"You must allow me to tell you..."
For over 200 years, Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy has captivated readers' imaginations as the ultimate catch. Rich. Powerful. Noble. Handsome. And yet, as Miss Austen's Pride and Prejudice is established through Elizabeth Bennet's fine eyes, how are we to know his mind? How does Darcy progress from "she is tolerable: but not handsome enough to tempt me" to "I thought only of you"?
In this romance anthology, 15 Austenesque authors assemble to sketch Darcy's character through a series of reimaginings, set in the Regency through contemporary times - from faithful narratives to the fanciful. In The Darcy Monologues, the man himself reveals his intimate thoughts, his passionate dreams, and his journey to love - all told with a previously concealed wit and enduring charm.
Stories by Susan Adriani, Sara Angelini, J. Marie Croft, Karen M. Cox, Jan Hahn, Jenetta James, Lory Lilian, KaraLynne Mackrory, Beau North, Ruth Phillips Oakland, Natalie Richards, Sophia Rose, Joana Starnes, Melanie Stanford, Caitlin Williams
Edited by Christina Boyd
Narrated by Harry Frost
Just as the title of this review says, a whole book of Darcy. A collection of stories from the perspective of one of the most crushed on man (who cares that he is fictional) of all time, Fitzwilliam Darcy.
The stories are set in a variety of times and places. Some put events of Jane Austen's original story into Darcy's perspective, or continued the story after they were married. There were a couple that set it in different historical time periods like the Wild West & WWII. There were a few modern retellings, and one completely fantastical story.
I loved most of them. There were a couple I didn't care for, but on three whole really well done. The reader had a great voice, and made all the different Darcy's sound so luscious.
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This is a collection of 15 short stories, all told from the point of view of the alluringly enigmatic Mr. Darcy. Some of them are alternate stories told from Darcy's point of view, but most are variations that completely change the story. Half of them are Regency era, and the other half run the gamut from the Wild West, to WWII, to modern day. There are no really graphic scenes, just a little steaminess. Each story runs about 45 minutes to an hour and a half, perfect for a little taste of Darcy.
I don't think I can rave about this collection enough! I listened to the whole thing straight through, but it can be enjoyed in little bite-sized pieces. Joana Starnes and Caitlin Williams are both favorite authors of mine, but I'm always looking for new authors to try. This collection is perfect for that. I really hope there's another anthology in the works, it was such a pleasure!
I honestly couldn't pick a favorite story, but a few of them stand out as I write this. I absolutely loved Beast of Pemberley, a wonderful and surprising P and P and Beauty and the Beast mashup. From the Ashes had me laughing out loud, and it still makes me smile to imagine poor befuddled Darcy writing out his letter. Without Affection tugged my heartstrings, and The Ride Home had me fanning my face. The stories never got boring, or confusing, each one is so different and wonderful in its own way.
The narration was really well done, it was a great immersive performance. I'm used to female narrators for Pride and Prejudice variations, but Harry Frost was the perfect person to narrate for Darcy. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. The whole book was an awesome listen, start to finish, and I'd 100% recommend it.
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This was SO MUCH FUN! The different Darcy's gave a marvelous variety of his point of view. From the Ashes was my favorite traditional story. A drunken Darcy scribbling and rescribbling a letter to Elizabeth. I saw a sodden Colin Firth in my head as I listened. Much to my surprise, my other favorites were the stories set in the U.S. All were well-written and I enjoyed the shorter length of each.
Harry Frost is now rivaling Nicholas Boulton for me in narration. And that is a hard voice to compete with. But Frost pulled me in from the sample and now I can't wait to hear what he performs next. His voice washes over you and puts naughty thoughts in your head!
Overall, excellent and well-worth the money!
First, let me say the narration is perfect. When listening to Jane Austen retellings, who would want to listen to anyone other than a British storyteller who sounds like Mr. Darcy (think Colin Firth). Each story is different with its own take on the timeless literary classic.
I enjoyed every spoken word! The narrator is absolutely fabulous!
After listening to all these Darcy s , I will read them all next!
Give yourself a treat and immerse yourself in all ages, types of Darcy!!
All the heart eyes for this fun collection of stories about beloved Mr. Darcy. I loved the ones set back in the original era the most, but the modern day ones were still fun. The narrator was fantastic!
STORY OVERVIEW AND REVIEW:
The Darcy Monologues is a collection of short stories told by a group of amazing JAFF authors, all starring our beloved Mr. Darcy. There was a fantastic selection of stories, the book divided into two eras—Regency and Other. I've mentioned this in my more in-depth review of the book, "each author perfectly highlighted the Mr. Darcy every romance fan grew to love—a gentleman, a dedicated brother, a good friend and a devoted lover. A good and honest man."
I enjoyed reading this book but enjoyed it even more when I finally listened to it.
WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT THE AUDIOBOOK?
Reading The Darcy Monologues was heartwarming, but listening to it was a whole new experience. It felt more intimate, more tangible, if that makes sense. Like a real person was telling me a real story of his life. Harry Frost was a fantastic Darcy, and he was equally fantastic in portraying different characters, particularly Mr. Collins. The change in accents from Regency era to other era stories set in the USA was surprising but not unwanted. I don't know which I prefer, to be honest. And I don't know if it was just me, but his American accent sounded a lot like Henry Cavill's. I can only tell you I giggled so much when I heard it.
