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Persuasion | [Jane Austen]

Persuasion

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Audible Editor Reviews

Jane Austen is at the height of her considerable powers in Persuasion, the last novel of her short and magnificent career. To call this book a Cinderella story would belittle its keen psychological insight, its subversive charm, and its winning protagonist, Anne Elliot, who at 27 is older than Austen's other heroines, but whose intelligence and vividness make her a classic Austen creation. Flo Gibson conveys Austen's ironic wit and the incomparable social acumen of her story of a woman who must take a careful look at the first mistakes of her young adulthood before she can move past them.

Publisher's Summary

Anne Elliott foolishly let true love slip through her fingers when she allowed herself to be persuaded that the man she adored was an unacceptable candidate for marriage. Now, after years of carrying a torch, Anne finds herself confronted by the dashing Wentworth, newly returned from years at sea. In this, her final novel, Jane Austen savagely skewers the rigid social sensibilities of the day with brilliant satire.

(P)1989 by Recorded Books, Inc.

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 03-19-14
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 03-19-14

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "A Nice Warm Bath, or Keeping Austen Weird"

    Baths bookends Austen's writing. Her first novel, Northanger Abbey takes place largely in Bath. Her last novel, Persuasion also spends a bunch of time in Bath. While I wasn't a huge fan of her first novel, I really appreciated Austen's last novel. It was tight, interesting, and possessed a focus that Northanger Abbey lacked. It also seemed to be one of the clearest presentations of Austen's big themes: her explorations of marriage, class, persuasion and responsibility. The ability for Austen to create such a clear narratives that are also seeped in irony, satire, and yes even mild bathos amazes me.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri C Wylie, TX United States 06-17-05
    Sheri C Wylie, TX United States 06-17-05 Member Since 2005
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    "A Difficult Listen"

    This story won't disappoint fans of Jane Austen's work, but in Format 3 the quality of playback was poor and difficult to listen to without some effort of concentration and frequent rewinding.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    W. S. Jasper, GA, USA 11-17-05
    W. S. Jasper, GA, USA 11-17-05
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    "Buy a different audio version"

    Flo Gibson has a gravelly voice that might be just the ticket for the aged woman-of-the-world of "Moll Flanders", but does not suit "Persuasion" at all. Recorded Books can usually be relied upon to match the right narrator to a book; this was a rare serious blunder. The novel is wonderful, just try a different version.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Wellesley, MA, USA 05-04-05
    Joanna Wellesley, MA, USA 05-04-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Very much enjoyed this Austen classic"

    I was unsure when I saw that the narrator was Flo Gibson. I have listened to other books that she read and had problems hearing them. This one is very well read and well recorded. For the most part, the sound quality is excellent.

    As for the book itself, I enjoyed it. It is shorter then some of her earlier books, and once you've read a few things by her you can pretty much guess the end early on. That really doesn't take away from the story. This one had likeable and hateable, interesting characters and a good plot line. The father was a great comic addition to the group.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 11-01-10
    Linda 11-01-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Terrible reader"

    I could not listen to this book the voice of the Flo Gibson was just gravelly and irritating. I will not buy another book with this reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bebe South Carolina 04-17-10
    bebe South Carolina 04-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "SO VERY GOOD"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amber LaVernia, TX, USA 11-02-09
    Amber LaVernia, TX, USA 11-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Story, Good Narrator, Bad Sound Quality"

    "Persuasion" will always be my all-time favorite Jane Austen novel. Normally, I also like Flo Gibson's narrating as well. Unfortunately, this version was terrible. The sound went in & out, got scratchy and off balance at times, to the point that I was constantly readjusting the volume. Ten minutes into the audiobook, I was convinced I should have bought a different copy. The audio was so bad, it really took away from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cassandra Gulf Breeze, FL, USA 10-31-09
    Cassandra Gulf Breeze, FL, USA 10-31-09
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    "Bad Audio"

    At first I thought there was something wrong with my speakers. This is a very difficult book to listen to-the sound is extremely muffled. In addition, the reader's voice is very irritating. I wish I had read the reviews before I bought it.

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    Tad Davis 03-22-08
    Tad Davis 03-22-08
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    "Audio a bit scratchy"

    Good reading, but the audio quality is a bit scratchy.

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    Cindy LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 05-10-07
    Cindy LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 05-10-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Wonderful"

    A wonderful story, great narration, would listen to it again and again.

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