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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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    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 7 people found this review helpful
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    finally have time Hattiesburg, MS, United States 09-25-16
    finally have time Hattiesburg, MS, United States 09-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "tedious"

    I know this review will seem irreverent to many, but I'm writing it for readers who don't normally read this type of book. I've read a few classics, most recently Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, which I enjoyed, so I thought I'd try one of the Jane Austin books. It wasn't for me. The main male character appeared very few times and had little to say on those occasions when he did, whereas numerous minor characters appeared often and had much to say about things that seemed irrelevant to the story. I realize that it was authored at another time in history, when the style of writing was very different, but if a book was written in this manner, today, it would be considered wordy and pretentious. If you enjoy the following quote from Persuasion, you will probably enjoy the book.
    "How eloquent could Anne Elliiot have been? How eloquent, at least, were her wishes on the side of early warm attachment and a cheerful confidence in the futurity against that overanxious caution that seems to insult exertion and distrust providence."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 09-18-16
    Scott 09-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    Juliet Stevenson did an incredible job! I highly recommend it to the great Jane Austen lovers

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    D. Fyler 09-15-16
    D. Fyler 09-15-16 Member Since 2014

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    "One of Jame Austen's best"

    This book is a departure for Austen as the heroine is "past the bloom of youth" being 27. Trademark Austen wit and scathing social commentary is apparent in the book. But there is something that strikes me as autobiographical, a spinster looking back over a life not seen by others for what it could be or even for the good that it contains. But this book has a happy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce King 09-13-16
    Joyce King 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "very nice"

    relaxing nice story. I will listen to it again. I hope to get a few more Jane Austen books on audio.

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    Kimberly Aeck 09-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "OK"

    I so wanted to like it but it did not pull me in like Pride and Prejudice. I thought the reading was done very well. The characters were lacking.

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    Isabelle V 09-07-16
    Isabelle V 09-07-16
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and the narrator was absolutely delightful! She is very expressive. Any Jane Austen fan will likely love this audio version.

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    jodiod Bay area ca 09-03-16
    jodiod Bay area ca 09-03-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Perfection."

    Every reread is a pure joy. I smiled all the way through. Plus Juliet Stevenson narrated beautifully.

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    Emily 08-30-16
    Emily 08-30-16
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    "Wonderful reading of a great story"

    I've always loved Persuasion, and this narrator is really perfect! Highly recommend her. For an Austen novel things move along quite quickly, and with good narration the characters come alive even more than before.

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    Christine Downing 08-28-16
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    "Choice narration! Wonderful work, of course."

    Stevenson's movement from character to character is seamless. Fine match of narrator to story. We all know Austen so well that interpretations are scrutinized by comparison, often to several versions. Well done!

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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.

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  • 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. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • rosieallen
    ULCEBY
    2/7/15
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    "Persuaded"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carlotta R Nelson
    1/22/15
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    "Excellent!"

    This is a wonderful story which I have loved a long time. Juliet Stevenson's reading of it was perfect! I enjoyed this audiobook very much, and would highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gavin
    TETBURY, United Kingdom
    10/3/13
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    "Another great Jane Austen story"
    Where does Persuasion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It my favourite Jane Austen story I listen to it so often it like chocolate and a comfort blanket


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Ann Elliott


    Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favourite?

    Ann sister


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

    It my feel good story


    Any additional comments?

    It take Juliet Stevenson a bit of time to get into the swing of thing but ones she s up and running it lovely to listen to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    warrington, United Kingdom
    9/17/13
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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

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