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Román z pokoje 128

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  686 ratings  ·  322 reviews
Kdo si nikdy nepřál, aby mu do života zasáhl závan romantiky?

Když si Anne-Lise objednává pokoj č. 128 v hotelu Beau Rivage, aby mohla strávit krátkou dovolenou v Bretani, ještě netuší, jak se jí tím promění život. V nočním stolku objeví rukopis knihy… a v něm adresu. Jako láhev vylovenou z moře posílá rukopis tomu, o kom se domnívá, že je jeho majitelem. Ale nejdřív si pří
Paperback, 7lásky, 246 pages
Published September 2020 by Metafora (first published January 17th 2019)
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The Lost Manuscript by Cathy Bonidan (Author), Élodie Yung (Narrator), Rupert Degas (Narrator), Cecile Delepiere (Narrator), Jean Brassard (Narrator)

The Lost Manuscript is such a touching story and the audio version allows us to hear the written words of this epistolary novel. So often we read a book that gives us the spoken narrative but in this case, we listen to a book of written letters. The experience is lovely and hearing the various voices of the narrators made me feel I was right there w
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When was the last time you wrote a letter? Not a text, not an email, but an actual letter using pen and paper? The elegance of The Lost Manuscript will make you want to set your phone and computer aside in lieu of custom stationary and a pile of postage stamps.

This cozy 2019 French novel has been translated into English for 2021 publication. The bookish plot is told in the epistolary format, with letters being exchanged between characters. Not texts. Not emails. Letters! Oh so lovely.

At the he
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies...The man who never reads lives only one.” George R. R. Martin

A beautiful, poignant, lyrical story is told by moving, exciting, poetic letters. Do you want to get lost in magical world of literature? This is great fit for your needs if you’re looking for a book heals your soul, warms your heart and always makes you smile genuinely!

Do you want to know what this book is about? Let’s dig out more about the story-line:

Anne-Lise Briard has no clue that
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first 5⭐️ Audible for 2021!

This book will not be for everyone, as it is an epistolary novel-a literary work told completely in the form of letters-87 to be exact.

BUT, I loved it!! ❤️

I wasn’t sure how this would translate to an AUDIBLE, by I honestly felt that the EXPERIENCE of this book was ENHANCED because I LISTENED to it!

Dreamscape Media assembled a CAST of narrators, so EACH character had their own unique voice. Although read in English, the novel takes place primarily in France, and t
Such a lovely story!

If you enjoy epistolary stories (such as The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society), you should definitely give this book a try. I had a great moment and I met sweet, kind characters, each with their own voice. It's a fast read and it never drags. It was really interesting to learn about everyone who came across the lost manuscript (first with Anne-Lise, the main character, who finds it in her hotel room) and why it deeply moved them.

Who would have thought that a manu
2.5 stars rounded up.

It’s a little melodramatic and purple prose-y at times, but The Lost Manuscript was an entertaining enough distraction for a few hours—a quick and easy read that I could picture folks devouring while sunning themselves on the beach or by the pool (if social distancing permits, of course!).

Parts of this book made me laugh out loud—like when Anne-Lise poked fun at IKEA by referring them as “the Nordic people with their twisted sense of humor.” I also liked Maggy’s character (
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-reads, 2021
4 epistolary stars

This was a lovely book made up of letters, aka epistolary style. I rather enjoy books written this way and miss the days when I would write more letters myself. The story centers around a mysterious manuscript that turns up in a hotel drawer and the quest to trace it back to the original writer. This is one where the journey is quite fun, and some amazing characters crop up along the way.

Anne-Lise is the one who finds the book at the Beau Rivage Hotel and starts by writing to t
Eva K (journeyofthepages)
Thank you, NetGalley, Dreamscape Media, and Cathy Bonidan, for a copy of this audiobook for review.

