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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.

©2007 Naxos AudioBooks Ltd. (P)2007 Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.

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i loved it very much. will hear it again for sure.

I loved it very much. It is one of my favorite Jane Austen books to hear.

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Amazing Narrator

Juliet Stevenson did a great job in narrating this book!! Thoroughly enjoyed it listening to a favorite novel.

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Wonderful Narrator

Juliet Stevenson adds so much to Persuasion! She does a wonderful performance of all the characters. It really makes the story much more enjoyable.

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Austen: genius. Stevenson: perfection.

Put them together for a highly enjoyable listen. As always, Austen's astute eye for human behavior and her understated humorous way of conveying it makes her one of the foremost writers in the English language. Stevenson is a marvelous narrator, pitch-perfect, skewering the snobbish and stuck-up characters and switching effortlessly between male and female voices, with no vocal awkwardness on the males. If you want to listen to Persuasion, this is is the version to choose.

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A great performance of one of my favourite books

If I had to choose, I would have to say that Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austen novel, and Juliet Stevenson does it justice with her narration.

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My favorite Austen

On every re read or listen I always learn more about myself. Jane Austen has a way of examining human interaction that truly makes you want to be a better person.

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One of my favorites!

I think Juliet Stevenson does a beautiful job narrating and I love this book and have listened to it many times

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My favorite Jane Austen

Great narrator, spirited protag, and achingly wonderful love story.

The narrator does a great job; I've in the past enjoyed her reading of Jane Eyre, so was delighted to find her here. This is such a beautiful story. I'd originally seen (and loved) the movie with Ciaran Hinds, and was pleased to find it followed the book very closely and was excellently cast. It's nice to find a romance where the main players aren't teenagers, and despite her age the lady, like Elizabeth Bennett, is in no real rush to marry: at least, not without love.

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A Stellar Interpretation

Perhaps the quietest and most heartfelt of Jane Austen's tales of the ways in which human nature operates, and is operated upon, when true love is concerned. Juliet Stevenson's performance is warm and properly nuanced. A wonderful listen.

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Excellent reading of my favorite Jane Austen

Juliet Stevenson gives a truly wonderful reading of this book. I have a hard time with narrators, and I've never found an Austen audiobook I could enjoy before. However, this reading shines. She does the characters well, gives vivacity and emotion to key moments without over stretching, and the cadence and skill of her reading makes the text easily and gracefully accessible. Austen's text shines.

The book itself of course...what is there to say? This is my favorite Austen novel. The story centers around older characters than her other novels, and the tenor of the book in general is more mature. Anne Elliot is also my favorite heroine (although Fanny is a close second, as is Elinor Dashwood). She is exceptionally smart and "tenderness itself." The honesty with which Austen reads and portrays her characters is absolutely brilliant (the gloves are off a bit more in this one than her earlier books).

This one — book and reading — is not to be missed and well worth the investment. I will come back to it again and again.

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