by Natalie Jenner
Narrator: Richard Armitage
Length: 9 hours and 55 minutes
Genres: Historical Fiction
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ust after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable.
One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England's finest novelists. Now it's home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen's legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen's home and her legacy. These people—a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others—could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society.
I own the hardcover edition but couldn’t resist listening to Richard Armitage narrate The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner. Believers in the power of books and Jane Austen fans alike will delight in the story that unfolds.
Stories and books have always captivated me. Their prose and characters often resonated with me long after I have closed the book. They lift my spirts and provide an escape. And that is exactly what Austen’s books do for a small group of people who come together in this novel.
Set at the end of the second world war, in the village where Austen once lived and wrote her final three novels. A group of uniquely distinct people from gender, to economic differences, and age come together and unite in their love of Austen’s books and preserving her memory.
One of the things I love best about this particular homage to Austen is that it shares why people love her work and the effect it has on each of them. The tale pulls you in sharing unique characters from a female movie star dealing with aging out in screen appeal, to a woman who sacrificed her own happiness to appease her harsh father and that of a young woman stricken with grief.
We also meet the town doctor, a lawyer, a maid and a farmer. Slowly all these characters come together to pay homage to Austen and to protect those they care about. The conflict reveals itself and escalates as this group comes together. We see relationships form and feel a sense of unity with this group. All of it woven into a brilliant tapestry that pulls the listener in.
Jenner’s voice felt authentic. Her characters were flawed, diverse and interesting. The impact Jane’s words and stories had on them is clear in their passionate reveals and actions. I found myself wanted to join their society and befriend them.
Richard Armitage was the perfect voice for this narration. From accents to his ability to capture the characters’ emotions and voice. He has a wide vocal range allowing the female voices to ring true, making him a favorite for solo narrations.
Lovers of books and Jane Austen who want a rich historical fiction with memorable characters will delight in this well-developed plot of The Jane Austen Society.Believers in the power of books and Jane Austen fans alike will delight in the characters found within The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner. #Audio #NewRelease #JIAM #RichardArmitage Click To Tweet
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