I am new to Jane Austen books, and have only listened to them (not read the actual books). I have to say, I'm hooked, and Persuasion is a top favorite already. Juliet Stevenson is such a wonderful narrator, that I'm nervous about trying any other books without her!
Jane Austen's command of the English language, as well as her wit and insight, is of course the reason she is regarded as one of the most important British authors ever. I've generally avoided her in the past, not thinking the subject interested me, but I'm won over by her brilliant characterizations and completely intrigued by this snapshot of British noble lifestyle and social protocols of that era.
The production of the recording is top notch, and Juliet Stevenson is wonderful in her performance and vocals.
Yes. This is such a fabulous work, and Juliet Stevenson does a great job with it. I could listen to it again and again.
It is much like other Austen novels, as she does have a distinct style and point-of-view. And I think that Stevenson does it great justice. I would compare it with Pride and Prejudice, as well as Sense and Sensibility.
Her voice is wonderful for storytelling. She really distinguishes between the characters without being too dramatic. In fact, I think she interprets the characters fantastically. I especially love her interpretation of Anne... so calm, intelligent, and expressive.
A young woman's journey to find her own happiness
If you like Jane Austin, you will certainly appreciate this audible selection. Performance couldn't be better, and the story is both humorous and beautifully constructed.
Even having been exposed to Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, I was surprised (despite having seen film version) by how funny Persuasion was. Jane Austen was hilariously scathing in her appraisal of the pathetically shallow characters and Juliet Stevenson did a fantastic job conveying everything.
Utah Granny who loves to knit, golf, do genealogy, cook, garden, read and be with family. Yes, I am a Mormon and glad to be.
I haven't been a great Jane Austin fan but wanted to read one of her lesser known works. Predictable yet entertaining. It is fun to get a DVD presentation of the work and watch it to see how the directors and screen writers edited the story and chose the actors.
The old English protocols for social interaction are a little archaic and drag a big but all in all enjoyed listening to the story.
A nice story of true love.
I compared this book to the movies I seen and was a bit disappointed. The narration was good.
When Captain Wentworth finally purposed and was accepted.
Nothing, her voice was just OK.
No, It was hard to get into, didn't get interesting until the middle. Not like the movie at all.
Likely won't listen to it again.
Austen's works are up there with Shakespeare, Dorothy L Sayers, and many other great writers across a variety of genres.
"Thrones and Dominations" by Dorothy L Sayers shares the same talent for observation, irony and beautifully written English.
Her voice is beautifully modulated and smooth. She can also confidently produce male overtones and inflections in her male characterisations which many female voices do not accomplish.
It was a great listen to an old favourite.
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
There's not much one can say about a Jane Austen novel that hasn't been said many times before. Persuasion is almost my favorite Austen novel, portraying the loss and sweet regaining of love, but still having some of the wonderfully funny characters that Austen portrays so well and so subtly. When you add to the wonderful story the perfect narrator's voice of Juliet Stevenson, it is a glorious experience. Ms Stevenson has the absolutely perfect voice for Austen novels, and especially excels at bringing the shallow and foolish characters to life. Five stars all the way!