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.
Is this an English accent??? Not sure.. Strange.
Story of course is timeless
The narration is stilted. She doesn't capture the sense of the sentences.... the breaks are wrong. The sense is wrong.....
I've listened to this book within 2 months from a different narrator and can tell you that this narrator does this book no justice.
The book may very well be good, and I expect that it will be since it is Jane Austen, but the narration was so bad I couldn't finish it. I have downloaded another version to listen to.
Everything. There wasn't anything I did like about her reading. The accent, the tone, the line delivery, where she did and did not place emphasis. I gave up.
I got this version because it was extremely marked down. I can deal with some flaws, a little skip or a repeat and even mediocre narration. But this version wasn't even worth the marked down price.
I love Austen's books. However, I could not finish this version of Persuasion. Mary Sarah is an unfortunate choice of narrator. I'm not certain whether this is her natural accent, it seems odd. I found it jarring, in places her intonation was incorrect and I could not concentrate on the story.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"Persuasion is a good story but I had to uninstall"
The narrator was unable to grasp the emphasis in long sentences to the degree that they failed to make sense. I'm getting a better version.
"The reading of the story is very bad"
I love this story but found it very hard to listen to due to the way it was read. Very clipped, really disappointing
"Great story not sure about narration."
I was not convinced by the narrator and wish I had chosen an English as opposed to North American version. My fault. How does one pronounce obliged? Oblarged?
"Lesser-read Jane Austen novel well worth a listen"
It took me a while to get used to the narrator's Irish accent - perhaps incongruous to the telling of a quintessentially English novel - but she really brought the story to life.
The style of 19th century literature can make even the most wonderful stories difficult to read in their original version, requiring persistence and determination. I strongly recommend audiobooks for making the literary classics of old accessible to impatient readers.
I had had the book by my bedside for several months but found it hard to penetrate before purchasing the audio book.
"Let down. Horrific. Awful."
Brilliant British novel - read by an American lady who clearly had been given no education in how to read a book from the English past
- nor any reading at all. The emotions, inclinations and timing are all over the place. She obviously has no idea what this book is about.
Awful. A complete butchering of a classic.
"Great value for money"
Thoroughly enjoyed Persuasion! Great value for money at .52p, although the narrator's pronunciation of "obliged" was grating!
One of my favourite Jane Austen stories but I just can't get on with this narration. The emphasis and intonation isn't quite right somehow - the voice sounds almost computerised so I stopped listening quickly before the whole book is spoiled for me.
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!
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