Jul 262019

Happy Friday, readers! As you might have seen earlier this week the Audible audiobook for Rational Creatures was released! Woot woot! 🎉 And today we are happy to welcome the narrator of this lovely collection, Victoria Riley to Austenesque Reviews for a little tête-à-tête. We hope you enjoy!

Hi Victoria, it is so lovely to have a chance to chat with you! We are great admirers of Rational Creatures and we are so excited that this lovely anthology is now available on Audible audiobook. How about we start by talking a little bit about Jane Austen. Have you read/seen/heard of any Jane Austen novels prior to this project?

Yes, absolutely. I devoured all of Jane Austen’s novels in my teens. I’m a huge fan of the classics and Jane Austen is one of my favourites. The only one I hadn’t read was Lady Susan, so it was wonderful to be introduced to a work with which I wasn’t familiar. I loved the idea of exploring the characters in different ways and narrating a collection of short stories was particularly appealing. Fully narrating and producing an eighteen hour book is a considerable undertaking, but with short stories, each one feels like a new project, so it’s a lovely way to work.

That is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed working on this project, Victoria, and that you were already familiar with most of Jane Austen’s novels and characters! Do you have a favorite Jane Austen novel? What do you like about Jane Austen?

I love her heroines with their wit and wisdom. The idea of living in a time during which marriage is viewed as your sole option for progression in life is terrifying to me. The way that Jane Austen examines, questions and mocks these social constructs is wonderful. My favourite is Mansfield Park, because it’s darker and more disturbing than the others. Continue reading »

Jun 112019

A Duo (Trio) of Light-Hearted and Fast-Paced Romances

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Note: This review is for an older edition (2011) of this release that only includes one bonus short story – “Mr. Darcy Steps In.” The newer edition (2014) includes two bonus short stories, the second being – “The Language of the Fan.”

A Walk in the Meadows at Rosings Park (Variation, Novella)

Rating: 3 stars

  • The Premise: Mr. Darcy leaves on business straight after the Meryton Assembly – meaning the only interaction between him and Elizabeth is his infamous overheard insult. No verbal sparring matches at Netherfield, no slandering disclosures from Mr. Wickham, and no attempts to sketch his character. Elizabeth encounters the reserved and scowling Mr. Darcy while at Hunsford Parsonage during her visit with recently married Charlotte Collins. And with unexpected apologies, unchaperoned walks, and undeniable chemistry their relationship travels a new and different course…

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Dec 222018

Seven Splendid Stories Stocked with Seasonal Celebrations, Surprises, and Christmas Spirit!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

It truly is difficult to decide what I love most about Yuletide: A Jane Austen Inspired Collection of Stories. Is it the fact that it’s a 7-in-1 Jane Austen/Christmas inspired collection? Is it the diverse slants of each story that are written in both the Regency period and modern times? Is it the continued collaboration of favorite authors and a most talented editor? Is it knowing that the proceeds from this anthology are being generously donated to Chawton Great House. Or is it for all these reasons combined together?!? Yep, going with that last one!

Since there were only 7 stories, I thought I’d give a little breakdown. I hope you find it helpful: Continue reading »