©2001 Carol Shields; (P)2001 Books on Tape, Inc.
"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)
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!
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.
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.
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
It was a good day when I realized I could combine my two hobbies- reading AND knitting. Audible has seen me through many projects!
Absolutely not- I read everything and anything they slap Jane Austen's name to! :-D
Crisp, clear, professional
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