The Lost Manuscript narrated by Elodie Yung, Rupert Degas, Cecile Delepiere, and Jean Brassard was a delightful listen. The story is told with a series of letters and emails sent by and between the various characters. Each letter perfectly executes the narrative and makes it a unique journey through the written word but voiced by the characters. This was a uniquely written story and wonderfully na
I’m just going to go ahead and say that epistolary format just doesn’t work for me. I don’t think it really works with an audiobook either but maybe that’s just my opinion. Maybe it would’ve been better in an epub format but I think the story itself didn’t interest me either so not sure if it would make a difference.

The premise is great on how book can touch more than one persons life. I think that’s a lovely idea and so true since books really do have that power. Sadly, I just couldn’t connect
Books, Brews & Booze
Now that’s how you do an epistolary! An epistolary is written in the format of correspondence -- letters, emails, text messages, etc.

“The Lost Manuscript” is about the journey a manuscript takes, through all these different people’s lives, and how it changes them individually, as well as how it brings them together.

What I liked:

I love “books for book lovers,” as I call them. These are books where the characters truly love reading and literature.

The audio is phenomenal. This is a perfect example
Literary Redhead
I loved this mystery revealed in exchanged letters.

On vacation, Anne-Lise Briard looks for something to read in her hotel room and finds a manuscript left in a bedside drawer. She sends the pages to an address she finds halfway through, trying to locate the author.

The recipient replies, saying he lost the piece on an airplane decades ago. He confesses, however, that he wrote only half of what she sent him and doesn’t know who finished it.

We’re sent on an entrancing journey as Anne-Lise writes a
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always forget how much I love epistolary novels. This one is stunning and I had to force myself to slow down. The translation is flawless.
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
This was a lovely book, made more interesting in some ways due to the audiobook presentation. It had multiple narrators allowing me to keep the characters straight and to visualize their interaction as their inflections communicated their joy and displeasure well.
Overall though, the storyline wasn't as engaging as I was hoping it would be. It is a lovely tale about a found manuscript and the circuitous route it took through various people and the impact it had on each of their lives. Both by th
Bree Hill
"It turns out that the author in question had not finished his story and the ending was in fact written by a stranger, perhaps the person who stayed in room 128 before me."

Anne-Lise Briard checks into her room at the Beau Rivage Hotel, where she is staying during her vacation to the Brittany Coast. She goes into the nightstand to find something to read and finds a manuscript. She finishes the first half and comes across an address that may belong to the author, so she writes a letter. She writes
A cute little epistolary story that's a love letter to the inspiration authors give their readers as much as it is to second chances at love of all kinds. Told entirely through letters (and a few emails) the sorry tells the tale of a lost manuscript being found, its history being traced, and the found families that support and find each other through the journey. At times it is pretty fluffy, but it's a satisfying beach read and the different actors used in the audiobook version gave a lot of ze ...more
When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. (I AM BORED!!) ANd it is too hot to go outside, so why not sit in from of the blasting a/c and read and review books??

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGal
Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks
In room 128 lays a lost manuscript. Anna-Lise finds it and reads it. She connects with it so much and wants to return it to the author. Sylvester wrote this novel 33 years ago, when he was a young man in love. When the book is returned to him though, he realizes someone else finished it for him. Anna-Lise is on a mission to track down the person that had the book for so many years and finished it. In this journey, there are so many people that we meet along the way. People that come together bec ...more
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A book about a lost manuscript and how it’s discovery brings a whole group of strangers together. The description tells how the book will change the lives of all those that it brings together, and it does deliver on that. I admit that I had high hopes for this book as the premise was so intriguing, but I quickly realized it wasn’t going to live up to my hopes. I found it to be somewhat boring.

