Jane Austen at Home

  • by Lucy Worsley
  • Narrated by Ruth Redman
  • 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Take a trip back to Jane Austen's world and the many places she lived as historian Lucy Worsley visits Austen's childhood home, her schools, her holiday accommodations, the houses - both grand and small - of the relations upon whom she was dependent, and the home she shared with her mother and sister towards the end of her life. In places like Steventon Parsonage, Godmersham Park, Chawton House and a small rented house in Winchester, Worsley discovers a Jane Austen very different from the one who famously lived a "life without incident".
Worsley examines the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her, and the varying ways in which homes are used in her novels as both places of pleasure and as prisons. She shows listeners a passionate Jane Austen who fought for her freedom, a woman who had at least five marriage prospects, but - in the end - a woman who refused to settle for anything less than Mr. Darcy.
Lucy Worsley's Jane Austen at Home is a richly entertaining and illuminating new audiobook about one of the world's favorite novelists and one of the subjects she returned to over and over in her unforgettable novels: home.

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What the Critics Say

"Jane Austen at Home offers a fascinating look at Jane Austen's world through the lens of the homes in which she lived and worked throughout her life. The result is a refreshingly unique perspective on Austen and her work and a beautifully nuanced exploration of gender, creativity, and domesticity." (Amanda Foreman, best-selling author of Georgianna, Duchess of Devonshire)

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As a Devoted Janeite - I loved this book!

I loved it.The narrator for this book was exceptional! I have read every biography written (I think) about Jane Austen and this one was refreshing and offered some little bits of new information about more recent archeological findings and interesting twists of analysis on prominent Austen family lore. I was prepared to be skeptical from some other reviews I read else where and it just proves that "everyone to their own taste, said the lady as she kissed the cow." I plan to buy the book. I think Lucy Worsley has done a wonderful job writing a biography on a subject that has been much studied and discussed. I would like to shout out to Audible: I do wish they would re-record Claire Tomalin's biography as well.
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- Dorothy

Wonderful

Normally, I do not really enjoy reading biographical books. But Jane Austen is one of my all time favorite authors, so I had get this book. I was very surprised because it was not just a spewing of facts but a very entertaining account of her home life and the lives of her loved ones. At times, this book is really funny and at other times it is heartbreaking.

The narrator did a wonderful job. The intonation he uses is perfect and keeps the listener interested in the subject matter.

I would highly recommend this book to all book lovers especially to any Jane Austen enthusiast.
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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio