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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Captain Wentworth of course!
Any other book by Jane Austen, she can't be compared to any other author.
The use of voice and tone helps keep the characters separate and the story in order. When reading Austin it is easy to become confused as so many characters share the same last name.
No, that would be too much, this kind of book is best enjoyed at varied intervals.
This is a lovely story, one of my favorites, and true Austen. It is beautifully narrated by a well chosen actress.
Shameless book addict whose life was made immeasurably happier when I discovered audiobooks made housework tolerable and long drives a joy.
At the age of nineteen, Anne fell in love with the handsome and dashing Captain Wentworth. She was young, beautiful, and aristocratic. He had no money, no position, and no family of consequence. After she is persuaded to reject his proposal, their fortunes change. Eight years later Captain Wentworth returns, as handsome and charming as ever, with a great fortune earned from a glorious military career. Anne, now considered a spinster, must watch as every marriageable woman competes for Captain Wentworth's attention and affection.
I love this book for so many reasons, but I'll restrict myself to two. Jane Austen, with her quick wit and keen observations, depicts with excruciating detail "the death of a thousand cuts." The supporting characters, whether well-meaning or completely self-absorbed, can't seem to act or speak without inflicting pain and mortification on our heroine. It seems like Anne cannot walk across a room without being insulted, overlooked, or injured in a dozen petty ways. But don't get the idea that Anne is one of those over-sensitive, weepy, self-pitying types. Quite the reverse! Her intelligence, fortitude, grace, considerateness, practicality, and exceptional character make the commonplace follies of everyone else seem all the more ridiculous.
Another reason I love this book is that by today's standards it is so delicate and subtle, and it's main characters have integrity. If you are like me, and can't abide the lurid, self-aggrandizing behavior that passes as entertainment these days, then this book will be food for your soul.
I have recently been on an Austen kick. I never read her in High school like so many and I regret it. Some I have found difficult, others I have loved. Persuasion, falls right in the middle. At point of it I found it engrossing, at other points I just wished it would hurry up and end. I found the narration excellent, Juliet Stevenson is one of my favorite Austen narrators. It was more the story that went up and down. If you love Austen I would recommend it, if you are starting with Austen, it is not the one I would recommend but maybe at 3rd or 4th in line with some of her others.
I am new to Jane Austen books, and have only listened to them (not read the actual books). I have to say, I'm hooked, and Persuasion is a top favorite already. Juliet Stevenson is such a wonderful narrator, that I'm nervous about trying any other books without her!
Jane Austen's command of the English language, as well as her wit and insight, is of course the reason she is regarded as one of the most important British authors ever. I've generally avoided her in the past, not thinking the subject interested me, but I'm won over by her brilliant characterizations and completely intrigued by this snapshot of British noble lifestyle and social protocols of that era.
The production of the recording is top notch, and Juliet Stevenson is wonderful in her performance and vocals.
Yes. This is such a fabulous work, and Juliet Stevenson does a great job with it. I could listen to it again and again.
It is much like other Austen novels, as she does have a distinct style and point-of-view. And I think that Stevenson does it great justice. I would compare it with Pride and Prejudice, as well as Sense and Sensibility.
Her voice is wonderful for storytelling. She really distinguishes between the characters without being too dramatic. In fact, I think she interprets the characters fantastically. I especially love her interpretation of Anne... so calm, intelligent, and expressive.
A young woman's journey to find her own happiness
If you like Jane Austin, you will certainly appreciate this audible selection. Performance couldn't be better, and the story is both humorous and beautifully constructed.
Even having been exposed to Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, I was surprised (despite having seen film version) by how funny Persuasion was. Jane Austen was hilariously scathing in her appraisal of the pathetically shallow characters and Juliet Stevenson did a fantastic job conveying everything.
I haven't been a great Jane Austin fan but wanted to read one of her lesser known works. Predictable yet entertaining. It is fun to get a DVD presentation of the work and watch it to see how the directors and screen writers edited the story and chose the actors.
The old English protocols for social interaction are a little archaic and drag a big but all in all enjoyed listening to the story.
A nice story of true love.
"Juliet Stevenson excels again!"
I had not previously read this Jane Austen, and I think it is one that is quite often forgotten. This is not however because it is one of her lesser works. This story follows a different formula to many of her other novels, and shows Austen's maturity in her writing style. It will never be as good as Pride and Prejudice, but definitley worth a listen.
Juliet Stevenson once again is a fantastic narrator, making each character unique.
"Great book, great reader"
Persuasion is not Pride & Prej, but it is wonderful in its own right. This version is read wonderfully, and very enjoyable. Persuasion is sublte and rather sad, a maturer woman's perspective on life and lost love. There are moments in this book that are unforgetable; 'that letter!' as a freind of mine always describes it. enjoy!
I've never read any Austen before, but having lived in the UK now for 20 years I've kinda soaked up the period drama thang by osmosis and was pretty sure of what to expect - or so I thought ... While the plot was fairly straight forward, when it came to the characters Ms. Austen didn't shy away from baring her teeth and taking a merry bite at the crass and petty snobs that filled her society. I thoroughly enjoyed the way she took the p**s out of the families and their obsession with class and correctness, and exposed their hypocrisy - especially regarding the ethics of wealth and family honour: she did it with a keen eye and a wonderfully subtle wit. (I listened to the audiobook narrated by Juliet Stevenson, and her voicings really did help to grasp the characters' natures.) Thoroughly, and surprisingly, enjoyed!
"Lovely, lovely, lovely!"
Oh what a joy this has been - and now it's all over! Beautifully read, with fine characterisation, this is my favourite Austen by a long chalk. The BBC did a fine adaptation a few years back (not the truly awful ITV one of a year or so ago) which gave me powerful visuals while I listened - what more can you want? I bought this in one of Audible's sales for very little, and it's been an absolute bargain; it's probably even worth its full price!
I am bemused by the reviewers that treat Persuasion as an inferior afterthought - it is so clearly full of insight and wisdom as well as wit. Juliet Stevenson is the best reader of Austen by far. This reading gave me great comfort through a difficult time. If I could give it 6 stars I would.
"Not so gentle satire"
This book has some of Jane Austen's best writing - she invents the trick of the authorial voice stepping into the character's thoughts here for the first time in the novel. Outside that the authorial voice is quite biting, in the main character she gives an accurate portrait of depression, and some of the subordinate characters are truly appalling. Which may be why some people don't like it as much as her other books: it's hard to maintain the "sweetness and light" illusion that some have of Jane Austen. I like it best of all her books, and, as usual, Juliet Stevenson is a splendid narrator (though Anna Massey, if only we could have her, brings an icy bite to her reading which is entirely appropriate to this book).
"Persuaded by Persuasion"
The characters have been beautifully captured by Juliet Stevenson - the voices of selfish Mary, vain Sir Walter, downtrodden but spirited Anne and handsome Captain Wentworth - are all perfect, in what is probably my favourite Austen novel.
"Such a beautiful book"
This is the older Jane Austen speaking, and it shows. Maturity and depth of feeling. A beautiful book, and beautifully narrated, 10/10 as always for Ms Stevenson
"Excellent telling of a great story."
Excellent telling of a great story. Juliet Stevenson gave an excellent performance giving life to the piece.
"Persuasion Or Patience is Rewarded"
Perhaps not one of Jane Austen's most popular novels probably because Anne Elliot is no Elizabeth or Emma. The plot isn't without flaws either - bit meandering and occasionally unbelievable.
But it's perfectly narrated and there's the massive aaahh factor at the end, which makes up for any of those stumblings.
A really worthwhile read for anyone who loves Jane Austen and a neat, happy ending!
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