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Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict Hardcover – June 25, 2009

4.2 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Jane Austen Addict Series

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This delightful sequel to Rigler's Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict has 19th-century Jane Mansfield switching bodies and milieus with contemporary L.A. girl Courtney Stone. As Jane grasps the idea that she's a different person in an unimaginable world, and grapples with the radically liberal social mores, dress and language, she leans on Jane Austen's novels as touchstones to reality. Kate Reading performs the first-person narration with a cultured tones and accent befitting an upper-class Regency-era young lady. Her skill as a versatile voice performer becomes evident as dialogue introduces modern American characters, and she skillfully modulates her accent, dialect and tones to accommodate them. The romantically suspenseful story and the entertaining vocal interpretation will keep romance listeners enthralled and amused. A Dutton hardcover. (Aug.)
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"Delightful...romantically suspenseful"--Publishers Weekly

"Absolutely uproariously funny"--Bookreporter.com


"Illuminating and at times hilarious and touching."--Austenblog.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1st edition (June 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525950761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616880958
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,405,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laurel Ann VINE VOICE on July 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Is there always another chance at happiness? Are we bound to our past, or do "we all have the power to create heaven on earth, right here, right now?" Important questions heroine Jane Mansfield must come to acknowledge and understand in Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, Laurie Viera Rigler's parallel story to her best selling novel, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.

This time around, it is Jane Mansfield a gentleman's daughter from 1813 who is transported into the body of twenty-first century Los Angelean Courtney Stone. Jane awakens with a headache, but it will take more than aromatic vinegar to solve her problems. Where is she? Her surroundings are wholly unfamiliar to the usual comforts of her parent's palatial Manor house in Somerset. Is she dreaming? She remembers a tumble off her horse Belle, but nothing after that point. She looks in the mirror and the face reflected back is not her own. How can this be? A young man named Wes arrives who calls her Courtney. Is he a servant? Who is Courtney? Ladies arrive for a visit concerned by her odd behavior. Why is she acting like a character in a Jane Austen novel?

Jane is indeed a stranger in a strange land. As her friends, or Courtney's friends Paula, Anna and Wes, help her navigate through the technology of cell phones, CD players, washing machines and other trappings of our modern life it becomes les taxing. She relishes her privacy and independence to do as she chooses, indulging in reading the four new (to her) novels by Jane Austen that she discovers on Courtney's bookshelf - one passion/addiction that she shares in common with her over the centuries. Between Jane Austen's keen insights and the fortune teller called "the lady", she might be able to make sense of this nonsensical world she has been thrown into.
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I read the prequel to this book, confessions of a Jane Austen addict a year or so ago and I really enjoyed it. So naturally I wanted to read the sequel to the series. Since other reviewers have focussed more on the storyline I will not go over it again. Just a few comments about the book. The book was definently a fun read, it wasn't that long either. I thought when I started it that I would really enjoy it and not be able to put it down. Unfortunately that was not the case. By the end of the book I was getting a little fed up with the writing style. The author started the book writing the feelings of Jane in her natural language for the most part, which I thought was very fitting. However, I guess this was intended the words that Jane thought about were not very accurate to ones she would have been familiar in her own time. More and more modern moods were brought into her thought patterns which I found a bit annoying. Yes Jane would start to talk more like Courtney's time but would she really start thinking like that? She seemed to just think that is weird and then the next chapter start thinking in the modern way.

My second gripe about the book was the reason for their switch. It was after that chapter that my interest for this book wained. It was rather unbelievable I think not including that section would have worked much better. Leaving the reason for why the two characters switched open ended. It was almost sci-fi like in the description of why they switched and the circumstances and that really put me off the book.

Overall I did enjoy reading this book but it was nowhere near as fun as the prequel. Although this sort of explains the other side to the switch, it is pretty open ended at the end so who knows what will happen. If you read the first book of the series and enjoyed it, then I suggest you do read this. Do not expect it to be as enjoyable though.
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This is the flip side of Ms. Rigler's earlier "Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict", in which a 21rst century LA girl wakes up in the body of a 19th century Recency lady. This time, we see what was happening back in LA, when the Regency lady woke up in the 21rst century body of Ms. LA. As in the previous novel, the fun part of the book is the 19th century view of 21rst century life; the story is less thrilling. Still and all, if she works out a third in the series ("Temporal Quadrilles of Jane Austen Addicts"?), I'll certainly read it.
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I'm a Janite, so let's just get my bias out of the way here. That said, I'm not so enthused about most Janite literature. Some seem to think it's better to chink huge chunks of Austen's prose and dialogue into loosely constructed stories of their own crafting. This book at least acknowledges every instance where the writer does that. And does it for mazimum effect.

The premise is very dicey--a bit of time travel, a bit of voodoo hoodoo, and a lot of social and femenist commentary tossed together in a very artful salad. I have not read the previous work of Ms. Rigler, so I can' say whether her success here is a one-off or not. I do understand that some purist Austen fans will take offense at this effort. I thought it was very good. And I found it restful to read a print book which had been edited of a most typos and grammatical gaffs.
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By Lauren on October 29, 2011
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Liked this one almost as much as the first one: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. It's witty, interesting and there's even character development. You don't often get all that in chick lit. Not since Bridget Jones, anyway.
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