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 am a long-time fan of Jane Austen's Persuasion. I have listened to some other performer's readings and was not impressed. Juliet Stevenson is by far my favorite audio book performer. She has an incredibly pleasant voice that is rich and full of character. The listener forgets that there is only one person reading for all the characters in the story. Stevenson's performance is neither too big or too flat, but absolute perfection.
If you are a Jane Austen fan, you will love this recording. The performance is subtle, lively, and fully imbued with all of Austen's intelligence and wit. The characters come alive, and the plot is carried along with the narrator's keen attention to Austen's meaning. Wonderful fun.
I heard the great British actress, Juliet Stevenson, and others, dramatize Persuasion on BBC radio this summer and was so impressed, it lead me to search for its availability on Audible. If Jane Austen had a voice, it would sound like Juliet Stevenson. I’m working my way through Ms. Stevenson’s other Jane Austen narrations and she does not disappoint. She beautifully captures the wit, insight, and tenderness of Jane Austen’s story of deferred romance.
It was an excellent story. As a Jane Austen novice, I cared about the characters, and was happy to see how the story progressed.
It was "tamer" than I expected, even for a Jane Austen novel, in that no circumstances were too dire, and no characters were too awful--but that was perfect for what I was looking for.
Stevenson's performance was excellent, handling male and female characters of all ages convincingly.
Though it is excellent, I wouldn't say the audio is better than the printed book. Convenience is certainly a plus and, perhaps for someone not acquainted with Jane Austen, the narration may help understand the tone of the writing--that there is a great deal of comedy in it. I loved the book as well as the audio, so it's not really a contest for me.
Pride and Prejudice is very similar to Persuasion, which isn't surprising as they were written by the same author. Beyond that, each of the stories revolves around an intelligent woman who finds herself separated from the man she loves by unfortunate circumstances and misunderstanding. These women are surrounded by foolish snobs, but manage to hang on to their sanity through the acquaintance of a handful of sensible friends and relatives. Both books have happy endings where the lovers are finally able to express themselves and become the happiest people alive.
By using a unique accent for each person, she conveys snobbery, intelligence, silliness, humility, and any other trait that the characters might possess. She does equally well with the voices of men and women, and I never tired of her narration. Her excellent grasp on the threads of satire that run through the story, makes her performance all the more enjoyable.
I wouldn't make a film of this book.
I thought it was interesting how sailors and industrious individuals were able to make their fortunes and move into the neighborhoods of those who were supposed to be their betters. It was also interesting to see some of the "betters" losing their fortunes by over-extending themselves and getting into debt.
Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!
At the head of the Elliot family is the baronet Sir Walter, a widower and a vain man who lives beyond his means and makes up his mind about people solely based on their appearance and station in life. His eldest and his youngest daughters take after him, to great comical effect, but Anne Elliot, his middle daughter, is quite different. She's a great reader of poetry and has never forgotten her first romantic attachment to Captain Frederick Wentworth, a romance which took place eight years before the story begins. But like all well bred young ladies of her day, she let herself be persuaded by a close friend of the family, Lady Russell, to break off the engagement because of Wentworth's apparent lack of fortune and prospects. But Wentworth is back, now having acquired great wealth and looking for a wife, and anyone will do, as long as she is fond of the navy. Anyone that is, but Anne.
This, the last novel Austen wrote as she was dying, is a story imbued with a sense of loss, missed opportunities and regret, but of course in the end, love must conquer all and hope wins the day.
This audio version by the ever-perfect Juliet Stevenson was quite a treat.
Her diction and delivery are wonderful. She helped me understand some of the passages I would have skimmed over if I had been reading the written word.
Several movies have been made.
I am a book junkie. Read to me.
This is one of my favorite Austen novels and I loved the BBC Radio 4 version with Juliet Stevenson in the role of Anne Elliot. She seems to understand the heroine's inner conflicts better than anyone else. Stevenson brings all of her sensitivity and training as an actress to this reading. Simply beautifully done.
In every Austen novel, there are the silly characters whom Austen meant to be comical, but whose persistent idiocy irritate me to the point where I just skip over their parts. They are almost always women, the worst being Mrs. Bennet in Pride & Prejudice, although Miss Bates in Emma and Mrs. Jennings in Sense & Sensibility are similar, if lesser, annoyances. But in Persuasion, the silly character happens to be a man, Anne's father Mr. Elliot, and I find that, far from irritating, Mr. Elliot is one of the funniest and most ridiculous characters in Austen's fiction. Stevenson seems to appreciate him, too, for she reads his part with relish, infusing him with all the pompous self-importance Austen intended. I found myself stopping the performance and replaying those parts two and three times. Great laughs.
Persuasion is my favourite Austen and not only does this version do it justice, it was even better than I remembered.
I am quite partial to the scenes where Anne is so very aware of Captain Wentworth's presence, even when they interact very little. We have all been there and to my mind this kind of longing and depth of feeling can be somewhat lacking in Jane Austen's other books.
Hard to choose. I have read the book many times. I found this audio version wonderfulI and I will be listening to it again in the near future.
Anne reading Captain Wentworth's letter and her reaction.
She is one of the best. She reads with passion and the voices for each character are just great.
No need for one for this book.
Quality like the one in this audiobook has made me addicted already.
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