A combination of Jane Austen favorite moments wound into a likable story done very well in the regency style.
jane, beth mr dunkurk and mr vincent. because they where likeable and very well developed.
an author knows how a book should be read and heard. her soft accent is fine.
I love Jane she is so uncomfortable with herself but preservers.
I will continue to listen to the series. It provides a suitable distraction!
While I enjoy reading Jane Austen's novels, I always miss the fantasy elements from my other favorite novels. This story has the fantasy elements that I always wanted in Pride and Prejudice. The story is sweet and engaging. Mary Robinette Kowal does an amazing job narrating her own story. I can't wait to listen to the next one!
I've not read the print version, but the audio performance by Kowal is magnificent.
When Jane and Mr. Vincent sort out their misunderstandings and start to find common ground.
I'd have gladly done so, if my schedule permitted.
I enjoyed this book more then I thought I would. Mary Robinette Kowal seamlessly sews together her knowledge and love of puppetry with her admiration for all things Austen in this charming story of family, romance, propriety and art with a little magic too. heartwarming and witty.
I am easily amused!
Definitely not my cup of tea. I found the story boring and predictable. The only semi-interesting part was the idea of the magic of creating illusions that could alter the environment. Even this was dealt with heavy handed to where I was bored.
The author does the narration on the audio and while her accents and voices where acceptable she often used the wrong voice for a character and pulled me out of the story immediately.
I was really disappointed in the book because I had heard and read so many good things about it. It barely rates the two stars I gave it.
Optical Engineer from San Jose, CA.
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because it is an excellent, well-researched recreation of literature for the time period with a strong fantastical twist. I very much enjoyed the story, the characters, and the twists and turns.
I don't think there is really much it can be compared to. It has a similar plot to any Jane Austen story, but has a fantastical element thrown in, making the world much more interesting.
There wasn't any particularly moving scene: the book is mostly fluff, but entertaining fluff nonetheless.
As a Jane Austen fan, and a fan of fantasy writing, I was duped into buying this book not once, but twice.
What I liked:
*Kowal's character's are exact copies of various players in Austen's works. If you're familiar with the stories, you can pick them out as you go, which is fun. Seems like a complete cop-out by the author, but alas, that was the most enjoyable part of the book for me.
*The descriptions of the setting and magics involved were vivid and complete.
What I didn't like:
*Character motivations seemed cloudy and counterintuitive.
*Plot was stale. Just a jumbled-up rip off of several Austen novels with some magic thrown in. You can trace entire scenes back to a Jane Austen novel.
*The narration was done in a terrible fake english accent which changed and dropped throughout the book.
If you liked the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies type books, or just need an Austen fix, this might be for you, but I'd borrow the book.
A wonderful novel with vivid characters and fascinating magic within an austere framework. It deserves all of those adjectives I just used.
Note: the accent was slightly jarring after listening to Writing Excuses, but it's not distracting after a few minutes.
I think what made it truly enjoyable for me was the fact that I had not read or listened to a book like this in a very long time. It was very refreshing from my previous reads.
Well without giving too much away, I think the most memorable moment was when our main character Jane was reading through a certain book and making certain discoveries.
She really brought to life the era that the book took place in. When she was describing the balls and voicing the characters I really felt as if I were there. It was wonderful.
The most memorable character for me would have to be Vincent. I had hoped for more moments with him and wished we could delve a little deeper into his character and who he was but I did enjoy the time he was given.
This was a very comforting read. The main character was believable, and naive in all the right places for the time period. This is a great book to read if you need something fun, sweet, and enjoyable.