What if Elizabeth is promised to another when she meets Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the one man who captures her heart and imagination like no other?
What's more, Darcy has an entanglement of his own--an engagement of a peculiar kind.
As dire as their chance for "happily ever after" seems, there is a measure of hope by way of a strong and enduring bond between them ...
The legend of King Arthur meets the timelessness of Miss Jane Austen's endearing works in this delightfully entertaining Pride and Prejudice adaptation that takes you back to a magical time of enchantment and romance and lets you fall in love with Darcy and Elizabeth once again.
©2011 P. O. Dixon (P)2013 P. O. Dixon
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"Characters should not have been revised"
Although I enjoyed the story, it was painful when several of Austen's characters were rewritten. For example, Mr Bennet and Jane Bennet. I could not accept that Mr Bennet would support Jeffrey Collins over Elizabeth or that Jane would accept Jeffrey Collin's view of Elizabeth without question. These issues damaged an otherwise pleasant reading experience.
This is a great book written by P.O. Dixon and narrated by Pearl Hewitt. This book can be listened to in one sitting if you have the time, once I started listening to it I didn’t want to put it down until the end. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. This was such a great read and full of surprises.
The narrator Pearl Hewitt. did a great job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to in one sitting and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end.
If you are looking for a great book with great characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.
A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
"Excellent Austenesque Fiction, Talented Narrator"
Yes, I would consider this to be better than the print version. Voice actor Pearl Hewitt brings a quality to the text that my mind would not have generated on its own. She makes clear distinctions between characters and seems to have a solid understanding of the rhythms of Austenesque fiction. While her British accent is very strong and took a little while for my ear to adjust to it, her tone is very aristocratic and brings cultural veracity to the story.
Elizabeth Bennet Carlton would be my favorite character of the novel. She is navigating some very interesting waters-- the death of her first husband, being engaged to a man who proves to not be the best choice for her, meeting the amazing Fitzwilliam Darcy after her engagement, and mothering her young son Ben. She must deal with the gossiping social circles which speculate on her relationships and she must constantly have her values in mind as she acts. What is best for her as a woman? But what is also best for Ben? Ultimately she must be able to take care of her son, but must she go into a loveless marriage, too?
I would have to say Darcy was my favorite character as performed by Pearl Hewitt. She brought a tenderness mixed with masculinity that I found believable, although she naturally has a lovely feminine voice. During romantic scenes, I was not distracted by the fact that it was a woman reading a man's lines.
Of all the characters of the book, I would probably take Anne De Bourgh out to dinner. On one hand, she seems to be frequently sickly and probably could use a good meal! On another hand, she needs to be given a stern talking-to. The woman is delusional and needs someone to wake her up and see reality! She thinks she's engaged to Darcy, and is so committed to this fact, she nearly does herself irreparable harm. She seems to be a changed woman in the end, so perhaps after the story is over, if our dinner occurred then, it would be interesting to hear her side of the story, how she came to finally understand why she would never be with Darcy. Either way-- whether with pre-enlightenment or post-enlightenment Anne, she would be an interesting dinner date.
P.O. Dixon is a quality Austenesque writer. I look forward to not only more of her work, but more of Pearl Hewitt's as well.
"Clever twist to my favorite Austen characters"
This story is one of my favorites. I have now listened to this audible several times and enjoy how P.O. Dixon has given a twist to the relationship between Elizabeth and her father as well as how Darcy views Elizabeth and little Ben.
I enjoyed the way Pearl Hewitt interpreted the different characters but especially young Bennet.
The story does a good job incorporating a twist to Elizabeth's past. It is very sweet how Darcy and young Ben bond. I am enjoying this story line and how it's developing.
"a novel of manners from a modern perspective"
Over the past few years, I have noticed a number of “fan fiction” works inspired by the brilliant prose of Jane Austin, particularly her Pride And Prejudice. I have been curious to see whether modern writers could approach her writing skill, and just how modern writers would manage novels of manners. While I won’t be visiting this sub-genre much, this book was well written, and retained much of the grace of the original. One thing that I did find interesting, and even endearing was that, even though this story is told from a more modern perspective, it was true to the nature of 19th century novels, in that it was never quite explicit, while still managing to present intimacy, mostly through implication and innuendo.
