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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,429 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shannon Hale Narrator: Stina Nielsen Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Austenland Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464038143
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When Charlotte Kinder treats herself to a two-week vacation at Austenland, she happily leaves behind her ex-husband and his delightful new wife, her ever-grateful children, and all the rest of her real life in America. She dons a bonnet and stays at an English country manor house that provides an immersive Austen experience, complete with gentleman actors who cater to the guests’ Austen fantasies.

Everyone at Pembrook Park is playing a role, but increasingly, Charlotte isn’t sure where roles end and reality begins. And as the parlor games turn a little bit menacing, she finds she needs more than a good corset to keep herself safe. Is the brooding Mr. Mallery as sinister as he seems? What is Miss Gardenside’s mysterious ailment? Was that an actual dead body in the secret attic room? And—perhaps of the most lasting importance—could the stirrings in Charlotte’s heart be a sign of real-life love?

The follow-up to reader favorite Austenland provides the same perfectly plotted pleasures, with a feisty new heroine, plenty of fresh and frightening twists, and the possibility of a romance that might just go beyond the proper bounds of Austen’s world. How could it not turn out right in the end?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hale’s fans will be thrilled to revisit Pembrook Park and reunite with its regulars. Hale provides a welcome, witty glimpse of a side of Austen rarely explored in the many contemporary riffs on her work.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hale's light romantic comedy will appeal to chick-lit fans as well as Austenites who have grown weary of the never-ending sequels to Pride and Prejudice and are looking for a fresh way to explore the author's enduring legacy.”

    Library Journal

  • “[A] wonderful read...a quick and fun novel sure to whet the appetite to read the Austen novels if one has not, and to reread them if one has.”

    VOYA

  • ANew York Times Bestselling Author

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 2/19/2014

    " Very easy read. Not my favorite plot, but it was clean. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 2/18/2014

    " A lot like Austenland but with a mystery thrown in. It keeps you guessing what is staged and what is real. I ended up being disappointed because I anticipated a twist at the end which wasn't there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay Ferguson | 2/15/2014

    " A fun read, though it did take me about a third of the way in to get into it. I was expecting the sequel to be really similar to the first book so I liked that the author had the mystery twist in it. I'm tempted to give it 4 stars because I found myself really enjoying it toward the end, but then there were a few things here and there that bothered me. Like some of the main character's reactions to situations she found herself in and some situations that were pretty unbelievable (some of the things previous reviewers mentioned). I like Shannon Hale's writing style in general and I liked the main character, so i'm kind of torn. I realize it's not meant to be some serious murder story, so in the end those things didn't bother me too much. Anyway, cute book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/6/2014

    " I finally got my copy after waiting in line for over 2 months. I read the book in a day. I honestly liked the first book better, but that's because I'm not really into the whole "who dunnit" type plot. That being said, I obviously enjoyed myself enough to lose track of time...as I have just finished reading the book and am writing this review at 4 in the morning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey Starley | 1/29/2014

    " Great beach read. Just what I needed after an emotionally draining day. Lighthearted whodunit with love interest twist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susannah | 1/27/2014

    " I think I went into this book expecting something different and that is why I didn't like it as much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa Carlson | 1/25/2014

    " I did not expect a mystery, but satisfied my Austen craving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/24/2014

    " Not as good in my opinion as 'Austenland' but still very interesting. This one has hints of Northanger Abbey. I am even more interested to read later books in this series because of some interesting changes given towards the end of this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melyssa | 1/13/2014

    " This book was not as good as Austenland, but it was still a fun read. I love all things Shannon Hale. (Well, other than her graphic novels and The Actor and the Housewife) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karie | 12/24/2013

    " I am a devoted Shannon Hale fan. This book sealed it for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 12/21/2013

    " liked it better than the first "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 12/1/2013

    " Another great book by Shannon Hale. I don't know if I liked it quite as well as the original Austenland, but it was still pretty amazing. This story takes a gothic twist on Austenland, which is something I'm not sure everyone would enjoy, but it was a definite page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 11/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this book more than Austenland. I guess I enjoy mysteries a little more. It was a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha | 6/20/2013

    " This was a fast, fun read. I liked the main character and, for the most part, enjoyed the story. The only complaint I had was (possible spoiler alert) that I normally like to see a romantic relationship evolve over the course of a story instead of being surprised, and somewhat confused, by it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marlo | 1/24/2013

    " This book left me cold. The plot was thin and unlikeable. The heroine was not believable. I really liked Shannon Hale's YA books. However, her adult fiction books seem to be getting worse with each installment. Should she choose to write more in adult fiction, I'll choose not to read them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S.e. | 11/1/2012

    " Fun to visit Austenland. This one had a lot of Agatha Christie blended with Austen. I liked the main character and her storyline, getting over a shattered marriage, etc. Lots of universal truths covered in this one. ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 10/28/2012

    " Fun, light, and delightful. Really a 3 and a half. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 10/3/2012

    " Fun easy follow up to the first one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 9/28/2012

    " Enjoyed this. Very predictable, but a nice easy read. Good for when you need a no-brainer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 8/10/2012

    " Just as good as the first one! I'm hooked. The first one mirrored Pride and Prejudice; this one mirrored Northanger Abbey. I hope she makes four more - one for each Austen novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 8/8/2012

    " Shannon Hale is so funny! This book was a fun read. The main character had me laughing out loud. "

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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

Stina Nielsen is an actress and audiobook narrator. Her reading of Kevin Henke’s Junonia earned her a 2011 Best Voice from AudioFile magazine.