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Persuasion Audiobook

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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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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    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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    Neil Chisholm Buninyong, Australia 10-12-12
    Neil Chisholm Buninyong, Australia 10-12-12

    "fabric artist and quilter"

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    "A complete delight"

    I didn't know Persuasion - I knew that it was her last novel, published after her death and named Persuasion by her brother but other than that it was a blank. I guessed that as it was a short novel and her last it might not be quite as good or polished as P&P, S&S or Mansfield Park and certainly not being as famous as her other novels suggested that.

    HOW WRONG CAN YOU BE! This is now my favourite Jane Austen, its charming, its gentle, its witty and as observational as any of the other novels. Its understory is constancy, doing things as etiquette dictated or for other people and how persuasive actions by others can alter your own personal history and not always for the best. It really is a complete delight.

    Juliet Stevenson is also a complete delight - she brings Jane Austen alive and is perfect as the narrator - don't even think of listening to Austen read by anyone else!

    Absolutely loved it and is totally recommended to all classic lovers - 7 stars! (what do you mean I can't give it 7 stars - it deserves them!)

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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 8 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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP sacramento, CA United States 01-17-16
    Gretchen SLP sacramento, CA United States 01-17-16 Member Since 2014

    SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!

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    "'A Something Between Delight and Misery'"

    This was Austen's finest novel, written when she likely knew she was dying (almost certainly of Addison's disease, now treatable, which makes her untimely death at 41, when she had produced only six books, all the more tragic). The effect of this knowledge on her writing, however, was nothing short of transcendent. Razor-sharp, lean (there's not a phrase, not a sentence anywhere that could be cut) and bitter, biting yet gorgeously wrought prose plus a heartrending (and, not to give too much away, ultimately elating) story combine to make this a book you'll return to year after year.

    I own every available audio version of Persuasion (which easily ranks at the top of my Top Ten list of favorite books), but this is the only one I've bothered to write a review of, because it is far and away the best. Juliet Stevenson is not only the perfect narrator for the material, she's also one of the ONLY audiobook narrators I've ever heard who somehow gives voices appropriate to each character while simultaneously avoiding the tendency to try to act out, as it were, a kind of one-woman play. She simply reads the book to you with perfect tone and inflection and pacing and intonation at all times, as only she and a handful of other talents (think Meryl Streep and Alan Rickman) seem able to do. I caught only one error in the entire recording, and it occurs twice or thrice: She pronounces the word wont (as in, she was wont to complain whenever it rained) as "won't." But this mistake is as a tiny gnat flying in front of the most gorgeous canvas ever painted.

    I'd give this recording six stars if I could. Highly, highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Wiebe Portland, OR 02-23-15
    A. Wiebe Portland, OR 02-23-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Excellent reading of my favorite Jane Austen"

    Juliet Stevenson gives a truly wonderful reading of this book. I have a hard time with narrators, and I've never found an Austen audiobook I could enjoy before. However, this reading shines. She does the characters well, gives vivacity and emotion to key moments without over stretching, and the cadence and skill of her reading makes the text easily and gracefully accessible. Austen's text shines.

    The book itself of course...what is there to say? This is my favorite Austen novel. The story centers around older characters than her other novels, and the tenor of the book in general is more mature. Anne Elliot is also my favorite heroine (although Fanny is a close second, as is Elinor Dashwood). She is exceptionally smart and "tenderness itself." The honesty with which Austen reads and portrays her characters is absolutely brilliant (the gloves are off a bit more in this one than her earlier books).

    This one — book and reading — is not to be missed and well worth the investment. I will come back to it again and again.

    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 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<

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah Ames, IA 03-23-13
    Hannah Ames, IA 03-23-13 Member Since 2014
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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 Member Since 2015
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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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    Mumra texas 04-29-08
    Mumra texas 04-29-08 Listener Since 2008

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    "Wonderful."

    Beautifully read.

    2 of 2 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
    5/30/15
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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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  • Sarah J
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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.

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  • Mrs B Ellis
    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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  • rebecca van der merwe
    10/9/15
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    "excellent"

    I thought it was excellent, I would have enjoyed more detail at the end in terms of Mr and Mrs being together.

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  • Amazon Customer
    Lincolnshire
    7/29/15
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    "Great book, brilliantly read"

    this is a favourite book of mine for many years, I was totally captivated by Juliet's reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    6/16/15
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    "A classic well rendered"

    Juliet Stevenson is a pleasure to listen to as always, the dialogs really come alive.
    Quite the tour de force.

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  • Sally
    3/26/15
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    "Miss Austen triumphs again!"

    I love this story almost as much as that of thr Misses Bennett and Dashwood. :-)

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  • forester
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    2/22/15
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    "my favourite Austen book"
    What made the experience of listening to Persuasion the most enjoyable?

    Beautifully read, expressive and sympathetic approach, I tdont think anyone could do itbetter


    What other book might you compare Persuasion to, and why?

    Pride and Predjudice is nearly as good


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Everything I have listened to by her has been very good


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I just love this book


    Any additional comments?

    If you have never listened to Jane Austen try this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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