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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1,350 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colleen McCullough Narrator: Jen Taylor Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”

  • “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.”

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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