Get Your Free Audiobook

Mistaking Her Character

A Pride and Prejudice Variation
Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
Series: The Queen of Rosings Park, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
2.0 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

Non-member price: $34.76

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Lady Catherine de Bourgh is prepared to be very generous when it comes to medical care for her sickly daughter, Anne - generous enough to lure noted physician Dr. Thomas Bennet to give up his London practice and move his family to Rosings Park. But his good income comes with a price: complete dependence on his demanding patroness’s every whim. 

Now the Bennet family is trapped, reliant on Lady Catherine for their survival. Their patroness controls every aspect of the Bennet household, from the shelves in the closet to the selection of suitors for the five Bennet daughters. Now she has chosen a husband for headstrong Elizabeth Bennet - Mr. George Wickham. 

But Lady Catherine’s nephew, Fitzwilliam Darcy, is not so sure about his aunt’s choice. He is fascinated by the compassionate Elizabeth who seems to effortlessly understand everyone around her, including him. Lady Catherine has other plans for Darcy, though, and she forbids Elizabeth to even speak to him. 

As Anne’s health takes a turn for the worse, Darcy and Elizabeth are thrown together as Dr. Bennet struggles to save Anne’s life. Darcy can no longer deny the truth - he is in love with Elizabeth Bennet. But Lady Catherine will do anything to stop Darcy from marrying her - even if it means Elizabeth will lose everything she loves.

©2015 Maria Grace (P)2019 Maria Grace

What listeners say about Mistaking Her Character

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    0
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    0
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    3
Story
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    0
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • amc
  • 19-09-2020

Not appealing

The story was disappointing especially as Elizabeth’s father was made out to be a user of his daughters good nature and existence. He was made out to be cruel and mean and selfish. In the original story he was tolerant of his wife’s attitude and doted on Elizabeth, the only one in his family who loved and understood him. I did not like the narrator’s voices especially that of Elizabeth. All in all the women sounded whiny, even those who were in authority or had a strength of character. Also it droned on. I do not wish to insult anyone but this is how this audio struck me.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Just too, too...OTT

If I had bought this book on Kindle, I think I would have been able to read it with more enjoyment than listening to it inspired. I used up a credit to buy it and I did listen to the end but it was an absolute chore. Lesley Parkin’s narration, for me, was painful. Especially, strangely, the female voices. Lady Catherine and Elizabeth were the worst. Elizabeth was not the bright as a button character we know and love but a person who doubts herself at every turn, even though she does right by everyone and yet is treated as less than a slug on the underside of a rock by those who should cherish her. Mrs Bennet is a wicked stepmother (Jane and Elizabeth’s mother died when they were quite young) to Lizzy but not to Jane, and Mr Bennet uses Lizzy as his personal slave. He is a talented doctor but he comes up with the treatments and then leaves Lizzy to carry out all the nursing care while he sucks up to Lady C and sleeps his nights away in his own bed. Lizzy has made friends with the servants at Rosings because she helps them with all of their minor ailments, and until Darcy (and Georgiana) stay at Rosings, the servants are the people she is most open with. Of course, Darcy meets her and falls in love but once they are a couple—and what a distressing journey that is—he has to admonish her for continually running herself down! Lady Catherine is the worst I think I have ever seen committed to paper (as it were) and Mr Bennet is also one of the worst. Lizzy is a martyr—too good to be true—and her ill treatment at the hands of Lady C and Mr Bennet falls short of physical abuse but their other abuses of her really turn this story into a Gothic novel that Catherine Morland would have devoured with shivery fervour. This P&P variation is more like a fairytale where the beautiful princess awaits a handsome prince to take her away from her horrible life. Far from Maria Grace’s best effort.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for HeatherY
  • HeatherY
  • 08-02-2020

Dark Pride and Prejudice Retelling

In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Mr. Bennet isn't a gentleman with a small estate, he's a talented doctor hired by Lady Catherine to take care of Anne de Bourgh. Lizzy acts as his assistant and tries to anticipate her father's every need before he expresses it, as he's quick to anger and she is often the target of that anger. When Mr. Darcy visits his aunt, he meets Lizzy and admires her, but Lady Catherine has other plans for the two oldest Bennet sisters. I really enjoyed this retelling. Why is it so dark? Every character, except for Darcy and the Gardiners, are magnified versions of themselves. Normally I prefer the characters to have the same personalities, and just the circumstances to be different, but this variation works in its own way. Mr. Bennet isn't just a lax father, he's verbally abusive and cruel. Mrs. Bennet wants to get rid of her two oldest step daughters to make way for her biological children, and Lady Catherine? She isn't just overbearing and interfering in this retelling, she actually intends harm. Jane loves her sister, but is indifferent or unseeing of her suffering. Lizzy's self esteem is damaged by a lifetime of harm by her family, although she still retains her own sparkle. Watching Darcy work to heal her heart was cathartic. This is a great variation and I'll be looking out for more by this author! The narration was well done, perfect for the story. I really enjoyed her accent, and it was a great performance.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-2020

Very Entertaining

Though the characters were very different from what I had known in past variations, I thoroughly enjoyed every twist and turn. I especially enjoyed the inner dialogue of Elizabeth and Darcy during their interactions. I will definitely re-read this book in the future!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ravenclaw4Life
  • Ravenclaw4Life
  • 07-01-2020

Encore!

I absolutely loved this version. it was beautiful! the plot was amazing, it keeps you hooked. I will definitely be listening to this again. it's now one of my favorites!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for SandyH
  • SandyH
  • 03-12-2019

Great....

I really enjoyed this book. I did read it some time ago, but listening to it now made it feel brand new. The "normal" characters are a little different, making the story original and new feeling. Narration was exceptional.