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Nefarious: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Lu par : Harry Frost
Durée : 15 h et 15 min
Catégories : Anglais - Romance, Historical

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He hates everything about her.
She despises him even more.
So why is his heart so determined to belong to her?

Once trapped by marriage to a woman he loathed, Fitzwilliam Darcy is finally free again. Resentful, bewildered, and angry, he is eager to begin his life over - preferably with a woman who is the exact opposite of his wife.

He never imagined a short stay in Hertfordshire would bring him face to face with his worst nightmare; a woman similar in face, form, and name. He certainly never expected her to be so impossible to ignore.

Torn between what he believes he wants and what his heart cannot live without, his dignity begins to unravel. Will his desperation to escape his past drive a wedge into his closest friendship and destroy any hope of a future?

Will Miss Elizabeth Bennet prove to be as nefarious as his wife? Or, will the last woman in the world be his only chance at happiness?

©2019 Nicole Clarkston (P)2019 Nicole Clarkston
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  • Sophia Rose
  • 02/12/2019

A Gothic Romance Variation on a Classic


A tortured hero and a spirited heroine in a gothic-style variation on an old familiar classic pulled me in from the beginning especially from now fabulous and familiar author and narrator.

Nefarious is a variation on Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice that introduces the story with a stormy, bitter Darcy beside his wife's grave. Hating the perfidy she and her family used to manipulate him into marriage and access his wealth (ala Mr. Rochester's in laws from Jane Eyre), he swears he will never trust another Elizabeth. Gasp! Then the man decides to court the sister. Double Gasp!

But, that is only the first of the shocking twists on the original as Darcy endures much at the hands of his enemies and alienates the one woman who is nothing like his wife though she shares the same given name and has an ambitious mother and now counts herself as hostile toward the rude, arrogant man from Derbyshire.

It was full of angst and pushed me to my limits. I'm not generally a fan of that much angst and over the top gothic villainy, but something about the author's writing and the story kept me listening and vested in the story. I had to know how Darcy saw his way through all the plotting against him from all sides it seemed and won Miss Elizabeth's favor and love after he set her against him so strongly. I'm a softy for a wounded, brooding hero who has to overcome so much both character-driven and action-driven conflict and a strong, engaging heroine who has her own flaws to overcome and does.

Surprisingly, it wasn't all doom and gloom. The humor-laced leaven in the lump even during the darker scenes had me smiling and sometimes laughing a little. I was glad to see it there so my emotions got a reprieve and the story felt more balanced.

As this was a Pride & Prejudice variation, I enjoyed seeing familiar characters, dialogues, and key scenes, but they were sometimes creatively mixed about to form this new story. Those who haven't read the classic tale would do all right as a result.

The narration work was fabulous. This was all told from Darcy's point of view and I thought Harry Frost, a now familiar and engaging narrator, captured Darcy so well. He voiced the bitter anger and betrayal as well as the lighter amusement. He did great with gender, age, class, and the various situations. I felt he gave an already solid story more depth and would happily look up more of his work.

All in all, Nefarious was captivating to my senses and had me emotionally vested in the outcome of this tumultuous variation tale of treachery and romance. I would recommend it to historical romance fans who like a bit of the classic gothic feel to their read-listens.

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  • JM Saenz
  • 06/12/2019

Brilliant


This book is quite beautiful. I would have never imagined that Mr Darcy could be portrayed thus but I am glad it was so.
I would highly recommend this book to any JAFF enthusiast. I would have liked to know what happened to the villains in the story. All that was summarized towards the end was that there was testimonials against them and some evidence but nothing was revealed afterwards stating if they received their just desserts or not.

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  • Christina Boyd
  • 03/12/2019

Easy to recommend!

Voice actor Harry Frost really shines, showing his range and imagination. His rich voice and excellent pacing made for the perfect Mr Darcy! He is an enthusiastic narrator, bringing a nuanced, honest performance to each character. His audio production is flawless—no annoying clicking or mouth sounds, no echoey recording to detract from the performance or story.

Easy to recommend this clever, emotive, and even funny “Pride & Prejudice” reimagining from Darcy’s POV. Yes, Darcy is a little more frustratingly flawed than in some other fan fiction but don’t worry—that just adds to the delicious happily-ever-after that we know MUST come. Warning: Block out the time to listen to this one—because once you’ve started, you won’t be able to turn it off.

