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'm a big fan of Jane Austen-inspired books but I just could not get through this one. The narration was good, no complaints there, but the story was so unimaginative and forced. I stuck with it for over an hour and found myself rolling my eyes over and over again. It was definitely not worth the $6 I paid for it.
I bought this audiobook during the paperback book sale as a distraction because it was cheap. I didn't know too much about it, but I ended up loving it. It's great, somewhere in between contemporary and historical romance. Best of both worlds. It's definitely different, and it surprises you.
For those Pride and Prejudice lovers, the idea of this book is tempting, but don't be fooled, it isn't worth your time or money. The book has no depth at all. That would be okay if you wanted a very light read, but it isn't very much fun either.
Most of it is pretty boring, but there are some humorous moments. I'm just glad that it was only five discs. I could have never made it through more.
I was very disappointed and I would recommend that you pass this one up.
This appears to be an entertaining book. The problem is that I cannot listen to the narrator. She adopts such exaggerated and annoying accents for her different characters that I have to stop listening for a time. The narrator's voice is not one that is condusive to an audio book, I believe. It really gets under my skin after listening for longer than 30 minutes. This book is also too much of the current time. There are too many modern phrases and expressions. It is almost as if the writer is trying too hard to make it sound current so that it will contrast with the Austen fantasy. I am sure reading the book will be less irritating to the ear, both figuratively and literally.
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