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Jane Austen's Charlotte: Her Fragment of a Last Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, Aug 2013


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470890291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470890292
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Julia Barrett --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By An avid reader on 27 July 2006
Format: Paperback
When the small portion of this book that was actually written by Jane Austen ends, it is also the end of a finely crafted exploration of the manners and values of the time. It rapidly descends into a silly, clumsy day-time-soap in which subtlety and skill cannot be found. The author should not try to associate herself with a brilliant writer such as Jane Austen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Oct 2000
Format: Hardcover
This novel ...is completely lacking in the wit and searing insight so common to the works of Jane Austen. This author should never have presumed to pick up her pen and attempt to duplicate Austen's style. The continuation is sketchy and jumps wildly from one plot thread to another. I found "Sanditon" by Jane Austen and "Another Lady" to be infinitely preferable to this drivel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 May 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found this the most credible of the four completions of Jane Austen's SANDITON. The Parker brothers, created by Jane Austen are well developed. Well worth a read.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Terrible and off-base 20 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This novel is a travesty. That Ms. Barrett would even presume to complete the work of one of the greatest English authors is audacity personified. This book is extremely boring and seemingly plotless. If you're looking for a satisfying completion to this novel choose "Sandition" by Jane Austen and "Another Lady" instead. Ms. Barrett not only fails to deliver the wittiness and sharp insight of a Jane Austen novel, she also fails miserably at attempting Austen's style of writing. Truly a disappointment, to put it mildly.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Barrett destroyed Austen's story 19 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Jane Austen's fragment is a delightful story which is ruined with the first sentence Julia Barrett writes. In it she has Charlotte repeat the joke the narrator has just told. The language becomes convoluted and flowery. All the characters sound like Sir Edward Denham but without the poetry quotations. There is very little action of any kind in the book. Jane Austen's characters fade into the background and the new ones introduced by Barrett take over the story. Charlotte, Lady Denham and Sidney Parker seem to change character completely as soon as Barrett takes over the writing. She takes six or more pages to say what Austen would have put in a couple of sentences. What plot there is bears little resemblence to anything Jane Austen seems to have had in mind.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not a purist, but disappointed all the same... 22 Aug 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am always eager to read completions of Jane Austen's work, unlike those who find it unthinkable that anyone should touch the gems she left behind. I find Ms. Barrett's work disappointing, however, because it appears to me that it lacks the subtlety and charm so characteristic of Jane Austen's: the minimal changes of place and scene, the delicate development of character through conversation and observation, the wry humor she employs and the focus of thought and action through the eyes of her primary characters. This Charlotte is too full of inconsistencies of characterization and plot (Lady Denham throwing lavish entertainments? Lurid tales of piracy and gambling?) for me, and I didn't enjoy reading it. I liked Sanditon by Another Lady much better - I think she did a lovely job of capturing JA's essence and finishing the novel in a manner more consistent with it's original author's style and pattern.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
dreadful - inconsistent with Austen and itself 16 Aug 2002
By Ingrid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Even casual readers of Jane Austen understand that all her writing exists within a certain range. All her novels contain some variation of certain plot elements - the hero, the female rival(s) for the hero's affections, the decoy hero, the wouldn't-marry-him-even-if-he-was/even-though-he-is-worth-10,000-a-year anti-hero. Austen's genious was not in original plotting, but in her use of this formula to explore character, human nature and society. The opening chapters of _Charlotte_, those penned by our beloved authoress, set up all these elements brilliantly. Unfortunately, when Julia Barrett takes over the narrative, we find no social commentary (forgiveable perhaps since Ms. Barrett does not live in the society described), but more importantly, a plot which ambles about as non-sensically as a drunk who has lost his sense of direction. The heroine spends most of her time outside the hero's company, and a considerable time outside of Sanditon and away from most of the characters introduced. The characters clearly intended by Austen as rivals disappear from the pages between their introduction and their marriages, approximately 90% of the story. I can hardly critize Ms. Barrett for not writing in Austen's style or with Austen's formula. I only expect such deviations to be done well, in a manner that is internally consistent with the characters introduced, which _Charlotte_ is not.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Major Disappointment 8 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a lover of all things Austen, I was very excited when I first came upon this book. But this completion of Sanditon is incredibly weak. The plot wanders aimlessly, although "wanders" is perhaps too favorable of a term since it implies some momentum.
Worse, the characterization is frightfully dull. The previous Sanditon completion in the 1970s by "Another Lady" is vastly superior, fleshing out very memorable characters and making you really care about Charlotte. By the end of this book, I didn't care about any of the characters as they were so frightfully dull. The climactic conclusion was more like an afterthought; perhaps the writer(s) wanted to be done with the book as fast as I did.
Avoid this debacle and track down the completion by "Another Lady" instead.
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