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2.52 out of 52.52 out of 52.52 out of 52.52 out of 52.52 out of 5 2.52 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colleen McCullough Narrator: Jen Taylor Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781482978353
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Lizzy Bennet married Mr. Darcy, Jane Bennet married Mr. Bingley—but what became of the middle daughter, Mary? Readers of Pride and Prejudice will remember that there were five Bennet sisters. Now, twenty years on, Jane has a happy marriage and large family; Lizzy and Mr. Darcy now have a formidable social reputation; Lydia has a reputation of quite another kind; Kitty is much in demand in London’s parlors and ballrooms; but what of Mary? Mary is quietly celebrating her independence, having nursed her ailing mother for many years. She decides to write a book to bring the plight of the poor to everyone’s attention. But with more resolve than experience as she sets out to travel around the country, it’s not only her family who are concerned about her.

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  • “A gold star for going outside the bounds of what is normal for an Austen sequel…[McCullough] finishes in true Pride and Prejudice style. With a wedding, of course.”

    Examiner.com
  • “In McCullough’s sensational sequel to Pride and Prejudice, wallflower sister Mary Bennet sheds her cocoon, as Elizabeth and Darcy contemplate divorce…McCullough bursts from the drawing room to paint Austen’s milieu in lurid colors.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yovani | 2/7/2014

    " So I ended up liking this book, BUT my major beef with it is how much of a total douche bag Darcy is in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 1/31/2014

    " This is a "what happened after the end of Pride & Prejudice" book. It takes place 18 or 20 years later, about the time Mrs. Bennet dies. Lizzie & Darcy's marriage is crumbling. Jane has way too many children--but her marriage is obviously happy. Lydia's become a drunk, and Mary is finally free of taking care of her hypochondriac mother. She's decided to travel, and write an expose of life among the poor. The book explores all of these lives--and even gives Mary a little romance, though not nearly enough time is spent on it. McCullough seems to get a bit lost in Mary's misadventures while traveling. All the threads get wrapped up, perhaps too tidily, in the end. It was an interesting take on the "what happened then?" trope. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ramona | 1/24/2014

    " I should have known better and so should you. You probably already know you won't be able to finish this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan | 1/23/2014

    " Totally ridiculous and melodramatic, this book takes an excellent concept for a Pride and Prejudice sequel novel - Mary, after twenty years as a spinster taking care of her mother, sets out on a crusade to document the lives of the poor in England - and just takes it to an odd, odd place. I enjoyed the descriptions of Elizabeth and Darcy's unhappiness, but the rest of the plot involves cults, kidnappings, and children held as slaves in underground caves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 1/19/2014

    " Implausible and at times downright ridiculous .. but mildly entertaining. Makes you appreciate Austen even more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ReneeB | 1/19/2014

    " It was nice to focus on the other Bennet girls, but I just didn't like the fact that she made Darcy such a tyrant. I couldn't seem to get over that. But I liked Mary's spirit. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jsmith1000 | 1/16/2014

    " I shouldn't have expected this one to be on the scale of The Thorn Birds or her other works...this was disappointing. Too much of a romance-kind of book, which isn't my preference. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 11/26/2013

    " Very fun to read. It begins by taking Elizabeth and Darcy out of happily ever after in incredibly believable events. Then returns them to happily ever after in true Austin tradition. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lily Mulholland | 11/26/2013

    " Please steer clear of this appalling book. It is dire. You have been warned! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angel | 10/18/2013

    " Not terrible, sometimes a little disjointed, the last few pages were just hilarious. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shirley Evans | 4/10/2013

    " I would have given it no stars if I could. What an appalling book. On behalf of Jane Austen I was outraged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 1/6/2013

    " I have written this review so many times. At least it feels like that. So where is it. Hmm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia Beck | 4/21/2012

    " Colleen McCullough has a sure deft hand and her continuation of the Pride & Prejudice saga (20 years on) is quite a page turner. A wonderful read on a full Christmas dinner stomach; doesn't tax the intellect or the emotions too much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 2/24/2012

    " Read the first chapter and had to put it down. Terrible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 1/31/2012

    " entertaining, but kinda weird. it had another one of those 'brady bunch' endings where EVERYTHING works out...in five pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frances Bell | 8/4/2011

    " I always have a problem with books that carry on the lives of characters created by other writers. No matter how well written, the lives of classic characters written by classic authors shouldn't be extrapolated! Jane Austen ended Pride and Prejudice where she did for a reason - the tale was told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alana | 7/30/2011

    " A fun read for those who wish Jane Austin were still writing today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 6/27/2011

    " I expected this to be better. Oh well "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fleur | 6/5/2011

    " it's good to recall the characters in the old novel. interesting... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 6/1/2011

    " Not her best, but okay. A little fantastic and unbelievable is spots but I can't say I hated it. A bit of fluff is the best way I can describe it.

    McCullough's Tim and Thornbirds, and First Man in Rome are muuuch better! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristen | 5/7/2011

    " I couldn't get past page 20. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 5/3/2011

    " Takes place about 20 years after the Pride and Prejudice storyline. At first it is hard to read because the author takes the story in different directions than I thought they would go, but I enjoyed this book a lot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rowan | 4/25/2011

    " Utter utter crap. I'm only glad it was a library book so I hadn't wasted any money on it. I can't believe that this is written by the same genius who wrote the Masters of Rome series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ritu | 3/18/2011

    " She is such a good writer and the story had a good pace. But - I just didn't like the portrayal of Elizabeth ahd Darcy and how badly the first years of their marriage went. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angel | 2/7/2011

    " Not terrible, sometimes a little disjointed, the last few pages were just hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sa | 1/27/2011

    " A good romp more in the style of Georgette Heyer than Jane Austen - not that the book has pretensions to write in the style of Austen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 1/15/2011

    " I loved this story!! I didn't want it to end. "

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About the Author
Author Colleen McCullough

Colleen McCullough (1937–2015) enjoyed worldwide renown, and her novels are bestsellers in a multitude of languages. She is the internationally acclaimed author of The Thorn Birds, Tim, An Indecent Obsession, A Creed for the Third Millennium, The Ladies of Missalonghi, The First Man in Rome, The Grass Crown, Fortune’s Favorites, Caesar’s Women, and other novels.

About the Narrator

Jen Taylor is an American voice actress best known for her role as Cortana in various Halo games, Zoey in Left 4 Dead, and the Xbox 360 game 1 vs. 100. In addition to her voice-over work, Taylor is also an accomplished stage actress and has appeared in a number of films and television series.