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  • The Luxury of Silence

  • A Variation of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice
  • By: Susan Adriani
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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The Luxury of Silence

By: Susan Adriani
Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
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Summary

No woman of my acquaintance has ever inspired a fraction of the admiration that I feel for you.... You are the only woman to ever touch my heart. 

Fitzwilliam Darcy has had enough—enough of the ton and their speculations, enough of matchmaking mamas and their eager daughters, and enough of his family’s expectations that he will eventually marry his cousin Anne.

Craving solitude and peace after discovering his sister with George Wickham in Ramsgate, he accepts an invitation to visit Netherfield Park from his friend Charles Bingley and travels to Hertfordshire, where he hopes Georgiana will recover from her disappointment in relative privacy. Thinking only that his sister might have the good fortune to make a friend there, the last thing Mr. Darcy expects is to make one himself.

Elizabeth Bennet has never met a man so used to getting his own way as Mr. Darcy, master of Pemberley. Their first meeting is unexpected, their second infuriating, but before the evening ends, they make peace with one another, and an unlikely friendship is forged.

But friendship with a man like Mr. Darcy, who soon shows Elizabeth there is more to him than his wealth, reserve, and haughty manners, comes with a steep price—her heart. Will their friendship turn into romance, despite Darcy’s professed disinterest in matrimony, or is friendship all they are ever destined to share?

The Luxury of Silence is a variation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and will be enjoyed by fans of friends-to-lovers romantic tales. 

©2022 Susan Adriani (P)2022 Quills & Quartos Publishing
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A different JAFF

I can't decide whether the Americanisations are for the American market or the errors of American authors.
Tea is served with milk and not cream. The Anglican Church has vicars and not pastors. Etc etc.
Past perfect tense also seems to be ignored where it is applicable.
The story is different from the usual JAFF; pleasant but not memorable.

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Endearing

Very endearing. I appreciate the slight spin on the original. A bit slow at some parts but I would still highly recommend.

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Interesting variation on the original, made more enjoyable by the brilliant narration of Stevie Zimmerman, who brings all P&P variations to life.

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  • Brandie Fritts
  • 25-07-22

An easy listen focusing more on relationships

Stevie Zimmerman is and will always be my favorite narrator, and she kept up her high quality in this work.

The story itself is low "angst" and free from forced misunderstandings. It's a bit like an "in an ideal world" story where the actions you think characters should take are the ones they actually take rather than doing something that makes no sense. They actually talk to each other and have a level of introspection. There isn't much excitement or conflict, but sometimes that's what will really hit that spot. I get in the mood for this more soothing type of book on occasion, and I'm glad I will have this one to go back to in the future. So, if a simple listen is what you're after, I highly recommend this book.

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  • Marie
  • 22-07-22

Beautiful Prose, Excellent Narration

Never disappointing, Stevie Zimmerman performs yet another outstanding narration.

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This variation begins at Ramsgate. Feeling he has failed, Darcy is filled with anxiety and self-recrimination following his finding Georgiana and Wickham together in a compromising situation. For the moment, Wickham is gone and Georgiana is secluded in her bedchamber. Crushed by the burden of responsibility and needing a moment’s escape, he seeks the silence and refuge of a church.

“Darcy felt a tightness in his throat and the hot pressure of tears in his eyes. He dropped his head into his hands with a quavering exhalation, fighting to remain in control. It was not to be. The devastating events of the last two days had finally caught up with him, and their hold upon his conscience was unforgiving. He covered his face with his hands and wept.”—quote from book

After weeks of unsuccessful attempts to bring Georgiana out of her gloom, Darcy brings her to Netherfield with him when Bingley leases the estate. Elizabeth and Darcy accidentally meet under more pleasant than usual circumstances at Oakham mount. They will meet again, and Darcy will deliver his infamous insult, but he will apologize and they agree to be friends.

This enthralling story is filled with wonderfully-flowing dialogue and beautifully-written narrative. When they come, the expressions of pain and hurt, both contemplated and spoken, especially by Darcy, will have you ache with him.

“His voice was impenetrably grave. “Every morning at sunrise I walked to the shore. Even from the cliffs, the air smelt of salt and brine. The sea itself was never still. It was magnificent, hypnotic—a living, breathing entity impossible to contain. It could break a ship in half or drown a man in a matter of minutes. But there is more to the sea than its malicious beauty and intemperate nature. Beneath its cold surface, beneath its undulating waves, there is tranquillity and peace. Submerged, no idle thoughts disturbed my conscience. Not one soul imposed upon my peace. If not for Georgiana, if not for Pemberley, I could have remained in its embrace forever.”—quote from book

This Darcy is also musical. When that scene occurs, I must encourage readers to be sure to listen to the music he plays to fully appreciate his emotion of that moment—easily found on YouTube.

