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Persuasion Audiobook
Persuasion
Written by: 
Jane Austen
Narrated by: 
Juliet Stevenson
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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    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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    Arie 03-04-13
    Arie 03-04-13
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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 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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    Linda Leeper 12-20-12 Member Since 2007
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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 2016
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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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    Kristen Geneva, NY, United States 07-14-12
    Kristen Geneva, NY, United States 07-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "My favorite Austen"

    As I noted in the title, Persuasion is my favorite Austen novel. Anne Elliott is a believable, normal character whose concerns and frustrations don't seem dated in the least, even when they are shaped by outdated (I hope) notions of what it means to be a woman.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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