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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 Why does he seek her out as a friend for his shy, withdrawn sister?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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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Glinda
  • 07/04/2017

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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  • Global
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26/11/2017

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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  • Global
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  • Randall
  • 02/09/2014

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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  • Global
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  • KJN
  • 22/07/2017

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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  • Traci
  • 08/03/2017

Mirror Image

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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  • Stephanie G
  • 14/10/2016

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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  • Benjamin
  • 08/07/2016

A Fascinating Insight into Mr. Darcy's Mind

Would you consider the audio edition of Darcy's Passions to be better than the print version?

With classical-style books, I generally prefer to listen to them than read them on my own. If I try to read them, I tend to get caught up on the word choice and lengthy sentences, which is so different than how we talk nowadays. I had the Kindle version to read along to, but I definitely preferred listening to it than reading it.

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

I thoroughly enjoyed Andy Cresswell and Penny Scott-Andrew's performances, because they drew me into the story; I was often lost in the telling, forgetting I was actually listening to a book and not participating in the Society of the time. I really enjoyed Penny Scott-Andrews reading Georgiana's letters.

Any additional comments?

What an interesting and insightful take on Pride and Prejudice! We know the classic tale, told from Elizabeth Bennet's point of view, and how that once one's pride and another's prejudice are put aside, love prevails. But what we lack from Jane Austen's novel is Mr. Darcy's take on all that occurred.

Regina Jeffers does an excellent job portraying the events within P&P and how they effect Mr. Darcy's side of things. We see everything from his point of view in Dary's Passions, more of Georgiana and the friends/family Darcy is close with, including his friendship with Charles Bingley and Darcy's actual feelings for Caroline Bingley. We see the process in which the man becomes the Mr. Darcy everyone loves (with its own little twists and extras and drama).

I thoroughly enjoyed this version. It felt true to Austen's original tale and even expanded beyond the conclusion to give a little aftertaste of what became of the Darcys after they found each other. The plot flowed, gave new exciting information, stayed true to historical expectations, and the drama was fun. I really, really loved it.

(At the beginning of this novel, Regina Jeffers states you don't have to have read Pride and Prejudice to understand and enjoy this version, which is true, from a literary stance, but I do highly recommend having experienced the original before delving into this one. It'll make this one all the more interesting and fun.)

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  • Yaimee
  • 30/06/2016

Wonderful Addition

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. You know you have something good when you find yourself sitting in your car listening when you should be at work or doing errands but I was transfixed on Darcy. The author added some scenes but I didn't mind. Her depiction of Darcy was well developed and written. I loved Cresswell's voice ( one of the reasons I was hooked) and was disappointed he hasn't done much else ( in my genre of interest). I was also surprised at other negative reviews. I was hooked which is all that matters. Happy reading (listening!)

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  • Fabulous Mrs B
  • 06/06/2016

Through his eyes

This book is written from Fitzwilliam Darcy's point of view. I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fan fiction and what if stories.

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  • bebe
  • 04/02/2016

A fun version

Any additional comments?

I love Pride and Prejudice and have read it and listened to it many times. I also have watched many different movies versions of the book. I just cannot get enough of Elizabeth and Darcy. I usually shy away from imagined sequels by modern authors, but I gave this one a try. It was surprisingly good and I am so glad I bought it. There is nothing new, but just a different perspective and well written. Very interesting. The readers were also good.

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  • civility
  • 08/11/2016

Enttäuschend

Für wen - wenn nicht gerade für Sie - ist dieses Hörbuch besser geeignet?

Liebhaber seichter Unterhaltung und Dauergefühlsduselei

Welche drei Worte charakterisieren Ihrer Meinung nach am besten die Lesung von Andy Cresswell and Penny Scott-Andrews ?

unangenehm kindlich-naive Sprecherin

Welche Emotionen hat dieses Hörbuch bei Ihnen ausgelöst? Ärger, Betroffenheit, Enttäuschung?

Ärger

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Der vielgeliebte Roman einer großartigen Schriftstellerin auf das Niveau eines Groschenromans gebracht. Schrecklich.

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