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Publisher's Summary

On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, historian Lucy Worsley leads us into the world in which our best-loved novelist lived. This new telling of the story of Jane's life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her and the way in which home is used in her novels to mean both a place of pleasure and a prison. It wasn't all country houses and ballrooms; in fact her life was often a painful struggle. Jane famously lived a 'life without incident', but with new research and insights Lucy Worsley reveals a passionate woman who fought for her freedom. A woman who, far from being a lonely spinster, in fact had at least five marriage prospects, but who in the end refused to settle for anything less than Mr Darcy.
©2017 Lucy Worsley (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
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4 out of 5 stars
By RueRue on 05-22-17

Very informative

Definitely worth a listen for anyone who wants to know more about Jane Austen. The author emphasizes that the Austen family was very careful to create and nurture the image of Jane as a refined lady, and to preserve that image, much of her personal writing (letters, any personal writing such as diaries, etc) were destroyed. So much of this biography is about Austen family members, andhere are a LOT of people to keep track of. I liked that the author noted the people, places, and occurrences in Jane's life that she used in her stories. The narration was beautiful.

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By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 05-27-17

Outstanding!

I have loved Jane Austen since my early teens and thought I knew all about her. However this charming, erudite and hugely sympathetic biography gives me a rather different view of what was obviously, her rather difficult and constantly financially anxious life. It has a wonderful sense of period, full of fascinating small details, which bring so much of it beautifully to life - and through it all, runs Jane's gentle, funny and ironic voice. Beautifully written and wonderful.y read - I think that I will listen to it again, now - I'm not sure that I am quite ready to leave her behind, just yet!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 08-06-17

from an amateur austener (?)

I liked it.

The overall flow was good, I learned a lot and encouraged me to start reading Jane's books.

Of the audio: the narration was also very nice, but I found the occasional acted-out parts to be annoyingly exaggerated and unauthentic.

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By Donna on 05-24-18

Really interesting

I really liked this book and the main reader was great. The other voices came across so snobby and pompous, though, that it seemed like they were being satirical when they were really representing people’s genuine letters and thoughts. I thought that was a disservice and it definitely distracted from the information. But it was great to learn more about Austen and the context in which she was writing.

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By Jen on 02-05-18

Loved it

A great book for anyone who likes Austen. I think its best if you know the storyline of all Austen’s books (better if you’ve read them) as the characters are referred to often.

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