Stephanie Barron's series masterfully evokes Jane Austen's witty style, the intricacies of manners in this genteel era, and the rich tapestry of gossip in a milieu of carefully nuanced social relationships. The classic murder mystery meets its match in a plucky heroine who layers Austen's sense and sensibility on top of an inquisitive nature and a natural resolve.
©2003 Stephanie Barron; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A wonderfully intricate plot full of espionage and intrigue." (Publishers Weekly)
"First-rate....Barron writes a lively adventure that puts warm flesh on historical bones. The nice thing is she does so in a literary style that would not put Jane Austen's nose out of joint." (The New York Times Book Review)
This series by Stephanie Barron has a little of everything for Jane Austen fans: historical fiction, mystery and fluid prose. Kate Reading is a great narrator for this series.
The book is written in Jane Austen's style, and the author has a wonderful ear for Austen's voice. Those, like me, who can practically chant from Austen's works, may find the author's periodic "lifting" of Austen's own phrases and words a bit jarring. It's strange to hear the phrases out of context, when they are so familiar in their original novels. However, the plot is engaging, and the main character well developed. That Kate Reading, a frequent narrator of Austen's own works, is the narrator of this work is an extra treat. Her voice gives the work the perfect Austenization!
This effort was disappointing, frustrating, and more focused on the concerns of secondary characters than on Jane. For this particular story of our heroine's life, I would have loved to spend more time examining the relationship between Jane and Lord H- such was the attention given to her somewhat problematic yet undeniable friendship with Sophia (Sofia?)
I listened while cleaning and it made the job less tedious so it served it's purpose. This book was not as enthralling as other books, but it did entertain.
It was predictable.
Perfect fit overall
Yes, for the purpose I was listening. I don't know if it would be the same if I listened to it while driving. It was sleepy in parts.
I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!
A little more action, a lot less History lessons.
Strong female character. Unsure, did not finish, too tedious.
This was a wonderful listen. I will read another Jane Austen novel, and then I will listen to this
She helped the reader understand how much like Mrs. Bennet the Jane's mother was. What an insufferable woman.
There were two parts that made me hold my breath. When the partly completed ship was destroyed--oh my. The second was when her
I could not finish this book, it was so predictable and boring. I certainly am loath to try another of this ilk.
I was extremely disappointed with this book. I love Victorian-style themes but this one unfortunately was a bust.
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