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Persuasion Audiobook

Persuasion

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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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© and (P)2007 Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.

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    Hannah Ames, IA 03-23-13
    Hannah Ames, IA 03-23-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Terrific book - terrible reader"
    What made the experience of listening to Persuasion the most enjoyable?

    This is my favorite Austen novel. Its subtle wit and treatment of love, friendship, and avarice are timeless.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Persuasion?

    Anne's conversation with Captain Harville about constancy, which is overheard by Captain Wentworth and inspires his letter to Anne. Always a tear jerker.


    What didn’t you like about Juliet Stevenson’s performance?

    The reader is way, way too dramatic. Jane Austen's style is elegantly simple and straightforward, and the book deserves to be read without the annoying embellishment Juliet Stevenson gives it.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Chisholm Buninyong, Australia 10-12-12
    Neil Chisholm Buninyong, Australia 10-12-12

    "fabric artist and quilter"

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    "A complete delight"

    I didn't know Persuasion - I knew that it was her last novel, published after her death and named Persuasion by her brother but other than that it was a blank. I guessed that as it was a short novel and her last it might not be quite as good or polished as P&P, S&S or Mansfield Park and certainly not being as famous as her other novels suggested that.

    HOW WRONG CAN YOU BE! This is now my favourite Jane Austen, its charming, its gentle, its witty and as observational as any of the other novels. Its understory is constancy, doing things as etiquette dictated or for other people and how persuasive actions by others can alter your own personal history and not always for the best. It really is a complete delight.

    Juliet Stevenson is also a complete delight - she brings Jane Austen alive and is perfect as the narrator - don't even think of listening to Austen read by anyone else!

    Absolutely loved it and is totally recommended to all classic lovers - 7 stars! (what do you mean I can't give it 7 stars - it deserves them!)

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 02-13-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 02-13-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Austen and Juliet Stevenson -- perfect match!"

    Juliet Stevenson is simply the best Austen reader out there. Pay more to get her narrations; they are very much worth the extra. I love Austen, and she's one classical author whose books get a whole new dimension in the audible format. As always, the narrator makes so much difference in the enjoyment of audible books. With Stevenson, you simply cannot go wrong. Persuasion may be the best of Austen's books, and this edition is priceless!

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Taren 06-28-17
    Taren 06-28-17 Member Since 2015

    World-travelin', tax accountant, opera singin', church goin', husband lovin', mother of girls, 1/2 marathon runnin' Kansas country girl

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    "Lost Love is Never Really Lost"
    Any additional comments?

    An nice, quiet, old-English read about proper courtships, everlasting love, & rekindled relationships. Our main character reiterates to the reader that she cannot be persuaded to marry a man just so she'll have somebody to take care of her, just so she won't be a lonely spinster. She tells us that being a single woman is not synonymous with being lonely or weak or unwanted. For some women, it is a sign of a strong woman that knows what she wants & won't take 2nd best. In the end, her patience pays off & she gets the man that she has so long loved. I don't mind ambiguous, sad, or frustrating endings, but it is nice to read a story with a classic happy ending once in a while.

    Age recommendation: 14 & up (old English writing)

    On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 6.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Pursell 05-27-17 Member Since 2014
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    "outstanding performance of a well-beloved classic"

    this was an incredible pleasure to listen to every moment I had I turned to this well read well performed audiobook

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    Kaity Bakersfield, CA, US 05-20-17
    Kaity Bakersfield, CA, US 05-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A lovely suprise"

    This is my first audio book and it has me hooked for more. Juliet Stevenson was wonderful, easy to understand and able to differentiate the voices that even when I didn't have the book in front of me I knew who was talking without it sounding ridiculous. I was nervous to try audio but I'll defiantly try more after this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica H. 05-15-17
    Jessica H. 05-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Still a wonderful classic."

    The problem of trusting people you shouldn't and not trusting people outside your native "circle" is still one we struggle with today. It always makes Persuasion a wonderful read as we watch Anne distinguish between friend and foe. Juliet Stevenson's performance was stunning and I would recommend her telling of the story to anyone as in love with the Elliots as I am. Anyone not familiar with the book might find some new friends among Stevenson's lively depiction of the characters.

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    Judith Becker 05-04-17
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    "Love it"

    I absolutely love this book and the narrator did a brilliant job in capturing the beauty of Anne. I would recommend this audio version to anyone. Truly wondrous.

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    Lorraine M. Davis Wheaton, IL 04-28-17
    Lorraine M. Davis Wheaton, IL 04-28-17

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    "nuanced poignant performance by a consummate actor"

    Juliette Stevenson's performance of the final chapters reveals Persuasion to be the most romantic of all Austen's stories. Took my breath away. Wish I could contact this reader to tell her how much I appreciate sll her Austen narrations, as well as her performance as Mrs. Elton in Gwyneth Paltrow's Emma.

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    muffie5450 04-16-17
    muffie5450 04-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Jane Austen Is "The Bomb!""

    It has only taken me a lifetime to discover Ms. Austen and her pen, after trudging through dozens of horrid, time-consuming love stories that ALWAYS leave me wanting. How did I know that I should have been looking back to the 19th century for the satisfaction of REAL romance?

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  • Colleen Meaney
    7/9/16
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    "Beautiful!"

    This is one of my favourite Jane Austen books and Juliet Stevenson narrates this brilliantly. Having seen her play Mrs Elton in the movie adaptation of Emma I knew she would be perfect for this. I've downloaded the other Austen books that she narrates now too!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • F. Wynn
    8/24/15
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    "A Lady to Rely on"

    Jane Austen, witty and clever, never fails.
    Juliet Stevenson brings everything she reads to life.
    A perfect combination.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    6/23/15
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MRS FRAN ROSS
    5/30/15
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    "Austen read brilliantly"

    Could listen to this many times ,it's a complete joy. Highly recommend to all Austen fans

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    3/26/15
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    "Miss Austen triumphs again!"

    I love this story almost as much as that of thr Misses Bennett and Dashwood. :-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • rosieallen
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    2/7/15
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    "Persuaded"

    I have read most of Jane Austen's novels annually since my late teens in the normal hard copy format so I know the stories really well. I therefore now choose to hear them as they are like familiar friends and can soothe me after a hard day before sleep. The timbre of Juliet Stevenson's voice lends itself beautifully to these period novels and her characterisation really draws you into the story anew. This was, most definitely a five star listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ann D
    9/17/13
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    "A classic beautifully interpretted"
    Where does Persuasion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favourite audio books so far - partly because Persuasion is one of my favourite novels of all time, but also because Juliet Stevenson reads it so beautifully.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Stevenson's rendition of Mary complaining about her 'bad luck' was so good that I almost felt sorry for her, in a way I've never done whilst reading the novel. And Anne, the heroine, never seems insipid, which is always the danger when you're a character who is always overlooked by your family, no matter how rude and foolish they are.


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

    I started this book last Friday evening and resented having to turn it off to sleep. My family gave up trying to talk to me on Saturday until it was finished! I've since listened to it again less than a week later.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • DARYL
    1/9/17
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    "Brilliant "

    Loved it - excellent narrator with perfect character representation.
    An excellent perfect audible treat!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aisling
    12/2/16
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    "As fresh as the day it was written"

    This book is a classic for a very good reason. It sparkles with wit and wonderful characters. It has lost none of its freshness and shows that while the clothes and manners may change, human nature is still the same. A true pleasure to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Devon UK
    10/9/16
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    "Superb"

    A first rate reading of an excellent novel; one of the six great works by Jane Austen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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