1. I was unable to form a connection with any of the characters. I particularly found Anne-Lise to be a
I wanted to try an #audiobook and was seeking an interesting story that wasn’t dark or heavy. My thanks to #netgalley for this ARC that fit the bill perfectly. The main characters, or I should say correspondents, are middle-aged with various life experiences: some with adult children, some with children still at home, some married, divorced, widowed. Like everyone who has reached middle age, each character has faced a significant challenge or event individually or as a family, that informs how t ...more
T. Rosado

DNF - 25%

While I love an immersive epistolary novel, this one was not one of them. If I set a book aside and never feel the desire to pick it up again, I know it’s time to call it quits. I’ve read a number of epistolary novels that, when finished, I had completely forgotten that they were written solely in letters. Such as: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, Dear Mr. Knightley, and Evidence of the Affair. In fact, two of them are all-time favorites of mine. What separates those favor
Eileen Ross
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a surprising beautiful book. I loved how this mysterious Manuscript lost by its author for 30 years,impacted the lives of its readers. How healing the power of books can be.
M.  [storme reads a lot]
The premise of this book really excited me, and I was eager to pick it up when I saw how adorable the cover was as well. However, this book did not live up to my expectations. I have read a few books that are set in the letter writing format but this one just did not work out the way I had anticipated. The book does start out strong and I was invested in the start, but as time goes on the near ration starts to run together and I had a hard time keeping up with who was who and what was going on. ...more
Sydney Young
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re travel-lust is about to knock you over and your mind is spinning from everything wrong in the world today, stop what you are doing right now and listen to this amazing audio. Epistolary in form, it takes no time to become both attached and nostalgic. And the narrators are amazing!

We begin mid-act when our heroine delivers the manuscript she found back to its rightful author. But she also smells a buried story and begins digging with wild abandon. The reader meets one charming—sometimes
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by Cathy Bonidan. The premise of the book is eye catching and sounds exciting. I liked the story line of Anne-Lise finding a manuscript in a drawer of the hotel room where she is vacationing. She discovers that the manuscript was started by one person and finished by someone else. She tracks down the original author and together they find all the people who touched the book in the 30 years it's been missing. Written as a series of letters back and forth between A ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is perhaps ironic that a book about the power of the written word makes the perfect audio book. This book tells the story of a lost manuscript's journey across continents and decades through letters between people whose lives it touches. The various narrators brought to life the voices of the characters as they read their letters. This book contains elements of romance, mystery, family drama and adventure. The characters are well developed and truly come to life through narration. I would lov ...more
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A one-of-a-kind story that highlights the power of stories and words. Told in multiple voices and just through letters or emails, we get to know the story of Anne-Lise, Sylvestre, Maggy, William, and all the people who were touched, in some way, by a mysterious manuscript. The journey to discover the origins of the manuscript takes these people on a different journey and changes their lives in ways they were not expecting.
The book was fast-paced and was easy to read. It was enjoyable and peculia
Cute and smooth epistolary form. Oozes sentimentality and love for written words by those who use them with expertise for connection. Good will and intent reigns strong throughout.

It combines a newly gathered group of strangers who meet through the 30 year journey of a lost and half finished manuscript. Most tell their own journey's story. Others connect new ones.

It was too over the top smaltzy for me. Erudite.

Reminds me of air kisses for some reason.

I do not recommend this if you dislike Hallm
Janilyn Kocher
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you discovered a discarded manuscript in a hotel room? Why, read it of course. And then try to discover who wrote it and why it was abandoned. The narrative style of the book is all in letter form. While not the the most original format, it works tremendously well for this story. Readers delve into the personalities of the letter writers and the mystery behind the manuscript is gradually fleshed out while including more of the stories of the other characters. I found the boo ...more
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such an enjoyable’s a must in print as the letter format is charming. Such a sweet mystery that was translated from French and what an excellent job of it.
•Bookish Em•
Thank you NetGalley, Dreamscape Media, and Cathy Bonidan for a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed the writing and the concept of the book. I admire the main character and her persistence in finding the authors of the manuscript, however, I couldn’t relate to any of the other characters.

I realized about halfway through this book that I was not at all invested in the lives of these characters. I think the format is to blame for this. Also, it might have been easier
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CATHY BONIDAN works as a teacher in Vannes and has been writing since the age of 14. Her debut novel, The Perfume of Hellebore Rose, won 11 literary awards in France.

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