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Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (Jane Austen Addict #1)

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In this Jane Austen-inspired comedy, love story, and exploration of identity and destiny, a modern L.A. girl wakes up as an Englishwoman in Austen's time.
Audiobook, 6 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Penguin Audio (first published January 1st 2007)
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Alisa Kester
I really agonized over how many stars to give this book. I don't actually know why I finished it - or why I stayed up an hour past my bedtime to finish it. It wasn't worthy of such devoted attention, when nearly every page annoyed me in some fundamental way...and then the ending completely sucked, too! Let me list just a few of the reasons why I sort of hated this book, despite having devoured it in a single day:

For a character who's supposedly addicted to Jane Austen, she's way too condescendin
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Amyc
Jun 01, 2008 Amyc rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
(some spoilers ahead) One of the worst books I have read. It is about a woman, Courtney Stone, who (after a breakup) ends up in the body of a girl, Jane Mansfield (who lives during Courtney's favorite author, Jane Austen's, era).

Turnoff one--Basically Courtney is now Jane (even though she knows she is not. She realizes that she even has Jane's accent, mannerisms, and talents (such as needlepoint). Despite this, she continues to be afraid to do the things Jane would naturally do.

Turnoff two--Thro
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Leanna
Jun 13, 2008 Leanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have stacks of books just waiting to be read, but instead I wasted the last two days reading Laura Viera Rigler’s Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.

Considering my own Jane Austen addiction, it’s no surprise that I was initially attracted to the book. Courtney, the book’s heroine, is a modern woman from LA. One morning, not long after the disastrous end to her engagement, Courtney wakes up to find herself inhabiting another woman’s body: Jane Mansfield (snark snark) from regency England.

The p
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Wendi
May 03, 2008 Wendi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you are a self-confessed Jane Austen addict, there are things you should just inherently know.

#1 Women have no rights, no freedom and are often seen as a trophy, baby maker, and house keeper. If you read Jane Austen you would know that. You wouldn't walk into a Jane Austen era household and start throwing fits about feminism no matter how much it's needed. Yes, we know that Lizzie Bennett was a strong willed woman who wanted to marry for love, but she also knew the era's decorum - what a woma
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Anne
Eeeeeesh. Somebody save me, please. I stopped on p. 119 of 288 because:

a) It's boring. Atrociously boring. NOTHING exciting is happening at all.

b) The heroine is bloody AWFUL. She wines, she complains, she doesn't know what she wants and she's a total snob. Her Jane Austen addiction is so unbelievable. She wakes up in the Regency era and is never, not even for one fraction of a second, excited about having landed in her supposedly favourite author's world. Not even a tiny little "Oh my goodness
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Nikki
Nov 06, 2007 Nikki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this book was weak at its best. I was sucked in by the ode to my lady Jane. Books like The Jane Austen Book Club should have taught me not to be so tempted, but alas, I was lulled into a belief that this book would be worthy because the author is a fellow Jane-lover. Her book, however, does nothing to convince me that she has ever even read a Jane Austen book. It is peppered with quotes, but those are easy to come by. The protagonist was whiny and a tad on the "loose" side where morals are ...more
Lynn
May 28, 2008 Lynn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
This book has so many problems I don't know where to start. The title isn't really appropriate, as there is nothing confessional about the book. The premise, that a modern woman goes back to Austen's time, is interesting, but most of the story works against itself. Supposedly the main character loves Austen, but then she doesn't seem to know how to act appropriately. And she's constantly thinking about her old life in the 21st century. She's not very self aware for someone who spends most of the ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the time of Jane Austen? Do you love her world so much that sometimes you long to "take a turn in the shrubberies" or "dance at an assembly ball?" Courtney Stone, a Jane Austen addict from the 21st century, sometimes felt that the world of Jane Austen was infinitely better than her own (especially when her best friend betrays her and her fiance cheats on her!) One morning she gets her wish as she wakes up to the startling discovery that she ...more
Jeanette
Generally I am not a fan of Jane Austen “sequels” and other fiction based on her work but I keep finding myself reading them. I thought this one sounded promising. Courtney Stone wakes up one morning in Regency England, living another woman’s life. The book did not hook me at all. It was a quick read but not an “I can’t put it down” read. I felt it took too long for anything to really happen. There was too much “Why I am here? How do I get back? Ok. I accept that I am here.” And then back to the ...more
Kate Copeseeley
May 08, 2008 Kate Copeseeley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There are so many elements I expect from a book I read, but the most important aspect is being able to at least relate to the main character. In this I found Laurie Rigler's book a huge disappointment. I've read books like this before, where a woman from our time is stuck in another time period, but this is by far the worst rendition. The main character is not only unrealistic and unlikable, but she is also not even remotely a Jane Austen addict. A true Jane Austen addict would take time and eff ...more
Laurel
Fresh and funny - Austen addicts will relate!

