Listen free for 30 days

  • A Marriage Worth the Earning

  • To Have and to Hold: A Pride and Prejudice Sequel, Volume 1
  • By: Mary Sherwood
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.
A Marriage Worth the Earning cover art

A Marriage Worth the Earning

By: Mary Sherwood
Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
Try for £0.00

£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.

Buy Now for £27.49

Buy Now for £27.49

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

A Pride and Prejudice sequel.

Darcy and Elizabeth's first year of marriage commences as idyllic as most newlyweds could hope. But soon, their tranquility departs, and together they must discover the finer art of compromise and understanding. 

This sequel trilogy to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice follows the lives of Austen's beloved characters throughout the years, beginning with volume one, where Darcy and Elizabeth must learn to put pride and prejudice aside and become one united in the love and passion inspired by the original novel. Come witness a compelling look at the misunderstanding, resentment, and frustration that marriage imposes on two very compassionate, yet willful individuals, but also envision the vulnerability, laughter, and devotion of a husband and wife very much in love. 

Mary L. Sherwood presents: A Marriage Worth the Earning.

©2009 Mary L. Sherwood (P)2022 Mary L. Sherwood

What listeners say about A Marriage Worth the Earning

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    11
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    13
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    9
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Just amazing

At first I wasn't sure, but not even 5 minutes had passed and I just couldn't stop listening. I have been listening every spare moment I have for the last week. I found myself angry, sad, annoyed, happy, gigling, sometimes even all at the same time. Would thoroughly recommend it and I will start now with vol. 2. just a pity that one isn't available on audible as Stevie Zimmerman is truly the best narrator, she amazed me by her talent of telling the stories and making the characters really come to life.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Not for me I think.

I think this is most of all a personal choice, but I have several issues with this story. I am not very far into the book, a mere few hours actually, but I am already disliking so much that I must stop and perhaps start a new at a later time.

I understand that there are difficulties in a new marriage and that our main characters must learn to rely on each other more, but wasn't the whole point of Darcy changing part of his own character in the original to be better mannered and open his mind? I just can not understand why he has suddenly diverted back into his old self and does not include Elizabeth in what is going on. He keeps undermining her and she keeps important things from him as well. His behavior especially on the first night they fought was SO wrong. He kept stating that they would make love even though she didn't want to. I felt like he was forcing himself on her and that was so wrong in so many ways. I'm sorry but even though they didn't and they slept apart I felt so very sorry for her. I really do not like his behaviour towards her.

Stevie does a wonderful job of narrating, but the story itself has disappointed me greatly so far. Perhaps I will give it another chance at another time.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Outstanding!

This was a worthy sequel to Pride and Prejudice. I totally enjoyed it - as will any fan of Jane Austen.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Just too sweet

I couldn't get into this book despite the excellent narration. It's just too twee and nice.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Lowcountry girl
  • Lowcountry girl
  • 02-08-22

Poor Darcy!

Mary Sherwood writes an excellent book. I could visualize the characters and locations vividly with her attention to detail. There is angst of differing levels throughout and up to the end, however, they are mostly quickly resolved and not always anxiety-inducing. The book revolves around the vicious behavior of those vying for their place in this unjust system of hierarchy.
Those with connections, money, and status, or those pretending to have, are all scratching to be included in this elite group. Competition exists at all levels, even the servants have their own pecking order. It can be depressing reading at times how brutally vicious people can be to keep their place (or avenge their displacement) but mostly how they do not value people outside their circle and perceive them as beneath their notice. No one is valued for personal integrity, honesty, work ethic, or simply for being a human being. If you are a woman who marries into the ton you are labeled as an artful schemer who only got there by trapping the poor man with physical allurement.

