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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 2010
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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 ~~ "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 04-16-13
    ~~ DARA ~~ "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 04-16-13 Member Since 2011

    ~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain spoilers ~~

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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.

    2 of 2 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 Washington, DC United States 09-21-12
    MP Washington, DC United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2011
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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 Member Since 2009

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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 2011
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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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    Theresa Charlotte, NC, United States 03-26-14
    Theresa Charlotte, NC, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2009
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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


    Any additional comments?

    definitely darker than Austenland..enjoyable if you like mysteries

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doha New York, NY, United States 03-09-14
    Doha New York, NY, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2010

    I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now

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    "Mystery in Austenland"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Well, not exactly.. I just don't like mystery stories without a love interest .. I do get that this is a self-discovery story but I did prefer if there was a better love interest


    Would you be willing to try another book from Shannon Hale? Why or why not?

    Yes Absolutely, I would like that very much


    What does Stina Nielsen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    her narration is just amazing it's like seeing a play in front of you .. she has a depth of voice that convince you of each character .. I wouldn't have imagined there accents like that


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    there wasn't much romance going in the story .. but I did like the romantic twist at the end


    Any additional comments?

    this book is for mystery lovers .. it brings a new angel to austen world

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    Monica KATY, TX, United States 04-13-13
    Monica KATY, TX, United States 04-13-13
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    "A fun return to Austenland"
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    I enjoyed this return to Austenland, with some of the characters from the original but plenty of new ones to keep it interesting. I liked how this book was a mystery. It made for a fun sequel.

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    shrockin CA 02-08-13
    shrockin CA 02-08-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Not where Hale shines"

    I LOVE Shannon Hale and I love the other five books I've read from her, but this one left me thinking, this is just frustratingly absurd. It wasn't a bad book, but it was weird for me. I didn't know what it was going into it, the whole murder mystery thing, and once I did know about it, I was really put off by how the murder was, or rather, wasn't handled. It's fiction, but supposed to be real, and I can't imagine people letting a murder go on for days and days without doing anything about it. It really frustrated me and the book lost a lot of credibility in how ridiculous it was. That said, I love the other 5 books of hers I've read! She does well when she's not writing about dark things I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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