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 let this play during my bathtub before and after my son's birth. It took me a while to finish because I don't get as much quiet bath time as I once did, but after seeing and loving all the Jane Austen movies adapted from the books I decided it was high time I read (or listened to as it were) a few.
But still enjoyable! With the typical Austen sense and wit, the story unfolds with humanity and fun.
Beautifully read, with lively and well-interpreted characters.
I have listened to at least 2 other recordings of Persuasion, and Juliet Stevenson's performance is now my favorite. I will have to listen to her other Austen recordings.
This combination of talent is ideal for any Austen fan. While not Austen's best work, definitely worth the time. The heroine Anne may not be a favorite but she has her charms. And the Captain is also an easy hero to love.
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.
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