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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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    D. Fyler 09-15-16
    D. Fyler 09-15-16 Member Since 2014

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    "One of Jame Austen's best"

    This book is a departure for Austen as the heroine is "past the bloom of youth" being 27. Trademark Austen wit and scathing social commentary is apparent in the book. But there is something that strikes me as autobiographical, a spinster looking back over a life not seen by others for what it could be or even for the good that it contains. But this book has a happy ending.

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    Joyce King 09-13-16
    Joyce King 09-13-16
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    "very nice"

    relaxing nice story. I will listen to it again. I hope to get a few more Jane Austen books on audio.

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    Kimberly Aeck 09-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "OK"

    I so wanted to like it but it did not pull me in like Pride and Prejudice. I thought the reading was done very well. The characters were lacking.

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    SewAwesome 09-07-16
    SewAwesome 09-07-16
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and the narrator was absolutely delightful! She is very expressive. Any Jane Austen fan will likely love this audio version.

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    jodiod Bay area ca 09-03-16
    jodiod Bay area ca 09-03-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Perfection."

    Every reread is a pure joy. I smiled all the way through. Plus Juliet Stevenson narrated beautifully.

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    Emily 08-30-16
    Emily 08-30-16
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    "Wonderful reading of a great story"

    I've always loved Persuasion, and this narrator is really perfect! Highly recommend her. For an Austen novel things move along quite quickly, and with good narration the characters come alive even more than before.

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    CD 08-28-16
    CD 08-28-16
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    "Choice narration! Wonderful work, of course."

    Stevenson's movement from character to character is seamless. Fine match of narrator to story. We all know Austen so well that interpretations are scrutinized by comparison, often to several versions. Well done!

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    A. Jerinic SF,CA, USA 07-15-16
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    "Juliet Stevenson is a perfect Austen narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    I've read all of Jane Austen works, and listened to several in audiobook format is well, with several different narrators. I have both this and Emma read by Juliet Stevenson and I believe that she is a natural for Austen. She captures the humor and the drama of Austen perfectly, and I never hear her performing a character and think "why on earth did she make them sound like that?!". She manages to give each character a unique voice without resorting to strange tactics.
    Also, her Mrs. Elton in the film version of Emma is magnificent.

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    M. Franks Oklahoma, USA 06-28-16
    M. Franks Oklahoma, USA 06-28-16
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    "Great book made better by a great narrator!"
    If you could sum up Persuasion in three words, what would they be?

    mature, classic, happily-ever-after


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Persuasion?

    Anne Elliot's strength of character really shined through when the accident happened.


    What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Stevenson has a gift for characterization and her voice is as smooth as butter!


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

    I loved this book because it wasn't a silly 19th century headstrong girl trying to make it in a man's world (like most of Austen's stories). Anne Elliot, the protagonist, was level-headed character who, though inwardly suffering the consequences of rejecting a marriage proposal in her youth, "took it like a man" and never resorted to whiney, manipulative, girlish tricks that have been seen in other Austen novels.


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    Amazon Customer South Beach, Or United States 03-31-16
    Amazon Customer South Beach, Or United States 03-31-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Just Not A Jane Austin Fan"

    Not Persuaded by the story. She writes well. Her narrow world does not interest me.

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  • Natalie
    4/23/17
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    "Love love love"

    Juliet Stevenson truly encapsulates the elegance of this story, one of my personal favourite Austen stories!!

    Loved it and will listen again!

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  • Suswati
    4/9/17
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    "The usual periodic melodrama"

    I struggled to get into this. There were moments where I understood why Jane Austen was hailed for addressing inequality between the sexes but it ended up being the usual story about love affairs in the middle and upper classes. I would definitely recommend reading it instead of listening as it becomes monotonous listening to first world angst.

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  • BettinaP
    2/26/17
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    "Brilliant Book very well narrated"

    This is by far my favourite Austen book and Juliette Stevenson brings justice to it, she reads it so very well.

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  • Karolina Mierzwiak
    2/16/17
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    "I love Jane Austen!"

    I have read Jane Austen books as a young girl and rediscovering them now, read by the amazing Juliet Stevenson, has been wonderful! Can't wait to hear all the others!

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  • Flutter Bye
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    1/21/17
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    "Sublime"
    What did you like most about Persuasion?

    The humour and insight. Austen is great at nuances in characters and there's a lot more going on than first meets the eye. The narration is outstanding and really brings the characters to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Persuasion?

    There are many.


    What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Vibrant and lively characters. Her narration draws out the differences in many of the individuals.


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  • AReader
    London
    12/19/16
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    "Perfection"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Persuasion is possibly my favourite Jane Austen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I sympathise most with Anne, but they are all quite believable types.


    What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She is the perfect reader for this book. It just comes to life.


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

    Yes, and then start again at the beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    A true work of art.

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  • stylo
    12/13/16
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    "8 hours 47 minutes of listening pleasure!"
    If you could sum up Persuasion in three words, what would they be?

    Great Cinderella story!


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

    Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park because Jane Austen has a distinctive style of writing!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Anne and the young adults of the Uppercross family accompany Captain Wentworth on a visit to two of his fellow officers, Captains Harville and James Benwick, in the coastal town of Lyme Regis.


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

    It has a strong feel good factor throughout.


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  • Timedout
    England
    11/14/16
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    "Enjoyable as always"

    This is a much less idealised story than her others and I preferred it for that reason. It seems to end quite abruptly and there are a few loose ends that hint at the possibility of her having planned a sequel.

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  • Sarah J
    Kent.UK
    2/10/16
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    "Brilliantly read by Juliet Stevenson."

    Not my favourite Janet Austen story, although still a pleasant tale. Well read, which brought the good characters further alive.

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  • rebecca van der merwe
    10/9/15
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    "excellent"

    I thought it was excellent, I would have enjoyed more detail at the end in terms of Mr and Mrs being together.

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