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Persuasion | [Jane Austen]

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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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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    Joki Helsinki 11-14-13
    Joki Helsinki 11-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Decent Narration of an Austen Classic"

    The gentle nature of Persuasion is one of my favorite of Austen's works. I found the narrator to be mature but also a bit boring, lacking the vocal range to do all the different voices in a convincing manner. It very much felt like this was being read to me rather than being performed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisbeth Plant BC, Canada 08-24-13
    Lisbeth Plant BC, Canada 08-24-13
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    "Good story, not such a good narrator."
    Where does Persuasion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Persuasion?

    Capt Harville's and Anne's discussion about the fickleness of women.


    Did Juliet Stevenson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, she differentiates the characters, but her reading style is not suitable to the story. Ms Stevenson's voice would be good for reading a time table, but both her voice and her intonation are too harsh for long-term listening. Also, Jane Austen's writing style includes long sentences, and Juliet Stevenson's style is making it hard work to listen to them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too long.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't go out of my way for books narrated by Julia Stevenson.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    H. Gladman Australia 05-08-13
    H. Gladman Australia 05-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Perfect"

    This is my favourite Jane Austen and Juliet Stevenson brings so much to it. I return to it again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 05-02-13
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This is a great story on a time gone by"

    I've been reading all the classics and Audible makes this very easy to do with unabridged editions of each. Along with Amazon syncing between the eBook and audio book. Which enables me to read the book when I can listen to it. This is my fourth Jane Austin book in a row. The others were either read or read/listened to. I see a lot of similarities between the events in this book to how some people live their lives today. I had a friend actually convinced the same way Ann was to not marry someone. This supports the theory that everything happens in cycles. Unlike some of authors book this time the 'beautiful' woman or main character doesn't marry the ugliest man described in the book. I won't spoil it for you. I will say that the narrator was perfect for this story. I have four more books of Jane's to go before I've gotten through them all. I find it enjoyable learning about how people saw that era of time and how some people want to go back to it. It's too bad that the author is no longer with us because she could teach a lot to the screen writers in Hollywood and a lot of the new authors righting books. These new writers don't know how to balance a book properly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen Geneva, NY, United States 07-14-12
    Kristen Geneva, NY, United States 07-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "My favorite Austen"

    As I noted in the title, Persuasion is my favorite Austen novel. Anne Elliott is a believable, normal character whose concerns and frustrations don't seem dated in the least, even when they are shaped by outdated (I hope) notions of what it means to be a woman.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. 06-07-12
    K. 06-07-12
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    "Beautiful reading"
    What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

    Juliet Stevenson has a beautiful voice, and her nuanced reading enhanced my experience of the book. This is a favorite book and I usually reread it every year. I enjoyed this version so much that immediately after finishing I listened to it a second time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 02-21-12
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    "Juliet Stevenson is the best Jane Austen narrator!"

    Look no further than Juliet Stevenson. If you already like Jane Austen, you will enjoy her even more, and if you're not sure about Jane Austen, Juliet Stevenson will make you a fan. Her delivery is subtle, never over-acted, and she really gets Jane's dry humor and irony. Wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya United States 02-13-12
    Tanya United States 02-13-12
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    "Persuasion is a classic and a jewel! Well read!"
    What made the experience of listening to Persuasion the most enjoyable?

    Juliet Stevenson has a pleasant voice and brings the characters to life in such an amazing manner, she is a true pleasure to listen to!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it in bits and pieces here and there as I had time, but often found myself excited to hear more as soon as I could!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linsul 02-12-12
    Linsul 02-12-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Juliet converted me"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. The story is very sweet and Juliet narrates it perfectly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jane turns an ordinary romance into intriguing character studies.


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

    I really can't choose a favourite character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, given the time, I could have listened to this book in one sitting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michel Walsh 02-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "All Jane Austen couldn't be better."
    Would you listen to Persuasion again? Why?

    Yes. I love the story and the reader


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anne. She's strong, ethical and very kind.


    Any additional comments?

    Juliet Stevenson is a rare talent.

    1 of 1 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!

    7 of 7 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!

    3 of 3 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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bastet Pybus
    England
    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.

    3 of 3 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).

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 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

    1 of 1 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!

    1 of 1 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
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