passed away, and had a son.

Eleven years later when her father wants to take a trip on a ship, he convinces Elizabeth that she and her son should come as well. She put her uncertainties aside and agreed but when they are taken over by pirates, she hadn’t expected the feelings she developed for Max, the Captain or the secret that he holds. Is their love strong enough to overcome their very different lifestyles?

This is a very unique take on a classic story that draws you in with compelling characters. The narrator did a great job of bringing this story to life.

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  • LianaReads
  • 04-15-20

Loved it

Who doesn’t love a Pride and Prejudice retelling story?
This book is even more than then what you’re expecting, it’s more interesting and that what if elements are so well defined and written that is actually a totally new story worth of her own rank .
Another great book by a favourite author now.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 04-14-20

On Stranger Prides

I love listening to books with this era and have to say that this book definitely did not disappoint. A misunderstanding leads to some drastic reactions to the point that fate has to take over and make their paths cross again. I really enjoyed this book and loved the narration.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 04-13-20

Yo Ho Yo Ho a Pirate's Life for Me

If you want to suck me into a Pride and Prejudice book, this is the way to do it! Argh, Elizabeth Bennett, you have no willpower when it comes to the charms of Captain Sterling! This is a fantastic listen as we have Elizabeth being taken hostage on a pirate ship by none other than the man she turned down 11 years before. Not recognizing the dashing Fitz Darcy, now known as Captain Sterling, he uses his wiles to woo her and win her heart. But what will happen when she realizes who he is? And what has he done with her father? And how will her son react to all the changes in his life? There is so much to deal with, many decisions to make and a hot, burning desire for this man. I loved every minute of Amy Cecil's original take on this classic.

Marina Barrett just enhances this story with her amazing narration. This woman has a real knack for storytelling, and she knows how to bring this to life. She has incredible voices and her emotions and inflections of all the characters pull us in, and keep us stranded until the very end. It's a book well worth a listen!