I've been reading all the classics and Audible makes this very easy to do with unabridged editions of each. Along with Amazon syncing between the eBook and audio book. Which enables me to read the book when I can listen to it. This is my fourth Jane Austin book in a row. The others were either read or read/listened to. I see a lot of similarities between the events in this book to how some people live their lives today. I had a friend actually convinced the same way Ann was to not marry someone. This supports the theory that everything happens in cycles. Unlike some of authors book this time the 'beautiful' woman or main character doesn't marry the ugliest man described in the book. I won't spoil it for you. I will say that the narrator was perfect for this story. I have four more books of Jane's to go before I've gotten through them all. I find it enjoyable learning about how people saw that era of time and how some people want to go back to it. It's too bad that the author is no longer with us because she could teach a lot to the screen writers in Hollywood and a lot of the new authors righting books. These new writers don't know how to balance a book properly.
As I noted in the title, Persuasion is my favorite Austen novel. Anne Elliott is a believable, normal character whose concerns and frustrations don't seem dated in the least, even when they are shaped by outdated (I hope) notions of what it means to be a woman.
Juliet Stevenson has a beautiful voice, and her nuanced reading enhanced my experience of the book. This is a favorite book and I usually reread it every year. I enjoyed this version so much that immediately after finishing I listened to it a second time.
Look no further than Juliet Stevenson. If you already like Jane Austen, you will enjoy her even more, and if you're not sure about Jane Austen, Juliet Stevenson will make you a fan. Her delivery is subtle, never over-acted, and she really gets Jane's dry humor and irony. Wonderful!
Juliet Stevenson has a pleasant voice and brings the characters to life in such an amazing manner, she is a true pleasure to listen to!
I listened to it in bits and pieces here and there as I had time, but often found myself excited to hear more as soon as I could!
I would recommend this book. The story is very sweet and Juliet narrates it perfectly.
Jane turns an ordinary romance into intriguing character studies.
I really can't choose a favourite character.
Yes, given the time, I could have listened to this book in one sitting.
Yes. I love the story and the reader
Anne. She's strong, ethical and very kind.
Juliet Stevenson is a rare talent.
Yes, all of Jane Austen's novels are great.
In both Peruasion and Pride and Prejudice the smart, classy and sometimes overlooked girl gets the guy.
Stevenson brings the language and period to life.
Not necessarily. It is not a cliff hanger.
60-year-old retired library worker, some college , married 30 years, husband retired railroad yardman. one son, 18 years old. God does have a sense of humor!
Having listened to Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, and enjoying them both, I downloaded Persuasion with pleasant anticipation. I was disappointed. The plot is almost non-existant, the prose dense and difficult to follow by listening, the characters annoying and the narrator monotonous. This is the kind of classic to put a new listener off classics.