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  • Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,264

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing

  • By Em on 04-15-12

A Must Listen for Every Classics Lover!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-13

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

  • Madame Bovary

  • By: Gustave Flaubert, Lydia Davis (translator)
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 217

Set amid the stifling atmosphere of nineteenth-century bourgeois France, Madame Bovary is at once an unsparing depiction of a woman’s gradual corruption and a savagely ironic study of human shallowness and stupidity. Neither Emma, nor her lovers, nor Homais, the man of science, escapes the author’s searing castigation, and it is the book’s final profound irony that only Charles, Emma’s oxlike, eternally deceived husband, emerges with a measure of human grace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ironic, humorous, and restrained

  • By Esther on 05-13-13

Wonderful story... flawlessly written and read!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-13

What made the experience of listening to Madame Bovary the most enjoyable?

Flaubert's writing is absolutely beautiful. His work is almost poetic, and his storytelling, especially from Madame Bovary's point-of-view is so intricately woven that I feel I can reach out and touch her. Kate Reading does a fabulous job with this work, and does it great justice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Madame Bovary is the character I both love and dislike at the same time. She is so real and tangible to the listener, that one cannot help but connect with her, despite her flaws.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I believe I have listened to her reading of Pride and Prejudice. I think she does a magnificent job. Her voice changes really make you forget you are listening to just one person, yet she is not overly dramatic, which might detract from the experience.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Unfortunately, I always listen on my way to and from work, so I can only listen to 15-30 minutes at a time!

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