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  • Five Daughters Out at Once

  • A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • By: Jayne Bamber
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Five Daughters Out at Once

By: Jayne Bamber
Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
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Summary

After the untimely death of their parents, Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters are left to make their own way in the world, and the dubious decision to stay at Longbourn until they are forced out leads to chaos and confrontation two years later, when their cousin Mr. Collins comes to claim his inheritance. 

Hot on his heels is his noble patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, a woman consumed by grief of her own after the loss of her husband and daughter in a terrible fire at her estate, Rosings Park. While her nephew Mr. Darcy is shocked by his aunt’s interest in the five orphaned girls, her niece Georgiana thinks it just the thing to soothe the dowager’s low spirits. Moved by the bonds of sorrow and a shared contempt of Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine offers the Bennet sisters her protection and assistance in society - and what better way to help them than to find them all rich husbands? 

Much to her chagrin, Lady Catherine is not the only one to meddle in Meryton’s marriage mart - Richard Fitzwilliam joins her, at leisure to make mischief, Charlotte Lucas, now an heiress in her own right, has a secret of her own, and Georgiana Darcy finds herself inspired to write a novel that will document - and change - the lives of her new friends.Tensions rise between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy as they both bristle at Lady Catherine’s plans - for very different reasons. Misapprehension and misunderstandings abound, and plans go awry, as the great lady rents Netherfield Park and hosts a horde of single gentlemen in possession of good fortunes, who must be in want of wives. Will the Bennet sisters find love and happiness? What other Austen heroes and rakes might appear in the once dull village of Meryton? Will Darcy and Lizzy overcome the obstacles of their own making?

©2021 Jayne Bamber (P)2021 Jayne Bamber

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Five daughters out at once

The story was quite complicated and was slow to be understandable. A third reading cleared some of the questions I needed to follow.

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A Bridge Too Far

Lady Katherine De Bourgh becoming fairy godmother to the orphaned Bennet sisters is just too much. There's just too much happily ever after for my taste.

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  • MHTex
  • 30-01-22

Somehow the mashup of all mashups comes out like fine cuisine

This doesn’t follow canon to the letter, and yet it does give us the characters we love (and hate) and barely changes them. The circumstances that change the story arc and some of the characters are doozies. Shocking and sad. For Lady Catherine it has made her kinder and more generous, and greatly missing a daughter to dote on. So why not five ‘orphans?’ And who are our orphans? Tragically,it’s the Bennet sisters, who have take care of themselves and Longbourn for two years while waiting for the heir to show up. Lady Catherine gets involved when Collins gets his outrage coat on and informs Lady C that he’s leaving to kick out the criminals who have robbed him of two years of his inheritance.

Watch out, here she comes in all of her magnificent glory. Whee! What follows is just what I expect of Jayne Bamber’s gift at work. Just fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the scenic, bumpy, scary, heart-in-your-throat ride. The climax is a WOW! The wind-down is heartwarming.

Definitely recommend, definitely a re-listen.

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  • Marie
  • 22-12-21

Magnificent!

Audiobook review:
This truly is the best Austen mashup I’ve read. Stevie Zimmerman truly is the best; in this case, having to distinguish her voice narration among so many characters. Truly outstanding. At the end of the year now, this book in in my 2021 top ten Pride and Prejudice variations.

My Goodreads book review, April 11, 2021:
A brilliant Pride and Prejudice variation that intertwines various Austen works and the characters that made them shine. This book sparkles with the delight in identifying the pieces and portrayals of all those stories coming together in one gleaming tale. I absolutely loved it! This isn’t a new concept, with many fan fiction writers mixing characters from different Austen books into their stories, but for me, this is the best one I’ve read that does so.

The story begins with Bingley and Darcy touring Netherfield in search of an estate for Bingley to let. Mr. Morris, the solicitor, relates how the former owners perished in a tragic fire during an assembly in Meryton, where many families also lost loved ones, including the Bennet and Lucas families. Bingley never does lease Netherfield, but other circumstances eventually bring Darcy back to Netherfield.

Lady Catherine has also faced a great loss. Sir Lewis and Anne have also perished in a fire at Rosings while Lady Catherine was traveling with the Darcys to Ramsgate. Now Sir Lewis’ nephew has inherited Rosings and she must leave. With Mr. Bennet’s death, Mr. Collins has inherited Longbourn. Lady Catherine doesn’t like his attitude towards his cousins and upon meeting them, and sympathetic to their plight, decides to make the five sisters her wards and moves them all to Netherfield. She decides to throw a house party and invites friends and acquaintances, some of whom are single men. Let the matchmaking begin! I loved this Lady Catherine. She is generous, kind and wise, lovingly guiding the sisters through their grief and new relationships.

Now we begin to meet the characters from other Austen novels, as they make the acquaintance of those from Pride and Prejudice. The author expertly does this, and skillfully attributes some P&P quotes to other Austen characters. Such a clever girl! Her matches are perfect, and I especially loved Charlotte and Jane’s stories. I needed a tissue more than once. Georgiana, Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam are also at Netherfield. Georgiana, caught up in reading novels, decides to write one of her own, and in the process, unwittingly uncovers a mystery that will effect the lives of her new friends—will her book become truth stranger than fiction?

