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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Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!
At the head of the Elliot family is the baronet Sir Walter, a widower and a vain man who lives beyond his means and makes up his mind about people solely based on their appearance and station in life. His eldest and his youngest daughters take after him, to great comical effect, but Anne Elliot, his middle daughter, is quite different. She's a great reader of poetry and has never forgotten her first romantic attachment to Captain Frederick Wentworth, a romance which took place eight years before the story begins. But like all well bred young ladies of her day, she let herself be persuaded by a close friend of the family, Lady Russell, to break off the engagement because of Wentworth's apparent lack of fortune and prospects. But Wentworth is back, now having acquired great wealth and looking for a wife, and anyone will do, as long as she is fond of the navy. Anyone that is, but Anne.
This, the last novel Austen wrote as she was dying, is a story imbued with a sense of loss, missed opportunities and regret, but of course in the end, love must conquer all and hope wins the day.
This audio version by the ever-perfect Juliet Stevenson was quite a treat.
Her diction and delivery are wonderful. She helped me understand some of the passages I would have skimmed over if I had been reading the written word.
Several movies have been made.
I am a book junkie. Read to me.
This is one of my favorite Austen novels and I loved the BBC Radio 4 version with Juliet Stevenson in the role of Anne Elliot. She seems to understand the heroine's inner conflicts better than anyone else. Stevenson brings all of her sensitivity and training as an actress to this reading. Simply beautifully done.
In every Austen novel, there are the silly characters whom Austen meant to be comical, but whose persistent idiocy irritate me to the point where I just skip over their parts. They are almost always women, the worst being Mrs. Bennet in Pride & Prejudice, although Miss Bates in Emma and Mrs. Jennings in Sense & Sensibility are similar, if lesser, annoyances. But in Persuasion, the silly character happens to be a man, Anne's father Mr. Elliot, and I find that, far from irritating, Mr. Elliot is one of the funniest and most ridiculous characters in Austen's fiction. Stevenson seems to appreciate him, too, for she reads his part with relish, infusing him with all the pompous self-importance Austen intended. I found myself stopping the performance and replaying those parts two and three times. Great laughs.
Persuasion is my favourite Austen and not only does this version do it justice, it was even better than I remembered.
I am quite partial to the scenes where Anne is so very aware of Captain Wentworth's presence, even when they interact very little. We have all been there and to my mind this kind of longing and depth of feeling can be somewhat lacking in Jane Austen's other books.
Hard to choose. I have read the book many times. I found this audio version wonderfulI and I will be listening to it again in the near future.
Anne reading Captain Wentworth's letter and her reaction.
She is one of the best. She reads with passion and the voices for each character are just great.
No need for one for this book.
Quality like the one in this audiobook has made me addicted already.
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.
Look upward and see the wonders I've seen
Love this book!
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.
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.
I had just read three back to back intense books and needed my Persuasion fix to cleanse my palate for more books.
If I could only bring one book with me it would be this book.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
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.
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.
My favourite book.
Captain Wentworth's letter. Best love letter ever.
I haven't, but I certainly will!
It made me cry-happy. That love letter, y'know.
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.
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.
Anne's conversation with Captain Harville.
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