• Lies Jane Austen Told Me

  • By: Julie Wright
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (714 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she's been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So, naturally, when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.

But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she's good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake's younger brother, Lucas.

Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.

What she can't understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake's arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him. Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it's time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it's time for him to love her back.

©2017 Julie Wright (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Categories: Romance

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Eh, it was just ok

This story is ok, but really feels like one of those slapped together mass produced romances. Yes, I know that is what it is, but it’s not a fun read if it actually feels like it through the whole book. I considered to stop reading it half way through but I still kind of wanted to know how it played out; plus it was free with the plus catalog so 🤷🏼‍♀️.
The main characters are supposed to have a deep background, but all the plot points feel contrived. The female lead is kind of annoying in how she jumps to conclusions and decides what other people are thinking with black and white finality instead of any nuance or logic.
The performance is lackluster. The vocal fry on Justine Eyre is ridiculous. I will give it to her that she is really good and consistent at using distinguishing voices for each character. All that is overshadowed by the vocal fry. It makes each character sound whinier than I think the author intends.
There are also many of the following issues that are pet peeves of mine:
1. Over use of the following:
-“barked out a laugh”
-“face grew hot”
-“swallowed hard” (NO ONE “swallows hard” in real life as often as some authors like to include in their stories. When I hear it I catch myself saying “for f***s sake, stop it.” It’s vastly overused and unnecessary)
2. Introducing some sort of mystery/holding back some piece of the story without resolving it (for example: we never find out why Sylvia was seeming sad and elusive when Emma came back from NY. If it wasn’t going to be part of the main plot, why include it?)
3. Creating a misunderstanding that gets dragged out and poured over way longer than necessary. (For example: finding out who April and Denise actually were. I guessed several chapters before that came to light and was getting annoyed by how overblown that situation became.
Overall, it was ok to take up my drive time listening as long as it was free on the plus catalog. I never would have wasted money on it.

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Cute story but appallingly bad narration

Fun, cute, and clean romance. This was a nice change of pace for me after reading some heavier books. It's a pretty quick read too, so it hit the spot!

An unfortunate distraction was the narrator, Justine Eyre. She was so bad, just awful. It's like she was forcing her voice to be lower the whole time (not just when she was doing male voices, but the WHOLE time), so that each sentence ended in a forced, croaky sound. It was distracting and very annoying. And all of her male voices sounded exactly the same. I just cannot believe they couldn't find someone better to narrate this book. In the future I will avoid anything read by her.

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This is such a great story. I loved how the author related everything back to Jane Austen or characters in Jane Austen books. The story is quirky, maddening at times and tender in others.
I enjoyed the voice the narrator gave this story. Justine Eyre did such a wonderful job.

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Entertaining read.

3 starts overall, 5+ starts for the performance and 2.5 starts for the story. I am rounding up the story marks for the fluffy entertainment value.

This was a fun listen. Simplistic and superficial in the way it handled the touchier subjects it dared to mention, but didn't quite dare to actually touch, yet still fun. It was airy and entertaining, making the listening experience a pleasant way to pass the time. However, the obvious superficiality did grate on me from time to time - the heavier topics mentioned felt like popular social cause name-dropping - not an honest attempt to bring those issues to light or discussion.

The performance is wonderful. In some places I felt like Justine Eyre gave the characters and text more heart and feeling than the writer did. But in a good way: like she sensed where the writing was lacking and compensated for it with the masterful emotional inflections in her voice.

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Perfect for any Jane Austen fan!

I absolutely loved this book! I finished it in one day and could not stop! The Austen quotes made it all the more perfect.

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Great book

Not cheesy, engaging dialogue/ story, deep enough to not seem shallow, enjoyed thoroughly , highly recommend

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A Simple Plot With Jane Austen Quotes

The book was such a light fluffy story and it has it own share of issues, I really like anything that is Austen related but this one wasn't what I expected .. its nice in its own way and I guess you can read it if you are in the mood for something that does not take much of your brain to follow
the narration was very good and I liked it

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Interesting twist

Has a storyline that intertwines the interpretation and impact of Jane Austen as it applies to women before and now.

I was curious about the title and it was interesting

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ehhhhh...

narrator doesn't do a good male voice but it it must be difficult for a woman.

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I WANTED TO LIKE IT

I love Jane Austin and thought this would be a fun modern take with Jane Austin feels. Well its not. The lead is so needy!! How did she fall in love with Lucus so fast? She was no Elizabeth Bennett. I wanted the lead to be strong but she was not. I really cannot understand how she was in love with his brother than him in less than a week. Plot was OK but it was so annoying to listen to.

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  • Maria Johns
  • 07-15-22

What a Delightful free book

I loved the authors writing style, credible plot and the characters.. who were well rounded. I was completely hooked and enjoyed the references to Jane Austen. Can’t wait to hear cyclops story.

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  • mygrandmawasdot
  • 04-21-22

Enjoyable read

An enjoyable listen and a happy ending. Loved the references and parallels to the various Austen novels.

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  • SparklesandLace
  • 08-04-22

Loved every second of it!

I loved it!!!!
The characters were very likeable. The story easy. I listened to it over two nights while rhinestoning costumes and it certainly passed the time pleasantly! Definitely recommend

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  • Fiona
  • 07-27-22

Absolutely perfect!

I truly loved this book, I was looking for a nice clean romance. And this book did not disappoint. Completely loved the characters and the storyline. Very believable. The best part was Justine Eyre the narrator, I search for every book to she has ever narrated. She is like listening to your best friend tell the story. I cannot praise her enough.