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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Shannon Hale has penned numerous award-winning novels. In this follow-up to Austenland, Charlotte Kinder is eager to escape the numbness she feels after her divorce. Deciding to get away, she visits the Regency-themed Pembrook Park resort in England, where talented actors set the perfect scene. But with everyone playing a role, it’s hard to distinguish reality from fantasy. So when Charlotte’s heart stirs, she wonders if she’s simply caught up in the experience - or if her ability to feel is finally returning.

©2012 Shannon Hale (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • 🌸DARA
  • 16-04-13

Love Austenland

I didnt think this book was as good as the first but I still enjoyed it. It was funny and also a great "who done it" book. I would recommend if you liked Austenland.

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  • Jennifer
  • 12-07-12

Charlotte talks to herself way too much!

I really enjoyed Austenland, so I thought this would be similar. It's very different. I don't remember the main character in the other book constantly having ridiculous conversations with herself, but this one sure did. It got just plain annoying. The story line could have been interesting, but it just played out in soap opera fashion. I also didn't really like her flashbacks to her "real" life. I wasted 8+ hours on this book!

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  • J Landau
  • 29-11-12

Good start - but gets bogged down

Returning to Austenland in the second book, I got the playful escape I expected but not the same quality of plot and ambiance as the first book. The story begins well, but bogs down in the "mystery story" within the overall story, including the self-doubts and fears of the main character. The juxtaposition of modern and Regency life is not as strong as the first book, which I missed. If you seek lighthearted escape, you will enjoy it but if you are seeking transportation to Austenland, then perhaps not.

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  • Mallory
  • 19-10-12

Very enjoyable! :)

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This book was a most enjoyable listen! :D The narration = AWESOME. The story line = highly entertaining! It took a little while to get into, but once it got started... it was amazing!
NOTE: this book is not really "family friendly". It swears once or twice (not very bad though)... but it discusses some harder topics that wouldn't be the best for children, or even early teens.

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  • MP
  • 21-09-12

Not anywhere near as good as "Austenland"

I loved "Austenland" but this is much less well-thought out story. And the narrator is very annoying (actually, Charlotte, the main character, is pretty annoying, too - or maybe it's because she strikes me as being absurdly dumb). Skip it.

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  • Lisa
  • 05-05-12

Loved this book!

I really liked this book! It was similar to Austenland in that it was set in an Austenland estate, but the cast, characters, and circumstances were very different. This book made me laugh out loud in several points. I don't think I've read a Shannon Hale book that I have disliked and I'm glad that this one didn't disappoint! I recommend it highly!

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  • Mama C
  • 14-02-15

Disappointing Sequel

I really enjoyed "Austenland." It was fun and charming. "Midnight in Austenland" felt as though Hale was uninspired and trying too hard to create a sequel for her fans. The narrator's voice is pleasant enough, but she sounded too young for this book.

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  • mrobison
  • 08-04-21

an enjoyable listen, over and over

absolutely love this one. I've listened to it multiple times and continue to love it. Shannon Hale is truly a master with weaving words into stories. thank you so much!!!

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  • Disco Share
  • 02-10-20

Entertaining and Engaging

Super fun reader! I laughed out loud and found myself talking like her.
This is not meant to be serious literature, and it does not take itself too seriously. If you want to let go and live in a story for awhile, this book will do that for you. Yet still feeling very relatable.
I’ve listened to it many times. Never disappointed.

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  • mj345
  • 28-09-20

It’s okay

The book is typical of the genre, which is murder mystery dinner theater/romantic comedy. I just think the plot was predictable and unbelievable. My main problem, if I had to pick one, is the main character is emphasized as being “nice.” As you read the story her inner dialogue consistently shows her empathizing with characters engaging in harmful, illegal and abusive behaviors. Push over doesn’t begin to describe her mindset. As far as the overall story, the whole thing seems ludicrous by the 3/4 point. Very Northanger Abbey.