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  • Old Boots: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

  • By: Grace Gibson
  • Narrated by: Neil Roy Mcfarlane
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Old Boots: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

By: Grace Gibson
Narrated by: Neil Roy Mcfarlane
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Summary

Some form of devilry has come over Mr. Darcy.

Since his father’s death, Fitzwilliam Darcy has endeavored to be reliable, responsible, and restrained. But upon visiting Netherfield Park in Hertfordshire, he finds himself weary of the struggle to be so damnably well regulated and delights in a revival of the carefree mischief that characterized his younger days.

What brings on this sudden reversal? Perhaps it is a shocking incident that takes place upon his first entering the neighborhood when he rescues Miss Elizabeth Bennet from the raging current of a rain-swollen stream. The so-called “lady” does not prefer to be rescued, and Darcy’s subsequent dunking, rather than resulting in the gratitude that is his due, is met with her confounding resentment of his interference.

This tale of Darcy’s entanglement with the mysteriously grief-stricken Bennet family is interwoven with a love story - a most delicious exchange of looks, barbs, pranks, and innuendos as Miss Elizabeth, the “lightning bolt of Longbourn”, regularly singes, frustrates, and humbles the man from Derbyshire.

©2021 Grace Gibson (P)2021 Grace Gibson
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  • 11-11-21

Good story, great narration

I loved this different take on P&P. Loved the play and exchanges between odc. The naraton was the perfect pairing to this variation.

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  • Peggy A.
  • 05-11-21

Narration repeats itself

Very frustrating to listen to a chapter be repeated. I don’t believe I am to the halfway point of this audiobook and it’s happened twice. Someone needs to edit this audio recording!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-12-21

A Narrator not to be missed

Low angst and lots of interaction/conversation with ODC. The story is through Darcy's POV, and Mr. McFarlane is simply superb.

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  • barbt1956
  • 15-11-21

Great narration

Loved reading the book, so I had to hear the audiobook. Neil Mcfarlane was perfect for a story written from Darcy’s perspective. Just enough cheekiness in a lovely deep voice to be a perfect Darcy.

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  • Sandra in Florida
  • 08-11-21

Delightful

Although there are two minor technical glitches at the beginning of chapters 11 and 12, resulting in a bit of repetition, the audio version of Old Boots is a delight. I loved the book when I read it, and Mr Mcfarlane’s narration really brings Darcy’s POV to life. Thanks for a greatly entertaining story.

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  • Cheri Martin
  • 13-06-22

Repeating Chapters confused otherwise great listen

This book is a fantastic listen and McFarlane does a wonderful job with both the story and the voices for the different characters, conveying the emotion and atmosphere of the setting into the narrative.

The only real complaint I have is with the editing of the audiobook which has two of the chapters repeating themselves in the middle of the book, causing momentary confusion and unfortunately yanking you out of the narrative after a fairly serious moment each time.

If the audio edit could be corrected to remove the excess chapter errors, then this would be a truly 5 star across the board experience.

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  • Christine Kauffman
  • 05-04-22

Delightful!

I like to listen to Audible for a bit when I am trying to relax and sleep, do this low-angst story and the narrator's soothing voice are perfect. I love how Darcy gradually recognizes how his status and pride have kept him from enjoying life to the fullest. Mr. Bennett is very likeable in this version, as is Darcy himself. I love the author's other book, Silver Buckles, as well, and look forward to reading more from her.

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  • Austen Fan
  • 24-12-21

Excellent

Grace Gibson has quickly become a favorite author of mine. I love her wit and humor. And I thank her for introducing me to Neil Roy Mcfarlane who has likewise become one of my favorite narrators. Can't recommend them both enough.

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  • Traci S.
  • 08-08-22

Delightful JAFF story

I loved this book! I have 2 complaints - the first is that the book is too short, I wanted this story to last for 12 hours, I only purchased it because Silver Buckles was SO GOOD I wanted more of GG's amazing writing. The second is, this needs to be re-edited, there are 2 chapters that repeat themselves in the middle - so not only is the book short, instead of 5.5 hours of story, you actually probably only get about 4 3/4 hours?

GG writes some of my absolute favorite dialogue and has an amazing turn of phrase. Her use of language is very, very cleaver which makes for an entertaining listen, I loved the story surrounding the dog in this book (I'm a dog lover and I easily recognize some of the behaviors she writes about in my 2 retrievers, especially when they were young!) some of the scenarios are seriously laugh out loud funny!

I also loved how the story was built around the friendship between FWD and Mr Bennet and the daughters, although a huge part of the story, are a bit secondary. She kept all the characters pretty true to the basic character traits from the original which is nice. She also mixed up some of the relationships in a fun and interesting way.

Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this book, even if it is very short. The narrator did a good job, especially on the make voices (duh) the female voices were not as lively as they could have been, all the females came across as a bit flat and whispery, but not enough that it is bothersome.

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  • Sherrie Jones
  • 29-06-22

Great Fun JAFF

This one needed a male narrator as it is told by Darcy. Mr. McFarlane was a great choice. Imagine stubborn independent Lizzy needing help on the banks of an overflowing stream, but refusing it, only ending up with her and Darcy both getting drenched. Of course, she blames him.

Now, add an unruly large pup ( who was actually to blame ) that needs training. The best person to help, much to her resistance, is Darcy.

Cute Rom-com

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