I'll never read Austen the same way again. This book has added a new dimension. It takes you into the lives of those that facilitate the decadent lifestyle of the Bennett family and other wealthy families. It makes you realize just how entrenched the class system was at that time in Britain. It's a brilliant idea and the book itself is an engaging read. The narrator has a good range.
Really lovely writing. Good story. You don't need to know a thing about Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Rich with historical detail on the life of domestic servants and the working poor in early 20th century England. Engaging characters you feel for. Realities of World War I provide interesting backdrop to parts of story. Gorgeous narration by Emma Fielding.
Die hard Austen fans usually don't like this take on the Bennett family. I like it, as the details of domestic service is well researched & described. The reader is very good without wildly accented characters when changing from one to another. After much research on 'in service' domestics one begins to realize the brutal conditions, the primitive challenges & treatment they endured. Few were well-compensated to a life of drudgery.
Interesting look at one person's version of what happened below stairs with the Bennett family.
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