I was enthralled from the beginning to the end of this book. The engaging plot and dialogue, which seamlessly flows throughout, will keep you turning the pages. The things we like/love and/or hate about the other Austen characters from her beloved novels are well blended into a magnificent new story.

This book definitely goes into my Best JAFF of 2021 stack to date. It will also go into my re-read stack, and I will also look forward to an audiobook. I highly recommend this fabulous read. Well done!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-22

cute in most respects and entertaining

Took off a star is for some quibbles with pacing, tension, and gothic-tier pyromania that surfs the boundaries of good taste, but honestly, I couldn't blenderize almost the entire cast of Jane Austen's characters and come up with anything so coherent. I did enjoy the fleshing out of Lizzie's sisters into smarter and more sensitive women, similar to Lizzie in wit, but each having individuality while retaining some of their original traits with a more positive treatment. Other minor players are given virtues and humor in greater measure than Austen ever needed them to have, and it is a nice bit of world building. The fates of some of Austen's more annoying characters is satisfying here as well. The narrator does excellent work in keeping each voice correct even in multiple character conversations, which I found really impressive. I felt it worth the credit. One caution: to really enjoy this, you have to be okay with closing an eye to the Bennet sisters' experience of horrific pre-story trauma that's a bit much for such an otherwise lighthearted novel. Just my opinion, but I found a major plot premise to be a gruesome intruder that borders on crass in places, as those kinds of events have really happened many times, and that magnitude of suffering is not anything I like to see used in such a flippant way, with gothic orphan despair in one moment and HEA the next. For me it injected a discordant serving of real world ugliness (that JAFF is generally an escape from) into the romantic Darcy/Lizzie romcom fantasy. I admit I'm pretty sensitive to stuff like that, though, and there were parts that were fun and made me feel like I was romping in Austen's playground.

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  • Sherrie Jones
  • 20-07-22

A story within a story

There are some interesting twists in this story and I won’t give it away with a spoiler.

It’s a story that unfolds while another story is being written, which actually unfolds the secrets in another book at the heart of the original story. Confused? Don’t be. It’s a wonderful listen and well written. Ms. Bamber even ties in several characters from other Austen Classics. Some you will love, some you won’t.

Besides that, how can you lose with Stevie Zimmerman narrating. She is the best JAFF narrator I’ve ever heard. He ability to voice each character, apparently no matter how many, is unparalleled.

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  • Christine
  • 12-04-22

Too many characters to make you feel good

This book included all or at lease 80% of all books written by Jane Austen. There wasn't much time to enjoy E&D. Story line okay. Let me not very satisfied with ODC. I was disappointed. If you know this upfront you might love the story but when the title is a P&P variation you expect the main characters to be spent on ODC. You git to see Lizzy with Frank Churchill and never really understood Darcy's feeling on this.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 26-11-22

The BEST

This is definitely the best “Austin” story I’ve read. All the favourites one hates to say goodbye to when finishing all the JA novels for the seventeenth time come back wonderfully reimagined in this rendition.

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  • M.A.
  • 27-09-22

enjoyed the narration and the plot line

there will be some spoilers ahead but honestly this is why some of us come to the reviews. I found this book pretty funny even with the sadness in the beginning. I know it seems weird having so many people deceased before the story really gets going, but it's actually explained pretty well and it is reasonable. of course this leaves a few characters that are well out of character. but it still goes along pretty well and I really enjoyed this book 🙂 I would even consider getting this in a hard copy. There are some other fictional Jane Austen characters in this story, and fair warning some of them pair with our Bennett girls. however, this has lead me to a ship I didn't know I needed and liked so much. I gave the starry for stars instead of the five just because of the out of characterness of Lady Catherine. but it really does make sense in the story.

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  • BoredomAvenger
  • 02-08-22

The best of Jane Austen

Wow! I like so many other Jane Austen fans have been in love with her novels since I picked my first one up at the tender age of 11. Quickly after devouring them all multiple times over, and then I started looking in the peripherals for Austen adaptations. I would venture to guess I've read over 100 adaptations of one or another Austen novel.

This may be the absolute best one I've ever come across. After being enraptured and very amused by the audible version I quickly looked to buy the Kindle version as well as a physical copy.

While it calls itself a P&P variation it is, truthfully, an Austen variation. I did not read any reviews before first adding it on Audible (a rarity that for once worked in my favor.) Which left me pleasantly surprised at the subtle, and not so subtle, additions of many of my favorite Austen characters from all her novels.

Stevie Zimmerman as usual gives excellent life to the voices of each character.

All in all it was an excellent use of my monthly credit and my money. I will definitely be looking into more by this author.

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  • Kje17
  • 11-04-22

Would make a good mini series.

Kept me engaged in the story. I always hoped there would be cross overs from other Austen novels. Would make a great Austen fan mini series.

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  • RAY LYDENS
  • 12-03-22

A very different take

I’d say that just for the heck of it if you’re a P&P fan you definitely should read this one just for the interesting take on the characters involved. I won’t give anything away, but I’ve read tons of these variations and this one has a cast of characters that you won’t expect. Also, the ending is extremely unique.