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Mr. Darcy's Journey

A Pride & Prejudice Variation
Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
Series: Abigail Reynolds, Book 5
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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Mr. Darcy is at his wits' end. Elizabeth Bennet, the woman he can't live without, overhears him insulting her family. Now she won't even listen to his apologies. Then his old friend Sir Anthony Duxbury tells him two of their friends are in terrible danger. If Darcy wants to help them, they have to leave for Yorkshire immediately.

But something doesn't add up. Elizabeth claims to know Sir Anthony, too - but by a different name. What game is his old friend playing? And is it dangerous?

Even Sir Anthony says the trip is dangerous. The Luddite rebels are on the verge of armed revolt - and he should know, because he's one of them. Darcy's cousin Lady Frederica decides she's going with them anyway, and insists on bringing Elizabeth. Could this be Darcy's chance to earn Elizabeth's forgiveness and her love?

Elizabeth would rather face a squad of Napoleon's soldiers than spend three days trapped in a carriage with Darcy and his headstrong cousin, but she has her own reason for agreeing to come. If she can just manage to keep her temper, she may be able to rescue her uncle from financial ruin.

But when a Luddite riot erupts around them, it's Darcy and Elizabeth who need rescuing - from each other.

Mr. Darcy's Journey is a variation on Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice by nationally best-selling author Abigail Reynolds.

©2016 Abigail Reynolds (P)2016 Abigail Reynolds

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Fascinating story

This audiobook/story is more than a Lizzy/Darcy love story, it is a history lesson, wrapped up in a brilliant story that prevents it from becoming a dry historical tome.

Abigail Reynolds has taken a bit of poetic licence to fit the events that happened in the north of England in 1812 into a very entertaining story.

The characters, both those established by JA in P&P and those newly minted by Ms Reynolds, are so wonderfully portrayed, they just jump off the page, and are bought to superb life by the amazing talent of Elizabeth Klett. This native of New Jersey seems more British than many a native Briton; her accents—cultured female as well as male, to the more provincial accents of the poor and uneducated masses from the north of England—are absolutely spot on. Her talent is prodigious, and any of Abigail Reynolds’ works narrated by Ms Klett are amongst my favourite audiobooks. I wish all of Ms Reynolds’ works that are recorded into audiobook format were narrated by Ms Klett.

Me Darcy’s Journey is satisfyingly long, has plenty of excitement and enough Lizzy/Darcy interaction to satisfy. My favourite character is Lady Matlock, a truly magnificent character. In fact, her ladyship could well be an aristocratic, older and more worldly version of Miss Elizabeth Bennet. Though Lizzy would probably not be so very interfering!

Highly recommend. 👍😀

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  • María Fernanda Padilla Benavides
  • 09-03-2017

too fictional for my taste

although I enjoyed the book. And the author explains the historical facts at the end and explains the credibility of most part of the story and some of the characters, I did not enjoy that those facts "made" Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy to be involved in several compromises which I believe are totally out of character for both of them and therefore ruined the book for me. Don't get me wrong, I loved the compromises but for the time of the story I don't believe them as easy to dismiss as they were. I read another variation that involved a light compromise between the two of them and both of them acted as they should, and it seemed more realistic than this one.
Also, I didn't like that lady Matlock was so flippant about compromising miss Elizabeth.
overall, the story was entertaining enough but not one of my favorite variations

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  • Kathleen
  • 19-10-2016

If you love the Darcy's you'll enjoy this!

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This is another great variation to the Elizabeth & Darcy story. It weaves in enough of the original story to keep the spirit of JA’s book part of this story, however, the mix of circumstances develops into a new story. The story seems to get into more detail about the political situation at the time, how it affected friends and family and how Darcy and Elizabeth managed through it. Elizabeth Klett is the narrator and does an excellent job. She helps make the story engaging with her ability to distinguish each character with a unique voice. I can easily recommend this audiobook. I also must say that I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Inga Deborah James
  • 05-10-2016

Mr. Darcy's Journey

What did you love best about Mr. Darcy's Journey?

I love the historic period, the look into the lives, beliefs, customs and thoughts of the people living in the time period.

We all know the basics of P&P, what I love is the details into everyday lives, seeing the characters we love as real people dealing with real life situations.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed both Darcy and Elizabeth.

we learned Darcy is so much more than the strict noble. The way he treated the people who work for him was remarkable. He comes off as prideful and set in his ways, but as a lord , e was good to his subjects.

I liked discovering more about the everyday Darcy, the person with responsibilities, a young sister to protect, a manor to manage etc. Seeing how he deals with each situation that requires his attention speaks for his character.

