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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This is my favorite Austen novel. Its subtle wit and treatment of love, friendship, and avarice are timeless.
Anne's conversation with Captain Harville about constancy, which is overheard by Captain Wentworth and inspires his letter to Anne. Always a tear jerker.
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.
"fabric artist and quilter"
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!)
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
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!
Juliette Stevenson's performance of the final chapters reveals Persuasion to be the most romantic of all Austen's stories. Took my breath away. Wish I could contact this reader to tell her how much I appreciate sll her Austen narrations, as well as her performance as Mrs. Elton in Gwyneth Paltrow's Emma.
It has only taken me a lifetime to discover Ms. Austen and her pen, after trudging through dozens of horrid, time-consuming love stories that ALWAYS leave me wanting. How did I know that I should have been looking back to the 19th century for the satisfaction of REAL romance?
Outstanding reading of Austen's best, most subtle work. Although I have read it many times, I noticed new details as I listened.
Always a pleasure. Austen and Stevenson are a perfect pairing. Nuanced, rich. My favorite of the Austen canon.
Austen's maturity is on display in this novel by comparison with Pride & Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. The writing is spectacular. The story heartwarming.
Jane Austen's charm and sharp sense of society's failings and foibles are always a treat for mind and heart. And, I might add, 'ear', when a book is read as delightfully and sympathetically as Juliet Stevenson does here. Austen offers bold portrayals of character in their differing shades of moral and amatory beliefs and connections.
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!
"A Lady to Rely on"
Jane Austen, witty and clever, never fails.
Juliet Stevenson brings everything she reads to life.
A perfect combination.
One of my favourite Austen books. A subtle story line that immerses you in the period. Very well narrated. A must for Austen fans.
"Austen read brilliantly"
Could listen to this many times ,it's a complete joy. Highly recommend to all Austen fans
"Miss Austen triumphs again!"
I love this story almost as much as that of thr Misses Bennett and Dashwood. :-)
I have read most of Jane Austen's novels annually since my late teens in the normal hard copy format so I know the stories really well. I therefore now choose to hear them as they are like familiar friends and can soothe me after a hard day before sleep. The timbre of Juliet Stevenson's voice lends itself beautifully to these period novels and her characterisation really draws you into the story anew. This was, most definitely a five star listen.
"A classic beautifully interpretted"
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.
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.
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.
Loved it - excellent narrator with perfect character representation.
An excellent perfect audible treat!
"As fresh as the day it was written"
This book is a classic for a very good reason. It sparkles with wit and wonderful characters. It has lost none of its freshness and shows that while the clothes and manners may change, human nature is still the same. A true pleasure to listen to.
A first rate reading of an excellent novel; one of the six great works by Jane Austen
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