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)
I have never listen to Katherine Kellgren's performances but, I would choose another recording that she has done. Thanks to a believable voice behind the words, I despised the people that I was suppose to despise and loved the characters that we are suppose to adore.
This book was a nice change of pace and if you are a fan of the book or the A&E Pride and Prejudice you will get a kick out of this book. I love all of Shannon Hales books but I liked this one for the adult side of me. I think all of us girls want that Mr. Darcy-ish guy and this was the antidote to that "need" sickness. Good, good book with an ever so great ending!
The heroine is my favorite character with her list of 'boyfrends' and her self deprecating view of herself.
The narrator of the next book in the series, Midnight in Austenland turned in a far better performance. I had read the book and really enjoyed it but if my audible experience had been my introduction to the book it would not be a favorite and I would not understand why it is now a movie.
Did not read the print version, but saw the movie adaptation at Sundance.
Mr. Nobley...hard to figure out his character, forced me to pay attention. This sounds dumb, but the narrators chosen voice for Mr. Nobley was lovely.
She has a wide variety of voices, really makes you "judge" each character! Well done!
Ms. Charming...everyone knows a Ms. Charming, and everyone knows that they get what they deserve in the end!
Devouring literature and having fun along the way. :] Well, for the most part.
I cringed when I heard the opening line of the novel and feared I was in for a generic steamroller. The first chapter did not make the uneasiness fade. However, once you're past the introduction and the story is rolling, Austenland becomes surprisingly well-plotted and incredibly engaging. Light-hearted for the most part, but heavier in moments of self-reflection and epiphany, Shannon Hale really does weave the protagonist through veils of fantasy and reality both artfully and intelligibly as she becomes more perceptive of the possible double-nature of each character.
The characters are well-constructed and I was (to my own surprise) shocked as personas began to unravel. I am certainly looking forward to the film adaptation.
And of course, a better narrator could not be found. Katherine Kellgren's talents with multi-character/multi-dialect voice acting, as well as inflection and general style is unmatched as far as I am aware.
... As an afterthought, an honest gripe that I did encounter though was that between each chapter is inserted a rundown of the succession of Jane's previous failed relationships, some of which are laughable, and some of which are not. I ended up rolling my eyes at a few of them, particularly the hyper-generic-can't-be-left-out "Boyfriend #7," which I thought showed a disrespectful and flimsy attestation of character for either the protagonist or the author. But, ignoring that, I thought the novel was altogether delightful.
the humor of the whole Mr.Darcy thing
the idea that there is a austenland
when he followed her on the plane
laugh listen to books while walking i am sure a few people think i am nuts
please write more
I thought the general story was great - nothing too deep but if you like beach reads this one is definitely for you. The story moves at a good pace and the main characters voice is grounded just enough in reality to keep it from going to far down the "make believe I'm in an Austen novel" road.
By the end I couldn't wait to see how it turned out and there was a twist close to the end that I didn't see coming, which was a nice surprise in this genre where you can usually predict the storyline. Yea it wraps up pretty neatly in the end but that's how these types of books usually are, and I'm fine with that.
In general, if you like a quick read rom-com, you'll like this book. Even more so if you like any of Jane Austen's novels or those that have been turned into movies. I'm sure there were references here that I didn't even get because I haven't seen/read that many, yet it was still very enjoyable. Also, this is the first book I've listened to that I really enjoyed the narrator. The pacing was great and she did the accents very well.
this was the worst book I've ever read. I couldn't finish it, because it would have been self torture. I enjoy light reading, but this was depressing because it was SO horrible. Do not buy this!!
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.
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.
Katherine does a lovely job making you believe in the characters and especially the quirkiness of our heroine. Delightful job.
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.
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.
I kept wishing I were reading it instead of listening to it. Probably a good beach read.
Cute references to the original.
She was pretty good with the voices.
Austen meets the 21st Century!
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