Juliet Stevenson gives a truly wonderful reading of this book. I have a hard time with narrators, and I've never found an Austen audiobook I could enjoy before. However, this reading shines. She does the characters well, gives vivacity and emotion to key moments without over stretching, and the cadence and skill of her reading makes the text easily and gracefully accessible. Austen's text shines.
The book itself of course...what is there to say? This is my favorite Austen novel. The story centers around older characters than her other novels, and the tenor of the book in general is more mature. Anne Elliot is also my favorite heroine (although Fanny is a close second, as is Elinor Dashwood). She is exceptionally smart and "tenderness itself." The honesty with which Austen reads and portrays her characters is absolutely brilliant (the gloves are off a bit more in this one than her earlier books).
This one — book and reading — is not to be missed and well worth the investment. I will come back to it again and again.
This is my favorite Austen novel. Its subtle wit and treatment of love, friendship, and avarice are timeless.
Anne's conversation with Captain Harville about constancy, which is overheard by Captain Wentworth and inspires his letter to Anne. Always a tear jerker.
The reader is way, way too dramatic. Jane Austen's style is elegantly simple and straightforward, and the book deserves to be read without the annoying embellishment Juliet Stevenson gives it.
The narrator of this lovely, deeply enriching Jane Austen classic is truly talented. She brings a special insight to the characters of a book that is already special to many generations of countelss readers.
I gave the story 4 stars because it is my least favorite of Jane Austen's novels, but the worst Jane Austen book is still better than most books. The narrator is perfect. My only problem is that once I downloaded it and put it in iTunes, the sound quality was not nearly as good as it is in the sample on this website. I had the same problem with Northanger Abbey, also read by Juliet Stevenson, but I did not have this problem with Pride and Prejudice or Emma, both read by different narrators, which I downloaded about a year ago. This makes me think that the problem is with the Juliet Stevenson Persuasion and Northanger Abbey files, and not with my own computer. Juliet Stevenson does an amazing job, though, so I still recomend this, but be forewarned that the audio quality may not be as good as it is in the sample.
This is my favorite Jane Austen book, and I was worried about listening to an awkward version of it in audio, but this narrator does a first-rate job of capturing the characters and the tone of the novel. I can't praise this version enough for anyone who likes Austen. I almost considered starting it over again as soon as I finished it!
Not Persuaded by the story. She writes well. Her narrow world does not interest me.
I would recommend this to anybody who likes Jane Austin's other books. The narrator is very good.
I simply could not follow this text or keep my attention on it. It is like trying to follow the conversations my daughter is making up for her dolls as she plays with them. Nothing ever happens; it's all about each character's continually changing thoughts and feelings.I know it is ridiculous to knock a classic, and this book would be experienced completely differently by somebody with the mental hardware to process it - but not me. I like most classical authors, such as Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Melville. But this book is in a smaller category of ones that fly right past me, which also includes Middlemarch and Rememberance of Things Past (Proust).
I suppose I enjoyed the victorian buffonery of Sir Walter. But all the characters are portrayed in a rather negative light.
Only to push myself to finish it.
I will give it a try again sometime.
I have listened to this book I don't know how many times. The performance just about brings me into the story.