Think woes, dress up, and mystery. Midnight in Austenland was a delight and much like the novels that inspired Austenland, the story doesn't rush itself. The pace allows the reader to fully envision a stay in a grand regency era home. I smiled alot during this book. I really appreciated the woes and internal dialogue of the unconventional divorced heroine Charlotte. She's a bit lost and who at some point in their lives hasn't felt lost? However, for me the best part was the mystery. Is Charlotte imagining a murder in the mist (a la Catherine in Northanger Abbey) or is she really on to something sinister? This story is fun. Not fast paced fun but bookish tongue-in-cheek fun. I have one but one message to Mrs. Hale: Girrrrllll I want, no need, a big beautiful love for larger than life Miss Charming. She is nothing short of fabulous. Ya hear?
Whodunit: The bad guy took me and Charlotte by surprise.
Wrapping: Meh! I kept wanting to see the cutie regular cover on my iPod.
Wisdom: "Lately the non-fictional world had been thin and drab."
Whippersnappers: Kissing with some minor mentions to alcoholism, infidelity, drug use, and homosexuality.
Words aloud: Stina Nielsen is an excellent narrator. She nailed self-deprecating Charlotte, stuffy Mrs. Wattlesbrook, and the funny quirky Southern Miss Charming. She gave each person a distinctive sound and flawlessly bounced between accents.
Wind-up: Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale is read by Stina Nielsen and is 9 hours and 6 minutes long. Audiobook rating: 4 stars. Narrator rating: 5 stars.
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