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Persuasion | [Jane Austen]

Persuasion

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 08-20-13
    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not my Favorite"

    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.

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    Randall Whitesboro, TX, United States 06-26-13
    Randall Whitesboro, TX, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, great narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Bret St. Augustine, FL, United States 03-20-13
    Bret St. Augustine, FL, United States 03-20-13
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    "Newbie to Jane Austen - loved it"
    What did you love best about Persuasion?

    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.


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    Bianca Nisksyuna, NY, United States 03-11-13
    Bianca Nisksyuna, NY, United States 03-11-13
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    "A Must Listen for Every Classics Lover!"
    Would you listen to Persuasion again? Why?

    Yes. This is such a fabulous work, and Juliet Stevenson does a great job with it. I could listen to it again and again.


    What other book might you compare Persuasion to and why?

    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.


    What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A young woman's journey to find her own happiness


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    Arie United States 03-04-13
    Arie United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Superb"

    This audiobook was a delight from start to finish. The narrator perfectly captures the elegance and humor of Austin's writing.

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    Sandra Sierra Madre, CA, United States 12-31-12
    Sandra Sierra Madre, CA, United States 12-31-12
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    "A Lovely Read"

    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.

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    Kathryn RICHMOND, VA, United States 12-22-12
    Kathryn RICHMOND, VA, United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Surprised by Wittiness"

    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.

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    Linda Holladay, UT, United States 12-20-12
    Linda Holladay, UT, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2007

    Utah Granny who loves to knit, golf, do genealogy, cook, garden, read and be with family. Yes, I am a Mormon and glad to be.

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    "Pure Jane Austin"

    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.

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    Rose Estevan, SK, Canada 10-18-12
    Rose Estevan, SK, Canada 10-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The movies I've seen are better"
    What made the experience of listening to Persuasion the most enjoyable?

    I compared this book to the movies I seen and was a bit disappointed. The narration was good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When Captain Wentworth finally purposed and was accepted.


    What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing, her voice was just OK.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, It was hard to get into, didn't get interesting until the middle. Not like the movie at all.


    Any additional comments?

    Likely won't listen to it again.

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    Wendy Undercliffe, Australia 10-08-12
    Wendy Undercliffe, Australia 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "From an Austen Fan"
    Where does Persuasion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Austen's works are up there with Shakespeare, Dorothy L Sayers, and many other great writers across a variety of genres.


    What other book might you compare Persuasion to and why?

    "Thrones and Dominations" by Dorothy L Sayers shares the same talent for observation, irony and beautifully written English.


    What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is beautifully modulated and smooth. She can also confidently produce male overtones and inflections in her male characterisations which many female voices do not accomplish.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a great listen to an old favourite.

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