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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,288 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Polly Shulman Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781436143547
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Julie is a quiet bookworm. Her best friend Ashleigh, on the other hand, is an "Enthusiast." As long as they have known each other, Ash has been obsessed with one thing or another. Now it is Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, which just happens to be Julie's favorite book. Before Julie knows what hit her, she and Ash are decked-out in 19th-century garb, smelling like mothballs, and crashing the local all-boys prep school formal dance. Their mission is to find their personal Misters Darcy. But when they set their sights on the same young gentleman, their journey into the world of proper English courtship looks like it might cause a broken heart or two. First-time novelist Polly Shulman has earned glowing critical praise for this funny and romantic tale that even Miss Austen herself would be proud of. Jennifer Ikeda's skillful narration perfectly captures both Julie's inner turmoil and Ashleigh's sheer enthusiasm. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 2/14/2014

    " This was a very cute story. Though at times it was corny. I still enjoyed the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefanie | 2/13/2014

    " Cute high school love story. I usually prefer characters to be a bit more drawn out, but this fit the bill for a quick and cute brain candy story. The prep school boys, Parr and Ned, are adorable and the story reminded me of my chaste and sweet feelings in high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Inspired Kathy | 1/31/2014

    " Read as part of Stephenie Meyer's TwilghtMOMS book club. Loosely based on one of Jane Austen's books. A quick easy enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/21/2014

    " Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice re-told for teens who are not quite ready for the original: a fun and quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cristine | 1/20/2014

    " Do not listen on audio. The narrator's voice drove me to utter annoyance and rage. But otherwise, a harmless and light book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandi | 1/16/2014

    " Quick read, very cute, teen romance novel, with some Jane Austin thrown in the mix! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 1/2/2014

    " This was such a funny book! It was fun to imagine having a friend who is an "enthusiast" who takes every interest to the extreme. I always love a Pride an Prejudice theme as well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha | 12/31/2013

    " It's a fast read with characters living an Austen story in today's time period. Cute romance, fun writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabel | 12/25/2013

    " A realy good book. Great romance, and stuff from Jane Austin which is always great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/12/2013

    " I am a sucker for anything Jane Austen related. Smart heroine, good friends, and plenty of Shakespearian and Austenian references to make me smile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terressa | 12/5/2013

    " Another fun escape. Thought some of the writing was original and fun (like the way the sonnets were dispersed throughout the book and furthered the plot). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hillory | 11/26/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book!! I was out-loud laughing through half of it. It was a good mix of humor (hilarious humor), teen drama and a sweet romance...what more could you ask for?!? This will definitely be a re-read for me. Thanks Karen for the great referral!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quinn | 11/20/2013

    " Not much today but that it's a great romantic story and how friendship can go through anything, like a guy, and still stay strong. I loved this book so much! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 10/16/2013

    " A light and fluffy book for teens. It was cute, but a little too light for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly | 10/7/2013

    " I had fun with this book... cute romance story. if you like jane austen and are looking for something light and easy this is good... if you don't know who jane austen is you might not get it. sorry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sammie Mckay | 8/31/2013

    " I loved this book. It was really well written and it had Jane Austen stuff in it. Also, the characters were well developed and complex but relatable. It was appropriate. It did not talk about drugs or alcohol and I do not think that it swore. Anyway it was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 8/17/2013

    " Cute teenage life and budding romance. No vampires, but the boy does stay in the girls room over night once. No sex, but I think it could have been written just as well without the sleep over scene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aasha | 1/28/2013

    " THis was a really good, romance adventure story. I really liked this book. its a good story about friendship and boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geri | 1/15/2013

    " If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will enjoy this modern day story of two teenage girls looking for their own "Mr. Darcy". Very fun and quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/13/2013

    " Needed a little light reading after the long biography I just finished... There were a few bits I didn't like but overall this was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 10/16/2012

    " I got this as a brainless summer read and it delivered. A typical teenage romance. No swearing or anything else bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodi | 4/30/2012

    " This book was a little slow at the beginning. It was ok, but I don't think I'd recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilene | 3/19/2012

    " Read this book in a few hours. Fun little read. About a girl in high school, her friend and finding the perfect boyfriend. A little Jane Austen was mixed in too which is never a bad thing. It was sweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shiralea Woodhouse | 2/18/2012

    " Another cute YA book I giggled through. Loved the characters...loved the "enthusiasm" for all things Jane Austen. Pretty clean: a few mild 4-letter words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. Sapkarov | 1/22/2012

    " Slow getting started, but I was furiously flipping through the pages at the end, hoping for a happy ending. A sweet almost-romance. But not really my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarra | 8/3/2011

    " Predictable, so occasionally boring, but cute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 6/3/2011

    " very fun romance with Jane Austen flair. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carli | 5/20/2011

    " I really loved this book. It was really about being loyal to your family and friends. And how love always finds a way. :)

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

    " I am a sucker for anything Jane Austen related. Smart heroine, good friends, and plenty of Shakespearian and Austenian references to make me smile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juweria | 4/29/2011

    " I really great book witgreat description and characteristics! Loved the ending!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 4/10/2011

    " A light-hearted, slightly chick flicky novel. A good filler, I love books that reference classics! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/7/2011

    " Quick read...cute teenage girly book!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caylin | 4/2/2011

    " What a cute book! I own this book but never thought to read it. When I did I was so happy because it was the cutest thing ever. I love her writing techniques, the way she can make me so frustrated. Enthusiam was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Klymene | 3/17/2011

    " This was a very unique book. It's plot is very similar to Pride and Prejudice, in the love aspects. I love how there were so many mistakes. However, the book didn't have much action or excitement and I felt that Julia was in constant denial about things that were ever so obvious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 3/8/2011

    " Something light for a stressful time :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana | 3/1/2011

    " Fun quick teenage read; saw my teen cousin reading it and thought to try it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/10/2011

    " It turned out okay, it just took a long time to get there. "

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About the Author
Author Polly ShulmanPolly Shulman (www.pollyshulman.com) is the author of The Grimm Legacy (a Bank Street Best Book and Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Finalist), its companion The Wells Bequest, and Enthusiasm (a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice). She has worked as a magazine editor, a newspaper columnist, a library page, and a licensed private investigator. She has written for many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Discover, Newsday, Salon, Slate, Scientific American, Archaeology, and The Village Voice. She majored in math at Yale and grew up in New York City, where she lives with her husband in a tall old building guarded by gargoyles.
About the Narrator

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park; Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.