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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Juliet Stephenson's voice is compelling and versatile. I agree with another reviewer that she is merciless with those who are worthy of scorn, e.g. Mary. I have not read any Austen with my eyes but so enjoy listening to her words read by so capable a woman.
Anne's conversation with Captain Harville.
Juliet Stevenson is one of my favorite story tellers! This story is classic Jane Austen. I had to pay more attention because I had not see the movie before listening to the story.
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.
The gentle nature of Persuasion is one of my favorite of Austen's works. I found the narrator to be mature but also a bit boring, lacking the vocal range to do all the different voices in a convincing manner. It very much felt like this was being read to me rather than being performed.
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.
Capt Harville's and Anne's discussion about the fickleness of women.
Yes, she differentiates the characters, but her reading style is not suitable to the story. Ms Stevenson's voice would be good for reading a time table, but both her voice and her intonation are too harsh for long-term listening. Also, Jane Austen's writing style includes long sentences, and Juliet Stevenson's style is making it hard work to listen to them.
No, too long.
I wouldn't go out of my way for books narrated by Julia Stevenson.
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!
I've been reading all the classics and Audible makes this very easy to do with unabridged editions of each. Along with Amazon syncing between the eBook and audio book. Which enables me to read the book when I can listen to it. This is my fourth Jane Austin book in a row. The others were either read or read/listened to. I see a lot of similarities between the events in this book to how some people live their lives today. I had a friend actually convinced the same way Ann was to not marry someone. This supports the theory that everything happens in cycles. Unlike some of authors book this time the 'beautiful' woman or main character doesn't marry the ugliest man described in the book. I won't spoil it for you. I will say that the narrator was perfect for this story. I have four more books of Jane's to go before I've gotten through them all. I find it enjoyable learning about how people saw that era of time and how some people want to go back to it. It's too bad that the author is no longer with us because she could teach a lot to the screen writers in Hollywood and a lot of the new authors righting books. These new writers don't know how to balance a book properly.
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