While Harry Frost did a wonderful job narrating all of the novellas in this anthology, the novella I enjoyed listening to the most was From the Ashes by J. Marie Croft. It was so amusing to hear a slightly intoxicated Mr. Darcy write a draft of his letter to Elizabeth the night after the Hunsford proposal. A close second was You Don't Know Me by Beau North because like I've mentioned about, the accent reminded me of Mr. Cavill's American accent. Hehe. Obviously, I'm a fan.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS AUDIOBOOK TO A FRIEND? IF SO, WHY?
I think lovers of Mr. Darcy will enjoy this audiobook as much as I did. Since he's fictional, this is the closest I can get to have him whispering in my ear sweet nothings and thoughts I imagined Mr. Darcy would say. It's a treat.
I will not summarize all of the stories because there are too many, but will say if you like Pride and Prejudice and have ever wondered what really made Mr. Darcy "tick", THIS is the book for you! This group of authors captured Darcy's character, thought process, passions, and values perfectly. It is one of the best collections of short stories I have read.
Harry Frost's narration and take on both Darcy and the other characters made this book so enjoyable! I will listen to more of Mr. Frost's narrations!
This book was given to me and I voluntarily am leaving this honest review.
If you’re a fan of Pride & Prejudice and you always wanted a little more insight into Darcy, you will love this collection of stories.
I loved them all and brilliantly narrated by Harry Frost.
I loved the book, and I was curious about the audiobook. All the stories are very well written with excellent plots. A box of little gems, something beautiful for different tastes. I'm a fan of Regency stories, but different era and modern ones were great as well.
The narrator was wonderful. his voice suited Mr. Darcy very well, and his portrayal of other characters was very good as well. Great listening experience.
Highly recommended for any JAFF reader and audiobook lover.
The Darcy Monologues is a wonderful anthology and Harry Frost does a wonderful job of bringing all these Darcys to life. Whether set in Jane Austen’s time, the current time or any time in between we find a new and interesting iteration of Mr Darcy. At times he’s the strong stoic man we first meet in Pride and Prejudice. At other times he’s smitten and unsure how to act. Every time Harry gets it right with his tone, pace and emotion.
Where to start? Well, none of the authors in this anthology are familiar to me so I had no idea what to expect.
I enjoyed each story and was keenly listening to words and situations from the book. All the authors have done an excellent job with their take on the inner thoughts of Mr Darcy.
The highlights for me were Death of a Bachelor by Caitlin Williams. The crisp, tight prose was a delight to listen to. Being inside Darcy’s mind was a novel experience and I really enjoyed listening to his thoughts and feelings.
For its humour and biting sarcasm, From the Ashes by J. Marie Croft deserves a mention. Darcy’s thoughts as he labours over his letter to Elizabeth is very clever.
And lastly, The Ride Home by Ruth Phillips Oakland has some laugh out loud moments as Darcy contends with a drunk Elizabeth.
None of the stories are long, so it’s the perfect anthology when you want to dip into Mr. Darcy’s world for a short time.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes! It's fun! It's a lovely angle into each and every scene of Pride and Prejudice that left you hankering for more.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Because P&P is amazing, I was already a fan, but this gives you the opportunity to see a lot of stories from his side, which Austen did not include.
What about Harry Frost’s performance did you like?
His voice is just yum. Deep and gravelly and still room for emotion and intonation without feeling like acting.
Where do I begin?
Well firstly, Christina Boyd did a magnificent job in getting together such a wonderful band of writers. All have produced top quality works in this genre in the past. Not all have written full length novels but the shorter works they've produced haven't lost anything for all that.
Secondly, who wouldn't want to read or listen to a collection of stories written from the point of view of one of fictions greatest romantic heroes? Some stories are written in the first person and some aren't, but all of them give us a chance to get inside Darcy's head and witness the very monologues that give this fantastic book its title. Some are set in Regency times, some are set in other time periods including the American West and the 60s. The printed book was divided into two sections to reflect this.
Can I pick a favourite story? The answer is a resounding NO! As I read the book, reading in the order as printed, which starts with the Regency era, each new story immediately became my favourite. Then I thought to myself "No, that can't be! Each successive story simply can't be better than the last. They're all absolutely brilliant!" That hasn't changed on listening to the audio version. The stories vary in length and range from Darcy and Elizabeth overcoming their misunderstandings and falling in love as per canon, to Darcy reflecting on his forthcoming marriage, and to Darcy as an old man reflecting back on his marriage to Elizabeth. Then there's the stories set in more recent times such as the Old West, the 1960s and right up to date with Darcy as a Major League baseball player.
I'm not going to go into details about the individual stories - we'd be here all day! As a card-carrying Janeite, I love variations set in the original Regency era but I've also taken a fancy to variations set in other times, too.
This was one of the best JAFF books to come out last year and Harry Frost's narration adds a whole new sumptuous layer to that enjoyment, keeping me company on my commutes. In fact, I was often reluctant to get out of the car at the end of my journey. His Regency Darcy voice is simply to die for! In fact, all of his voice characterisations were fantastic. I've come across some male narrators whose female characters come across as...well "soppy", but that's definitely not the case here. I'm pretty sure Lady Catherine de Bourgh would simply refuse to put up with that!
So, if you're reluctant to try this book because it's an anthology, don't! Just. Don't. It'll be well worth the time you invest in it.