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Jane Austen | [Carol Shields]

Jane Austen

With the same sensitivity and artfulness that are the trademarks of her award-winning novels, Shields here explores the life of a writer whose own novels have delighted readers for the past two hundred years. In Jane Austen, Shields follows this superb novelist from her early family life in Steventon to her later years in Bath, her broken engagement, and her intense relationship with her sister Cassandra. She reveals both the very private woman and the accomplished author.
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Publisher's Summary

With the same sensitivity and artfulness that are the trademarks of her award-winning novels, Shields here explores the life of a writer whose own novels have delighted readers for the past two hundred years. In Jane Austen, Shields follows this superb novelist from her early family life in Steventon to her later years in Bath, her broken engagement, and her intense relationship with her sister Cassandra. She reveals both the very private woman and the accomplished author behind the enduring classics Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. With its fascinating insights into the writing process from a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Carol Shields' magnificent biography of Jane Austen is also a compelling meditation on how great fiction is created.

©2001 Carol Shields; (P)2001 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This tightly written biography brings Austen to life in a way rarely seen. Here she is the living, breathing woman not the prim literary classic. Outstanding job." (Booklist)

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    Catherine Decatur, IL, United States 08-14-12
    Catherine Decatur, IL, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2010

    60-year-old retired library worker, some college , married 30 years, husband retired railroad yardman. one son, 18 years old. God does have a sense of humor!

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    "Everything Jane"

    I very much enjoyed this brief biography of Jane Austen. The biographer was knowledgable about her subject; enough so that she could make a compact but smooth-flowing account of Jane Austen's life. The narrator was marvelous. The references and quotations from the books written by Jane Austen were not overwhelming to someone who had not read them all. A pleasent listening experience.

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    Melissa Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-14-10
    Melissa Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-14-10 Member Since 2007
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    "With Apologies to Ms. Peters"

    I love Austin and I think Sheilds is in the same category as Munro and Atwood, as a Canadian writer who is intelligent and writes perfectly simple sentences, full of meaning...and more meaning...and even more possible meanings...She is the kind of reader worth reading again and again.

    Nevertheless, I just cannot finish listening to this book because (even on double speed) I find the narration unbearably dull and starchy. In this case, the voice of the author is much more powerful on the page.


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    ellen abingdon, VA, United States 02-21-10
    ellen abingdon, VA, United States 02-21-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Jane Austen"

    narrator very good, a good biography of Jane relating her books to her life circumstances; good information on her immediate family also and sister Cassandra relationship throughout their life

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    Jennifer Calgary, Alberta, Canada 05-31-12
    Jennifer Calgary, Alberta, Canada 05-31-12 Member Since 2010

    It was a good day when I realized I could combine my two hobbies- reading AND knitting. Audible has seen me through many projects!

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not particularly...


    Has Jane Austen turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely not- I read everything and anything they slap Jane Austen's name to! :-D


    What three words best describe Donada Peters’s performance?

    Crisp, clear, professional


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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