Meet Courtney Stone, a modern LA singleton who mysteriously wakes up from a booze induced stupor to be transported back in time into the body of Regency era Jane Mansfield.

No, that's not the actress Jayne Mansfield, but I love the play of words. We see plenty of that as author Laurie Viera Rigler places her modern thinking Jane Austen addicted heroine Courtney into the 1813 era life of Jane, an unmarried woman of thirty who is also facing a cross roa
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Lindsey
Aug 25, 2008 Lindsey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh
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Zeina
There should be an "in limbo" category.
I started this book a few days ago. I read a few chapters and could not go on. The author takes several chapters to make a point - a simple point that would take any talented writer a page at the most. It just all seems belabored, and that just turned me off.
Maybe one day, I'll give it another go.
Nicola
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict was a really fun book. It follows the life of Courtney stone, a 21st century girl who gets transported back in time to the 1800s, and is stuck in a stranger's body. She has to take the place of Jane Mansfield and navigate her way through a completely different society to the one she grew up in.

I thought Courtney was a really enjoyable and likeable character. I expected her to be a bit silly and dumb but she was actually rather intelligent and level-headed, as
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Kimberly
Dec 03, 2007 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you find yourself reading and re-reading all Austen's works? Do you read her early things, like Love and Freindship, letters, Sandition and others? Do you find yourself caught up in the other continuation books by other authors? Well then why wonder about reading this book? I think it is even something a woman interested in the 18th would enjoy. The author gives, I believe, a more accurate portrait of women during Austen's time; discussing smells, bathing habits, and the little details that w ...more
Amy
Aug 02, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: awful
The more I think about this book, the more I hate it.
I started out willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. I didn't expect a five star read, but I figured I would enjoy myself. After all, I was a Janeite at one point. I have read and re-read her famous six novels as well as her short fiction and juvenilia. I've written an academic paper on her. There is something comfortable about the old cliches that come out in a novel like this.
At the very least, I expected a nice, cheesy romance and a
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Jane Greensmith
Jul 26, 2010 Jane Greensmith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict is a thoroughly fun escape from the everyday to Jane Austenland. It chronicles the adventures of Courtney Stone, a thirtyish singleton living in 21st century Los Angeles, who wakes up in the body of Jane Mansfield, a thirtyish singleton living with her parents in England in 1813.

Ever since I first fell in love with the Diana Gabaldon Outlander series, I've speculated that one of the secrets to its success was the fact that Gabaldon could write a historical nov
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Rebecca
I might have liked this more if the protagonist were not such a complete idiot.

I was perfectly happy to go along with the premise. (The attempts at justification later were kind of lame.) I was willing to accept that her first couple conversations with people being wildly inappropriate because she thought she was dreaming. But she soon decides she needs to play along. This woman claims to have read all of Austen's works hundreds of times and watched all the movies as well. So why is she so unabl
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Emily
Dec 17, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I had read the reviews on this book, I never would have downloaded the audiobook and would have missed out on a few hours of wonderful escape punctuated by moments of appreciation of the author's treatment of an impossibly difficult topic. Average young woman wakes in Regency England.

The more I think about it, the more I appreciate what an excellent job the author has done. The explanation of the "time travel" is there, woven into the story. More would have made it pedantic, placed the story
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Cinta
Jan 28, 2013 Cinta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book two years ago, after bumping into the author in the Twitterverse. I liked the premise of the story, so I decided to buy the books (indeed I own a signed hardback of this book) and give them a try. When I started reading the book, I really liked the idea of a Jane Austen Addict waking up in Regency England, mainly because I am a Jane Austen addict myself. I liked the story because it is funny and different to other Jane Austen fan fiction that I have read afterwards.

Courtney Ston
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Amanda
Jul 01, 2008 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Woman wakes up in Jane Austin's time in another's body. That's no spoiler, that's the premise of the novel. (see: Both Sides of Time for YA equivalent. Also, a slightly better story.) There are three possible veins this novel could follow:

1. It was actual time travel. Li'l bit of sci-fi mystery goodness.

2. She is drunk or dreaming or in a coma.

3. Alternative approach of a them being the same person, possible reincarnation vibes, etc.

Unfortunately, it is not very clear which, if any, it is. Or i
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Danielle
Jan 23, 2008 Danielle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy "stream of consciousness"
Shelves: novels
I was highly disappointed in this book because I am a big fan of Jane Austen. It wasn't the "reality check" of the grime and filthiness of the times, but the stream of consciousness flow of the book.