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  • Katie W.
  • 15/05/2020

Angsty Darcy as he learns to love against his will

I loved this variation, perhaps my favorite. I like the ones that detail Darcy's journey from early withstanding to love, and give Elizabeth the wit that makes her more than just a pair of fine eyes. And the narrator is PERFECT for voicing Darcy's inner thoughts! I could listen to this Darcy all day.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26/04/2020

Forgot to review

I forgot to review this when I listened but I remember I really enjoyed it! The story was a new premise on a very popular genre and the dialog was memorable - even months later! One of my favorite of Nicole Clarkston's books

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  • Fabia88
  • 17/04/2020

Excellent!!!

Amazing, thrilling, heart wrenching and brilliant story. Darcy's inner turmoil found the perfect voice in this audiobook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12/04/2020

Fasten your seatbelt’s it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Who is this Darcy? He’s cruel, he’s vindictive and he tries to seduce Bingleys Jane. He refuses to see his sister Georgina for a year and a half. He even walks away from Pemberley and plans to never return.

This is the most inventive take on a Jane Austen story yet. I highly recommend It. The life lesson here is making bad choices usually comes back to haunt you. I enjoyed the clever repartee. I liked the narrator.

The story is told by Darcy himself. He’s so quick on the draw that for the first several chapters I slowed the speech down. I enjoyed Elizabeth’s manipulations to keep Darcy away from her sister. There are mysteries galore with cruel men who have evil intentions.

I usually listen to books while I clean or perform no brainer tasks. Not so for most of this book. Enjoy!

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  • bebe
  • 22/03/2020

Interesting twist to the Pride and Prejudice story

I love Pride and Prejudice and also love many of the variations of this classic story. This variation is a new approach. Darcy's wife has died. He despised her because she was so evil. Now he does not want to be involved with anyone woman except a simple good person. While visiting Bingley at Netherfield Darcy meets Jane and Elizabeth Bennett. He wants Jane because she is beautiful, quite and sweet. He takes an instant dislike of Elizabeth He seems to be terrified of her and thinks about her constantly, but not in a good way. The relationship between Darcy, Elizabeth, and the other familiar characters grow and change throughout this book. I took off one star because the financial and business relationship that is at the root of Darcy's newest problems is just too complicated and much of the last part of the book is very depressing. This book was somewhat too long, but ended too quickly. However, it still is entertaining and held my interest.

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  • Guama Mama
  • 16/02/2020

Superlative Narration - Great Variation!

I had initially purchased the Kindle Book, Nefarious,, but I can tend to be ADD and the long period of bitterness experienced by FD before the great reveal just could not hold my attention, despite Nicole Clarkson's excellent writing. But Harry Frost - OMG, Harry Frost - what an excellent narration! His voice, the inflections and emotion as he read this book breathed such magnificent life into every scene, every character, every aspect in and of this story that I was hooked from the beginning and stayed the course through to the end.

I have to say that I've been a Clarkston fan but was perplexed that I couldn't initially get into the book - I didn't blame her, I blamed myself; but my friends, Nicole Clarkston is such an excellent writer. Her writing, her unique phraseology, was so deftly ready by Harry Frost that I want to go back to the book and read it all the way through. I enjoyed everything about this story!

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  • E.B.
  • 26/01/2020

A Very Commendable Austen Spinoff

I enjoyed this very much, One of the better productions of Austen fan fiction. The narration was a pleasure to listen to and the story was a lot of fun. If you are a JA fan, fear not! Her characters are in good hands here.

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  • M. Spiess
  • 27/11/2019

Pride and Prejudice aus der Sicht von Mr. Darcy

Schon die ersten Sätze der Hörprobe, gesprochen von Harry Frost, haben mich überzeugt: diese 15 Stunden und 15 Minuten lohnen sich! Keine Sekunde Langeweile in dieser witzigen Story. Dem Sprecher hätte ich liebend gerne noch ein Paar Sterne angehängt. Was für eine Vorstellung! Man muß ihn im Auge behalten und Nicole Clarkson ebenso.