• Particular Intentions

  • By: L. L. Diamond
  • Narrated by: Leena Emsley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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Particular Intentions

By: L. L. Diamond
Narrated by: Leena Emsley
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Publisher's Summary

Who is this Mr. Darcy and what are his intentions? Like much of Meryton, the Bennets of Longbourn anticipate the arrival of Mr. Bingley and his friends to Netherfield, yet an unexpected visitor is not a part of Mr. Bingley's or Mr. Darcy's plans. While the two gentlemen attempt to control their uninvited guest, Elizabeth Bennet arrives to tend to her ill sister. An overheard conversation, the intriguing behavior of Mr. Darcy, and Miss Bingley's cloying manner all fascinate her, but manage to throw her emotions into turmoil as well. As Elizabeth becomes better acquainted with Mr. Darcy, his world unfolds and, if possible, it is more complicated than the man himself! Mysterious strangers and seducers lurk in the shadows - enough to threaten anyone's equanimity. Elizabeth's courage will be tested as she not only struggles to discover her own heart, but also why danger seems to surround Mr. Darcy.

©2016 L.L. Diamond (P)2017 L.L. Diamond

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Great Story But Terrible Narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

if they can tolerate a bad narrator yes

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She uses the same tone of voice for all characters, so you at times don't know whos talking it gets all mixed up

Any additional comments?

I did enjoy how Bingley was not a pushover for his sisters

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Lovely story

In essentials this story is a, "What if Elizabeth eaves dropped on everyone?" lol.
Elizabeth overhears several things that allow her to get to know Darcy sooner. The real draw of the story, however, is in the subtle changes to characters and relationships woven through this reimagining. Because of this I won't go into more detail, as it would definitely ruin the surprises of the story, but so you have an idea of what type of variation you are getting: There are some passionate scenes but nothing very explicit. Also it is very centered on D&E; the use of other characters and relationships are used to drive their story not as filler or side line plots.
(I did listen to it at 1.15x speed as the narrator was rather a ponderous reader, but none of the voices bothered me)

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Recency intrigue

It was not a struggle to finish this book, but I wish Georgianna was not always painted as the victim. Considering Wyckham's behavior towards her it is a miracle Darcy and Richard did not kill him outright.

The subplots were a refreshing change from the usual and everyone will enjoy reading about Darcy's family. Miss Bingley's life is properly upended, while Lidiya is restrained at last.

The narrator was monotone, making it very difficult to understand who was speaking at any given time. My favorite narrator for Pride and Prejudice was the amazing Flo Gibson. An accomplished actress from the 1950s, the lady gave me the audible impression of entering a ballroom during the time of Regency England. Delightful narration!

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Great story, horrible narration

Pros:
The story's plot was well conceived and wonderfully executed. It was perfectly paced. The story was different enough to be refreshing, but stayed mostly true to the original. The characters were fully formed, and I loved the fate of Lydia and Miss Bingley.

Cons:
The narrator made the story difficult to finish. She was monotonous and dull, especially when portraying a male character.

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Rather ponderous

This book was slow and ponderous. The Elizabeth character was a very pale shadow of Jane Austen's Elizabeth and was whiny and weak. The story was disjointed and left some things hanging from the beginning to the end. I do not want to keep this book.

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Intriguing story

I loved this story. It was different and showed pride & prejudice from a different perspective. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes what-if stories and sequels to P&P. Great narrator as well.

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Very, very well done

Leena Emsley does a fabulous job of narrating this book. She has different voices that work well for the characters and my interest was held throughout the book. It was certainly never boring. I truly think she is gifted, it's that good! And L. L. Diamond had written a very good book as well. This is a great match

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Interesting story bludgeoned by convoluted angst

The narrator really put her heart into the narration so she deserves a 5-star rating.

The story begins with the unexpected arrival of Caroline Bingley at Netherfield Park. Both Bingley and Darcy are outraged. From there it a series of contrived situations unfold that bring ODC to recognize their mutual regard. Elizabeth is brave, witty, intelligent, and attractive. Darcy is brave, intelligent, forthright, and attractive. There are several roadblocks thrown in their path to overcome during this part of the book [Meryton, Longbourn, Netherfield]. A misunderstanding and gross stupidity on Elizabeth's part sunders the relationship.

Then the scene shifts to London. Darcy is determined to have Elizabeth. Elizabeth is sent to London by her father where she is reunited with Darcy at a ball. She is happy to renew their relationship and accepts his marriage proposal. At that point, Elizabeth becomes a different woman. If Darcy gives her a kiss she is lost to all reason. She cannot think or breathe in the presence of danger. She can't even open her mouth to give a warning in the form of a scream. She faints, quivers, or closes her eyes in terror.

I gave the story 4 stars rounded up from 3-1/2 stars because the author is usually excellent. It lost a star because the angst was excessive, contrived, and convoluted, especially the last occurrence with the gun. Plus, only silly girls giggle. Women laugh.

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Better with a different narrator

This is a wonderful story, but the narrator has a slow slightly quavering voice.

What would happen without so many misunderstandings at the beginning, such as getting in front of Wickams’ lies by warning Mr. Bennet?

Some of the same issues still remain and need to be overcome. Lizzie is just as stubborn as you’d expect which means some things take more to resolve than others. Some side characters are different. For example, Richard is not as astute as usual. Mr. Gardiner had to suggest to him that Wickam may have been after Georgiana’s diary, which took Richard by surprise?!? Huh?

I have heard a few narrators that actually PREVENT me from trying a book, and Ms. Easley is not one of those. The recording was slightly improved by increasing to 1.1 speed.

But, I’d very likely repurchase if recorded again by Stevie Zimmerman ( duh, obviously), Elizabeth Klett, Catherine Bilson, etc.

(Oh, yeah, R rating on this one )

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Good story

The story was really good, although extremely long in the beginning...edit...I would have liked an epilog at least a year or so later...children.
It just so much in the beginning to have nothing for the after.
Would have loved to see something bad happen to Caroline in this variation...she was really nasty.
Love Mr. Bennett taking charge of his family. Didn't really understand why Bingley had to rent an estate when he married (SPOILER)
who he did due to her things.
All in all well written...just needed more in the end. Want it all to be satisfied.
The narrator is the worst...couldn't tell loads of time who was speaking...at all!
If you are going to be a reader for books you need to have some differences in characters voices....male's D, Richard and at times Bingley were all the same. At some parts you could tell E from D voice. That's terrible.
Had to listen on 1.50 speed.
Narrator's can make or break a book.

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  • TheNameless
  • 08-22-18

Decent story spoiled by bad narration

I like LL Diamond, but Leena Emsley's voice is annoying and makes it painful to listen to.

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  • Susan A Dyer
  • 03-23-17

Particular Intentions

Riviting from beginning to end. Thoroughly enjoyable except that narrator could have varied her voice somewhat for each character.







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  • Andrew Hallows
  • 08-13-22

More Hallmark than Austen

May appeal to some but I found the plot somewhat convoluted, the characters a little irritating and the narration too ponderous.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 12-31-21

Excellent

At first I thought this was a direct crib of P & P but the plot took an interesting and engrossing life of its own. The writing is superior and the performance very good.