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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (33,520 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shannon Hale Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN:
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Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen: or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It's all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own? Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Desiree | 2/18/2014

    " well, if I'd been a thinking reader, I could have predicted the entire plot...but it still managed ot surprise me when...(no spoilers)! So a good beach read, but nothing that will give your brain material to munch on for the next couple weeks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Between.the.Bookends | 1/25/2014

    " This book was so fun. I ate it up in a couple days. I was a little skeptical at first, like..."maybe it'll be this cheesy adaptation without a real storyline" but NO! It was fantastic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie Daniel | 1/12/2014

    " Lets just say there is a sequel to this book that I will not be reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherise | 1/10/2014

    " Fun read for a long flight, light and breezy. But predictable and not well written too, I didn't think the two lead characters had the great chemistry they were supposed to have. I think it will make a fun movie to watch though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/27/2013

    " part 3 of my 12 part pride and prejudice 200 year anniversary-palooza. I was totally turned off by the prologue and first chapter because the main character acted like her p&p obsession was something to be ashamed of so I was like uhhh excuse you are you implying I should be ashamed of my p&p obsession? so I felt a little defensive. but then I remembered, Shannon Hale wrote this and she is amazing, so I will just trust and move past this. and how glad am I that I did. this book was a DELIGHT. and some of the twists caught me by surprise which is always a thrill. cannot wait for the movie now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Savannah Foisy | 12/26/2013

    " Is there such a place? I have to wonder. Perhaps there should be. For all of us Jane Austen lovers this is for you. You don't live in the regency period although you wonder what it might have been like to do so. You wish for maybe just a day or two, you could travel back in time to this outlandish period of love, respect, relaxation and propriety. Well here is your chance. With Shannon Hale, you are given the opportunity to explore what it may be like to visit that time period, knowing what you know now. Fabulous and cute read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Witt | 12/18/2013

    " A must read for any Austen fan! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffiner Singleton | 12/14/2013

    " Frivolous, feminine, and just amusing for any Austen-loving gal. It was like watching a clean and clever chick flick in my head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Neibarger | 12/4/2013

    " a fun read and an intriguing concept. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms Athos | 11/23/2013

    " Great fast and fun book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Phelon | 11/8/2013

    " It was a fun easy read. I enjoyed the story line a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janeen | 10/19/2013

    " This was a fun read--not Shannon Hale's finest, but still good and quite funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqui | 9/2/2013

    " Great sunday afternoon read. Light romance, bit of comedy, not too much drama, a bit of fun. I liked the heroine - she wore her issues well and redeemed herself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janelle Case | 7/7/2013

    " Very nice and light reading. I loved the parts about her ex boyfriends! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 12/28/2012

    " Would love to be in Austenland! Great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jperryman73 | 11/14/2012

    " A cute book- not exactly a page-turner, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 10/13/2012

    " So so so cute. Easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aayesha | 7/20/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book, it felt like an Austen romance, with a very funny modern twist. I could not wait to find out what happened so i read it through in two sittings, will be buying this one for my collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Breezy | 1/25/2012

    " This was a fun little romp through fantasy, fiction and reality. If you love Pride and Prejudice, give this a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larissa | 12/12/2011

    " The ending really made a mediocre experience into a downright funny book! I think I understood the premise best at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi | 11/30/2011

    " As a huge Jane Austen fan, what girl wouldn't want to travel to live in the life she once did and look for a chance to meet Mr. Darcy? This was a really good read. Very cute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicki | 11/12/2011

    " I wish good reads had half stars. Charming, easy read. I'd give it 3.5. Finished it quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marielle | 10/14/2011

    " Cute book - looking forward to the movie, I think they could make it quite funny :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. | 7/8/2011

    " If you love Jane Austen novels, you should definitely read this! I was laughing throughout the entire novel... Definitely a great beach read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 5/19/2011

    " A few twists and turns but always good and clean. Thanks to all authors out there that can write a good clean love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 5/16/2011

    " If you take this book for what it is - a fun chick-lit read, especially for those who love Mr. Darcy (as played by Colin Firth...sigh...), you'll have a great time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/15/2011

    " Again Shannon Hale has done a great job writing this one. I couldn't put it down and loved following along. I agree that I could relate to the character so well. It was GREAT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summer | 5/12/2011

    " I'm actually surprised that I liked this, but I did. hmmmm. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maureen | 5/11/2011

    " Yuck! Almost embarassed to have read it at all.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 5/4/2011

    " It was amusing. How many girls haven't had a bunch of duds for boyfriends and wouldn't like to meet a Mr. Darcy? It had a couple of surprises that kept me interested as well. I think I like Shannon Hale's Goose Girl series more, but it this was a fun, light read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/3/2011

    " I am embarrassed to admit that I finished this book. But it was Shannon Hale, after all, so it was bound to get better, right? WRONG! This book was awful. I adore Ms. Hale's fairy tales but this was cheap and poorly written and I cannot say strongly enough how disappointed I was in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 5/3/2011

    " Pretty much the most amazing Jane Austen themed book ever. I read it in one day thats how much i loved it. I highly recommend to anyone who loves romance and has read jane austen's novels before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 5/2/2011

    " This was good but it was weird "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 5/1/2011

    " This is my go-to book when I need a fun read. I read it several times a year. "

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About the Author
Author Shannon Hale

Shannon Hale is the author of multiple award-winning young adult novels, including Austenland and the New York Times bestselling Princess Academy, which is also a Newbery Honor book. Her first book, The Goose Girl, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults and won the Josette Frank Award. In addition to her successful young adult novels, she cowrote two graphic novels with her husband, Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack. Hale received a degree in English from the University of Utah and a master’s in creative writing from the University of Montana.

About the Narrator

Katherine Kellgren has appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt. Her work includes the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie and appearances on Comedy Central. She is an Audie Award and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator of audiobooks and has also received the Peabody Award.