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Austenland: A Novel | [Shannon Hale]

Austenland: A Novel

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.
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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)

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Katherine massena, NY, United States 08-27-10
    Katherine massena, NY, United States 08-27-10
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    "Fun"

    This one was a big stretch, but a whole lot of fun for this P&P fan.

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    Sima Uyar Istanbul, Turkey 08-23-10
    Sima Uyar Istanbul, Turkey 08-23-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Austenland"

    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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    Melinda Mesa, AZ, USA 05-14-10
    Melinda Mesa, AZ, USA 05-14-10 Member Since 2015
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    "I loved this book!"

    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!

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    AstroLogicGal New York, NY 04-03-10
    AstroLogicGal New York, NY 04-03-10 Member Since 2005

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    "Insipid Treacle"

    Vapid writing, tedious heroine, altogether a waste of time as well as a credit.

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    Deb Fairmont, WV, United States 03-22-10
    Deb Fairmont, WV, United States 03-22-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Must know the originals to enjoy this fully"

    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.

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    Amber LaVernia, TX, USA 12-30-09
    Amber LaVernia, TX, USA 12-30-09 Member Since 2013
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    "A Bon-Bon Read for Long Commutes"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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