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.
Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media
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.
Reviewer for Delighted Reader Blog
This was not my first or even second go around with the story, but since my teen years it has been an all-time favorite. This may seem odd, but what I enjoyed and still enjoy best is the thought that people can get a restart or that it was a case of bad timing and the second time around will be better. That people can make mistakes and not have to regret them forever. All these things go with scintillating storytelling. Austen's characters sparkle. There is wit, humor, glances at folly, warmth, and yes, romance.
This time around I enjoyed how at first Anne seems to look bad beside Louisa Musgrove because Louisa has force of character and quick decisiveness which Wentworth applauds, but then a few scenes later the author slyly alters matters so that the reader and Wentworth are forced to see that there are strengths to a biddable thoughtful nature, too, after the Lyme incident where Anne shines and Louisa is hurt by her impetuous head-strong nature.
Pretty much everything! I love how she voiced the characters and how she got into the emotion of the story. I liked how she made Anne's pensiveness which can be a slow part not so lacking for me. I felt she added and didn't distract.
Yes! Always! And actually, I almost did. But admittedly, it's a favorite.
I liked the plot twists in the story, not as predictable as some of her other stories.
The pivitol moment just as they are preparing to leave Lyme
I have listened to this book three times, really enjoyable and entertaining.
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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.
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.
Listening to this a second time I'm once again perplexed by the utterly strange pronouncement of certain words. One (I forget which) was pronounced so strangely it took me a few seconds thought before I could figure out exactly what she meant. And then there's the grating "oblahzshe". What. In. The. Heck. Oblige, woman!!! There's an I and a G in it!!! There were also odd pauses in the reading from time to time. Nothing terrible, but enough to clearly make this not a first-rate production.
Nevertheless, it was inexpensive to purchase and was enjoyable to listen to, so no real complaints. A thoroughly delightful story, one of my favourites.
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.
Any Jane Austen fan would love this book.
Most interesting aspect of this story was "the fall". I won't spoil anything, but the way it was described and the subsequent fallout was (unintentionally?) hilarious.
Mary Sarah's singsong, psuedo-British accent was very distracting and sometimes I had to stop listening because of it. Not sure how so many other listeners were lauding her efforts, but to each his/her own... Also, and I may be being slightly fastidious, but the page turning sounds were distracting as well, but I ended up making a game out of it to see how often I could hear it.
Yes, I think someone that is either actually British or read by an American with no singsong-y cadence would definitely help.
As with all Jane Austen novels, I had trouble keeping up with who all the characters were, in relation to eachother. It would be helpful if I had a cheat sheet of all characters, or if audible could provide one, that'd be fantastic.
But overall, the book is a classic, and Jane Austen fans will enjoy it.
"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.
"Why not use an English voice artist?"
...and if you insist on a North American voice, they should be able to pronounce words like "obliged" properly! I can assure you that it is not "uh-blarged".
The first warning sign was that "shewn" was pronounced "shoon", when any Janeite could tell you that's an old-fashioned spelling of "shown". It also took me a while to realise that the voice artist was attempting to do general English and Somerset accents at some points. If you can't do impressions, it's safest to stick to your own accent.
I'm available to read any American classics you might have in my really poor attempt at an LA accent, if you want me to return the favour.
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!
I always enjoy Jane Austen's stories but had not Read this one.I found the theme of the story less interesting. Lovely read by the narrated.I feel I would need to read this novel again to get to the bottom of it!
I really love this story, it was well read and very easy to listen to.
"Poor accent and pronunciation. Good price"
Good price. It helped me to get through the story quickly for a class. The accent of the woman was a little tedious and very boring.
The accent of this narrator is awful! Couldn't listen past 5 minutes of the story!!
"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!
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