Thursday 11 June 2020

Blog Tour: The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 05-26-20
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan Audio 
Historical fiction
To review

Ok, so people who read my blog know that I do like my Austen, but to be perfectly honest, this one I picked because Richard Armitage! I wanted to listen at him narrate a book.

And he has a fine voice, such a dreamy voice. I did enjoy it, and he does know what he is doing. Character wise, and with voices.

The book is about a couple of people who all love Austen. They live in a village where she stayed for 10 years. One is a farmer who just goes through life not really living, another a village doctor, then there is a young widow who is expecting, and a maid who left school at 14 but who loves reading and is a researcher in the making, and not to mention a Hollywood movie star who is making an Austen movie.

They all have their problem, they all love talking about Austen and then they meet each other. Village life can be very oppressive, everyone knows your business, there is gossiping, but they will all in the end get what they want, or does not know what they want.

I enjoyed it, and there was even a persuasion storyline, hint hint

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.


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May 28 Getting Your Read On 

May 28 Living Read Girl

May 28 The Lit Bitch

May 29 History Lizzie

May 29 Silver Petticoat Reviews 

May 30 Cup of Tea with that Book, Please

May 30 Historical Fiction Reader

May 31 Jane Austen in Vermont 

June 01 From Pemberley to Milton 

June 01 My Jane Austen Book Club 

June 01 AustenBlog 

June 02 Lu's Reviews 

June 02 The Green Mockingbird

June 03 The Interests of a Jane Austen Girl

June 03 Relz Reviews 

June 03 Impressions in Ink 

June 04 The Caffeinated Bibliophile 

June 04 Life of Literature 

June 04 Laura's Reviews 

June 05 Reading Ladies Book Club

June 05 Bookish Rantings 

June 06 From the TBR Pile

June 07 Rachel Dodge 

June 07 An Historian About Town 

June 08 Bringing up Books

June 08 Austenesque Reviews

June 09 Captivated Reading

June 09 Savvy Verse and Witt 

June 10 Lady with a Quill

June 10 Drunk Austen 

June 11 Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

June 11 Inkwell Inspirations 

June 12 Nurse Bookie

June 12 A Bookish Way of Life 

June 13 Calico Critic

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June 15 Storybook Reviews 

June 15 Confessions of a Book Addict

June 16 Literary Quicksand 

June 16 Becky on Books

June 17 The Reading Frenzy 

June 17 Anita Loves Books

June 18 Chicks, Rogues, & Scandals

June 18 The Write Review 

June 19 Diary of Eccentric 

June 20 Cracking the Cover

June 21 Short Books & Scribes

June 22 Reading the Past 

June 22 Babblings of a Bookworm 

June 23 My Vices and Weaknesses

June 23 The Book Diva Reads 

June 24 Books, Teacups & Reviews 

June 24 Wishful Endings

June 25 Robin Loves Reading

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June 26 Lit and Life 

June 26 Vesper's Place 

June 27 Foxes and Fairy Tales

June 28 Probably at the Library

June 28 Scuffed Slippers Wormy Books

June 29 The Anglophile Channel

June 29 So Little Time…

June 30 BookNAround


Natalie Jenner is the debut author of THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY, a fictional telling of the start of the society in the 1940s in the village of Chawton, where Austen wrote or revised her major works. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie graduated from the University of Toronto with degrees in English Literature and Law and has worked for decades in the legal industry. She recently founded the independent bookstore Archetype Books in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs.



  1. I always have a good time with books like that

  2. A winning combination - a narrator you like and your favorite subject :-)

    Karen @ For What' It's Worth

  3. A good voice is EVERYTHING in an audiobook. I love that you were drawn to this one on the voice alone and that it met your expectations.

    1. I had to try one! He is just so dreamy, lol

  4. Oh good to hear you loved this one, its on my TBR in audio to read.

  5. Oh heck yes, this isn't even my kind of book but I saw "Narrated by: Richard Armitage" and that was enough to intrigue me :D I had listened to him read CJ Tudor's books, he's really good.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. Ha, exactly, I do love Austen, but I prefer the older settings, but Armitage got me

  6. Yes, loved Richard Armitage's narration of this one, too.

  7. I would totally pick this audiobook because of Richard Armitage! I love listening to him narrate books. The Georgette Heyer books that he did are so good!

  8. Richard Armitage?! wahhhh! Adding to TBR list



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