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Persuasion | [Jane Austen]

Persuasion

Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.
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Publisher's Summary

Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

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    Jill Brisbane, Australia 10-24-10
    Jill Brisbane, Australia 10-24-10
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    "loved it"

    This is the recording that sold me on audiobooks in general. Juliette Stevenson's narration is superb, and Austen's witty, ironic style make her works perfect candidates for being read aloud. Highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl A Georgetown, TX, US Minor Outlying Islands 03-29-09
    Sheryl A Georgetown, TX, US Minor Outlying Islands 03-29-09
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    "Beautifully Read"

    A favorite of mine read beautifully as ever by Juliette Stevenson.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 11-06-13
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "A visit with dear friends"

    I see from other reviews that I am among many for whom Persuasion is the favorite of Miss Austen's books. Anne Elliot is my favorite of all her heroines, always evoking my sympathy for her dignity and composure through the trials of her life. Threaded through the story is the theme of not getting what you want the first time around and, for some, a second chance for the golden ring. Whether all these characters get their prize, or even deserve it, is revealed as only Austen can do.

    Overall I thought Juliet Stevenson read well, especially conveying Anne's calm exterior and the haughtiness of her father and sister Elizabeth. But at times she overdramatised - making sister Mary sound a bit like Miss Piggy, and at the end, as Mr. Wentworth pours out his heart he sounds more like a distraught female than the hero. Had to downgrade the performance score a bit for those periodic missteps. Still, revisiting this old favorite is as comfortable as a warm cup of tea.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Aurora, CO, United States 09-05-10
    Christina Aurora, CO, United States 09-05-10 Member Since 2004
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    "All Around a Great Purchase"

    I first saw a movie version of Persuasion over 15 years ago and ever other year I rewatch it. I as hesitant to get an audiobook version fearing the story would be too familiar and I'd grow bored. I'm glad that I took the chance. The narrator is a very talented actress and made the story come alive. The book, as often happens, had details left out of the film that helped fill out secondary characters. I couldn't stop listening.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah Ames, IA 03-23-13
    Hannah Ames, IA 03-23-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Terrific book - terrible reader"
    What made the experience of listening to Persuasion the most enjoyable?

    This is my favorite Austen novel. Its subtle wit and treatment of love, friendship, and avarice are timeless.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Persuasion?

    Anne's conversation with Captain Harville about constancy, which is overheard by Captain Wentworth and inspires his letter to Anne. Always a tear jerker.


    What didn’t you like about Juliet Stevenson’s performance?

    The reader is way, way too dramatic. Jane Austen's style is elegantly simple and straightforward, and the book deserves to be read without the annoying embellishment Juliet Stevenson gives it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paulette Chicago, IL, United States 02-19-09
    Paulette Chicago, IL, United States 02-19-09
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    "The narrator"

    The narrator of this lovely, deeply enriching Jane Austen classic is truly talented. She brings a special insight to the characters of a book that is already special to many generations of countelss readers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Youngna Bellaire, TX, USA 04-29-08
    Youngna Bellaire, TX, USA 04-29-08
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    "Wonderful."

    Beautifully read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 02-24-14
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2013

    SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!

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    "Ahh! Music to My Ears!"

    Now THIS is more like it!
    After trying the utterly brilliant Michael Page's version, and being utterly horrified by it, I tried this version of Jane Austen's wonderful "Persuasion." I am SO not disappointed! "Persuasion" is my favorite book of hers, so having it savaged by Mr. Page (whom I genuinely am fond of but who can't deliver a woman's voice to save his life) was distressing.
    Juliet Stevenson does an admirable job here, brings the characters to life, keeps them separate so that even without dialogue tags each is distinct, and the language flows beautifully.
    Anne Elliot, ever shoved to the side and never appreciated, is the heroine, and in my opinion, she's the best, most fully fleshed out character Austen ever wrote. Steady, dependable, she has a heart that never forgets: one that's never flighty, never considers another way of loving. Suddenly finding herself in the company of the man she was persuaded to give up long ago, she also finds herself in the full bloom of her beauty (at the ripe old age of seven and twenty… Really, I'm at seven and forty, and I swear I missed the full bloom…).
    Will he ever forgive her? Will she ever forgive herself? Will she find love with someone else? Is that even possible for a heart such as hers?
    Or will he go on to someone else, someone less easily persuadable? I LOVE this book, have read it many times and am looking forward to listening to it again, and again.
    And again
    >sigh<

