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Unwilling

A Pride and Prejudice Vagary
Narrated by: Mark Topping
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Mr. Bennet discovers his days are numbered, so he immediately begins to set his affairs - and his five unmarried daughters - in order. Knowing they will fare best should at least one of them find a suitable husband, he cannot refuse any respectable suitors.

The high-spirited Elizabeth suspects something isn't right in the halls of Longbourn, but nothing prepares her for a certain haughty gentleman from Derbyshire. While Mr. Darcy is exceedingly wealthy and handsome, in Elizabeth's eyes, he is also proud, high-handed, and insulting. And unfortunately, desperately in love with her.

Suddenly, Elizabeth is forced to rethink her previous opinions. And accept a choice she never had the chance to make.

©2016 Elizabeth Adams (P)2016 Elizabeth Adams

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  • Yhen
  • 13-12-2016

Review on Unwilling by Elizabeth Adams

A delightful P&P variation. The pacing is good, and the characters well developed. I enjoyed Elizabeth Adams' writing style tremendously. I tend to find most P&P variations drag along the way as the story unfolds, but this one is very well-done. Of course, the author doesn't really dwell on unpleasant characters; there is no antagonists in the story: Lady Catherine and Wickham are nowhere to be seen, but the story itself is cleverly-plotted. It is different than any other P&P variations I have read before, and I have to admit that it outshines most of them.
The narrator has done a good job; at first I found it odd to have a male narrator , but it all turned out splendidly.

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  • C. Hawkins
  • 16-03-2017

classic pride and prejudice vaguery

I loved the story, with Mr Bennett taking more control of his daughters future, so much so I was ok with the more worldly Jane marrying Mr Walker instead of the unreliable Mr Bingley.
The story starts in Hunsford with Elizabeth accepting Mr Darcy at the request of her ailing father.
We follow Elizabeth and Darcy from the seaside, to London and into the Friday month of their wedding, as they learn more about each other. Darcy learns more slowly about his pride and Elizabeth learns slowly to live him.
The epilogue is my favorite part.
The narration was great, with him changing voices for the different characters.

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  • Lizzy C
  • 17-05-2017

Another great story by Miss Adams

I really liked this story . Watching (or listening in this case) to Darcy & Elizabeth grow into a cherished love was very warm hearted . I loved the new Mr, Bennet & his silly wife . What a little vagary can do to a character is amazing

Although the narrator was very good & has a lovely speaking voice It was a little hard listening to Lizzy & Jane with a male voice trying to be feminine LOL 😆

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK

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  • bebe
  • 11-05-2019

Satisfying Pride and Prejudice variation

This variation of P&P has some interesting changes. Mr. Bennett takes control of wife and silly daughters. Mrs. Bennett is more subdued. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett spice things up a little with one another. Jane has two good choices for husband. Elizabeth and Darcy get a chance to be together and learn more about one another. Darcy still ticks me off sometimes and Mrs. Bennett still acts silly sometimes, but it is really a good story with the main attractions being the love affair and marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy. The narration is good, but not brilliant. Men generally have a tough time performing female voices

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  • J. Mcpherson
  • 21-11-2018

Loved it!

I was not sure at first about this book, but after the first chapter I was hooked!

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  • Sarah Helm
  • 19-11-2018

It was Okay

The book started out very well and had me hooked, but it lost me with the after the marriage story. Although its not steamy by any means it went from proper to raunchy and I was not a fan.
The male voice wasn't entertaining as it could have been.

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  • Sallie
  • 09-08-2018

Such a fun listen

Humorous, touching, a litte spicy without being over the top! Well written and narrated. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-2018

Believable Pride and Prejudice spinoff

Elizabeth Adams writes some of the best Pride and Prejudice variations in my opinion. Her characters are true to the original and the plots are believable.

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  • sunny day mom
  • 27-04-2017

Enjoyable book and great narration

I enjoyed this Pride and Prejudice variation and very much appreciated the male narrator, Mark Topping.

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  • Mrspotts
  • 15-02-2017

nothing happened

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Being an avid P&P reader, I was disappointed that there were no challenges for the two lovers.

Would you recommend Unwilling to your friends? Why or why not?

Really a disappointing retelling and would not recommend it.

What about Mark Topping’s performance did you like?

better than average

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

not really

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  • TheNameless
  • 25-09-2018

A beautifully gentle variation

There are no villains or contrived situations to force them apart, just two people learning about each other and growing gradually closer. There are the inevitable misunderstandings and arguments between such strong-willed individuals, but they're dealt with in a mature way and talked out before they can cause a massive rift between them. Although Darcy truly loves Elizabeth from the start, he has just as much to learn as she does and it's a real pleasure to see them move from their shaky beginning to a loving relationship between equals.

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