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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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    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.

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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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    Allyson 02-19-16
    Allyson 02-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Talented reader!"

    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!

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    Rosa 02-18-16
    Rosa 02-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "i loved it very much. will hear it again for sure."

    I loved it very much. It is one of my favorite Jane Austen books to hear.

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    D Blaise Miami, FL 01-28-16
    D Blaise Miami, FL 01-28-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Amazing Narrator"

    Juliet Stevenson did a great job in narrating this book!! Thoroughly enjoyed it listening to a favorite novel.

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    Merechai 12-22-15
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    "Wonderful Narrator"

    Juliet Stevenson adds so much to Persuasion! She does a wonderful performance of all the characters. It really makes the story much more enjoyable.

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    Chana Goanna New Jersey 11-17-15
    Chana Goanna New Jersey 11-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Austen: genius. Stevenson: perfection."

    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.

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    Brentwood, United Kingdom
    11/11/10
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    "Excellent Austen."

    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!

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  • Sam
    Watford, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "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.

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  • Maureen
    Sevenoaks, Kent, United Kingdom
    10/31/10
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    "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!).

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  • Stephen
    Rowlands Gill,, United Kingdom
    6/28/08
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    "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?

    1 of 19 people found this review helpful

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