Young mom living in Japan, dealing with commute with audiobooks and knitting.
As I have not seen the print version, I cannot say for sure, but I enjoyed the audio edition immensely.
The way the author interpreted and talked about Austen's books without giving too much away (in case the reader was not familiar with a particular book) was great. It made me think about things I missed from the first time around.
As this book is written from the author's point of view, there was really only one character in there to perform. I thought the narrator did a great job with timing punchlines and showing emotion, though.
It made me laugh a few times, but I'm not sure if that would be the same for someone who is not really familiar with Austen's works.
I would recommend this book to any Austen fan for a light read, and also to people who have yet to read any of her novels, as I think this just might be the hook they need.
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.
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.
Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.
I have loved Jane Austen's works for many years, but never studied them as literature. This author wrote his dissertation on Austen, and in doing so learned a lot about himself and what a shallow jerk he was (like some men in Austen's books). More interesting to me were his scholarly riffs on Austen's characters, but he makes his journey from boy to man interesting, too.