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.
"fabric artist and quilter"
I didn't know Persuasion - I knew that it was her last novel, published after her death and named Persuasion by her brother but other than that it was a blank. I guessed that as it was a short novel and her last it might not be quite as good or polished as P&P, S&S or Mansfield Park and certainly not being as famous as her other novels suggested that.
HOW WRONG CAN YOU BE! This is now my favourite Jane Austen, its charming, its gentle, its witty and as observational as any of the other novels. Its understory is constancy, doing things as etiquette dictated or for other people and how persuasive actions by others can alter your own personal history and not always for the best. It really is a complete delight.
Juliet Stevenson is also a complete delight - she brings Jane Austen alive and is perfect as the narrator - don't even think of listening to Austen read by anyone else!
Absolutely loved it and is totally recommended to all classic lovers - 7 stars! (what do you mean I can't give it 7 stars - it deserves them!)
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
Juliet Stevenson is simply the best Austen reader out there. Pay more to get her narrations; they are very much worth the extra. I love Austen, and she's one classical author whose books get a whole new dimension in the audible format. As always, the narrator makes so much difference in the enjoyment of audible books. With Stevenson, you simply cannot go wrong. Persuasion may be the best of Austen's books, and this edition is priceless!
It has only taken me a lifetime to discover Ms. Austen and her pen, after trudging through dozens of horrid, time-consuming love stories that ALWAYS leave me wanting. How did I know that I should have been looking back to the 19th century for the satisfaction of REAL romance?
Outstanding reading of Austen's best, most subtle work. Although I have read it many times, I noticed new details as I listened.
Always a pleasure. Austen and Stevenson are a perfect pairing. Nuanced, rich. My favorite of the Austen canon.
Austen's maturity is on display in this novel by comparison with Pride & Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. The writing is spectacular. The story heartwarming.
Jane Austen's charm and sharp sense of society's failings and foibles are always a treat for mind and heart. And, I might add, 'ear', when a book is read as delightfully and sympathetically as Juliet Stevenson does here. Austen offers bold portrayals of character in their differing shades of moral and amatory beliefs and connections.
I enjoyed this narrator very much. She had a gift of making every character interesting and individualistic .
What can I say about Jane Austen's book? It is a beautiful story of unrequited love meeting again, of a charming Captain and families with their own dysfunction.
¨The dialogue is brilliant and even though there's a lot of telling instead of showing, which was very common when it was written, it is a story that evokes such great imagery.
I highly recommend this audio book.