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.
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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!
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
It is up their with the other enjoyable romance novels I have listened too.
Of course, you might compare it to the original book. The first book was better, but I still found parts of this book enjoyable.
I liked the back and forth with Charlotte and her "brother". I thought those interactions were cute. I also liked it when she and Mrs. Charming would banter back and forth.
Mystery in Austenland or Murder in Austenland.
Audible.com didn't asked about the narrator in this review. I think she did an outstanding job on this book. She is the reason I enjoyed it so much. I would definitely listen to another book that she does. Great job!
I bought this wanting something light to listen to in the car and on my walks but I ended up sitting on the sofa at home as well and listening to it avidly. it's a mystery and romance and a human nature story.
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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