Jane Austen's works have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity since the success of several motion picture adaptations of her novels. She wrote the novels Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma.
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The Book Doctor
This was the only Jane Austen book I hadn't read yet, and I loved listening to it. . I was concerned that I would get less out of an audio version of the book, but this experience made me wonder if I should listen to the others she wrote as well.
The point when Anne and Wentworth are finally able to speak freely about their feelings for each other is beautifully done. This is quite a bit more thorough than her other books are when the hero and heroine work out their differences, so it was very satisfying.
It was quite enjoyable and Michael Page did a fantastic job creating distinct and recognizable voices for each character that added to my sense of them as people. I also felt his fluency with the somewhat archaic language of Austen's time was easy to understand and made it feel very fresh and contemporary. Someone who doesn't like classics might even enjoy this book given his abilities.
Better late than never, Patience is a Virtue, or Don't Succumb to Persuasion.
Persuasion is probably my favorite Austen romance. As this was my second Audible book, I don't have a lot of listening experience for comparison but I found the narrator easy to follow and the story engaging. I read it on a long road trip and the hours flew by. I really appreciated have the book read by a man. Not only do I find male voices easier to understand but it was much more romantic to have a man part of the story.
Michael Page was an entertaining and talented narrator for this book. He performed a wide range of male and female voices and really was very consistent and competent. Unfortunately, I found the story boring at best and annoying at worst. I know that Persuasion was written by the revered Jane Austen but I didn't like it. I know that the characters portrayed are as she saw members of the various strata of society and they may very well be accurate. However, I could barely stand listening to 8 hours of narrow minded, nasty, snobbish, judgmental ramblings. Many, many people love this book. Don't know why but to each his own.
The book wasn't the problem.
The narrator read like those in the first computer games I ever saw. Every sentence had the same inflection and was robotic. No acting here.
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
Dearest Michael Page, the respected narrator,
I love you, really I do. Your work in "The Lies of Locke Lamora," where you elevate the interjection/expletives of "Sh**!" and "F***!" to veritable art is amazing. And I'm totally enjoying your narration of "Ivanhoe."
So when I saw that, after purchasing "Persuasion," my favorite Jane Austen, on kindle for free would get me your version of it for .99 on Audible, it was a no brainer. And that was the problem. It's my fault, really it is: I should've used my brain.
WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?
A man? Doing Jane Austen?
No disrespect, and you do well, so well, with the general narrative, but really! Your female voices, and with J.Austen there are many, many of them, are dreadful. You've warped them into general caricatures, some whiny, some laughably imperious. Only Anne is delivered as a normal person, but her level-headedness comes off as masculine.
It's my fault, and I'm so sorry.
But I just couldn't finish this.
Maybe Anne should say sh** and f***?
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
This was an enjoyable book but not even the best Jane Austen. The story revolves around Anne Elliott and the love of her life Capt. Frederick Wentworth. Anne is "persuaded" to break an engagement to him at age 19 as he is not considered "suitable" enough by her snobbish father and sister.
He comes back into her life when she is 28 and still unmarried. The mistakes and unintentional motives each attests to the other cause much heartache for both, until finally a happy ending can be attained.
I enjoyed the talks Anne had with the Admiral and also her "poor" friend Mrs. Smith who lets her know what kind of man her cousin Mr. Elliott truly is. Austen at her best, showing snobs and upper crust people how shallow their lives really are.
I wasn't thrilled with Mr. Page's narration. He tended to make any woman except Anne sound like a dowager matron, even though they could be just a few years younger or older than Anne. I found it especially distracting with her sister Mary. Yes, Mary was a hypochondriac snob who drove her family crazy, but she wasn't 104!
No extreme reactions, but I know what to expect in an Austen novel. There were plenty of smiles and a few chuckles and I was afraid for awhile that one or the other of our loving couple would end up married to the wrong person.
This is a good listen, not too long but lots of fun. Anne Elliott and Frederick Wentworth are a great couple and you will be genuinely interested in their plight.
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