The Austen Project
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  • Sense & Sensibility | Joanna Trollope

    Sense & Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Joanna Trollope
    • Narrated By Rachael Stirling
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    Joanna Trollope's much-anticipated contemporary reworking of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility will launch The Austen Project and be one of the most talked about books of 2013. ‘It's hugely exciting to attempt the reworking of one of the best novels written by one of our greatest novelists. This is a project which requires consummate respect above all else; not an emulation, but a tribute.' Joanna Trollope. The Austen Project is a major new series of six novels teaming up authors of global literary significance with Jane Austen's six complete works.

    Too close to the original

    I read it as a part of re-reading all of Jane Austen's works and also the new ones, both in the Austen project and others. For someone doing this, it ..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 16 2014 by Stina (Uppsala, Sweden)
  • Sense & Sensibility | Joanna Trollope

    Sense & Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joanna Trollope
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Elinor Dashwood, an architecture student, values patience and reliability. Her impulsive sister, Marianne, takes after their mother, Belle, and is fiery and creative, filling the house with her dramas and guitar playing while dreaming of going to art school. But when their father, Henry Dashwood, dies suddenly, his whole family finds itself forced out of Norland Park, their beloved home for twenty years.

    Was this Really Written by Joanna Trollope?

    I am a huge fan of all of her books, but this one is insipid and boring with few likable characters. Ugh, I cannot believe I am listening to the end...Show More »

    Reviewed on July 15 2014 by Beach Girl ()
  • Northanger Abbey | Val McDermid

    Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Jane Collingwood
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    A modern re-imagining of the Gothic Classic Northanger Abbey by the bestselling crime author Val McDermid. The second book in The Austen Project. Seventeen-year-old Catherine ‘Cat' Morland has led a sheltered existence in rural Dorset, a life entirely bereft of the romance and excitement for which she yearns. So when Cat's wealthy neighbours, the Allens, invite her to Edinburgh Festival, she is sure adventure beckons.

    well-executed, but why?

    This is very faithful to the original, and well recast in 21st century teen talk--- however, take the period out of Austen, and you have a light chic ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 30 2014 by connie (Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • Northanger Abbey | Val McDermid

    Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Liz Pearce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Cat Morland is ready to grow up. A homeschooled minister's daughter in the quaint, sheltered Piddle Valley in Dorset, she loses herself in novels and is sure there is a glamorous adventure awaiting her beyond the valley's narrow horizon. So imagine her delight when the Allens, neighbors and friends of her parents, invite her to attend the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh as their guest.

    Painful.

    Twilight references. Social media overload. Use of the word "totes." Where do I begin? Why is Henry Tilney Scottish and a lawyer? Why bizarrely alter ..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 18 2014 by Cinnamon Bark ()
  • Emma | Alexander McCall Smith

    Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Georgina Terry
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    Beloved and bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith lends his delightful touch to EMMA, the next book in The Austen Project.Prepare to meet a young woman who thinks she knows everything.Fresh from university, Emma Woodhouse triumphantly arrives home in Norfolk ready to embark on adult life with a splash.

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  • Emma: A Modern Retelling | Alexander McCall Smith

    Emma: A Modern Retelling

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Emma Woodhouse's widowed father is an anxious man, obsessed with nutrition and the latest vitamins. He lives the life of a country gentleman in contemporary England, protectively raising his young daughters, Isabella and Emma. While Isabella grows into a young woman, marries a society photographer for Vogue at the age of 19, and gets down to the business of reproducing herself, Emma pursues a degree in interior design at university in Bath and then returns to set up shop in her home village.

    A Uncharacteristic Miss

    Someone who has never read the original might like this.

    Reviewed on August 11 2015 by MadMadeleine (Los Angeles)
  • Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld

    Eligible

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    From the best-selling author of Prep, American Wife and Sisterland comes this brilliant retelling of Pride & Prejudice, set in modern-day Cincinnati. The Bennet sisters have been summoned from New York City. Liz and Jane are good daughters. They've come home to suburban Cincinnati to get their mother to stop feeding their father steak as he recovers from heart surgery, to tidy up the crumbling Tudor-style family home and to wrench their three sisters from their various states of arrested development.

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  • Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice | Curtis Sittenfeld

    Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This version of the Bennet family - and Mr. Darcy - is one that you have and haven't met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late 30s who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help - and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling, and the family is in disarray.

    Don't read if you're attached to the original characters

    If you're someone who loves the Bennett girls, mainly Elizabeth and Jane, don't read this book. The portrayal is not one that is flattering to either...Show More »

    Reviewed on June 11 2016 by kherrington ()