I dearly love Jane Austen novels and this is my second favorite (after Pride and Prejudice and before Emma). Flo Gibson does a great job reading this book and toher books of this era and setting - she has a good voice and accent for the times.
As usual, Jane Austen created extrodinary memberable characters in Persuasion. I truly liked and sympathised with the heroine who at a young age was persuated (hence the title of the book) by Lady Russell to turn down Captain Wentworrth's offer of marriage. I believe we are supposed to honor and like the esteemable Lady Russell and her good breeding and sense, but I never could honor or like her. However, that does not take away from my enjoyment of the book. The story line is carefully developed and the characters are so well drawn that they come to life (the arrogant, ridiculous, conceited, cruel father and older sister of our wonderful heroine and the perceived ill treatment and ill health of her younger sister, our heroine's sporting brother-in-law, the silly and self centered Louisa, the charming Captain Wentworth, etc).
I highly recommend Persuasion to anyone who appreciates good writing, a good story, humor and passion. Even though Jane Austen grew up in very proper time and manner, and never married, she knows about love, romance and passion - and she can make you feel it without ever writing anything sexually graphic. Purchase it - you won't regret it!
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