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)
Cute references to the original.
She was pretty good with the voices.
Austen meets the 21st Century!
I liked when Jane got over her embarrassment and really decided to embrace her time in Austenland.
I love Katherine Kellgren! Without a doubt, she is one of my favorite narrators. She has such a wide range of voices and emotions, and she really brings the characters to life. Her narration here is no different. I don't think I would've enjoyed this book as much if I would've read it. I can imagine that, on paper, Jane would come off seeming a bit flat and boring. But Katherine Kellgren helped me to empathize with Jane.
No, I was able to put the book down between chapters. The story was fun, but it wasn't extremely captivating. I was never on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. That being said, I did enjoy the book. If you're looking for something to listen to on a commute or if you're not sure if you put your life on hold for 6 1/2 hours for an audiobook, then I would recommend this book.
I want to go to Austenland. This book was cute and fun. It took the woos of a girls failed love life and mixed with her trying to get over the fact she will never find her Darcy.
Then she goes to this private, secret resort that takes you back to Austen time. FUN.
The dresses and propriety. She thought she found lust/love but who is sure when it's all an act.
Read to find out the ending.
The concept of going on a vacation where you can go to your favorite era.
The end on the airplane.
I want the sequel on audio.
As a Jane Austen reader year in and year out, I found this entertaining and true to the Austen way. Very enjoyable.
The characters were well developed in the Austen style. Interesting and kept me reading.
Darcy of course. What girl doesn't want to go out with a 'Darcy
Would love to read more of Austenland.
Yes! I felt that it was a fun read and I related in many ways to the main character. Anyone who has a long-term love affair with Mr. Darcy will appreciate this book to some degree.
My favorite part is how likeable the main character is.
All of them!
No, it broke up nicely, and since I tend to listen in the car during my commute, it was great for that.
Tell us about yourself! I have been listening to books for 20 years. They get me through long drives, house work and walks with the dog.
I may not listen to again because I don't generally do that. However I would recommend for others to listent. Really enjoyed.
Jane...funny, lost, independent, brave.
It had its moments when I chuckled outloud.
Very cute story. Somewhat predictable but with unexpected plot twists. I loved it and I think all my fellow Austin lovers will too.
I love all of Jane Austen's books so when I looked at the reviews, I thought I would like this book too. Unfortunately I found the book and the characters quite shallow. Some parts of the book were even boring. The narrator was generally good, though some of the different character voices she did were a bit irritating.
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