The story itself is well told, and kept my interest throughout the book. This was due, in no small part, to very good character development and presentation, especially of the main characters. True, many of the young ladies reminded me of chattering sparrows, and reading about them was more tolerable than having to associate with them (just), but they flitted in and out of the main story so didn’t distract.
Such novels are a pleasant change from time to time, just as are occasional afternoons spent in ornate tea rooms, enjoying a full English tea with friends.
The narrator provided a professional narration in all ways, although some of the “sparrows” tended to be indistinguishable.
I received this book in exchange for this unbiased review from Audiobookblast dot com.
"Interesting version of Pride and Prejudice"
Yes, because this narrator gives life to the characters.
Elizabeth is a warm-hearted woman with hopes and dreams despite having a family of uncaring nitwits. Her son, Ben, is a marginally lonely boy who needs male company and attaches himself to Mr. Darcy, whom he has interchanged with King Arthur. For his part, Darcy goes along with the fantasy, but then things get complicated.
Yes. This narration was truly delightful in that she clearly differentiated characters and there was no theatrical melodrama, but a sensitive rendition of the author's work.
Be careful what you wish for.
This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.
"Darcy, Elizabeth and Precocious Ben"
The audio version is always best to me. I do miss the print version to sometimes know the spelling of names etc. However, audio to me gives a dimension to books that you do not from reading.
Ben is my favorite character. He is so precocious.
Pearl Hewitt's performance was great. Her voice is clear and concise.
I laughed at some of little Ben's antics.
This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
"Wow!! Pearl Hewitt is BRILLIANT!!"
Narrator Pearl Hewitt was such a perfect fit for this book. She has an incredible knack for making the characters come to life! Although my favorite character was young Ben, each character was believable and individual. The writing is beautiful as well. The story was full of romance and lovely imagery.
Not only does Pearl do an incredible job with each and every character, but she is so fun to listen to. Her voice just flows effortlessly through the story, allowing you to feel as if you are there.
I would highly recommend this listen. I'll be buying more of Pearl Hewitt's audiobooks for sure.
"Warm and engaging"
Absolutely. I really enjoyed this audiobook. Cited as a new version Pride and Prejudice by many people, I had never read it so i can't comment on any similarities. I can say that this historical romance had me enthralled from the opening scene where Elizabeth is demonstrating her independence to the ending where everything turns out as it should. What happens in between is romantic, exciting, and funny. The language is true to the time and the characters are captivating and engaging. .
When Ben went missing as this was a turning point in the relationships in the book.
The narrator is expert at create a multitude of representations to further enhance the characters. I particularly enjoyed her representation of Ben.
When Ann realised that Elizabeth, Darcy and Ben really are a family.
I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
"Wonderful Darcy & Elizabeth story!"
He Taught Me to Hope: Darcy and the Young Knight's Quest is a delightful alternative telling of how Elizabeth and Darcy meet and eventually fall in love. The story starts with Elizabeth marrying a young man of a wealthy family at age 17. Soon after, Elizabeth is widowed and 9 months later she gives birth to a healthy baby boy whom she names Ben. Flash forward five years when Elizabeth returns to Longbourn after the death of her father-in-law. At the behest of her father, Elizabeth becomes engaged to Mr. Collins out of a sense of duty -- to provide a future for her mother and sisters, and to secure a father figure for Ben.
Ben is simply adorable! He's imaginative and wise beyond his years. Ben's favorite past time is exploring the woods around Longbourn. On one such exploration he meets Mr. Darcy. Ben introduces himself as Sir Lancelot and Darcy plays along and says that he is King Arthur. Darcy's relationship with Ben is endearing. He lets Ben be imaginative, and basically falls in love with Ben before he realizes that Ben is Elizabeth’s son.
Like in Jane Austen's book, Darcy and Elizabeth meet at the Meryton Assembly. Their eyes meet across the crowded room and both of them feel an instant attraction. Throughout most of the book Darcy tries to persuade Elizabeth that Mr. Collins is all wrong for her, and after her broken engagement, Darcy persuades her to marry him. Darcy's feelings for Elizabeth never waiver and are steadfast.
I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Pearl Hewitt. She did an outstanding job, providing distinct and consistent voices for all characters, young and old. Pearl's narration certainly contributed to my enjoyment of this book. Great job!
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