Elizabeth was also a revelation. We see she did develop an attachment to Wikham. She, with her sense, was blinded by his sweet talk and lies. It showed us a more human and relatable Elizabeth.

What about Elizabeth Klett’s performance did you like?


I loved the book and Elizabeth's narration from beginning to end.

She used the perfect tone to narrate each character, their different modes. She conveyed their characters with her tone of voice and added to an already beautiful story.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • cyndi
  • 01-10-2016

can't get enough of Mr. Darcy

if it has to do with Jane Austen or Mr. Darcy I am sure to listen! I can't get enough of this! I really enjoyed it! narration was perfect and I can't wait to listen again and again. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • Rivershark
  • 21-05-2019

Abigail Reynolds does it again!

I am a huge fan of Reynolds' P&P variations and this one is no exception. It's well done and Elizabeth Klett is a perfect narrator for it. I was swept away on an audio journey and transported back into one of my favorite places to be - right there beside Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

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  • akwurst
  • 23-07-2017

Great blend of actual history with P&P!

This is a good listen. I enjoyed both the author's work and the narrator. Great side characters as well. I wish Ms Reynolds would tackle Persuasion, do a story from Bingley's POV, etc... Write more! :)

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  • Ann Arbor
  • 01-12-2016

Lady Matlock gets to be the heroine

If you like Lady Matlock you'll love this book. If you enjoy historical novels you'll love the way some significant historical events are woven into this story. One of Abigail Reynolds' best.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-11-2016

Good narration couldn't save this

I found out about this Pride and Prejudice subgenre by listening to audio-books provided by AudioBook Boom. I was gifted this one in exchange for an honest review. I thought I could learn to like this quirky little subgenre since my favorite book is Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. This book is not my gateway to that journey. It started out really well, got a little silly, then a bit boring and very political and ended up a mushy mess. Perhaps I am not suited for this grouping after all, but I do plan to give it at least one more chance. As noted in my headline, the narration was good. Very good, indeed!

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  • Maria
  • 12-11-2016

Loved this "Journey"

I could not stop listening to this one, just had to hear what was next.

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  • Blodeuedd
  • 18-10-2016

Austen

I listened to an audio version narrated by Elizabeth Klett. I felt she did an amazing job. It kept me entertained, I liked her voice and she kept a good pace. One thing though was Darcy's voice at times. He had a drawl and sounded so proud. Which he is of course, and it did seem to go away as the book progressed and he learned his ways.

In this one Lizzy is swept away by events. Straight into the boisterous Fitzwilliam family, and it was great seeing them. The colonel of course, a sister with opinions, and one brother is is a bit, oh he is fun too. And Lady Matlock sure has her way. A great family.

Lizzy's journey brings her straight into the luddite rebellion. Straight into contact with Darcy. They annoy each other, they liked each other. And they live happily ever after.

A great story.

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  • TheNameless
  • 10-10-2018

A very different but enjoyable variation

...and an interesting look at what was happening in England outside the drawing rooms of JA's novels. At times, some of the characters come across as a bit 2-dimensional and I found the behaviour of Lady Matlock (and to a lesser extent, her daughter), officious and slightly creepy, as she acts as puppet-master to everyone around her, especially Elizabeth.

Poor Elizabeth is manipulated from the very start of the titular journey and she never regains her own agency against Lady M. Early in the story, Darcy mentally compares Lady Catherine's demands to Lady Matlock's almost imperceptible manouvering. Darcy's thoughts are affectionate, but there's a lot of truth in the comparison: they both expect their own way.

Even when Darcy is being his most insulting, he still respects Elizabeth, even though she (understandably) can't see it. As she learns more about him, I can't help feeling that his honesty and lack of manipulation must be a welcome relief!I

Despite my issues with some elements of the story, I did enjoy it and EK's narration was good, although not great. I don't think I'd listen all the way through again, but I may skip sections and listen to Darcy and Elizabeth's part of the story.

For those that worry about such things, this is a clean variation, which doesn't go beyond passionate kissing.

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  • A D.
  • 06-10-2016

Action packed and interestingly detailed!

i thoroughly enjoyed this variation of Pride and Prejudice, though I get the sense I might have missed the first part of this. Abigail Reynolds has added in diverse characters, especially strong women and more fair-minded men, historical events and a lot of action. Ms. Bennett and Mr. Darcy are put through significant challenges before their coming together becomes the natural and expected conclusion. Elizabeth Klett has provided a well matches, stellar performance of this historical romance. Overall, very enjoyable.

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