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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Great narrator, spirited protag, and achingly wonderful love story.
The narrator does a great job; I've in the past enjoyed her reading of Jane Eyre, so was delighted to find her here. This is such a beautiful story. I'd originally seen (and loved) the movie with Ciaran Hinds, and was pleased to find it followed the book very closely and was excellently cast. It's nice to find a romance where the main players aren't teenagers, and despite her age the lady, like Elizabeth Bennett, is in no real rush to marry: at least, not without love.
Perhaps the quietest and most heartfelt of Jane Austen's tales of the ways in which human nature operates, and is operated upon, when true love is concerned. Juliet Stevenson's performance is warm and properly nuanced. A wonderful listen.
I was eager to read this and am glad to check it off my list, but I am somewhat disappointed with Anne Elliot. She is clever, kind, and mature, but her story lacks, at many points, the intrigue and emotion that other Austen heroines evoke. Her silly family do not appreciate her, and she really never rises above them she just accepts their silliness and rudeness; it becomes tiresome. It is my understanding that Austen sadly passed before she got the chance to edit, revise, & title this work. Those attentions are sorely missed in the story, but still a good read.
Other than occasionally making Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth too desperate and eager in their interactions with each other (and particularly in the final letter), this is a very good adaptation of a great book
This book was wonderful to listen to! Juliet Stevenson did an outstanding job narrating the book. I loved the ending, of course Ann, Captain Wentworth & Mrs. smith. This is a delightful book. I hated to see the book end!
I felt that this story was missing something, that it needed more substance. It would have been more interesting had it delved deeper into the main character's personality and life history. Had a hard time getting into the story and has to re listen multiple times as my mind would wander.
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