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Persuasion | [Jane Austen]

Persuasion

Persuasion, Jane Austen's final novel, follows the romance of Anne Elliot and naval officer Frederick Wentworth. They were happily engaged until Anne's friend, Lady Russell, persuaded her that Frederick was "unworthy". Now, eight years later, Frederick returns, a wealthy captain in the navy, while Anne's family teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. They still love each other, but their past mistakes threaten to keep them apart.
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Publisher's Summary

Persuasion, Jane Austen's final novel, follows the romance of Anne Elliot and naval officer Frederick Wentworth. They were happily engaged until Anne's friend, Lady Russell, persuaded her that Frederick was "unworthy". Now, eight years later, Frederick returns, a wealthy captain in the navy, while Anne's family teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. They still love each other, but their past mistakes threaten to keep them apart.

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    Heather 12-07-12
    Heather 12-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Get a different narrator"

    This is one of my favorite Austen books but the narrator very unnaturally doesn't pause for breath between sentences. It's very distracting and annoying. Listen to this story but avoid this version.

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    Heather DE PERE, WI, United States 10-04-12
    Heather DE PERE, WI, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story, Terrible Reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    NO. The reader spoke in monotone, ignored punctuation, and mispronounced MANY words. It was frustrating to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Persuasion?

    Of COURSE, it's the LETTER!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader was just terrible. The whole book felt like one sentence full of mispronounced words. For one example, shew is pronounced like show, but the reader kept pronouncing it like shoe.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The LETTER, it's the LETTER from Captain Wentworth to Anne!


    Any additional comments?

    I'll probably buy a different audio version of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charity Jamaica Plain, MA, United States 07-10-12
    Charity Jamaica Plain, MA, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible performance"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a bad recording. The chapters cut off and the reader often repeats lines.

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    Deanna L. Jones Aurora CO, United States 05-04-12
    Deanna L. Jones Aurora CO, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book - Awful Recording"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator read way to fast with no pacing or pausing for punctuation. Her modulation is horrible - she emphasizes words that don't make sense and turns well written phrases into difficult to understand travesties. I would NOT recommend paying any amount of money for this recording - spend a few more bucks and get one worth listening to.


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    Christina Miami, FL, United States 04-19-12
    Christina Miami, FL, United States 04-19-12
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    "Terrible narrator"
    What didn’t you like about Peta Johnson’s performance?

    She is absolutely terrible! I purchased it and couldn't listen to more than a page. She gives me anxiety she reads so terribly.


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    Stacy Haddonfield, NJ, United States 02-25-12
    Stacy Haddonfield, NJ, United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Disappointing Narration"

    This is a wonderful novel full of comedy and irony, but the bland and inflectionless narration made it almost impossible to tolerate.

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    Amazon Customer Western Cape, South Africa 12-28-11
    Amazon Customer Western Cape, South Africa 12-28-11
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    "Oh dear"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Peta Johnson’s performances?

    Is Peta Johnson a person? Or a Sat Nav articulater perhaps? No, I should have listened to the sample voice - this is not read, let alone with any understanding, it is spelled out by a voice linking letters together, and desperately sad for Persuasion.


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    Valerie Waldvogel 12-06-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Do not get this one"

    words are pronounced wrong, sentences cut out and then it goes on to another chapter and could someone explain what is a pianofort

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    Doris 08-24-11
    Doris 08-24-11
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    "Narrated by a speed reader!"

    Story is typical Jane Austen, but listening required a certain amount of tension to not miss anything. The narrator did not distinguish different characters very well, either.

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    Emily 05-26-11
    Emily 05-26-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Really bad reading"

    ... she speaks so fast that you can barely understand her. Go back and get a better version. This one is just bad. I'd give zero stars if I could.

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