This novel with its Colin-Firth-as-Mr.-Darcy addled heroine had a bit of fun, but the characters became wearisome after a while. By constantly referring back to Austen's work, the novelist couldn't help but come up short with her own wit, characters, plot.
This is not heavy literature by any means but still worth listening to. If you are familiar with Jane Austen's work, it adds even more depth. The premise is cute. I like the idea of a relative not leaving money or belongings to others when they die, but leaving them "experiences" the persons may not realize would be beneficial. Regardless, the story is interesting even though the ending gets a bit drawn out. Narration is well done.
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This book was funny and lots of fun. I'm such a Pride & Prejudice fan that I probably would love to go to Austenland. This book held my interest and I would recommend to any sappy P&P fan. The reader did a great job too.
Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
The performance was key to me, moreso than the story which I found very lightweight. If you mildly like Austen, or like modern people tackling Austen this is a nice book to listen to over an afternoon. It respects Jane Austen's work well enough and acknowledges the contemporary yearning for Austen's world with a only mildly annoying modern character going into that world, which is Austenland.
As I wrote, it was narrator Katherine Kellgren's performance that made this book well worth it and very entertaining.
I bought this book because I am a huge Jane Austen fan and the storyline seemed intriquing. As it turned out, the plot was a good idea and there are some very intersting parts in the book, but I couldn't really love or even connect with the main character, Jane, as she is drawn by the author. The reader was talented and did a good job with the voices and accents (except for Miss Charming), but I just did not like Jane. Perhaps that is due to my personality and my preferences, and not the character - other listeners or reader may like her. I am not disappointed that I bought the book because I did enjoy parts, but I wished I could have liked it better.
A modern day girl is bequeathed a trip to Austenland, a three week immersion in the time period of Ms. Austen's stories.
I wanted to love this book. I just didn't. I took it off my ipod after listening to about an hour of it and decided to go back to the source material. e
Well I really liked this one, who woundn't want to pass some time with Mr Darcy, for an imagenary romp, with wonderfull characters envelopping you in an 19th century but still attached to this one. A very good read, or more accuretly a very good listen. Have fun, I know I did.
I was reluctant to purchase this audiobook at first. I am glad I did. I found it a quick listen and very entertaining. I even laughed out loud a few times. Highly recommended!
I really enjoyed the listen; it is pure, frivolous fun! I couldn't turn it off during the last hour because I couldn't predict the ending and had to know what happened.