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  • The Austen Girls

  • By: Lucy Worsley
  • Narrated by: Sarah Ovens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Austen Girls by Lucy Worsley, read by Sarah Ovens.

Would she ever find a real-life husband? Would she even find a partner to dance with at tonight’s ball? She just didn’t know.

Anna Austen has always been told she must marry rich. Her future depends upon it. While her dear cousin Fanny has a little more choice, she too is under pressure to find a suitor.

But how can either girl know what she wants? Is finding love even an option? The only person who seems to have answers is their Aunt Jane. She has never married. In fact, she’s perfectly happy, so surely being single can’t be such a bad thing? 

The time will come for each of the Austen girls to become the heroines of their own stories. Will they follow in Jane’s footsteps?

In this witty, sparkling novel of choices, popular historian Lucy Worsley brings alive the delightful life of Jane Austen as you’ve never seen it before.

©2020 Lucy Worsley (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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Disappointing and simplistic

I expected a more authentic atmosphere from a historian who has written and presented programmes on Austen and her era. Unconvincing in terms of the language used and customs/ manners. I stuck with it to the end out of stubbornness mainly but thoroughly disappointed and wouldn’t read another. Might suit younger readers who aren’t familiar with Austen’s own works.

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Amateurish writing

I bought this as I have enjoyed the authors historical documentaries and she is an historian. However, most of it read like self published Austen fiction. I appreciated it more after reading the epilogue, which is by far the most interesting part of the book. Poor and trite writing made it a frustrating read, as did repetitions and contradictions. I finished it hence 2 stars.

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Lucy worsley never disappoints.

Loved it. Great book very interesting. I would love to read a sequel about the girls adventures as thief takers. Will you oblige Ms Worsley and write it for us.

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Disappointing

I was looking forward to this book but I was really disappointed. It should really be advertised as a YA book. It’s really not what I expected from Lucy Worsley especially having watched the BBC programme she did about Jane Austen’s life which was excellent. This just came across as quite simplistic & lacked real substance. I found the characters difficult to like. As the book went on they became more whiny & irritating. I felt elements of the plots were too far fetched. This book just wasn’t for me.

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Enjoyable but not a lot of depth

Enjoyed this simple book but didn't have a lot if depth but as it is based around a true story the author could not overly embellish the story.

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a lovely romp

Thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish. Would highly recommend to all lovers of Austen.