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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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    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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    Susan South Hero, VT, United States 01-30-12
    Susan South Hero, VT, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Delightful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, all of Jane Austen's novels are great.


    What other book might you compare Persuasion to and why?

    In both Peruasion and Pride and Prejudice the smart, classy and sometimes overlooked girl gets the guy.


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

    Stevenson brings the language and period to life.


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

    Not necessarily. It is not a cliff hanger.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Plymouth, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-23-12
    Anna Plymouth, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Brings Jane Austin to life"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Persuasion to be better than the print version?

    I've always wanted to read Jane Austin's works but I always found it difficult to into the rhythm of her writing. Listening to it read swept me away into the century and I got lost in the story without stumbling on the style.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Seattle, WA, United States 01-23-12
    David Seattle, WA, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent narrator, fine production values"

    Juliet Stevenson does an excellent job reading this delicately nuanced novel. When the time comes to purchase other Austen audio novels I don't yet have, I'll simply choose Stevenson's performance, whoever else may be available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cicely BRENTWOOD, MD, United States 01-20-12
    Cicely BRENTWOOD, MD, United States 01-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this book, I'm persuaded"
    If you could sum up Persuasion in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, too short and good


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Captain Wentworth is my favorite Character because he is strong and loving and you cannot help but feel for him.


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

    No I did not but it I listened to it within a week.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia United States 01-17-12
    Virginia United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Always Jane Austin"

    Another excellent novel by Jane Austin .. take a break from ordinary life and things "and books" and fly with jane austin in one of her love stories ...
    having said that this book gives valuable inoformation about history and the "class" mentality ... a glipmse into the huma codition

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 01-10-12
    Rachel 01-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Delicious performance"

    I love to inhabit Jane Austen's world, particularly during electoral season silliness in the U.S. I thought Juliet Stevenson's performance enhanced the satire and the romance of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline PAOLI, PA, United States 01-03-12
    Jacqueline PAOLI, PA, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A treat for the ears and mind."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Persuasion to be better than the print version?

    Two different species, no comparison necessary. I often enjoy listening and reading the same book. You get different but equal enjoyment from both formats.


    What other book might you compare Persuasion to and why?

    All of Jane Austen's books are wonderful, but Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice are the best in my opinion. It's the language for me. The slow and careful pacing of the story and the descriptive phrases she uses all combine to make her novels enduring works of literature. As I stated in my title....A treat for the ears and mind.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not as yet listened to other of her audio performances but have enjoy her work as an actor,


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carly Pittsburgh, PA, United States 12-04-11
    Carly Pittsburgh, PA, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Another classic perfectly narrated!"

    Juliet Stevenson might be my favorite audiobook narrator - she does such a fantastic job, giving each character a distinctive and appropriate voice.

    The book itself, though maybe not as popular as Pride & Prejudice or Sense & Sensibility, has a very nicely designed plot and offers just as much enjoyment for the Jane Austen lover.

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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 4 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
    4/13/15
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    "Excellently read."

    Very mindfully written and representative for the time.

    The narrator makes it! Hearing the voices of Mary and Anne keep it easy to listen to and know who is speaking.

    1 of 1 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
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