Did not read the print version, but saw the movie adaptation at Sundance.
Mr. Nobley...hard to figure out his character, forced me to pay attention. This sounds dumb, but the narrators chosen voice for Mr. Nobley was lovely.
She has a wide variety of voices, really makes you "judge" each character! Well done!
Ms. Charming...everyone knows a Ms. Charming, and everyone knows that they get what they deserve in the end!
Devouring literature and having fun along the way. :] Well, for the most part.
I cringed when I heard the opening line of the novel and feared I was in for a generic steamroller. The first chapter did not make the uneasiness fade. However, once you're past the introduction and the story is rolling, Austenland becomes surprisingly well-plotted and incredibly engaging. Light-hearted for the most part, but heavier in moments of self-reflection and epiphany, Shannon Hale really does weave the protagonist through veils of fantasy and reality both artfully and intelligibly as she becomes more perceptive of the possible double-nature of each character.
The characters are well-constructed and I was (to my own surprise) shocked as personas began to unravel. I am certainly looking forward to the film adaptation.
And of course, a better narrator could not be found. Katherine Kellgren's talents with multi-character/multi-dialect voice acting, as well as inflection and general style is unmatched as far as I am aware.
... As an afterthought, an honest gripe that I did encounter though was that between each chapter is inserted a rundown of the succession of Jane's previous failed relationships, some of which are laughable, and some of which are not. I ended up rolling my eyes at a few of them, particularly the hyper-generic-can't-be-left-out "Boyfriend #7," which I thought showed a disrespectful and flimsy attestation of character for either the protagonist or the author. But, ignoring that, I thought the novel was altogether delightful.
the humor of the whole Mr.Darcy thing
the idea that there is a austenland
when he followed her on the plane
laugh listen to books while walking i am sure a few people think i am nuts
please write more
I thought the general story was great - nothing too deep but if you like beach reads this one is definitely for you. The story moves at a good pace and the main characters voice is grounded just enough in reality to keep it from going to far down the "make believe I'm in an Austen novel" road.
By the end I couldn't wait to see how it turned out and there was a twist close to the end that I didn't see coming, which was a nice surprise in this genre where you can usually predict the storyline. Yea it wraps up pretty neatly in the end but that's how these types of books usually are, and I'm fine with that.
In general, if you like a quick read rom-com, you'll like this book. Even more so if you like any of Jane Austen's novels or those that have been turned into movies. I'm sure there were references here that I didn't even get because I haven't seen/read that many, yet it was still very enjoyable. Also, this is the first book I've listened to that I really enjoyed the narrator. The pacing was great and she did the accents very well.
this was the worst book I've ever read. I couldn't finish it, because it would have been self torture. I enjoy light reading, but this was depressing because it was SO horrible. Do not buy this!!
This is a solid book even if a little on the light side. Author did make me question Jane's choices numerous times through out the story. The basic premise of whether you can believe everything you see and hear when you are living in a make believe world was intriguing.
I would. Sometimes a light read on a rainy day is just what the doctor ordered. The idea of a location to play out an Austen drama is intriguing however I can live with out the corsets.
Katherine does a lovely job making you believe in the characters and especially the quirkiness of our heroine. Delightful job.
I nearly did. Started listening to this novel on a trip out of town and then finished it on a rainy Sunday. I had to know how it finished.
The narration was dreadful. When she spoke in a normal voice she was fine but her "upper class" voices for both sexes were just absurd and would have been laughable if they weren't so annoying.
I kept wishing I were reading it instead of listening to it. Probably a good beach read.
Cute references to the original.
She was pretty good with the voices.
Austen meets the 21st Century!
I liked when Jane got over her embarrassment and really decided to embrace her time in Austenland.
I love Katherine Kellgren! Without a doubt, she is one of my favorite narrators. She has such a wide range of voices and emotions, and she really brings the characters to life. Her narration here is no different. I don't think I would've enjoyed this book as much if I would've read it. I can imagine that, on paper, Jane would come off seeming a bit flat and boring. But Katherine Kellgren helped me to empathize with Jane.
No, I was able to put the book down between chapters. The story was fun, but it wasn't extremely captivating. I was never on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. That being said, I did enjoy the book. If you're looking for something to listen to on a commute or if you're not sure if you put your life on hold for 6 1/2 hours for an audiobook, then I would recommend this book.
I want to go to Austenland. This book was cute and fun. It took the woos of a girls failed love life and mixed with her trying to get over the fact she will never find her Darcy.
Then she goes to this private, secret resort that takes you back to Austen time. FUN.
The dresses and propriety. She thought she found lust/love but who is sure when it's all an act.
Read to find out the ending.
The concept of going on a vacation where you can go to your favorite era.
The end on the airplane.
I want the sequel on audio.