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Sanditon

Jane Austen's Unfinished Masterpiece Completed
Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

Had Jane Austen lived to complete Sanditon, it would have been as treasured as her other novels. In the half-finished masterpiece, Austen fashions one of her classic heroines: Charlotte Heywood. The surviving fragment also sets the story well on its path as Charlotte begins an adventure to Sanditon where a full cast of characters becomes intertwined in various intrigues.

At first, Charlotte finds amusement enough standing at her ample Venetian window looking over the placid seafront. However, before long, Charlotte discovers that scandals abound. She becomes captivated by the romance of the seaside lifestyle. But is the town of Sanditon truly a haven and will Charlotte find happiness there?

Now, fully completed by respected author and Austen expert Juliette Shapiro, this new edition of Sanditon finishes the original story in a vivid style recognizable to any fan. Shapiro’s prose and plot twists stay true to Austen’s sensibilities at all times while capturing her romance, tragedy, humor, and sardonic wit.

©2009 Juliette Shapiro (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Disappointed

Shapiro's additional text is not very good. The splice between Austen's halt, and the new text, is glaringly obvious. Character paths that have been carefully set up, in Austen's usually careful style, awaiting their main roles in the book, get sent off to Eastbourne when Shapero takes over! She has copied whole phrases out of Austen's other books, to the point of cheeseyness! the first 11 chapters I thoroughly enjoyed (Austen) then it cascades rapidly down hill.....

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Don’t waste your time

I adore Jane Austen and have read & re-read all of her books many times but this is utter rubbish - should have left it unfinished- no storyline no plot lots of inane rambling about lace & muslin, not up to the usual standards

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Pretty poor

I was keen to read a plausible interpretation of Jane Austen’ Sanditon which sadly she left unfinished. Shapiro did a rather poor job; I returned the book it became very tedious to listen to.. Jane Austen is a great writer and Shapiro has been unable to capture the essence of Austen’s unfinished work.

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  • ELEANOR FOWSER
  • 21-06-14

There is a reason Jane didn't finish this book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Jane didn't finish this book, so had no chance to edit it. I wish she had had the chance to make her characters more interesting. There are more of the really silly than she usually includes in her cast of characters.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Austen and Juliette Shapiro again?

Probably not.

What three words best describe Helen Lloyd’s voice?

Not too irritating

Did Sanditon inspire you to do anything?

Find the Sanditon I read many years ago by Jane Austen and Another Lady. I believe the Other Lady was Georgette Heyer. Although not the best by either author, I remember it as being more interesting than this version.

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  • margaret
  • 24-02-15

Disappointment.

What would have made Sanditon better?

It would have been better if Jane's style had been better imitated. It was really not well developed by Ms. Shapiro. I have read another version of this and it was much more enjoyable. This was just a disappointment and I wouldn't recommend it if you enjoy Jane Austin.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sanditon?

Too many to name. Everything after chapter 11. It just didn't ring true.

Any additional comments?

Please find the edition written by "another Lady" and record that. It is much more satisfying.

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  • Gayle
  • 24-09-19

Great narration for a decent story

Story not bad. Has a feel of Jane Austen, but not exactly., of course. Narrator adds a lot of the humor and tone.

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  • Lyndsay Holcomb
  • 05-12-19

A struggle

This was very difficult to finish....rather boring. The conversations were so long and uninteresting.

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  • Alisa
  • 05-12-16

I've tried to listen to this book about 6 times and I am just bored with it . I can't get into it at all. I love Jane normally.

Hated this book not a true Jane Austen book it was boring ! Not the right ghost writer for this story .

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  • Listening with Interest
  • 27-06-18

Thought it was the book from Marie Dobbs

Having read the 1975 version of Sanditon by Marie Dobbs, I was looking forward to that story and found this one imaginative but disappointing in comparison. Charlotte is the point of the first 11 chapters that Jane Austen crafted and to have her story concluded well prior to the story end was less than satisfying.

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  • Jacquelin Davidson
  • 15-10-20

Ahhhh....Finis Master Piece - Jane Austen

Sandition illustrates that, even if the best depart before expected, they still remain as the BEST!! Jane Austen will ALWAYS be known as the best!!!

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  • Molly
  • 27-09-20

Austen it ain’t

Performance is great and it’s not the worst story I’ve ever heard, but it’s very clear where Austen’s writing ends. There’s no satire or humor in the additional writing, and it’s very introspective. I think it has more in common with the kind of works Austen satirized than the works she produced.

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  • DeAnna
  • 21-09-20

Leaves a lot to be desired

Prior to starting Sanditon: Jane Austen's Unfinished Masterpiece Completed, I was unfamiliar with the synopsis of Jane Austen's unfinished text set in the fictional & titular seaside town. Sanditon's blurb claims that "Shapiro’s prose and plot twists stay true to Austen’s sensibilities at all times while capturing her romance, tragedy, humor and sardonic wit" but that sadly is not the case. Because I was so dissatisfied with Juliette Shapiro's Sandition, I took the time to try and separate what Shapiro kept of Austen's original manuscript and what she simply changed, in addition to figuring out what she outright invented. The book begins promisingly enough with the introduction of Sanditon enthusiast Mr. Parker, crashing his carriage and spraining his ankle near the home of protagonist Charlotte Heywood. Due to there being no town doctor, Mr. Parker, along with his wife Mary, is laid up with the Heywood family until his recovery, all the while talking up Sanditon to Charlotte. Once his convalescence is complete, Mr. Parker invites Charlotte to accompany him and Mary to Sanditon for some regency era fun in the sun. As the book proceeds and as the text becomes less Austen's and more Shapiro's the quality of the story suffers. Shapiro's Sanditon had the potential to be a wonderful read regardless of whether it felt like an Austen novel or not, but Shapiro just doesn't know when the leave well enough alone. Shapiro spends very little time developing protagonist Charlotte, Charlotte's love interest, and their romance. Instead, she focuses only expanding the story arcs of Austen's supporting characters as well introducing additional minor characters of her own and fleshing out their arcs in an unnecessary, bloated epilogue style ending that lasts from about five or so chapters after Charlotte gets her happily ever after. I've read good things regarding Another Lady's version of Sanditon and might try to get my hands on a copy in the future as this edition of Sanditon leaves a lot to be desired. (less)

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  • Lizzy
  • 15-09-20

Fun Regency romance--just not Austen

I liked the story, and I would read it or listen to it again. However, this story does not feel like Jane Austen, likely for the simple reason that it isn't after the first few chapters. I appreciate the Ms. Shapiro's creativity in trying to find a solution for the unfinished novel, but it didn't feel authentic to me; some of the melodrama as well as the writing style were jarringly different from the beginning, but that should be expected when a different author finishes a novel. Again, I appreciated the her attempt and creativity, and I ended up really enjoying the story. If you enjoy regency romances you will enjoy this novel--just don't expect it to feel like Jane Austen. The narrator's performance is stellar. Ms Lloyd does an excellent job of distinguishing characters through accents or different modulations of her voice. She is pleasant to listen to and has a talent for different accents. I would happily listen to something else that she narrates and would definitely trust her with any favorite classic British novel.