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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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.
mature, classic, happily-ever-after
Anne Elliot's strength of character really shined through when the accident happened.
Stevenson has a gift for characterization and her voice is as smooth as butter!
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.
Not Persuaded by the story. She writes well. Her narrow world does not interest me.
I would recommend this to anybody who likes Jane Austin's other books. The narrator is very good.
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).
I suppose I enjoyed the victorian buffonery of Sir Walter. But all the characters are portrayed in a rather negative light.
Only to push myself to finish it.
I will give it a try again sometime.
I have listened to this book I don't know how many times. The performance just about brings me into the story.
Always a favorite author and story, this rendition,, augmented as it was by a tremendously talented reading, was pure delight which vied with all my day's responsibilities!
I loved it very much. It is one of my favorite Jane Austen books to hear.
Put them together for a highly enjoyable listen. As always, Austen's astute eye for human behavior and her understated humorous way of conveying it makes her one of the foremost writers in the English language. Stevenson is a marvelous narrator, pitch-perfect, skewering the snobbish and stuck-up characters and switching effortlessly between male and female voices, with no vocal awkwardness on the males. If you want to listen to Persuasion, this is is the version to choose.
Juliet Stevenson reads this well and I found it easy to listen to.
The novel itself is just what one would expect from Jane Austen and my own criticism is that it is too short!
"It was okay"
The narrator was not very good but otherwise the book is worth a listen, Don't expect the drama and comedy you find in Austen's best works, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility - this story is nothing like them.
"Jane Austen: Persuasion"
I did not enjoy Juliet Stevenson's reading as much as I expected. Her characterizations were good but the narrative sections were so muted and monotonous as to be almost boring and Jane Austen's witty shafts were often lost. Perhaps I should have tried the reading by Amanda Root who starred in the BBC film a while ago (and who incidentally looks so like Jane Austen herself!).
"Enough's enough....Captain Wentworth"
All six in six months - and I have to suggest that Jane Austen's best works were well behind by the time she put pen to paper on this one. Worth doing for the sake of completeness, but whether this would stand on it's own without that which went before it is very debatable.
Still, how many prop forwards have read all six Jane Austen's I wonder?
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