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The Other Bennet Sister

Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
Length: 20 hrs
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.3 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It is a sad fact of life that if a young woman is unlucky enough to come into the world without expectations, she had better do all she can to ensure she is born beautiful. To be handsome and poor is misfortune enough; but to be both plain and penniless is a hard fate indeed.

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mary is the middle of the five Bennet girls and the plainest of them all, so what hope does she have? Prim and pious, with no redeeming features, she is unloved and seemingly unlovable.

The Other Bennet Sister shows another side to Mary. An introvert in a family of extroverts, a constant disappointment to her mother, who values beauty above all else, fearful of her father’s sharp tongue, with little in common with her siblings - is it any wonder she turns to books for both company and guidance? And, if she finds her life lonely or lacking, that she determines to try harder at the one thing she can be: right.

One by one, her sisters marry - Jane and Lizzy for love, Lydia for some semblance of respectability - but Mary, it seems, is destined to remain single and live out her life at Longbourn, at least until her father dies and the house is bequeathed to the reviled Mr Collins.

But when that fateful day finally comes, she slowly discovers that perhaps there is hope for her after all. 

Simultaneously a wonderfully warm homage to Jane Austen and a delightful new story in its own right, Janice Hadlow's The Other Bennet Sister is, at its heart, a life-affirming tale of a young woman finding her place in the world. Witty and uplifting, it will make you feel - and cheer - for Mary as you never have before.

©2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd 2019

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Delightful

Great extension of Pride and Prejudice. Often these novels are fairly awful but this is the exception to the rule. Thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to more work by Ms Hadlow. Great narration too

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Very Happy!

For lovers of Pride and Prejudice. The story was very engaging and I couldn't stop listening. Highly recommended.

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Fan of Jane Austen

I have always felt concern for Mary in Pride and Prejudice and have hated that she is soooo overlooked and ignored. I loved seeing her come to life and have her chance at happiness. Quite well written and respectful to not shadow the classic of ‘Pride and Prejudice’. It would be great to see it made in to a movie!!

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The sequel you always wanted

If you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice you will love this. The gang's all here! Starts earlier and continues for years after P and P. If you are longing for the sequel and never happy with Death at Pemberly, this will immerse you in hours of pleasure.

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Hadlow doesn’t get Austen

I was expecting something super witty but got, comforting predictable, happy, feel-good love story. Don’t think the ridicule of a decent Austen book come through well despite many attempts. Atherton reads well.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-07-2020

Just like Jane Austen, only more compassionate!

l love this book so much! Sounds exactly like Jane Austen. Mary's journey from timidity/hopelessness to triumph is very touching. The narrator is amazing too! Her voice is really versatile.

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  • V. O'Regan
  • 13-01-2020

Perfection

This was just perfect and was so well crafted a novel that captures the ambiance of the original

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  • H W Giddens
  • 03-04-2020

The complete Bennet story

Loved this book. Really well written in the style of Austen. Really believable. The narrator was superb and Mrs Bennet sounded so much like Alison Steadman from the BBC production that it brought it even more to life. I can thoroughly recommend it and as I was gardening throughout, it made me spend longer in the garden than I should have!

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  • Vaan
  • 27-04-2020

Too long

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a sequel to a classic novel should not be longer than the original. I enjoyed it but it is in need of a good editor.

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  • Alison
  • 08-02-2020

Here’s to Mary!

I enjoyed this so much. To begin with it is a very clever parallel to a plot we know well from Pride and Prejudice. It then continues on from where that plot ends and gathers a huge momentum, with hugely enjoyable insights into life during that period en route. Very clever and well done. I will read or watch P&P very differently next time. The narrator I felt got Mary just right.

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  • Oilibhia
  • 16-06-2020

Very enjoyable!

Completely enjoyed this! Always wondered what happened to Mary and this book shows the evolution of Mary, she starts as a sad, closed off woman and evolves into a happy woman secure in herself. Ended up being so happy for her! Must also congratulate the narrator, the way she read the book really helps the story - she reads in the beginning in a sharp, biting tone, showing Mary's upset but as the book goes on her tone softens as Mary does. I do think her narration helps you realise and understand the pain she felt and how she changes.

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  • chan
  • 21-07-2020

disappointing

I was really excited to listen to this , especially as a review said it was written in an Austen like way. Unfortunately I found it really dull and gave up in chapter 5. The Narrator is very lucklustre and not very lively apart from when she reads Mrs Bennets parts.

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  • Mrs J M Lewis
  • 20-06-2020

Brilliant!

As a J A fan, I absolutely loved this book about some of the very real but unexplored and even rather despised characters in Pride and Prejudice. This book does them justice and gives them a wholly believable and realistic other life! The writing style is as close to J A’s as I think it’s possible to get - I hadn’t thought it would be possible! The reader does it justice - she captures their personalities extremely well and is very easy on the ear. Very enjoyable.

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  • Lucy Thorpe
  • 24-02-2020

Triumph of the Underdog!

This is a brilliant listen for anyone slightly Pride and Prejudice obsessed. Telling the tale of poor Mary in a very engaging and light hearted manner. If you are looking for the wit of Austen’s original then it isn’t here but what you’ll find is a charming tale of believing in and accepting oneself.

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  • k.j.park@stir.ac.uk
  • 22-02-2020

Fabulous book

Reading this book felt almost like discovering a lost Austen. wonderfully written and cleverly intertwined with the original story. Loved it

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  • LouKG
  • 27-01-2020

Loved this ♥️

I adore Jane Austen. So, it was delightful to hear more about the Bennett family with a slightly more modern take on the challenges that women faced in the contemporary period. Cleverly done, given that it tackled that but still maintained a very traditional Austen feel. Well done!

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