Now a major motion picture.
Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.
Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen: or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It's all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?
©2007 Shannon Hale; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
"Endlessly charming." (Publishers Weekly)
"A clever confection for fans of contemporary Austen knockoffs." (Booklist)
This is definatly a MUST listen/read. Although I wouldn't consider it to be a great, deep piece of litrature, it really doesn't need or try to be. It's a feel good book that will most certainly make you do just that down to the very last minute. Jane Austen fan or not, Austenland is a book that every woman can identify with. If you're looking for a fun, addicting book I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
I should begin this by saying, not only is this fluff, this is for fans of the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones, not necessarily all Austen fans will like it. Jane compares herself to Lizzie and Emma and other Austen heroines but sadly, she's more like a mix of Jane Bennet and Mrs. Bennet - cute and accommodating just desperate for a man.
I laughed quite a bit at Jane's adventure and her plucky sidekick, enjoying the intrgue and disgruntled by the treatment of her as a lower-paying guest (which I didn't quite understand because her trip was funded by a wealthy relative - seems she could have purchased the better package for Jane).
Good fun and fluff. Oh, and WAY better than the movie. Enjoy!!
This novel with its Colin-Firth-as-Mr.-Darcy addled heroine had a bit of fun, but the characters became wearisome after a while. By constantly referring back to Austen's work, the novelist couldn't help but come up short with her own wit, characters, plot.
This is not heavy literature by any means but still worth listening to. If you are familiar with Jane Austen's work, it adds even more depth. The premise is cute. I like the idea of a relative not leaving money or belongings to others when they die, but leaving them "experiences" the persons may not realize would be beneficial. Regardless, the story is interesting even though the ending gets a bit drawn out. Narration is well done.
This is an okay novel. Some of it is awkward, even lame, but mostly a workmanlike effort. The narrator was hard to take, hamming it up and creating a couple of characters that spoiled my listening experience. I had given it 3 stars but tried to listen again and could't take the over-emoting and had to stop, so now it has 2 stars from me.
Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
The performance was key to me, moreso than the story which I found very lightweight. If you mildly like Austen, or like modern people tackling Austen this is a nice book to listen to over an afternoon. It respects Jane Austen's work well enough and acknowledges the contemporary yearning for Austen's world with a only mildly annoying modern character going into that world, which is Austenland.
As I wrote, it was narrator Katherine Kellgren's performance that made this book well worth it and very entertaining.
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
I bought this book because I am a huge Jane Austen fan and the storyline seemed intriquing. As it turned out, the plot was a good idea and there are some very intersting parts in the book, but I couldn't really love or even connect with the main character, Jane, as she is drawn by the author. The reader was talented and did a good job with the voices and accents (except for Miss Charming), but I just did not like Jane. Perhaps that is due to my personality and my preferences, and not the character - other listeners or reader may like her. I am not disappointed that I bought the book because I did enjoy parts, but I wished I could have liked it better.
A modern day girl is bequeathed a trip to Austenland, a three week immersion in the time period of Ms. Austen's stories.
I wanted to love this book. I just didn't. I took it off my ipod after listening to about an hour of it and decided to go back to the source material. e
Well I really liked this one, who woundn't want to pass some time with Mr Darcy, for an imagenary romp, with wonderfull characters envelopping you in an 19th century but still attached to this one. A very good read, or more accuretly a very good listen. Have fun, I know I did.
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