Sanditon Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A novelisation of ITV's Sanditon, an unfinished Jane Austen story airing on ITV this autumn in the Sunday Night primetime slot.
Written only months before Austen's death in 1817, Sanditon tells the story of the joyously impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood and her spiky relationship with the humorous, charming Sidney Parker. When a chance accident transports her from her rural hometown of Willingden to the would-be coastal resort of the eponymous title, it exposes Charlotte to the intrigues and dalliances of a seaside town on the make, and the characters whose fortunes depend on its commercial success. The twists and turns of the plot, which takes viewers from the West Indies to the rotting alleys of London, exposes the hidden agendas of each character and sees Charlotte discover herself...and ultimately find love.
Completed by award-winning novelist Anne-Marie Crowhurst, Sanditon will delight both fans of Jane Austen and the forthcoming television show.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 21 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||31 October 2019|
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This must have been a very difficult brief to complete, to work only from a script without having seen the series, knowing that the book will most likely only be bought by people who have seen the series and will judge it against that. I’ve also read that the author was given very little time to complete it, an unfortunate consequence of the commercial ‘novelisation’ of TV programmes designed to make as much money from merchandising and spin-offs as possible. Another consequence of this is that the text contains more than a few errors which were not picked up at proofreading stage, although this sadly is fairly common in books these days.
Bearing this in mind, I think the author has done quite a good job. She’s brought the characters and the scenery to life, and she’s added some useful background information, extra bits and given us a bit more insight into what some of the characters are thinking.
I especially like the fact that she’s expressed more of Mary Parker’s frustration at Tom and his pig-headedness about his project and she’s given more depth to Georgiana’s (mixed race) character and the alienation she must have felt. The scenes with Esther, Clara and Edward are well done too.
However the main love story is not totally convincing. Charlotte comes across as a lot more naïve than she does in the series and there is very little depth given to Sidney’s character. We don’t really find out how and why they fell in love as the script is more or less produced verbatim in their scenes and there is very little of what they are thinking or extra details. In fact we start to think that Sidney is actually in love with Eliza, which really doesn’t come across like that in the TV programme.
The first two-thirds of the book are good but then it starts to fall apart. Is this because the plot itself took unexpected turns and the author couldn’t quite empathise with the direction it was taking, or because she was writing to such a deadline that she had to rush to the end? Or possibly that the later episodes were changed considerably during filming, taking on a life of their own with the beautiful acting and amazing chemistry of the two main leads, which any writer could not even try to reproduce without having seen?!
There is one very big plot hole too that wasn’t even in the series. At the ball, Sidney and Charlotte are having their ‘conversation’ on the balcony. They are interrupted at a crucial moment by Edward entering the ballroom and causing a commotion. In the TV programme, Sidney rushes down to help escort Edward out and then puts him on the coach to London, while Charlotte comforts Esther. In the book none of this happens, Edward leaves of his own accord, and we don’t see anything more of Sidney or Charlotte until they are at the fire, helping to put it out. So what happened in between? Arguably he therefore had time to finish his proposal!
The end, like the TV series, is rather contrived, rushed and very sad, but in fact slightly better as Mary seems to show more remorse and Sidney at least takes Charlotte’s hand before saying goodbye. Let’s hope that if and when a second series is produced, and if the author gets a commission to write the sequel, that she will have a better idea of the importance of the main love story and the two main characters, who are after all the pivotal focus of this enchanting programme.
I am only halfway through the book but am enjoying every page. I was rather foolishly hoping that the book might extend past the TV ending but, of course, it doesn’t. (I cheated and looked at the last page!).
I am a lover of books but seldom read novels. This one, however, I will probably re-read. “For the avoidance of doubt”, the book contains nothing from Jane Austen’s original unfinished novel.
In my opinion, the book’s Charlotte comes across as more naive than TV’s Charlotte. Sidney Parker remains a flat character. The lack of internal struggle of Charlotte’s regarding her fancy for Sidney and her obvious liking of poor Young Stringer makes her appear ignorant and heartless.
The end of the book feels rushed. I bought Sanditon because I had missed the last two episodes of the TV series and wanted to catch up on what happened. Although the series’ last episode clearly ends just like in the book, I can only compare the sudden ending to a slap in the face, leaving the reader entirely unsatisfied. Yes, most likely the script writer aimed at a ‘cliff hanger’ ending with view to the commissioning of Sanditon’s second series. Sadly, in its novelisation, this simply does not work and leaves behind a bitter taste.
Austen herself had a fine way with words, able to produce witty and dramatic dialogue, as well as giving great descriptive prose, and as we all know clothing plays a huge part of her tales, as we can see through that and the manners of a person to what strata of society they belong to. Here though all that is missing, and as with the tv series so we have something that just really jumps from incident to incident. There is no real characterisation here and this just seems to be a rerun of the series, and thus if you have not seen it, you will be left at times rather confused.
If you were to ignore the fact that this was inspired by Jane Austen’s unfinished novel and just take this as a period piece tale, then you will also be disappointed. This does not really bring to life the period or the characters fully, and the story once again has the problems of just jumping from incident to incident and thus not really building a cohesive and properly realised world or situation, instead giving us something that looks rushed, and if you did not know better, was self-published by someone trying to get their first book out there. As the author mentions at the back of this book that she loves Austen’s work, perhaps she could have done a better job of giving this some oomph, which it seriously needs. At the end of the day this is poor and even the writing style is more akin to that of young adults at best, and if it was not for some of the things mentioned here, more like a children’s book. We also have something that as such has no proper ending, because as I have already mentioned this is supposed to be the first season of the series, and thus we can expect more in the future.
There is now the DVD of the series, this novelisation, and I believe a book about behind the scenes, and this has all been rushed to try and fill the gap that was left by many with the finish of the successful Downton Abbey, and of course that all important Sunday evening slot.