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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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    Belle 02-02-14
    Belle 02-02-14
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    "Lovely performance, lovely book"
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    This has always been my second favourite Austen book after Pride and Prejudice, but funnily enough I didn't enjoy it as much this time around. I still loved it, of course, but perhaps because I had just finished Emma, in which Knightley is a nearly constant presence, I really felt like there wasn't enough Captain Wentworth. Of course, it fits in with the story, and Anne's sense of isolation from him, but I didn't connect with him and their relationship as much as I usually do. It all felt rather rushed. I'm not sure if this was due to it being an audiobook or just me being in a different place to the last time I read it. Nevertheless, it was still a delight and oh THAT LETTER is still one of my favourite love declarations of all time.

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    Amazon Customer Unchartered Territories 01-29-14
    Amazon Customer Unchartered Territories 01-29-14 Member Since 2009

    Look upward and see the wonders I've seen

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    "My palate cleanser ..."
    If you could sum up Persuasion in three words, what would they be?

    Love this book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Of all of Jane Austen's stories, this is my all time favorite. I read it once a year. You can tell an older Jane Austen wrote this as her character Ann Elliot is in her late 20s and not the usual 18-20. This love story rang so true to me as Ann waits for nine years for her beloved Captain Wentworth, who waited also.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Juliet Stevenson played Mrs. Elton in an adaption of Emma and I loved her in that performance so I knew she would do a wonderful job.


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

    I had just read three back to back intense books and needed my Persuasion fix to cleanse my palate for more books.


    Any additional comments?

    If I could only bring one book with me it would be this book.

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 01-24-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 01-24-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Mature Austin"

    Jane Austin writes so beautifully, her wonderful, continuos verbiage structure is always outstanding. This was a lovely listen ibut I found it hard to become inthralled in the story.

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    W. Barron Richmond, British Columbia Canada 12-09-13
    W. Barron Richmond, British Columbia Canada 12-09-13 Member Since 2014

    A voracious reader from the age of five, I'm quite new to audiobooks, but looking forward to hearing some great stories. I loathe vampires.

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    "Jane & Juliet - Perfection!"
    If you could sum up Persuasion in three words, what would they be?

    My favourite book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Captain Wentworth's letter. Best love letter ever.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I certainly will!


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

    It made me cry-happy. That love letter, y'know.


    Any additional comments?

    Jane Austen is my favourite author, and Juliet Stevenson is the perfect narrator for Austen's works. Lovely voice, perfectly suited accent, and fantastic acting. Austen blends her dialogue into narrative sometimes, which must be a challenge for the performer. Juliet does a brilliant job with that, and with differentiating the characters, and with the omniscient narrator bits. Five stars all around.

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    Mimi Dawsonville, GA, United States 12-05-13
    Mimi Dawsonville, GA, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Austen is wonderful!"
    What made the experience of listening to Persuasion the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Persuasion?

    Anne's conversation with Captain Harville.


    Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favorite?

    Well, Anne...really.


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    Judith 11-18-13
    Judith 11-18-13
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Persuasion to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

    Amazing!


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

    yes.


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

    Bookworm

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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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    Sheila 11-05-13
    Sheila 11-05-13 Member Since 2015

    Shameless book addict whose life was made immeasurably happier when I discovered audiobooks made housework tolerable and long drives a joy.

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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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    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 08-20-13
    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 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 2011
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    "Great story, great narrator"
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    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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