"Persuasion" is the often overlooked jewel of Austen's books, in this listener/reader's humble opinion, so it was a pleasure to to hear this wonderful story told. Nadia May does an excellent job narrating, really bringing these richly-drawn characters to life.
If you've only ever seen the movie versions or heard/read the abridged version, this is not to be missed.
The storyline and characters barely work as a light summer read for the satirical "chick lit" (as much as I loathe that term) genre for which it is so obviously aimed. However, there are much, much better takes on similar subject matter; Plum Sykes' "Bergdorf Blondes" is a cleverly written, engaging example(although I can only vouch for the written book).
It's the narration that makes this audiobook so howlingly bad. The narrator, I suspect a Yankee in southern California clothing, doesn't know her LL Bean from her Louboutins. For a book so reliant on designer references and name dropping, the narrator's terrible accents and obvious unfamiliarity with the subject matter is unforgivable and incredibly distracting.
Great book, poor narration. As others have noted, the author's self-narration is monotone and often difficult to hear. Knowing and loving the hard copy book & others by this author, I was very surprised by her lackluster delivery.
The book, however, is absolutely wonderful, both touching and hilarious. Highly recommended in hard-copy book form
A very fun confection for any Austen fan. Good narration, and enjoyable storyline. Don't think too hard about the physics of the time-travel involved, and it's a fun and at times even insightful peek into the good and the bad of Regency England, a la Austen.
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