The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh Audiobook, by Molly Greeley Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Molly Greeley Narrator: Ell Potter Publisher: HarperAudio Audio Length: Series:The Pride and Prejudice Series Release Date: January 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780063032033

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"Greeley’s storytelling is intricate, masterly, and delightfully imaginative. Highly recommended."—Library Journal (starred review) 

In this gorgeously written and spellbinding historical novel based on Pride and Prejudice, the author of The Clergyman’s Wife combines the knowing eye of Jane Austen with the eroticism and Gothic intrigue of Sarah Waters to reimagine the life of the mysterious Anne de Bourgh.

As a fussy baby, Anne de Bourgh was prescribed laudanum to quiet her, and now the young woman must take the opium-heavy tincture every day. Growing up sheltered and confined, removed from sunshine and fresh air, the pale and overly slender Anne grew up with few companions except her cousins, including Fitzwilliam Darcy. Throughout their childhoods, it was understood that Darcy and Anne would marry and combine their vast estates of Pemberley and Rosings. But Darcy does not love Anne or want her.

After her father dies unexpectedly, leaving her his vast fortune, Anne has a moment of clarity: what if her life of fragility and illness isn’t truly real? What if she could free herself from the medicine that clouds her sharp mind and leaves her body weak and lethargic? Might there be a better life without the medicine she has been told she cannot live without?

In a frenzy of desperation, Anne discards her laudanum and flees to the London home of her cousin, Colonel John Fitzwilliam, who helps her through her painful recovery. Yet once she returns to health, new challenges await. Shy and utterly inexperienced, the wealthy heiress must forge a new identity for herself, learning to navigate a “season” in society and the complexities of love and passion. The once wan, passive Anne gives way to a braver woman with a keen edge—leading to a powerful reckoning with the domineering mother determined to control Anne’s fortune . . . and her life.

An extraordinary tale of one woman’s liberation, The Heiress reveals both the darkness and light in Austen’s world, with wit, sensuality, and a deeply compassionate understanding of the human heart.

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  • “Greeley’s storytelling is intricate, masterly, and delightfully imaginative. Highly recommended.”

    - Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Greeley is faithful to the original story, while creating an imaginative and vivid inner life for the beleaguered Anne.”

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “Ell Potter’s narration as Anne de Bourgh starts soft and dreamlike…[and] is slowly replaced by a stronger, definite Anne as she develops into her own person…Listeners will be completely absorbed by Potter’s winning performance. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “Greeley’s expert imaginings of the life of Anne de Bourgh reveal the hidden depths of her character and highlight the societal restrictions of 19th-century women…Historical fiction fans will be drawn to Anne’s plight.”

    - Publishers Weekly


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Narrator

Ell Potter is a voice talent and audiobook narrator who has won an AudioFile Earphones Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best mystery thriller narration.