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.
©2003 Jane Austen; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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.
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.
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