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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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My favorite of all the Jane Austen novels

Austen's maturity is on display in this novel by comparison with Pride & Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. The writing is spectacular. The story heartwarming.

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PERSUASION

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

Jane Austen's charm and sharp sense of society's failings and foibles are always a treat for mind and heart. And, I might add, 'ear', when a book is read as delightfully and sympathetically as Juliet Stevenson does here. Austen offers bold portrayals of character in their differing shades of moral and amatory beliefs and connections.<br/>HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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Juliet Stevenson was made to read Jane Austen!

Simply fabulous!!! I could listen to Juliet Stevenson always! She has such a gift for making things come alive!

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  • Alabama
  • 11-16-16

a wonderful performance and story.

I enjoyed this narrator very much. She had a gift of making every character interesting and individualistic .
What can I say about Jane Austen's book? It is a beautiful story of unrequited love meeting again, of a charming Captain and families with their own dysfunction.
¨The dialogue is brilliant and even though there's a lot of telling instead of showing, which was very common when it was written, it is a story that evokes such great imagery.
I highly recommend this audio book.

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Loved it!

This is my favorite story, and Juliet Stevenson has the perfect voice to read it. I'll listen to it over and over.

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Travel to another time and place.

I am a longtime fan. She is considered one of the 100 greatest writers because she wrote so acutately of her time, place, customs and culture, that the reader is a true time traveler.

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Jane Austen is Always Welcome

Where does Persuasion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book does not disappoint.I love everything Jane Austen and have read all of her books. Honestly I wish there was more out there, so I even read Jane Austen inspired stories, you know the ones I mean! Bridget Jones Diary, Twilight etc.

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Jane Austen Persuasion

Well read. Great story. Has love, deception, arrogance, pride. Things that make life very interesting.

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I Am Persuaded

Jane Austen is my favourite author. I have read Persuasion about five times and it is always a joy to read. I also enjoy watching the BBC film production. I loved having it read to me this time by Juliet Stevenson, who was pitch perfect in my opinion.

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tedious

I know this review will seem irreverent to many, but I'm writing it for readers who don't normally read this type of book. I've read a few classics, most recently Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, which I enjoyed, so I thought I'd try one of the Jane Austin books. It wasn't for me. The main male character appeared very few times and had little to say on those occasions when he did, whereas numerous minor characters appeared often and had much to say about things that seemed irrelevant to the story. I realize that it was authored at another time in history, when the style of writing was very different, but if a book was written in this manner, today, it would be considered wordy and pretentious. If you enjoy the following quote from Persuasion, you will probably enjoy the book.
"How eloquent could Anne Elliiot have been? How eloquent, at least, were her wishes on the side of early warm attachment and a cheerful confidence in the futurity against that overanxious caution that seems to insult exertion and distrust providence."

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  • BettinaP
  • 02-26-17

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
  • 02-16-17

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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  • Astral Surfer
  • 01-21-17

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
  • 12-19-16

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

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
  • 11-14-16

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
  • 02-10-16

Not my favourite Austen but still a great read.

Juliet Stevenson is faultless in bringing this book to life 😎
Not my favourite Austen book but I'm glad I read it.

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  • rebecca van der merwe
  • 10-09-15

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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  • gavin
  • 10-03-13

Another great Jane Austen story

Where does Persuasion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It my favourite Jane Austen story I listen to it so often it like chocolate and a comfort blanket

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Ann Elliott

Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favourite?

Ann sister

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

It my feel good story

Any additional comments?

It take Juliet Stevenson a bit of time to get into the swing of thing but ones she s up and running it lovely to listen to

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  • Audrey
  • 08-26-13

New insights

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

There are 3 copies of Persuasion on my book shelf and I have read this book numerous times. I absolutely loved hearing the story read to me. What a joy to hear it read to me and rest my eyes. Juliet Stevenson's reading gave me new insights and subtle understandings that I had missed in earlier readings. She has an amazing ability to sound just like I imagine the characters in the book would sound. Juliet Stevenson is THE voice of Jane Austen for me now and I am listening to her reading Jane Austen's other novels.