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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Wonderful!

I absolutely loved this book, and the narrator's performance was perfect! I regularly laughed at the internal monologues and was otherwise entertained by the exciting plot and creative mysteries. Lots of fun!

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Delightful

This is one of my favorite audiobooks of all time!
The narrator is TOP NOTCH. She is so talented. I wish she narrated more.
The story is funny and has a mystery and of course it’s set in Austenland! I wish the author would write more Austenland stories.

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Great Book

Great author, great narrator. I loved that there were some recurring characters (most excited over Miss Charming and Colonel Andrews!). That being said - very different from the first book, but anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries and Jane Austen should love this!!

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Loved It!

I thoroughly enjoyed Austenland, but somehow loved Midnight In Austenland even more! Shannon Hale can beautifully express her heroine's thoughts in a way that is somehow sincere and clever and funny all at the same time. I've listened to it over and over.

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