We were delighted to receive the attractively packaged CD of Jane Austen’s Lesley Castle, produced by Syllabub Productions. The package itself is a joy: the thin cardboard outer wrapping is designed to look like a handwritten letter, entirely appropriate for the epistolary tale. Inside is the CD and a booklet. The entire package was tied up with cord and sealed with wax. We were actually kind of disappointed to have to break it. (The packaging can be seen at the company’s Etsy shop.)
In such packaging, the audio itself had something to live up to. The letters between Miss Lesley and Miss Lutterell, and some friends, are full of romance, deceit, drama, traveling, and a large wedding feast, and the cast of Syllabub Productions acquit themselves admirably, reading the letters with straight faces and allowing the humor of the work to show itself. We (meaning a friend and ourself) were very much amused listening to the production in the chaise on the way home from visiting the Jane Austen exhibit at the Morgan Library.
This prettily-packaged CD makes an excellent gift for any Janeite, including oneself. The CD is available for £10 or $16.45 (US) from Syllabub Productions’ MySpace page, and also from Etsy and Folksy.