I've always loved Persuasion, and this narrator is really perfect! Highly recommend her. For an Austen novel things move along quite quickly, and with good narration the characters come alive even more than before.
Stevenson's movement from character to character is seamless. Fine match of narrator to story. We all know Austen so well that interpretations are scrutinized by comparison, often to several versions. Well done!
I've read all of Jane Austen works, and listened to several in audiobook format is well, with several different narrators. I have both this and Emma read by Juliet Stevenson and I believe that she is a natural for Austen. She captures the humor and the drama of Austen perfectly, and I never hear her performing a character and think "why on earth did she make them sound like that?!". She manages to give each character a unique voice without resorting to strange tactics.
Also, her Mrs. Elton in the film version of Emma is magnificent.
mature, classic, happily-ever-after
Anne Elliot's strength of character really shined through when the accident happened.
Stevenson has a gift for characterization and her voice is as smooth as butter!
I loved this book because it wasn't a silly 19th century headstrong girl trying to make it in a man's world (like most of Austen's stories). Anne Elliot, the protagonist, was level-headed character who, though inwardly suffering the consequences of rejecting a marriage proposal in her youth, "took it like a man" and never resorted to whiney, manipulative, girlish tricks that have been seen in other Austen novels.
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.
Always a favorite author and story, this rendition,, augmented as it was by a tremendously talented reading, was pure delight which vied with all my day's responsibilities!
I loved it very much. It is one of my favorite Jane Austen books to hear.