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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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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I was a little disappointed that it wasn't wholly performed by Lucy Worsley, but otherwise very well done