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The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen

Autor: Syrie James
Sprecher: Justine Eyre
Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 11 Min.
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The minute I saw the letter, I knew it was hers. There was no mistaking it: the salutation, the tiny, precise handwriting, the date, the content itself, all confirmed its ancient status and authorship....

Samantha McDonough cannot believe her eyes - or her luck. Tucked in an uncut page of a 200-year-old poetry book is a letter she believes was written by Jane Austen, mentioning with regret a manuscript that "went missing at Greenbriar in Devonshire." Could there really be an undiscovered Jane Austen novel waiting to be found? Could anyone resist the temptation to go looking for it?

Making her way to the beautiful, centuries-old Greenbriar estate, Samantha finds it no easy task to sell its owner, the handsome yet uncompromising Anthony Whitaker, on her wild idea of searching for a lost Austen work - until she mentions its possible million-dollar value.

After discovering the unattributed manuscript, Samantha and Anthony are immediately absorbed in the story of Rebecca Stanhope, daughter of a small town rector, who is about to encounter some bittersweet truths about life and love. As they continue to read the newly discovered tale from the past, a new one unfolds in the present - a story that just might change both of their lives forever.

©2012 Syrie James (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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Überraschend gut

schöne Anlehnung an Sprache und Storytelling von Jane Austen. An die Sprecherin musste ich mich zunächst gewöhnen, aber sie hat sehr gut die Verschachtelung der Geschichte durch die Stimme unterstrichen

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The Stanhopes vs. the Missing Manuscript

Syrie James's frame story around Jane Austen's aledged "The Stanhopes" is quite shallow, predictable and uninspiring. Were it not for her very nicely done imitation of a undiscovered Austen manuscript, I would certainly have put down the book.
The fake Austen story however is a lovely surprise for any Austen-lover. Even though in some places it misses the true sparkle of the real works of Jane Austen. The characters are true Austen's though.