Jane Austen

  • by Carol Shields
  • Narrated by Donada Peters
  • 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"This tightly written biography brings Austen to life in a way rarely seen. Here she is the living, breathing woman not the prim literary classic. Outstanding job." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Everything Jane

I very much enjoyed this brief biography of Jane Austen. The biographer was knowledgable about her subject; enough so that she could make a compact but smooth-flowing account of Jane Austen's life. The narrator was marvelous. The references and quotations from the books written by Jane Austen were not overwhelming to someone who had not read them all. A pleasent listening experience.
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- Catherine "60-year-old retired library worker, some college , married 30 years, husband retired railroad yardman. one son, 18 years old. God does have a sense of humor!"

Jane Austen Junkies

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Not particularly...

Has Jane Austen turned you off from other books in this genre?

Absolutely not- I read everything and anything they slap Jane Austen's name to! :-D

What three words best describe Donada Peters’s performance?

Crisp, clear, professional

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- Jennifer "It was a good day when I realized I could combine my two hobbies- reading AND knitting. Audible has seen me through many projects!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape