Not only is Courtney stuck in another woman's life, she is forced to pretend she actually is that woman. And despite knowing nothing about her, she manages to fool even the most astute observer. But not even her love of Jane Austen has prepared Courtney for the chamber pots and filthy coaching inns of 19th-century England, let alone the realities of being a single woman who must fend off suffocating chaperones, condomless seducers, and marriages of convenience. Enter the enigmatic Mr. Edgeworth, who fills Courtney's borrowed brain with confusing memories that are clearly not her own.
Try as she might to control her mind and find a way home, Courtney cannot deny that she is becoming this other woman - and being this other woman is not without its advantages, especially in a looking-glass Austen world. And especially with a suitor who may not turn out to be a familiar species of philanderer after all.
©2007 Laurie Viera Rigler; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. and Books on Tape. All rights reserved.
"Fans of the ever-expanding inspired-by-Austen-lit garden party will find a winner here." (Publishers Weekly)
This one was very well written and contained many entertaining tidbits about life as a young unmarried woman in Jane Austen's England. There's time-travel and enough contrasting detail between modern-day independent women and their Regency counterparts to give the listener food for thought. In addition, the narrator was excellent, using an English accent for "Jane" and an American accent for Courtney, so the listener could not confuse which character's comments were
It only took me a couple of days to finish this one,(normally, I only listen during my work commute, but this one I turned on in the evenings, too, because it was so appealing) and I hope that the author will produce some more.
This is one of the better "Time Travel" books I've listened to over the years. The imagery is good, descriptions of the things you wonder about but are never told about just how things work were a nice surprise.
I would have liked to hear a bit more epilogue, and a bit more about the current time characters than was provided, but all in all, this one is worth listening to.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator adds to the enjoyment with her range of voices and accents. She does the english accent very well. It also has a very austen like plot. It is a nice light "read" which will not tax your brain very much but will pass the time very nicely. Enjoy!!
This book is captivating, surprising, scrumptious, delicious, wickedly witty--a perfect delight!!! Ok true confession time: I was listening to Cormack McCarthy's "The Road" on Audible Air one hour at a time, and it segue'd into the beginning of this book mid-Road without the "This is Audible" announcement. What kind of book would make me drop The Road like a hot potato and suddenly find myself powerless to resist??! I'm sorry, Cormack!!! but this book is just like someone had dug up Miss Austen and propped her at a writing desk, plied her with hot tea, and promised her a title and the Crown Jewels to work her magic again! It's so fun spotting the parallels between what the heroine Courtney goes through and Austen's works, and then the best part is comparing how a modern, liberated woman would chafe under the rules of living back then. But wait! No! The best part is the scheming mother and the eye-rolling, secretly modern daughter. I can't say I'd share Courtney's love of the peacefulness of not being bothered by cell phones, email, etc. -- because hey, NO AUDIBLE back then ... anyway in case I haven't made it clear I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
I really enjoyed this book. I read the other reviews before purchasing it, and had braced myself for some kind of unsatisfying ending. However, I loved the ending. And the beginning. And the middle. I listened to it all in one day, while doing yard work. I've read and listened to all of Jane Austen's books, and as a 21st century working woman, I completely related to the main character, and laughed out loud several times during the book. Five stars from me. I loved it. I'll certainly be listening to it again, as one of my favorites.
A very fun confection for any Austen fan. Good narration, and enjoyable storyline. Don't think too hard about the physics of the time-travel involved, and it's a fun and at times even insightful peek into the good and the bad of Regency England, a la Austen.
This was surprisingly fun. I would have thought Jane, the woman from the regency era would be more of a push over but she isn't. She turns out to have more backbone than Courtney the present day "independant" woman. The romance was OK that wasn't the part I enjoyed the most. It was how Jane starts to take over Courtney's life and actually starts to make it better.
I liked this book better than the first book.
If you're just looking for light reading, with no deeper meaning, this is the book for you. I love Jane Austen and it was fabulous to read a book about a modern woman dropped in that time.
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I wish that I could enjoy contemporary "chick lit," but I can't. That doesn't stop me however, from acquiring any novel that references Austen. Most are just awful, but this one has a neat central idea and gets most of the Austen references straight. I would have enjoyed the book much more had the author stuck more to describing the protagonist's experience of the 19th centruy rather than repeating her 21st century's counterpart's whining (not to mention the details of characters tongue-kissing.) In some attempt at irony, the author has "Jane" lamneting at one point that she is trapped in a bad romance novel with pretentions to Jane Austen. That about sums it up, but the as those novels go, this is one of the best I think.
The American heroine is, at first glance, a lady that I would not like to meet. For an "Austen addict", she seems to know - or better: understand - nothing; there is no explanation why she would actually be interested in Jane Austen novels besides a general romanticism. Her way to say the most stupid things in her new environment enraged me, not helped by the narrator's way to not really distinguish between characters and reading everything with a disturbing American accent. Not that there are really more than flat characters.
The story gains after a few chapters, though, when "Jane" is getting accustomed to her new environment, and it IS fun to listen to.
I definitely prefer "Austenland", - also not to be taken in any way seriously, but at least one believes that the heroine loves Austen.
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