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Austenland Audiobook

Austenland: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"Endlessly charming." (Publishers Weekly)
"A clever confection for fans of contemporary Austen knockoffs." (Booklist)

What Members Say

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    LoveRomanceTales 08-26-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Real or Imagined"
    Where does Austenland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a solid book even if a little on the light side. Author did make me question Jane's choices numerous times through out the story. The basic premise of whether you can believe everything you see and hear when you are living in a make believe world was intriguing.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Shannon Hale? Why or why not?

    I would. Sometimes a light read on a rainy day is just what the doctor ordered. The idea of a location to play out an Austen drama is intriguing however I can live with out the corsets.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Katherine does a lovely job making you believe in the characters and especially the quirkiness of our heroine. Delightful job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I nearly did. Started listening to this novel on a trip out of town and then finished it on a rainy Sunday. I had to know how it finished.


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    Wendy 08-17-12
    Wendy 08-17-12
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    "Read it instead"
    What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    The narration was dreadful. When she spoke in a normal voice she was fine but her "upper class" voices for both sexes were just absurd and would have been laughable if they weren't so annoying.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I kept wishing I were reading it instead of listening to it. Probably a good beach read.


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    MARY Conway, SC, United States 06-25-12
    MARY Conway, SC, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty cute, if you like all things Austen!"
    What did you love best about Austenland?

    Cute references to the original.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Originality


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She was pretty good with the voices.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Austen meets the 21st Century!


    Any additional comments?

    Cute idea.

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    Rachael Brookfield, OH, United States 06-21-12
    Rachael Brookfield, OH, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "An Easy Listen"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Austenland?

    I liked when Jane got over her embarrassment and really decided to embrace her time in Austenland.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


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    Jennifer Garcia Los Angeles, CA USA 03-26-12
    Jennifer Garcia Los Angeles, CA USA 03-26-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Creative and fun."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept of going on a vacation where you can go to your favorite era.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end on the airplane.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I want the sequel on audio.

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    Val westwood, CA, United States 03-12-12
    Val westwood, CA, United States 03-12-12
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    "Charming, so Jane Austen"
    What did you love best about Austenland?

    As a Jane Austen reader year in and year out, I found this entertaining and true to the Austen way. Very enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were well developed in the Austen style. Interesting and kept me reading.


    If you could take any character from Austenland out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Darcy of course. What girl doesn't want to go out with a 'Darcy


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to read more of Austenland.

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    Brandy AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-01-12
    Brandy AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Goodbye Mr. Darcy!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite part is how likeable the main character is.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    All of them!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it broke up nicely, and since I tend to listen in the car during my commute, it was great for that.


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    Jeanette 01-27-12
    Jeanette 01-27-12

    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.

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    "Just fun if you love Jane Austen"
    Would you listen to Austenland again? Why?

    I may not listen to again because I don't generally do that. However I would recommend for others to listent. Really enjoyed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane...funny, lost, independent, brave.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It had its moments when I chuckled outloud.


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    Raissa Pasig, Philippines 01-01-12
    Raissa Pasig, Philippines 01-01-12
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    "delightful book"

    As a Jane Austen fan, I enjoyed listening to this audiobook but felt that the story was a bit short.

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    Ronald Roseville, CA, United States 03-16-11
    Ronald Roseville, CA, United States 03-16-11
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    "Perfect Romantic Comedy"

    Very cute story. Somewhat predictable but with unexpected plot twists. I loved it and I think all my fellow Austin lovers will too.

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