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Austenland Audiobook

Austenland: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Now a major motion picture.

Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen: or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It's all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?

©2007 Shannon Hale; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

"Endlessly charming." (Publishers Weekly)
"A clever confection for fans of contemporary Austen knockoffs." (Booklist)

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    J. 08-12-13
    J. 08-12-13
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    ""Be the Dress ... !" Regency-era romantic romp"

    Hard to put down! (great for a "lost weekend")
    ** I rarely give 5-🌟 rating across the board, but this audio performance of "Austenland" earned each & every 🌟 **

    An engaging, riveting romp into Regency-era England with Jane, a contemporary, NYC-based Austen-phile. Join Jane, as she takes her first tentative steps into her fondest fantasy; later abandoning herself to revel in this "full-immersion" experience. Along the way, she learns some deeper lessons about her life, as she reflects on her past loves. The fresh & nuanced performance of the narrator, brilliantly brings-to-life this world & its characters in a palpable way.

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    Shannon High Point, NC, United States 06-09-13
    Shannon High Point, NC, United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I want to go there too"
    Would you try another book from Shannon Hale and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    This author and narrator will be ones that I will look forward to again in the future. Shannon Hale's Austenland had a great tempo and I loved the balance of funny and sweet in this story. Katherine Kellgren brought each character to life with their very unique voices.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Austenland?

    I can think of quite a few moments that made me smile and laugh, I am writing this review a few months after listening and I can still pull from memory most of this story, it was just that good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end scene is just awesome and unexpected.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes!


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    Schwetlona 03-20-13
    Schwetlona 03-20-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Loved this one too."
    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listen to Katherine Kellgren's performances but, I would choose another recording that she has done. Thanks to a believable voice behind the words, I despised the people that I was suppose to despise and loved the characters that we are suppose to adore.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a nice change of pace and if you are a fan of the book or the A&E Pride and Prejudice you will get a kick out of this book. I love all of Shannon Hales books but I liked this one for the adult side of me. I think all of us girls want that Mr. Darcy-ish guy and this was the antidote to that "need" sickness. Good, good book with an ever so great ending!

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    Patricia 01-29-13
    Patricia 01-29-13
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    "The Narrator makes the heroine seem unsympathetic"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The heroine is my favorite character with her list of 'boyfrends' and her self deprecating view of herself.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Katherine Kellgren?

    The narrator of the next book in the series, Midnight in Austenland turned in a far better performance. I had read the book and really enjoyed it but if my audible experience had been my introduction to the book it would not be a favorite and I would not understand why it is now a movie.


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    AnnaSophia 01-24-13
    AnnaSophia 01-24-13
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Austenland to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version, but saw the movie adaptation at Sundance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Nobley...hard to figure out his character, forced me to pay attention. This sounds dumb, but the narrators chosen voice for Mr. Nobley was lovely.


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

    She has a wide variety of voices, really makes you "judge" each character! Well done!


    Who was the most memorable character of Austenland and why?

    Ms. Charming...everyone knows a Ms. Charming, and everyone knows that they get what they deserve in the end!


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    Trueth United States 11-13-12
    Trueth United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2012

    Devouring literature and having fun along the way. :] Well, for the most part.

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    ""Worth forgoing the new car and trip to Florence.""

    I cringed when I heard the opening line of the novel and feared I was in for a generic steamroller. The first chapter did not make the uneasiness fade. However, once you're past the introduction and the story is rolling, Austenland becomes surprisingly well-plotted and incredibly engaging. Light-hearted for the most part, but heavier in moments of self-reflection and epiphany, Shannon Hale really does weave the protagonist through veils of fantasy and reality both artfully and intelligibly as she becomes more perceptive of the possible double-nature of each character.

    The characters are well-constructed and I was (to my own surprise) shocked as personas began to unravel. I am certainly looking forward to the film adaptation.

    And of course, a better narrator could not be found. Katherine Kellgren's talents with multi-character/multi-dialect voice acting, as well as inflection and general style is unmatched as far as I am aware.

    ... As an afterthought, an honest gripe that I did encounter though was that between each chapter is inserted a rundown of the succession of Jane's previous failed relationships, some of which are laughable, and some of which are not. I ended up rolling my eyes at a few of them, particularly the hyper-generic-can't-be-left-out "Boyfriend #7," which I thought showed a disrespectful and flimsy attestation of character for either the protagonist or the author. But, ignoring that, I thought the novel was altogether delightful.

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    Cynthia Sioux falls, SD, United States 10-02-12
    Cynthia Sioux falls, SD, United States 10-02-12
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    "this is a very entertaining and laugh out loud fun"
    What made the experience of listening to Austenland the most enjoyable?

    the humor of the whole Mr.Darcy thing


    What did you like best about this story?

    the idea that there is a austenland


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when he followed her on the plane


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh listen to books while walking i am sure a few people think i am nuts


    Any additional comments?

    please write more

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    K. Cuzzone Chicago, IL 08-31-12
    K. Cuzzone Chicago, IL 08-31-12
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    "Loved this book"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the general story was great - nothing too deep but if you like beach reads this one is definitely for you. The story moves at a good pace and the main characters voice is grounded just enough in reality to keep it from going to far down the "make believe I'm in an Austen novel" road.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    By the end I couldn't wait to see how it turned out and there was a twist close to the end that I didn't see coming, which was a nice surprise in this genre where you can usually predict the storyline. Yea it wraps up pretty neatly in the end but that's how these types of books usually are, and I'm fine with that.


    Any additional comments?

    In general, if you like a quick read rom-com, you'll like this book. Even more so if you like any of Jane Austen's novels or those that have been turned into movies. I'm sure there were references here that I didn't even get because I haven't seen/read that many, yet it was still very enjoyable. Also, this is the first book I've listened to that I really enjoyed the narrator. The pacing was great and she did the accents very well.

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    susana Miami Beach, FL, United States 08-29-12
    susana Miami Beach, FL, United States 08-29-12
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    "horrible"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    this was the worst book I've ever read. I couldn't finish it, because it would have been self torture. I enjoy light reading, but this was depressing because it was SO horrible. Do not buy this!!


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    LoveRomanceTales 08-26-12 Member Since 2012

    LoveRomanceTales

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    Where does Austenland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a solid book even if a little on the light side. Author did make me question Jane's choices numerous times through out the story. The basic premise of whether you can believe everything you see and hear when you are living in a make believe world was intriguing.


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

    I would. Sometimes a light read on a rainy day is just what the doctor ordered. The idea of a location to play out an Austen drama is intriguing however I can live with out the corsets.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Katherine does a lovely job making you believe in the characters and especially the quirkiness of our heroine. Delightful job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I nearly did. Started listening to this novel on a trip out of town and then finished it on a rainy Sunday. I had to know how it finished.


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