Audiobook Review | The Darcy Monologues

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SYNOPSIS

"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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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. 

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9 responses to “Audiobook Review | The Darcy Monologues

  1. Xtnaboyd

    “Whispering in your ear” –LOVED that. So glad you enjoyed the audio book! I agree–Harry Frost, the voice actor, did a remarkable job as Darcy and all the other characters–his timing really was on point and made his inner thoughts all the more poignant, sarcastic, humorous, etc. Thank you for your thoughtful review. I kinda think he sounds a mix between Dan Stevens and Toby Stephens depending on the story. But as I always imagine Henry Cavill as my Darcy, I cannot NOT like your comparison.

  2. karenmcoxbooks

    Thanks for a lovey review, Nissa! I’m listening to the stories while I’m on the treadmill – makes exercise so much easier to tolerate Harry Frost did a bang up job

  3. Sophia Rose

    Hey, Nissa! Yesss! Isn’t Harry Frost such a great fit? Thanks so much for listening and reviewing.

  4. beaunorthwrites

    Thanks so much for taking the time to listen & review! And yes, I thought Harry did a fab job of Darcy’s New York Playboy voice!

  5. KateB

    Great review Nissa, and you described my feelings about this audiobook perfectly. I wouldn’t mind to hear this narrator in more JAFF audiobooks. I loved his Mr. Collins as well.

  6. This is the most recent audiobook I listened to on my commutes and I loved it so much that there were times I didn’t want to get out of my car at the end of my journey!! I thought the way in which Harry Frost managed to convey all of Darcy’s crossings out when writing his letter in From the Ashes was wonderful.

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