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Persuasion Audiobook

Persuasion

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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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    S.Edwards 11-15-13
    S.Edwards 11-15-13 Member Since 2012

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    "A Beautifully performed version"
    What did you love best about Persuasion?

    Captain Wentworth of course!


    What other book might you compare Persuasion to and why?

    Any other book by Jane Austen, she can't be compared to any other author.


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

    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.


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

    No, that would be too much, this kind of book is best enjoyed at varied intervals.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a lovely story, one of my favorites, and true Austen. It is beautifully narrated by a well chosen actress.

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    Joki Helsinki 11-14-13
    Joki Helsinki 11-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Decent Narration of an Austen Classic"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila 11-05-13
    Sheila 11-05-13 Member Since 2016

    Always listening!

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    "Delicate layers of regret, endurance, and humor"

    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.

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    Lisbeth Plant BC, Canada 08-24-13
    Lisbeth Plant BC, Canada 08-24-13
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    "Good story, not such a good narrator."
    Where does Persuasion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Persuasion?

    Capt Harville's and Anne's discussion about the fickleness of women.


    Did Juliet Stevenson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


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

    No, too long.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't go out of my way for books narrated by Julia Stevenson.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 08-20-13
    Linda 08-20-13
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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 2015
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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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    H. Gladman Australia 05-08-13
    H. Gladman Australia 05-08-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfect"

    This is my favourite Jane Austen and Juliet Stevenson brings so much to it. I return to it again and again.

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 05-02-13
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This is a great story on a time gone by"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer St. Augustine, FL, United States 03-20-13
    Amazon Customer 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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