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Jane in Love

Narrated by: Amber McMahon
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
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'If Jane Austen had to choose between the heart and the pen, what would she do?'

At age 28, Jane Austen should be seeking a suitable husband, but all she wants to do is write. She is forced to take extreme measures in her quest to find true love - which lands her in the most extraordinary of circumstances. 

Magically, she finds herself in modern-day England, where horseless steel carriages line the streets and people wear very little clothing. She forms a new best friend in fading film star Sofia Wentworth, and a genuine love interest in Sofia's brother Fred, who has the audacity to be handsome, clever and kind-hearted. 

She is also delighted to discover that she is now a famous writer, a published author of six novels and beloved around the globe. But as Jane's romance with Fred blossoms, her presence in the literary world starts to waver. She must find a way to stop herself disappearing from history before it's too late. 

A modern-day reimagining of the life of one of the world's most celebrated writers, this wonderfully witty romantic comedy offers a new side to Jane's story, which sees her having to choose between true love in the present and her career as a writer in the past.

©2020 Rachel Givney (P)2020 Penguin Random House Australia Audio

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Extraordinarily good!

I started this book with trepidation as I, like so many before me, love Jane Austen. The characters came alive from the start with truthful sadness and laugh-out-loud witty dialogue. I felt by the end that I had met Jane when she came here and longing to re-read her books and her biographies. Above all, it was just plain enjoyable!

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Entertainingly witty

Narrated with great aplomb. Saluting Jane Austen this relates her brave decision regarding marriage status.

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This book is why fiction exists.

This is really as good as it gets for me. It saddens me that it might be a long time before I find a story as compelling and believable as this. Not since I read the Anne Frank diary have I been so invested in a character, and that might be why I kept forgetting that this Jane Austen wasn't the real Jane Austen.

Every character is perfectly written, with well thought out and diverse motivations guiding their choices. If only writing of this calibre was more widely available.

The humour that the author found in the premise was so perfectly delivered. It was never particularly predictable, but inevitable in hindsight. This is a story that doesn't suffer from a bad final act. The great premise is followed through to the end with a wonderful set of relevant character and story arcs that makes the 11 hour audiobook feel like 11 minutes.

The narration by Amber McMahon for this audiobook is likewise perfectly done. Thank you for delivering such a performance on such a story. Everything came together for this one!

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loved it

I really enjoyed this one. The performance really did bring it to life. If only she could have popped back and forth.

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Totally luxurious escape

I love Jane Austin and I love she was mixed with a bit of sci fi and chick lit! Just a beautiful escape from reality, with light fun entertainment.

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Great lockdown reading!

I hope there's a movie made from this book, I thoroughly enjoyed the escapism and loved all the characters.

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rachel

Thoroughly enjoyed this. A story within a story of one of the greatest writers there is. Well worth a listen

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Nice, Easy Read

This was a lovely story that was easy to listen to. It has made me want to re read Jane Austen’s novels again. If you like Jane Austen’s work you will enjoy this.

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Worthy concept with reservations

I very much enjoyed seeing (well, hearing) Jane Austen alive and interacting with us in the 21st century. If I have reservations it's probably that 1. the methodology of her delivery to us and return feels beyond perfunctory and 2. her 18th/19th century roots are dealt with in a pretty superficial manner. I appreciated the concept more than the execution.

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Jane in Love

I really enjoyed this audiobook, the story was well written and a must for any Jane Austen fan.