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1.0 out of 5 starsI feel like Mr Darcy just married Caroline Bingley!
Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2020
I have read about every completion of Sanditon I could get my hands on...I could not believe this books ending. I cannot believe that PBS would sponsor and televise. I can take a sad ending, but this was so abrupt. I knew what was coming, but Jane Austen wouldn’t have made me feel miserable. I’ve read over 200 JA variations and I’ve never been this disappointed. I’m not even going to finish watching the TV show.
1.0 out of 5 starsJane Austen is ROLLING OVER IN HER GRAVE
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2019
This book was awful. AWFUL!!!! Jane Austen would be rolling over in her grave if she knew about this version of her work. Kate Riordan has dragged an iconic author's book into the realm of sleaze and smut. Riordan's writing is trite and limited, she makes up for it with sensational scenes (like a hand job in the garden.) Austen's genius has always been in her character development, in the quiet and deliberate ways that she unwinds a plot and in her insight into universal human nature. There is none of that in this work. I had purchased two copies, one for me and one as a gift and I'm returning both and replacing them with this version instead: https://www.amazon.com/Sanditon-Jane-Austens-Novel-Completed/dp/0684843420/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=sandition&qid=1577283368&sr=8-2
4.0 out of 5 starsIt's a novelization of unfinished work, don't be so critical.
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2020
So first off, yes this is a novelization based off the masterpiece series Sanditon; which of course is based off the unfinished work of Jane Austen. Since the original story was sadly unfinished Andrew Davies took a bold step and gave us his interpretation of how the story could have gone. I came in skeptical based off the reviews, but in the end I enjoyed the story very much. My advice when reading this is to go in with an open mind and accept the possibility of what of could have been for these characters. Also take comfort in knowing this was very likely not the ending Jane Austen had for the people of Sanditon; it is just a very well thought out story. I have to knock off a star for the ending but we can always pray for a second season
1.0 out of 5 starsNot written in Jane Austin Style
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2020
Extremely disappointing. Austen’s style is more subtle with nuance. This book was written blatantly and more crudely than Austin— while the portion Austin wrote is clear—Riordan’s completion is sorely lacking. Spoiler - do not read if you do not want to know the end. The main character- Charlotte - does not find love and rides into the sunset with not Bi hing. Little story resolution. Do not recommend wasting your time with this book.
Jane Austen would roll over in her grave...What a sorry portrayal this is... And that's being kind....Not gonna ruin the ending for those who are unfortunate enough to get this book, but it is not at all what Austen would have written