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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Put them together for a highly enjoyable listen. As always, Austen's astute eye for human behavior and her understated humorous way of conveying it makes her one of the foremost writers in the English language. Stevenson is a marvelous narrator, pitch-perfect, skewering the snobbish and stuck-up characters and switching effortlessly between male and female voices, with no vocal awkwardness on the males. If you want to listen to Persuasion, this is is the version to choose.
If I had to choose, I would have to say that Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austen novel, and Juliet Stevenson does it justice with her narration.
On every re read or listen I always learn more about myself. Jane Austen has a way of examining human interaction that truly makes you want to be a better person.
I think Juliet Stevenson does a beautiful job narrating and I love this book and have listened to it many times
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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.
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!
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!
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.
"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!
"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.
Very mindfully written and representative for the time.
The narrator makes it! Hearing the voices of Mary and Anne keep it easy to listen to and know who is speaking.
"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
"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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