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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A favorite of mine read beautifully as ever by Juliette Stevenson.
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."
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.
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.
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!
I thought it was excellent, I would have enjoyed more detail at the end in terms of Mr and Mrs being together.
"Great book, brilliantly read"
this is a favourite book of mine for many years, I was totally captivated by Juliet's reading.
"A classic well rendered"
Juliet Stevenson is a pleasure to listen to as always, the dialogs really come alive.
Quite the tour de force.
"Miss Austen triumphs again!"
I love this story almost as much as that of thr Misses Bennett and Dashwood. :-)
"my favourite Austen book"
Beautifully read, expressive and sympathetic approach, I tdont think anyone could do itbetter
Pride and Predjudice is nearly as good
Everything I have listened to by her has been very good
I just love this book
If you have never listened to Jane Austen try this one
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.
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.
"Another great Jane Austen story"
It my favourite Jane Austen story I listen to it so often it like chocolate and a comfort blanket
I love Ann Elliott
It my feel good story
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
"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.
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.
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