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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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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • Farmington, MI, United States
  • 07-12-12

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!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 11-29-12

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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!<br/>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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • MP
  • 09-21-12

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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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!

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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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Northanger Abbey-esque

I thoroughly liked this outing back at Shannon Hale's Pembroke Manor. Having new relatable characters in a familiar setting with Andrews and Charming as the wonderful supports that they are was nice. Based on one of my favorite books (which isn't given as much praise as it deserves) this book had me suspecting everyone.

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ENJOYABLE

I so loved this book! It is a perfect romantic comedy! The narrator was lovely too!

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  • J 4535
  • CA, United States
  • 03-20-16

Different from Austenland, but still good!

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

It is up their with the other enjoyable romance novels I have listened too.

What other book might you compare Midnight in Austenland to and why?

Of course, you might compare it to the original book. The first book was better, but I still found parts of this book enjoyable.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Mystery in Austenland or Murder in Austenland.

Any additional comments?

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!