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.
Put them together for a highly enjoyable listen. As always, Austen's astute eye for human behavior and her understated humorous way of conveying it makes her one of the foremost writers in the English language. Stevenson is a marvelous narrator, pitch-perfect, skewering the snobbish and stuck-up characters and switching effortlessly between male and female voices, with no vocal awkwardness on the males. If you want to listen to Persuasion, this is is the version to choose.
If I had to choose, I would have to say that Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austen novel, and Juliet Stevenson does it justice with her narration.
On every re read or listen I always learn more about myself. Jane Austen has a way of examining human interaction that truly makes you want to be a better person.
I think Juliet Stevenson does a beautiful job narrating and I love this book and have listened to it many times