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Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas

Being a Jane Austen Mystery, Book 12
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Series: Jane Austen Mysteries, Book 12
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
4 out of 5 stars (114 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Christmas Eve, 1814. Jane Austen has been invited to spend the holiday with family and friends at the Vyne, the gorgeous ancestral home of the wealthy and politically prominent Chute family. As the year fades and friends begin to gather beneath the mistletoe for the twelve days of Christmas festivities, Jane and her circle are in a celebratory mood: Mansfield Parkis selling nicely; Napoleon has been banished to Elba; British forces have seized Washington, DC; and on Christmas Eve, John Quincy Adams signs the Treaty of Ghent, which will end a war nobody in England really wanted.

Jane, however, discovers holiday cheer is fleeting. One of the Yuletide gathering dies in a tragic accident whose circumstances Jane immediately views with suspicion. If the accident was in fact murder, the killer is one of Jane's fellow snowbound guests. With clues scattered amid cleverly crafted charades, dark secrets coming to light during parlor games, and old friendships returning to haunt the Christmas parties, whom can Jane trust to help her discover the truth and stop the killer from striking again?

©2014 Stephanie Barron (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Jane Austen and the 12 days of Christmas

I have read numerous Jane Austen genre books and although some have come close to her style, none have been this accurate. Stephanie Barron has done a fantastic and admirable job with this Jane Austen Mystery Series in both historic authenticity and integrity to the original Jane Austen herself. This is an entertaining book that is reminiscent of the novels of the main character with a grand mystery to solve for further enjoyment..

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Absolutely fabulous!

This was my first Stephanie Barron book and now I must read or hear all the rest!!!!!

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Good but too long.

struggled to finish. too many details. readers tone too dragging and submissive when in narrating mode.

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Not for me...

I bought this one on sale since I always like to hear a fun Christmas story around the holidays while cleaning/cooking/wrapping presents/etc. I am a big fan of historical fiction. The description of this one reminded me a bit of the premise of another novel in a mystery series that I love. With the glowing reviews, I had high hopes!

Unfortunately, I'll be returning this one. Simply not for me.

The writing style isn't my favorite, though I happily made my way through the Audible Original Adaptation with Emma Thompson earlier this month. I thought I was well primed for another Austen-esque story. But I really just found the whole thing dragging, the overuse of particular words annoying, and I disliked nearly all of the characters. (Hmm, come to think of it, perhaps that was intentional.)

Anyway, only a couple hours into it I was thoroughly bored, and realized I just didn't care about this story. I had guessed all the charade answers well-before the characters worked them out, which was the only time I had empathy for Jane. Full of unnecessary twists, the murder didn't even take place until about half-way into it. And it wasn't even exciting. Next, the characters bustle around collecting unimportant clues with (almost) suspicious disinterest. At this point I have about 5 hours left in the book, and I'm returning it.

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The reader is superb

The story is not as engrossing as I had expected of a mystery in a certain setting. But the narrator is quite something. I had heard her before, but sometimes the true wonder of a narrator comes through only when the subject matter pales, and you find you can make it to the end owing to their diction. Once again, I am in awe, and very grateful to the league of wonderful narrators who make some very dull days, shine through with brilliance.

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Truly Austen-esque

Stephanie Barron's creation is entertaining and delightful! Kate Reading brought this Austen-esque ensemble to life and literally transported me to the early 19th century!

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Stephanie Barron is a treasure

There are very few series that I love as much and have reread as often as Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen Mysteries. Ms Barron beautifully captures Austen's world and the people who inhabited it. Plus they're just cracking good mystery stories.

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Another excellent Jane Austen mystery!

Would you consider the audio edition of Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas to be better than the print version?

Not necessarily. I love to read but don't always have the time. That is why I love my Audible books!

What other book might you compare Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas to and why?

I am a Jane Austen fan and a Stephanie Barron fan. I have all but two of Stephanie's Jane Austen mysteries in print form so my comparison would be to those other stories.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I have. Kate Reading can bring a story and the characters to life like no one else!

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

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Any additional comments?

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Slow start

Introduced too many characters in the early chapters of the book which were slow. Took me quite a while to figure out who they all were

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Stultifying; Jane would not be pleased

What disappointed you about Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas?

How can an author make murder so tedious, so boring?

What do you think your next listen will be?

A murder mystery from a reliable author, or, perhaps, one of Austen's classic tales, just to get back in touch with the real Jane!

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator was fine, though a bit flat- which was probably due to the material.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The idea behind it is wonderful. And, it was lovely to meet Miss Austen's mother Mrs. Austen should have her own series.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed

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