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The Jane Austen Society: A Novel

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Richard Armitage

9 Hours 55 Minutes

Macmillan Audio

May 2020

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'Richard Armitage is an excellent choice of narrator for this celebration of the famed British author's work. His deep, resonant voice meanders through the stories of seven different people in the small English town of Chawton...a great casual listen, especially for those familiar with Austen's work.' -- AudioFile Magazine

This program includes a bonus conversation between the author and Kathleen A. Flynn, author of The Jane Austen Project.

Just 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.

A powerful and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, both large and small, and the universal humanity in us all, Natalie Jenner's The Jane Austen Society is destined to resonate with listeners for years to come.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

'Fans of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will adore The Jane Austen Society… A charming and memorable debut, which reminds us of the universal language of literature and the power of books to unite and heal.' —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris

'Anyone seeking an antidote to contemporary chaos will find a welcome respite among the members of a group whose outer lives may appear simple, but whose inner lives need the kind of balm Austen knew well.' -- Washington Post

'Just like a story written by Austen herself, Jenner's first novel is brimming with charming moments, endearing characters, and nuanced relationships, all largely set within and reflecting the often intrusive atmosphere of a small country community...The pleasures are many in this clever tribute to the beloved and endlessly influential Austen and the English village tale.” -- Booklist, starred review

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  • Anonymous

    Anyone who has enjoyed even a single Jane Austin book will love this story (she would have liked it very much as well, I think). Richard Armitage gives another exceptional performance as the narrator, no surprise - he could make the phone book sound engaging. His voice is as warm and cozy as honey tea in this thoroughly enjoyable audiobook. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a happy and charming story. The characters will be your friends for life!

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  • JulieB

    This was a great tribute to fans of Austin who love her books and read them again and again. I really loved this story. The narrator did a great job bringing the characters to life, making this even more enjoyable. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Mary B.

    This is a delightful story!

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