Also contained within these pages is one of the most beautiful Darcy and Elizabeth proposal scenes I’ve read to date. The words of love will touch all the right emotions and warm your heart to its core. The prose is so beautifully written, it’s practically poetic. It was difficult not to swoon.

While Wickham influences the plot to a degree, and you remain in anticipation of what will come, I didn’t consider this book angsty. Most of the other usual characters from canon are either present or mentioned and well placed into the plot. Honourable mentions go to Mr. Hurst and Lydia.

Some content touches on suggestive themes, but there’s nothing too graphic—it’s a clean read in my opinion.

This will definitely go into my re-read stack, on my “favourites” shelf, and I plan to purchase the published version. I highly recommend this jewel Susan Adriani has gifted her readers.

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  • Sherrie Jones
  • 24-08-22

A New Favorite!

Okay, so if you’ve seen any of my other reviews, you will likely notice more JAFF than other genres. You may also notice I am a Stevie Zimmerman Fan Girl! If you’ve never heard her perform a P&P Alternative, you are missing out. But, I digress.

This story is very much in line with the original, although I love the slight alterations and where they lead.

The thing that sets this one a bit above, IMO, is that the support characters are as well developed as ODC. Often, when an author tries to add more depth to characters other than Darcy and Lizzie they are either a pale comparison or way over the top. Here, we see her sisters personalities, get more input from Hurst (of all people), Mrs. Bennet ever comes off well by the end.

As usual, Stevie Zimmerman elevates from a “narrator” to a true Voice Artist. Each character has their own voice and each emotion is portrayed perfectly.

I will be listening to this one again.


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  • Mom2ianandkla
  • 31-07-22

Read with alacrity

Characters behave as one would wish. Georgiana accompanying her most beloved brother to Netherfield Park changes the countenances of all involved and brings a most satisfactory resolution.

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  • nwpioneer
  • 23-11-22

Enjoyed Immensely

I found this to be a wonderful exploration of what a friendship turned to romance would have been like for Miss Bennett and Mr. Darcy. I liked this version almost as much as the original its based on, even though allowing them to be friends first fundamentally changes the premise of P&P. Its different but still familiar.

I also enjoyed seeing the Bennett family shown with a little more depth and ability to grow emotionally than ordinarily depicted, giving the reader an opportunity to realize that the goodness of Jane and Elizabeth didn't just happen in a vacuum. Finally it was nice to see Georgiana interact with the younger Bennett girls.

I did miss the Gardiners but they aren't as necessary to the story if Elizabeth and Darcy start out as friends able to actually communicate with one another.

My only reservation was a selfish one. I would have greatly appreciated a duel between F. and W., it would provide a little more conflict for the main characters to deal with, while not overwhelming the sweet nature of this plot line.

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  • BlackInk
  • 28-10-22

As dry as toast

Probably one of the most uninteresting variations I've ever read. A story without conflict is not a story at all. And any semblance of conflict is resolved easily and without trouble. Not every Pride and Prejudice needs to be riddled with angst, but something needs to happen. The relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth was basic and without any real chemistry. Most of it was more tell than show. Actually this whole book was like that. Usually Stevie Zimmerman is great, but here she made Darcy's sister and Lizzie's sisters sound so irritating and whiny. Not a great read for me.

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  • bebe
  • 17-10-22

Very satisfying story

This is a really good Pride and Prejudice variation. It has anxious moments, but not long drawn out angst. Situations are resolved rather quickly. Elizabeth and Darcy are wonderful together. All the characters become better people (except Wickham and Caroline) than ever before. It is truly worth a credit and more.

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  • Lauren Michele
  • 15-10-22

Loved it.

Really enjoyed this variation and the brevity of the secondary plots.Great narration across the characters.

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  • Traci S.
  • 04-10-22

Just SO GOOD!!!

This one gives you all the feels. Not much angst, which makes it really lovely. ODC's banter and getting to know one another was magical. I really loved this one, I wish it had been longer. I want more!

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  • M.A.
  • 30-09-22

easy read

this was an easy read/listen. no real major drama or angst which was nice. sometimes you just need some easy going in your story.