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Download Jane Austen Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,026 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carol Shields Narrator: Donada Peters Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With the same sensitivity and artfulness that are the trademarks of her award-winning novels, Shields here explores the life of a writer whose own novels have delighted readers for the past two hundred years. In Jane Austen, Shields follows this superb novelist from her early family life in Steventon to her later years in Bath, her broken engagement, and her intense relationship with her sister Cassandra. She reveals both the very private woman and the accomplished author behind the enduring classics Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. With its fascinating insights into the writing process from a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Carol Shields' magnificent biography of Jane Austen is also a compelling meditation on how great fiction is created. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah Sammis | 2/20/2014

    " Carol Shields has deftly woven together literary analysis with biography in her reconstruction of the life and times of Jane Austen. Unfortunately I am not familiar enough with her books to fully appreciate this book. A true fan of Austen's works will enjoy this book a great deal I'm sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 2/13/2014

    " Books-on-cd version, read by Donada Peters in an ever-so-proper upperclass Brit accent. Poor Jane! So much potential! With the double strikes against her of living in one of the more oppressive places and times possible for women AND dying in her early 40's, she managed to turn out a respectable body of work. However, to this reader, the story of Miss Jane may still be more interesting than those of her novels... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Judy | 2/4/2014

    " Shields left me with great affection for Jane the person - how she managed to write through less than ideal circumstances. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Judine | 1/31/2014

    " I enjoyed the blend Shields uses between the facts we know about Jane Austen and how these events may have had an impact on Austen's novels. I especially appreciate the details about her family life, which indicates some of her inspiration without laying out it all as a direct autobiographical reference. "

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