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joki Helsinki 11-14-13
    Joki Helsinki 11-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Decent Narration of an Austen Classic"

    The gentle nature of Persuasion is one of my favorite of Austen's works. I found the narrator to be mature but also a bit boring, lacking the vocal range to do all the different voices in a convincing manner. It very much felt like this was being read to me rather than being performed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisbeth Plant BC, Canada 08-24-13
    Lisbeth Plant BC, Canada 08-24-13
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    "Good story, not such a good narrator."
    Where does Persuasion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Persuasion?

    Capt Harville's and Anne's discussion about the fickleness of women.


    Did Juliet Stevenson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, she differentiates the characters, but her reading style is not suitable to the story. Ms Stevenson's voice would be good for reading a time table, but both her voice and her intonation are too harsh for long-term listening. Also, Jane Austen's writing style includes long sentences, and Juliet Stevenson's style is making it hard work to listen to them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too long.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't go out of my way for books narrated by Julia Stevenson.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "A classic beautifully interpretted"
    Where does Persuasion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favourite audio books so far - partly because Persuasion is one of my favourite novels of all time, but also because Juliet Stevenson reads it so beautifully.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Stevenson's rendition of Mary complaining about her 'bad luck' was so good that I almost felt sorry for her, in a way I've never done whilst reading the novel. And Anne, the heroine, never seems insipid, which is always the danger when you're a character who is always overlooked by your family, no matter how rude and foolish they are.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I started this book last Friday evening and resented having to turn it off to sleep. My family gave up trying to talk to me on Saturday until it was finished! I've since listened to it again less than a week later.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Audrey
    Lower Hutt, New Zealand
    8/26/13
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    "New insights"
    What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    There are 3 copies of Persuasion on my book shelf and I have read this book numerous times. I absolutely loved hearing the story read to me. What a joy to hear it read to me and rest my eyes. Juliet Stevenson's reading gave me new insights and subtle understandings that I had missed in earlier readings. She has an amazing ability to sound just like I imagine the characters in the book would sound. Juliet Stevenson is THE voice of Jane Austen for me now and I am listening to her reading Jane Austen's other novels.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Brentwood, United Kingdom
    11/11/10
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    "Excellent Austen."

    Juliet Stevenson reads this well and I found it easy to listen to.

    The novel itself is just what one would expect from Jane Austen and my own criticism is that it is too short!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    Watford, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "It was okay"

    The narrator was not very good but otherwise the book is worth a listen, Don't expect the drama and comedy you find in Austen's best works, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility - this story is nothing like them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maureen
    Sevenoaks, Kent, United Kingdom
    10/31/10
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    "Jane Austen: Persuasion"

    I did not enjoy Juliet Stevenson's reading as much as I expected. Her characterizations were good but the narrative sections were so muted and monotonous as to be almost boring and Jane Austen's witty shafts were often lost. Perhaps I should have tried the reading by Amanda Root who starred in the BBC film a while ago (and who incidentally looks so like Jane Austen herself!).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Rowlands Gill,, United Kingdom
    6/28/08
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    "Enough's enough....Captain Wentworth"

    All six in six months - and I have to suggest that Jane Austen's best works were well behind by the time she put pen to paper on this one. Worth doing for the sake of completeness, but whether this would stand on it's own without that which went before it is very debatable.
    Still, how many prop forwards have read all six Jane Austen's I wonder?

    1 of 19 people found this review helpful
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