“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” (Sun Tzu, 5th Century BCE)
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the hero of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, has his world turned upside down when his character, of which he is particularly proud, is called into question by those whom he trusts.
Will he learn from his mistakes or remain his own worst enemy?
When he discovers a secret which could destroy not only the reputation of his beloved sister but threatens her very life, he can no longer hide behind his mask of social indifference. Dismaying circumstances will test the strength of his personal beliefs and convictions as well as his devotion to family and friends as a rival from his past determines to ruin him and take everything Darcy holds dear. Out of the flames of adversity, Miss Elizabeth Bennet, once scorned, becomes a beacon of hope.
Can love grow from adversity? Is happiness possible?
In this full-length novel set in Regency England, true friendships are made, enemies are revealed, and happily-ever-after is on the horizon. Or is it?
What did you love best about Friends and Enemies?
The narrator did an incredible job and the story itself is definitely one of my favorite variations by J.Dawn King.
What about Stevie Zimmerman’s performance did you like?
I loved that Stevie could do both the female and male narrations so well. The narration kept me intrigued and engaged.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I definitely felt a tug on the heart strings any time Darcy thought about his sister and her situation. The turmoil that he was feeling was definitely palpable with the addition of the narration.
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Loved the audiobook as well as the paperback of this gorgeous variation of P&P!
I liked how Darcy had to work to change throughout the book, and how supportive of Georgiana he was all the way through!
Where does Friends and Enemies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the top and I listen to at least two a week while going about my day.
What did you like best about this story?
The various characters come to life with all the voices the narrator uses. This is a variation that makes you wonder what would have happened if Mr. Darcy knew what Elizabeth really thought of him before Hunsford. Lydia Bennet is the first character and her lively and brash personality comes across exactly as I pictured her in this variation. As this variation continues we learn more about Mr. Darcy and his personality and his struggles, making him more human.
Have you listened to any of Stevie Zimmerman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
There are few narrators I have found that make the stories come to life and Stevie Zimmerman is one of the best. The story comes to life as I image each of the characters in my mind, it’s almost as if I’m at a play.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Definitely, when I’m lost in the story it’s hard for me to otherwise. My earbuds are my best friend and my Alexa dot takes over when possible.
Any additional comments?
I have been a fan of J Dawn Kings work for a long time. I usually add the audiobook to my collection after reading her books. I recommend her other books, especially “A Father’s Sins: A Pride and Prejudice Variation.