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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 10 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 01-17-16
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 01-17-16 Member Since 2014

    Avid listener on my daily commute!

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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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Abigail Virginia, US 02-23-15
    Abigail Virginia, US 02-23-15 Member Since 2016

    Abigail

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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 3 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 3 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 2016
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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mumra texas 04-29-08
    Mumra texas 04-29-08 Listener Since 2008

    target lover

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    "Wonderful."

    Beautifully read.

    2 of 3 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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Upper Arlington, OH, United States 12-26-10
    Alice Upper Arlington, OH, United States 12-26-10
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    "4 Star Story/5 Star Narrator/2 Star Audio Quality"

    I gave the story 4 stars because it is my least favorite of Jane Austen's novels, but the worst Jane Austen book is still better than most books. The narrator is perfect. My only problem is that once I downloaded it and put it in iTunes, the sound quality was not nearly as good as it is in the sample on this website. I had the same problem with Northanger Abbey, also read by Juliet Stevenson, but I did not have this problem with Pride and Prejudice or Emma, both read by different narrators, which I downloaded about a year ago. This makes me think that the problem is with the Juliet Stevenson Persuasion and Northanger Abbey files, and not with my own computer. Juliet Stevenson does an amazing job, though, so I still recomend this, but be forewarned that the audio quality may not be as good as it is in the sample.

    3 of 5 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 5 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 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Caroline
    Perth, Perthshire, United Kingdom
    1/25/09
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    "Juliet Stevenson excels again!"

    I had not previously read this Jane Austen, and I think it is one that is quite often forgotten. This is not however because it is one of her lesser works. This story follows a different formula to many of her other novels, and shows Austen's maturity in her writing style. It will never be as good as Pride and Prejudice, but definitley worth a listen.

    Juliet Stevenson once again is a fantastic narrator, making each character unique.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
    3/10/09
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    "Great book, great reader"

    Persuasion is not Pride & Prej, but it is wonderful in its own right. This version is read wonderfully, and very enjoyable. Persuasion is sublte and rather sad, a maturer woman's perspective on life and lost love. There are moments in this book that are unforgetable; 'that letter!' as a freind of mine always describes it. enjoy!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
    6/23/10
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    "Lovely, lovely, lovely!"

    Oh what a joy this has been - and now it's all over! Beautifully read, with fine characterisation, this is my favourite Austen by a long chalk. The BBC did a fine adaptation a few years back (not the truly awful ITV one of a year or so ago) which gave me powerful visuals while I listened - what more can you want? I bought this in one of Audible's sales for very little, and it's been an absolute bargain; it's probably even worth its full price!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bastet Pybus
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    10/9/09
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    "Wonderful"

    I am bemused by the reviewers that treat Persuasion as an inferior afterthought - it is so clearly full of insight and wisdom as well as wit. Juliet Stevenson is the best reader of Austen by far. This reading gave me great comfort through a difficult time. If I could give it 6 stars I would.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Wakefield, United Kingdom
    10/18/13
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    "Persuaded."

    I've never read any Austen before, but having lived in the UK now for 20 years I've kinda soaked up the period drama thang by osmosis and was pretty sure of what to expect - or so I thought ... While the plot was fairly straight forward, when it came to the characters Ms. Austen didn't shy away from baring her teeth and taking a merry bite at the crass and petty snobs that filled her society. I thoroughly enjoyed the way she took the p**s out of the families and their obsession with class and correctness, and exposed their hypocrisy - especially regarding the ethics of wealth and family honour: she did it with a keen eye and a wonderfully subtle wit. (I listened to the audiobook narrated by Juliet Stevenson, and her voicings really did help to grasp the characters' natures.) Thoroughly, and surprisingly, enjoyed!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne
    New Quay, United Kingdom
    9/3/09
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    "Not so gentle satire"

    This book has some of Jane Austen's best writing - she invents the trick of the authorial voice stepping into the character's thoughts here for the first time in the novel. Outside that the authorial voice is quite biting, in the main character she gives an accurate portrait of depression, and some of the subordinate characters are truly appalling. Which may be why some people don't like it as much as her other books: it's hard to maintain the "sweetness and light" illusion that some have of Jane Austen. I like it best of all her books, and, as usual, Juliet Stevenson is a splendid narrator (though Anna Massey, if only we could have her, brings an icy bite to her reading which is entirely appropriate to this book).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    CambridgeUnited Kingdom
    6/16/09
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    "Persuaded by Persuasion"

    The characters have been beautifully captured by Juliet Stevenson - the voices of selfish Mary, vain Sir Walter, downtrodden but spirited Anne and handsome Captain Wentworth - are all perfect, in what is probably my favourite Austen novel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
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    "Excellently read."

    Very mindfully written and representative for the time.

    The narrator makes it! Hearing the voices of Mary and Anne keep it easy to listen to and know who is speaking.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
    9/27/14
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    "Such a beautiful book"

    This is the older Jane Austen speaking, and it shows. Maturity and depth of feeling. A beautiful book, and beautifully narrated, 10/10 as always for Ms Stevenson

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. C. E. Davies
    Cheshire UK
    1/17/14
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    "Persuasion Or Patience is Rewarded"

    Perhaps not one of Jane Austen's most popular novels probably because Anne Elliot is no Elizabeth or Emma. The plot isn't without flaws either - bit meandering and occasionally unbelievable.
    But it's perfectly narrated and there's the massive aaahh factor at the end, which makes up for any of those stumblings.
    A really worthwhile read for anyone who loves Jane Austen and a neat, happy ending!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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