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Download Jane Austen's Charlotte: Her Fragment of a Last Novel Audiobook (Unabridged)

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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (94 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN:
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In completing Jane Austen's last novel, Julia Barrett has emerged with a literary treasure, holding true to the characters and theme designed by Ms. Austen. Set in the developing seaside town of Sanditon, it portrays a young woman from the countryside who is exposed to the sophistication and cynicism of resort life. Her name is Charlotte. With disarming charm and wit, she observes for us the array of quirky characters who reside in the booming resort-to-be.

The innocent but keen-witted Charlotte quickly finds herself rather deeply involved in this uproarious little town. She can't help but get swept up in the antics of the Parkers and Denhams, even while she is vexed and perplexed by the droll Sidney Parker. But even the best efforts of this charming young lady may not be enough to save the budding resort town.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J B Mills | 1/28/2014

    " Awful. The two stars are for Jane alone. I liked the version from Another Lady. This one used a lot a vocab and not a lot else. I didn't get it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angie | 1/25/2014

    " Bored me to tears. I tried on 3 different occasions to get through the book, to no avail. I finally decided that since it is a fragment of Austen's last novel, I should give it a chance. I finally stopped half way through. If Charlotte is supposed to be the main character then something went awry. Her love interest doesn't even appear until page 70 or so (I had to flip to the back to see who it was), and the characters with the most description are pithy and unlikable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 1/6/2014

    " Bit disappointed here...not sure where Austen left off and Barrett stepped in, but regardless, the book never hooked me. Stylistically satisfying, but storyline is flattish and characters don't "live". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lpage1479 page | 12/17/2013

    " An okay interpretation of Jane Austen's last writing. Not one of Julia Barrett's best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheralyn | 10/16/2013

    " I have like Barrets other Austen attempts, but This one was not to be mistaken for Sanditon. I do not think she concluded it well, but I did still enjoy her possibilities and would read it again without feeling I have wasted time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 1/17/2013

    " I really enjoyed Barrett's Third Sister and Presumption, so I was disappointed that I did not enjoy this one. Barrett's portion focused too much on Sir Edward and not enough on Charlotte and Sidney. Also, the ending was a little abrupt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 11/28/2012

    " I used to own this novel. it was given to me by a friend. I tried to finish it but it was soo boring. I know this work was left incomplete so I can only assume that Austen would have made the book better had it been finished. What Barrett seemed to do with the novel was not to my liking. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kevin | 8/3/2012

    " Awful. Terrible. Just ... Awful. Why can't we give negative stars? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dawn | 7/16/2011

    " I came across two books in the library that completed Austen's fragment of a novel, so borrowed them both in order to compare them. I could tell the moment Austen left off - the book lost the readability of Austen's style and became bogged down in detail. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joni Hansen | 1/17/2011

    " I shouldn't have to read sentences 2 and 3 times to understand what the author is trying to say unless I am reading a pedantic textbook. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Gilreath arnold | 11/22/2010

    " Enjoyed this romance novel by Austen, wish she had been able to finish it before she went to heaven. Can't wait to meet her there. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meredith | 3/4/2010

    " I read the first 5 chapters and couldn't get into it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon | 11/11/2009

    " Run, don't walk from this book! Truly horrible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 6/8/2009

    " This book delivered the Jane Austin feeling. The dialog was charming if the plot was somewhat mystifying "why do all these people care about such a thing?" kept going through my mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 10/10/2008

    " This book is pretty good. It's not quite the same as the ones Jane Austen finished by herself, though. And the ending seems too "tidy" and "quick." I expected a longer ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 10/31/2007

    " I gave up on this book. I just didn't find the characters or story line terribly engaging and I am a huge Jane Austin fan. I guess there is a reason she left this work unfinished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne Brooks | 10/3/2007

    " very enjoyable, and covers a slightly more modern England and reflects some of these changes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katrina | 12/18/2006

    " I kept waiting for a Jane Austin-esque moment to happen, but was disappointed with every page turn. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marty | 12/13/2005

    " I love Jane Austen, but this was very slow going since someone else finished it. I had to just skip to the end as I could not take it any more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen Fumarolo | 6/29/2005

    " This didn't go in any direction I would have imagined. "

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About the Author
Author Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775–1817) is considered by many scholars to be the first great woman novelist. Born in Steventon, England, she later moved to Bath and began to write for her own and her family’s amusement. Her novels, set in her own English countryside, depict the daily lives of provincial middle-class families with wry observation, a delicate irony, and a good-humored wit.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.