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Persuasion Audiobook
Persuasion
Written by: 
Jane Austen
Narrated by: 
Juliet Stevenson
Persuasion Audiobook

Persuasion

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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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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 02-13-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 02-13-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Austen and Juliet Stevenson -- perfect match!"

    Juliet Stevenson is simply the best Austen reader out there. Pay more to get her narrations; they are very much worth the extra. I love Austen, and she's one classical author whose books get a whole new dimension in the audible format. As always, the narrator makes so much difference in the enjoyment of audible books. With Stevenson, you simply cannot go wrong. Persuasion may be the best of Austen's books, and this edition is priceless!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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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 6 people found this review helpful
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    Friday 07-31-15
    Friday 07-31-15 Member Since 2010
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    "My favorite Austen"

    On every re read or listen I always learn more about myself. Jane Austen has a way of examining human interaction that truly makes you want to be a better person.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer K. Jamieson CA 07-12-15 Member Since 2016

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    "One of my favorites!"

    I think Juliet Stevenson does a beautiful job narrating and I love this book and have listened to it many times

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-05-15
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    "great narration"

    Absolutely love this reading by Juliet Stevenson. The story of Persuasion is definitely worth reading and hearing. Juliet does a wonderful job of reading and giving each character their place in the story. highly recommend!

    1 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 2016

    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<

    3 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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Brown Aurora, CO United States 09-05-10
    Christina Brown Aurora, CO United States 09-05-10 Member Since 2014
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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 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 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifully Read"

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

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chana Goanna New Jersey 11-17-15
    Chana Goanna New Jersey 11-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Austen: genius. Stevenson: perfection."

    Put them together for a highly enjoyable listen. As always, Austen's astute eye for human behavior and her understated humorous way of conveying it makes her one of the foremost writers in the English language. Stevenson is a marvelous narrator, pitch-perfect, skewering the snobbish and stuck-up characters and switching effortlessly between male and female voices, with no vocal awkwardness on the males. If you want to listen to Persuasion, this is is the version to choose.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • F. Wynn
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    "A Lady to Rely on"

    Jane Austen, witty and clever, never fails.
    Juliet Stevenson brings everything she reads to life.
    A perfect combination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    6/23/15
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    "Beautifully narrated."

    One of my favourite Austen books. A subtle story line that immerses you in the period. Very well narrated. A must for Austen fans.

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  • MRS FRAN ROSS
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    "Austen read brilliantly"

    Could listen to this many times ,it's a complete joy. Highly recommend to all Austen fans

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  • Colleen Meaney
    7/9/16
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    "Beautiful!"

    This is one of my favourite Jane Austen books and Juliet Stevenson narrates this brilliantly. Having seen her play Mrs Elton in the movie adaptation of Emma I knew she would be perfect for this. I've downloaded the other Austen books that she narrates now too!

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  • Booklover
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    "Perfect"

    Jane Austen's most romantic story read by the most sensitive, expressive reader. Bliss. Just perfection.

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  • K. Williams
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    6/12/16
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    "A classic, beautifully read."

    One of my favourite stories, performed by one of my favourite actresses. What's not to love?

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  • Ms. E. Morgan
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    "Best reader for Jane Austen I have ever heard."

    Best reader for Jane Austen I have ever heard. She has the feel of the story and can do the voices superbly.

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  • LuLu
    2/29/16
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    "Wonderful Persuasion"

    A pleasure to listen to this lovely story which is beautifully read by Juliet Stevenson!

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  • Sarah J
    Kent.UK
    2/10/16
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    "Brilliantly read by Juliet Stevenson."

    Not my favourite Janet Austen story, although still a pleasant tale. Well read, which brought the good characters further alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    2/9/16
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    "Persuasion"

    This is one of my favourite Austen novels enhanced even more by the wonderful narration of Juliet Stevenson.

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