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Midnight in Austenland | [Shannon Hale]

Midnight in Austenland

In this follow-up to Austenland, Charlotte Kinder is eager to escape the numbness she feels after her divorce. Deciding to get away, she visits the Regency-themed Pembrook Park resort in England, where talented actors set the perfect scene. But with everyone playing a role, it’s hard to distinguish reality from fantasy. So when Charlotte’s heart stirs, she wonders if she’s simply caught up in the experience - or if her ability to feel is finally returning.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Shannon Hale has penned numerous award-winning novels. In this follow-up to Austenland, Charlotte Kinder is eager to escape the numbness she feels after her divorce. Deciding to get away, she visits the Regency-themed Pembrook Park resort in England, where talented actors set the perfect scene. But with everyone playing a role, it’s hard to distinguish reality from fantasy. So when Charlotte’s heart stirs, she wonders if she’s simply caught up in the experience - or if her ability to feel is finally returning.

©2012 Shannon Hale (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Jennifer Farmington, MI, United States 07-12-12
    Jennifer Farmington, MI, United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Charlotte talks to herself way too much!"

    I really enjoyed Austenland, so I thought this would be similar. It's very different. I don't remember the main character in the other book constantly having ridiculous conversations with herself, but this one sure did. It got just plain annoying. The story line could have been interesting, but it just played out in soap opera fashion. I also didn't really like her flashbacks to her "real" life. I wasted 8+ hours on this book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ~~ DARA ~~ Niagara Falls 04-16-13
    ~~ DARA ~~ Niagara Falls 04-16-13

    ~~~~~~~HOPEFUL ROMANTIC~~~~~~~~~ ~~Love Audiobooks~~ Especially Historical & Inspirational Romances ~~No Spoilers Here~~

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    "Love Austenland"

    I didnt think this book was as good as the first but I still enjoyed it. It was funny and also a great "who done it" book. I would recommend if you liked Austenland.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer San Francisco, CA, United States 11-29-12
    Jennifer San Francisco, CA, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Good start - but gets bogged down"

    Returning to Austenland in the second book, I got the playful escape I expected but not the same quality of plot and ambiance as the first book. The story begins well, but bogs down in the "mystery story" within the overall story, including the self-doubts and fears of the main character. The juxtaposition of modern and Regency life is not as strong as the first book, which I missed. If you seek lighthearted escape, you will enjoy it but if you are seeking transportation to Austenland, then perhaps not.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MP 09-21-12
    MP 09-21-12
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    "Not anywhere near as good as "Austenland""

    I loved "Austenland" but this is much less well-thought out story. And the narrator is very annoying (actually, Charlotte, the main character, is pretty annoying, too - or maybe it's because she strikes me as being absurdly dumb). Skip it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Hood River, OR, United States 05-05-12
    Lisa Hood River, OR, United States 05-05-12

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    "Loved this book!"

    I really liked this book! It was similar to Austenland in that it was set in an Austenland estate, but the cast, characters, and circumstances were very different. This book made me laugh out loud in several points. I don't think I've read a Shannon Hale book that I have disliked and I'm glad that this one didn't disappoint! I recommend it highly!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mallory United States 10-19-12
    Mallory United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very enjoyable! :)"
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    This book was a most enjoyable listen! :D The narration = AWESOME. The story line = highly entertaining! It took a little while to get into, but once it got started... it was amazing!
    NOTE: this book is not really "family friendly". It swears once or twice (not very bad though)... but it discusses some harder topics that wouldn't be the best for children, or even early teens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 06-09-15
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    "Great Writing and Excellent Narration"

    Infinitely satisfying and fun! Shannon Hale is an excellent writer. Humor and a really well told story. Narrator was quite excellent and brought Charlotte to life as well as the other characters.

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    Brooke Myers 05-27-15
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    "Better than the first!"

    it was funny and of course there was a live story but a clean one. I definitely recommend it.

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    Mama C 02-14-15
    Mama C 02-14-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing Sequel"

    I really enjoyed "Austenland." It was fun and charming. "Midnight in Austenland" felt as though Hale was uninspired and trying too hard to create a sequel for her fans. The narrator's voice is pleasant enough, but she sounded too young for this book.

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    Theresa 03-26-14
    Theresa 03-26-14
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    "doesn't live up to Austenland"
    What other book might you compare Midnight in Austenland to and why?

    it's not as good as Shannon Hale's other book but still enjoyable


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    definitely darker than Austenland..enjoyable if you like mysteries

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