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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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    Kathryn 12-22-12
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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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    12-20-12
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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 10-18-12
    Rose 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 09-24-12
    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 09-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover

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    "It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This"

    There's not much one can say about a Jane Austen novel that hasn't been said many times before. Persuasion is almost my favorite Austen novel, portraying the loss and sweet regaining of love, but still having some of the wonderfully funny characters that Austen portrays so well and so subtly. When you add to the wonderful story the perfect narrator's voice of Juliet Stevenson, it is a glorious experience. Ms Stevenson has the absolutely perfect voice for Austen novels, and especially excels at bringing the shallow and foolish characters to life. Five stars all the way!

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    WILLIAM CROWN POINT, IN, United States 03-22-12
    WILLIAM CROWN POINT, IN, United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sailors Are Fantastic: The Book"
    Any additional comments?

    Do you guys know? English sailors from way back when were the best of the best. They mourned and were constant and made very good tenants and broke barriers of class and appreciated the underappreciated.

    It's a decent listen for the side-characters (many of them sailors) and all the things that go on in Jane Austen's world, but the main romantic tension seems to go largely unexplored.

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    Les Raymond KANSAS CITY, KS, US 11-06-13
    Les Raymond KANSAS CITY, KS, US 11-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Difficult listen. Very hard to follow"
    Any additional comments?

    The book is mostly narration with the characters having few speaking parts. The sentences are long and involved requiring constant concentration to follow

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    Nadene 01-29-12
    Nadene 01-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Boring"

    The reader did a good job, but the story is long and has very little plot. I was hoping from more from Ms. Austen.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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