This book works on every level -- as a work of literary criticism and as a compelling story. I've read several books about Jane Austen or "sequels" to her novels before, but always been disappointed, as the non-fictional books were boring and pedantic and the fictional books failed to appreciate that Austen's work is about much more than romance. "A Jane Austen Education," on the other hand, appreciated and conveyed the depth and delight of Austen's work while, at the same time, delivering a contemporary story (the author's own) that pleasantly invoked all the elements of Austen. Narrated very well. Overall, it was a surprising delight.
I have never read the books and it was fun to have someone distill them down tothe basics and share his thematic summaries of each book.
How he became a better person through the process of his doctoral studies.
nice voice, regulated cadence and expressive in nature
No, just liked it a lot.
After reading this book, it made me want to go back and read the novels.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
I've a kind of guilty pleasure in all those ersatz Jane books. This one, however, just didn't meet expectations. Although capably narrated, the content can't decide whether to be a literary critique or a rather dogmatic treatise on character and manners. And the style definitely has none of Jane Austen's light and sparkling tone. I learned considerably more about the author's love life than I really wanted to know. It's nice that he demonstrates why men can appreciate Austen, but I'm not sure that, in this case, the tale is worth a whole book.
A great memoir, good story
I'm very fussy about anything Austen not written by Jane, although I'm guilty of publishing a kind of spinoff myself. But this book is engaging and fun to read over and over.
Stubborn Faulkner-loving male falls for Elizabeth Bennet
I was intrigued how the author put into practice what he learned from six of Jane Austen's novels and how it changed his life.
I highly recommend this book.
This lit major managed to write a personal, personable, and wise book, mix it in with a tiny bit of "lit crit" that can be easily understood outside the rarefied atmosphere of academe, and teach me something about Jane Austin and New York society, all in a sympathetic engaging way. Enjoyed the heck out of it. Well read in a clear straight-forward style. It does help if you know a bit about Jane Austin's work.
Fun, Educational, Romantic
Can't think of a comparison. Really different and really fun to read and helped me learn more about Austen and about her books...
He did a great job. Very clear.
Jane Austen's books help make a guy more romantic...
All Austen friends will like this analysis and story, and non-Austen friends will appreciate Austen more...
I listened to this book on an 18 hour drive alone, it kept me completely enthralled. I remembered about all of the Austen books I have read over the years, and felt like I was in an English lit class with an interesting professor. He related all of the books to his life and i could do the same.
A smart and good understanding of Jane Austen. It is like hearing Jane Austen another time with a friend and discussing with him about her.