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Publisher's Summary

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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Favorite Jane Austen book

Persuasion is by far my favorite Jane Austen novel. This recording does it great justice. I️ find it easy to listen to multiple times.

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exceptionally well narrated!!

One of my favorite Jane Austen novels, very well narrated. An absolute pleasure to listen to this woman's voice!

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Narrator is a perfect match for Austen

Juliet Stevenson is a perfect narrator for Persuasion. Her interpretation is the best I’ve come across. The life she brings to what has long been my favorite Austen book is delightful, and she is able to lend to the voice of each character such uniqueness and variation that the performance only deepens an understanding of who each character is at heart. There were many moments when I was so moved by her style of narration that I replayed certain scenes to have the pleasure of listening again before moving on to the next chapter. I’ll be looking out for more opportunities to listen to Stevenson’s narration of my favorite classic novels.

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Jane Austen and Juliet Stevenson at their best

Persuasion is a wonderful Jane Austen novel, with incisive portraits of a broad range of characters. Anne Elliot is a very likable and wise and subtly drawn main character, and the vanities of Sir Walter and the hypochondria and self-centeredness of Mary are exquisitely expressed in the vocal artistry of Ms. Stevenson. When I finished listening to this I went back to the beginning and did it all again.
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Perfection!

Juliet Stevenson's narration is superb. She interprets the characters flawlessly. Memorable- my 3rd listen- still captivated.

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Superb!!!

Loved it! Amazing reading, I felt I was there along with the silent quiet romance between the characters.

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Its loveliness falls tenderly upon the soul.

I loved this audiobook; having been familiar with the films but never having read the book, I decided the audiobook would be the perfect solution to reading more in spite of having a busy schedule. I was not disappointed; the pace and feeling with which the narrator tells the story does the fine writing justice. I will set this one aside and listen to it again at a later date.

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Austen and Stevenson can do no wrong!

This was my 5th pairing of Jane Austen and Juliette Stevenson, having previously gone through Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. Ms. Stevenson's performances have been my introduction to the written works of Austen. Prior to these recordings, I had only seen Emma Thompson's Sense & Sensibility, and Pride & Prejudice with Kiera Knightley. I loved both movies, especially S&S. But, as they say, the book is always better than the movie. And Ms. Stevenson's performances of these books have been beyond compare! Her characterizations, her rhythm, her command of the language all combine in such a way that the story and characters "leap off the page" and into my mind. I only listen whilst driving, and since deciding to listen to the complete works of Austen back to back, I've been in the car a lot more! I've found myself taking the long way home, being grateful for traffic, and just going on drives in order to escape into the worlds created by Austen and Stevenson. Each of her novels have their own merits and their own challenges, Persuasion being no different. In Persuasion, Austen paints an overall more scathing image of the upper class than I've found in her other novels thus far. She unapologetically writes Sir Walter and Ms. Elizabeth Elliot as vain, selfish, vapid and rather wretched people. Lady Russell is loving, but also somewhat shallow. The noble cousins are pathetic, and even Mary Musgrove is a silly woman. The most pitiable of all being Mr. Elliot. The exceptions being the genuinely decent and loving Mr. and Mrs. Musgrove. By contrast, Austen gives many more pages to the "commoners" in this novel than her others. She paints nearly all of them as good people, kind, authentic and warm. She is especially generous to the Navy. Admiral and Lady Croft, the Hartville, Captain Bennick, Captain Wallace and, of course, Captain Wentworth are all wonderful characters. A bevy of supporting characters add to the story. I especially enjoyed the creation and person of Mrs. Smith. As for Anne Elliot, our heroine, she is a familiar Austen leading lady. Smart, lovely, thoughtful, romantic and strong, Anne is trying to make her dreams come true! Enjoy this classic!

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Excellent!

Classic Jane Austen story and beautiful, well-spoken narration. this may be one of new my favorite Austen stories, and I couldn't dream of a better narrator.

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wonderful!

a great read with romance & drama & the patience only love can bring!

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  • K. Williams
  • 06-12-16

A classic, beautifully read.

One of my favourite stories, performed by one of my favourite actresses. What's not to love?

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  • Ms. E. Morgan
  • 03-05-16

Best reader for Jane Austen I have ever heard.

Best reader for Jane Austen I have ever heard. She has the feel of the story and can do the voices superbly.

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  • LuLu
  • 02-29-16

Wonderful Persuasion

A pleasure to listen to this lovely story which is beautifully read by Juliet Stevenson!

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  • 02-09-16

Persuasion

This is one of my favourite Austen novels enhanced even more by the wonderful narration of Juliet Stevenson.

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  • Sue
  • 07-29-15

Great book, brilliantly read

this is a favourite book of mine for many years, I was totally captivated by Juliet's reading.

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  • Mrs Alison M Edwards
  • 06-23-15

Beautifully narrated.

One of my favourite Austen books. A subtle story line that immerses you in the period. Very well narrated. A must for Austen fans.

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  • Caroline
  • 06-16-15

A classic well rendered

Juliet Stevenson is a pleasure to listen to as always, the dialogs really come alive.
Quite the tour de force.

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  • forester
  • 02-22-15

my favourite Austen book

What made the experience of listening to Persuasion the most enjoyable?

Beautifully read, expressive and sympathetic approach, I tdont think anyone could do itbetter

What other book might you compare Persuasion to, and why?

Pride and Predjudice is nearly as good

Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Everything I have listened to by her has been very good

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just love this book

Any additional comments?

If you have never listened to Jane Austen try this one

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  • Carlotta R Nelson
  • 01-22-15

Excellent!

This is a wonderful story which I have loved a long time. Juliet Stevenson's reading of it was perfect! I enjoyed this audiobook very much, and would highly recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-18

It doesn’t get any better than this...

Like it’s heroine, Persuasion is a novel of quieter charms which only improve with time. It’s been my personal favourite for over thirty years since I read it for my English A level and I’ve never heard a better reader than Juliet Stevenson. A delight from start to finish.