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.
© and (P)2007 Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.
Wow, this book flew by. Juliet Stevenson's perfect reading only made this favorite Jane Austen of mine BETTER - ?! This book has one of the happiest endings ever. I just love it.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I have seen several film versions of this story and have also read it myself, but this audio version has been my absolute favourite. The narrator was fantastic and I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed it this time!
How could a Jane Austen gem be made even more enjoyable? Answer: by the excellent narration of the very talented Juliet Stevenson.
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.
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.
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.
Popular reviewer of more than 400 historical romance titles on Goodreads. Georgian/Regency/Victorian/Edwardian.
Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen title, and over the years I've read it more times than I can remember. The audio version is excellent. Juliet Stevenson is an accomplished actress with the skill to credibly perform all of the various characters. Austen's sometimes complicated sentences roll off her tongue with ease.Highly recommended.
Report Inappropriate Content