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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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    Abigail Virginia, US 02-23-15
    Abigail Virginia, US 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 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

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    "Wonderful."

    Beautifully read.

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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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    A. Jerinic SF,CA, USA 07-15-16
    A. Jerinic SF,CA, USA 07-15-16
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    "Juliet Stevenson is a perfect Austen narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    I've read all of Jane Austen works, and listened to several in audiobook format is well, with several different narrators. I have both this and Emma read by Juliet Stevenson and I believe that she is a natural for Austen. She captures the humor and the drama of Austen perfectly, and I never hear her performing a character and think "why on earth did she make them sound like that?!". She manages to give each character a unique voice without resorting to strange tactics.
    Also, her Mrs. Elton in the film version of Emma is magnificent.

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    M. Franks Oklahoma, USA 06-28-16
    M. Franks Oklahoma, USA 06-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book made better by a great narrator!"
    If you could sum up Persuasion in three words, what would they be?

    mature, classic, happily-ever-after


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Persuasion?

    Anne Elliot's strength of character really shined through when the accident happened.


    What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Stevenson has a gift for characterization and her voice is as smooth as butter!


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

    I loved this book because it wasn't a silly 19th century headstrong girl trying to make it in a man's world (like most of Austen's stories). Anne Elliot, the protagonist, was level-headed character who, though inwardly suffering the consequences of rejecting a marriage proposal in her youth, "took it like a man" and never resorted to whiney, manipulative, girlish tricks that have been seen in other Austen novels.


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    Amazon Customer South Beach, Or United States 03-31-16
    Amazon Customer South Beach, Or United States 03-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Just Not A Jane Austin Fan"

    Not Persuaded by the story. She writes well. Her narrow world does not interest me.

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    R. Abbott Albuquerque, NM USA 03-18-16
    R. Abbott Albuquerque, NM USA 03-18-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my thing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to anybody who likes Jane Austin's other books. The narrator is very good.


    What was most disappointing about Jane Austen’s story?

    I simply could not follow this text or keep my attention on it. It is like trying to follow the conversations my daughter is making up for her dolls as she plays with them. Nothing ever happens; it's all about each character's continually changing thoughts and feelings.I know it is ridiculous to knock a classic, and this book would be experienced completely differently by somebody with the mental hardware to process it - but not me. I like most classical authors, such as Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Melville. But this book is in a smaller category of ones that fly right past me, which also includes Middlemarch and Rememberance of Things Past (Proust).


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

    I suppose I enjoyed the victorian buffonery of Sir Walter. But all the characters are portrayed in a rather negative light.


    Did Persuasion inspire you to do anything?

    Only to push myself to finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    I will give it a try again sometime.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah FULLERTON, CA, United States 03-15-16
    Sarah FULLERTON, CA, United States 03-15-16 Member Since 2010
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    "An absolute favorite."

    I have listened to this book I don't know how many times. The performance just about brings me into the story.

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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. :-)

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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
  • 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.

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  • 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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