The book opens with the heroine waking up as Jane Mansfield. She remembers her life in modern day LA and believes that what she is experiencing is an elaborate dream. She soon learns that she has somehow come to inhabit the body of Jane in this previous time period.

All along I was reading for an ex
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Trin
Well, it’s been two months, so the burning hatred I felt for this book when I first put it down has faded somewhat. It remains, however, idiotic and nonsensical even in memory. Courtney Stone, a modern-day Angeleno and the supposed Jane Austen addict of the title, miraculously finds herself transported back not only to Austen’s England, but into the life—and body—of a woman named Jane Mansfield (yup). Despite having supposedly read all of Austen’s books multiple times, Courtney seems shocked—sh ...more
April
Dec 26, 2007 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This starts off like Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, except the cockroach is a woman named Miss Jane Mansfield of the Regency era. You sort of get glimpses of the narrator's past life through flashbacks, but you never really get to see her return to her old life.

And this book is really less about Jane Austen and more about free will -- the main character learns that it's really all about the choices she makes and the consequences that come of them. Bad men don't happen to her; she CHOOSES bad men.
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Joy Gerbode
May 14, 2015 Joy Gerbode rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This actually was a quite interesting read, and much easier reading than an actual Jane Austen novel (it's written in quite modern day American English). Yet it does offer the air of romance that those of us who enjoy Jane Austen have learned to appreciate. It also offers up a great deal of speculation on 1) the rights of women in any society and 2) the fluidity of time. Having always enjoyed time travel stories, this was kind of fun; yet the realization that life in a former time was anything b ...more
Danielle
Jul 01, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ja-and-sequels
A very good story line and well written. It mentions some of the much less glamorous side of life in this time. I really like how it showed how much work it was on the servants to get a bath ready. What it was like in Bath with the waters. All Austen fans dream of living in that time and this book gives us a good feel for what a modern woman might think and feel if they were able to live a day in that time.
Alice
Courtney Stone, jeune femme moderne typique de L.A., se réveille un matin dans le corps et la vie de Jane Mansfield, dans l'Angleterre Regency de Jane Austen.

Si je lui ai plutôt mis une bonne note, c'est que l'histoire est divertissante, les situations cocasses nous rappellent évidement la série Lost in Austen et le parallèle avec Jane Austen est assez présent pour être agréable tout en étant assez éloigné pour éviter les comparaisons. Et tous ces éléments réunis en font une bonne lecture.

L'h
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
3.5 STARS

"After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up and finds herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England. Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy?

Not only is Courtney stuck in another woman's life, she is forced to pretend she actually is that woman; and despite knowing nothing about her, she manages to fool even the most astute observer. Bu
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Leslie Wolfhard
Nov 22, 2008 Leslie Wolfhard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like awful jane austen fanfic
Recommended to Leslie by: the buy one get one half off table at borders
Purchasers of this book probably aren't novices when it comes to the ever-expanding field of published Jane Austen fanfic. Yes, such reading is indulgent, but sometimes a girl just needs a break from the piles of critical theory books that she has to wade through for her thesis. ...Okay, that last statement was probably a bit too specific, but I'm sure that many people follow the same principle. However, just because a book is supposed to be escapist does not mean that it must be poorly written. ...more
Marleen
Jan 31, 2011 Marleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started to read this little book because a) one of my best friends offered me a copy since she loved it so much; and b) I felt this book had all the ingredients to make it a riveting and fun reading experience. Indeed, the notion of a young woman traveling back in time to the era of her most admired author could only lead, I imagined, to some great storytelling and the most captivating encounters. As it turns out, the further along I got, the more I felt this story was not living up to my expe ...more
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Laurie Viera Rigler’s novels Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict (both published by Dutton in North America and by Bloomsbury in the UK) could have been considered semi-autobiographical had they not involved time travel and body switching.

Her short story, Intolerable Stupidity, in which Mr. Darcy brings charges against all the writers of Pride and Preju
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“I cannot imagine a world in which one can read Jane Austen only once.” 31 likes
“I self-medicate with fat, carbohydrates, and Jane Austen, my number one drug of choice, my constant companion through every breakup, every disappointment, every crisis. Men might come and go, but Jane Austen was always there. In sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, till death do us part.” 19 likes
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