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)
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.
All I can say is it took me away from my troubles and I lived this story! I loved Jane and all
her struggles to find herself and happiness. It was a pleasure to listen to from start to finish! It is definately one of my favorites!
As a teacher and scholar, I've always steered clear of fan fiction and books by modern writers who attempt to exploit Austen's books and characters, but a serious Austen scholar recommended "Austenland" and I'm really glad she did. It is great fun for anyone with a thorough knowledge and love of Austen's fiction who is also able to maintain a critical distance. As the characters have their Austenland experience, they keep shifting into different subject positions from Austen's novels. Thus we keep going back and forth between characters in "Sense and Sensibility," "Mansfield Park," "Persuasion," "Emma," and, of course, "Pride and Prejudice."
I suspect that some of the negative reviews of this book are by readers who feel themselves too closely represented and thus embarrassed by "Miss Charming," a character who is a savage, satiric send-up of an American Anglophile more addicted to Austen's romance plots than aware of the biting irony with which Austen presents them.
The story is a cute idea, with plenty of Austen references, and performed well by Katherine Kellgren. It's not a terribly deep plot, and got sort of redundant in a few places. Still, I have a long commute, and it was light and fun to listen to on the way home after a stressful day.
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