All of the characters in the book are true to the original book. There are new characters that are interesting and welcome. Our Georgie is a little on the annoying side and her infatuation with the Colonel is somewhat offputting. She is not yet 17 and he is probably at least 15 years older than her. But not unusual for the era. Georgiana is not completely mature and demonstrates that in the story with her lack of comprehension at times of the consequences of not understanding what's going on around her. However, many of the adults around her are just as clueless in their choices. Darcy and Elizabeth's problems are centered on people interfering and having a grudge against her for marrying Darcy. They excuse Darcy as a foolish victim of her allure. There aren't many good things that happen to them that aren't immediately undone by some scheming relative. At times, Elizabeth does do some stupid things such as going off to walk several miles to town by herself or being a guest in people's homes that are sure to mistreat her. Darcy is a mess of emotions at times but still Darcy. He has so much to contend with in the book. I like this Darcy. Everyone is physically injured it seems at one time or another but it doesn't seem to change anyone's safety measures. Thankfully Bingley and Jane are truly sweet as they are in P&P and we get to know them better in this story. I look forward to the next two books and hope to read more about the secondary characters with more detail such as Kitty now that she is skirting the evil ton and many other well-loved characters from the original and some new ones introduced here. As narrator, Stevie Zimmerman is perfect and brings an enjoyable read to perfect pitch. I have listened to many variations of P&P and love most to hear her familiar voice. It's like visiting old and dear friends.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Chris S.
  • Chris S.
  • 13-07-22

Wonderful!

Of course Stevie makes any tale worth the listen. Each character distinct. This is a marvelous story. Some nasty people out for their own purposes and don’t care who they step on. We see a very loving and passionate Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth (warts and all). They’re finding their way. We also see a different side of Richard. You can’t help but love the colonel. His brother on the other hand…smh. I’m not one for spoilers. Why summarize when you can read that before you choose this book. A long listen that I really enjoyed but didn’t realize there was a part II! This book is a keeper and a definite reread. Now to find part II ;)

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-22

Very well written

I felt everything was explained in great detail which made it feel like I knew the characters. I could not wait for a chance to listen to the book each day in anticipation of what would happen next. I just finished the 1st volume and I am excited to listen to the next volume. The reader does an excellent job of distinguishing between characters and making the book come alive.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Brandie Fritts
  • Brandie Fritts
  • 05-01-23

A frustrating listen

Let me say first that I am admittedly only about halfway through, but I am so frustrated with this book that I don't know if I even want to finish it. Thus far, all of the conflict has been excessively contrived and blown completely out of proportion. Darcy and Elizabeth, but especially Darcy, refuse to talk to one another for sometimes days at a time, and then when they finally start to have some sort of breakthrough they are ALWAYS interrupted. It doesn't matter where they are, there is that inevitable knock at the door that stalls the entire thing, and then there is some new drama to take over before the last disagreement is even satisfactorily resolved. Darcy is horribly moody and I don't think I would be exaggerating when I say he has a tantrum over every little non-issue. Any time anyone wants to talk to him about something important, he insists it happen later and then actively avoids them for the next week at least. He makes insensitive comments and then accuses Elizabeth of being unreasonable when she is rightly offended. Elizabeth herself just cries and forgives him after an apology with a sad excuse instead of setting him down like she should.

Some things don't seem quite right as far as the time period and customs, and I think there could have been better research done, particularly with the clothing. Elizabeth chooses to wear her night gown over her corset instead of taking it off, for example, as if her chemise is not the base layer already. Also, ladies of this time period wore STAYS, not corsets. Corsets as we know them were not a thing for at least another decade. I concede that this particular issue may irritate me more than others, but it ruins my immersion and I have to roll me eyes every time the word "corset" comes up. It is surprisingly often.

I will do my best to finish it, and I will update this if the second half is more enjoyable than the first. Honestly, though, I don't have high hopes.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for nl1
  • nl1
  • 27-09-22

Hated it!!

The only good thing about this book is Stevie Zimmerman.

We get two weeks of Elizabeth and Darcy being able to be husband and wife and then all the drama starts and it never ends. No way am I even going to listen or read this next book.