A moving love story displaying all of Austen's signature wit and ironic narrative style. Persuasion is Jane Austen's last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finished Emma, completing it in August 1816.
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No. The book is wonderful.
Yes. Mary Sarah is a good narrator. Her Anne of Green Gables is wonderful! She, unfortunately does not pull off a natural sounding British accent for this book.
I was unable to finish the book because of the Mary Sarah's poor accent choice.
Absolutely. Many people love Pride and Prejudice and Emma, but Persuasion seems to be overlooked. I have always loved this one the most. A little slice of perfection!
Anne is a wonderful character; she is reserved and quiet, but determined not to be pressured into a convenient marriage. She sees people for who they really are.
Having read a lot of Jane Austen, I see a lot of her typical plot lines and characters in "Persuasion." However, I understand that her brother published this after her death. I believe that this is a first draft because she does far too much "telling" and not enough "showing" of the details and the relationships between people. The story and character development are so far inferior to that of her most famous work, "Pride and Prejudice," that I believe it must have been incomplete. If this were her only book, no one would know the name of Jane Austen today.
The performance does not help the weak story, either. Ms. Sarah reads slowly and with strange breaks to each sentence. In some cases, she gets the meaning quite wrong. I guess it was inexpensive for a reason.
I do not give a synopsis of the book, just my opinion on the listen. I am not a book critic, just one who loves to read!
Jane Austen is long my favorite author ..... Persuasion is by far my 2nd favorite preceded by Pride and Prejudice which will remain forever my first Jane Austen and favorite! Mary Sarah's performance received some criticism which in my humble opinion was unfounded. This performance and work was well worth the sale price of under $1!!!
I wish the narrator would pronounce some of the words correctly, that bugged me a bit. overall it was just fine.
at the beginning of the book I didn't really like, or feel attached to the characters, most of them are not very likeable. but true to form this book ended happy for the people that deserved to be happy. not an altogether different theme from austen. I enjoyed it and I enjoy these classical works. it's worth a read, or a listen I should say.
Great story. The reader did a nice job with Anne of Green Gables, but not a fit for this. Her emotional range is "from A to B." Really frustrating.
It's always too soon to write a fair review of a great book when they always keep you thinking. 4 & 5 stars are worth repeat listenings.
New to Audible and trying out several genres. Love Mary Sarah's narration, it got me through this very long story. Guess I'm not an Austen fan.
Among the very best
Too many to chose from!
.... she reads faster than me.....
It's too long for me to take it all at once but I heard it as fast at I could, bacause its that good :)
"My favourite Jane Austen-but very poorly read"
I would never choose a book read by Mary Sarah. There are so many wonderful readers I can't understand how anyone could allow her to read a classic, did no one listen to it before it was sold?
Anne, of course, is the heroine and you feel her pains and pleasures but all Jane Austen's characters are skillfully drawn.
She is a poor reader and pronounced names incorrectly.
Not with this reader.
This is probably my favourite Jane Austen book. Hearing it spoken aloud made me appreciate it even more, and though I couldn't really say that Mary Sarah's reading particularly enhanced the experience, neither did it detract. For the price, I would say this version is stunningly good value.
The whole book is memorable!
"mispronunciations cloud the listening experience"
I made it to chapter 9 but could not relax into it due to the narrators mispronunciation of names and some words. Did no one check this ...what a shame as I liked her voice and love the story having read it many times.
"Narration lets it down"
It's always hard to review a well loved story with any negativity but the mixed accent here become too grating to bear. had to really force my way through it because of this. such a shame.
"accent was clear & nice to listen to"
I really enjoyed it, it was a little broken sounded in places.. well worth sale price!
Enjoyable read. Apart from the Narrator mispronouncing "obliged" frequently throughout the story. It moved along at a steady pace and was expressive!
Whilst the story is amazing and still resonates regardless of the period it was written in. The narrator of this took a while to become used to due to a slightly stilted effort.
"A true classic"
Wonderful story, one of Jane Austen's best. I found the narrator a little hard to listen too. Still worth listening.
"Weirdly spoken production"
Still a good story but the stilted reading and odd pronunciation of many words meant it was irritating to listen too. Some might be performance or it might be direction but generally it made what is one of my favourite Jane Austen books a bit of a trial.
"My favourite book, but gratingly read"
The price was amazing, and too good to resist.
This reader has an American Accent which feels somewhat incongruous with the story.
I stopped listening after the party reached Lyme, as Mary Sarah's pronunciation of Benwick's name drove me to distraction.
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