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A moving love story displaying all of Austen's signature wit and ironic narrative style. Persuasion is Jane Austen's last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finished Emma, completing it in August 1816.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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You get what you pay for

What would have made Persuasion better?

Is this an English accent??? Not sure.. Strange.

What did you like best about this story?

Story of course is timeless

Any additional comments?

The narration is stilted. She doesn't capture the sense of the sentences.... the breaks are wrong. The sense is wrong.....

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • BP
  • 03-08-16

Austin, lovely. Narration not so much.

I love this story. The narrator seems to be attempting an English accent. Distracting pronunciation.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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terrible narration

This narration is just unbearable. I have never heard a narration as bad as this.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Poor narration

I love Austen's books. However, I could not finish this version of Persuasion. Mary Sarah is an unfortunate choice of narrator. I'm not certain whether this is her natural accent, it seems odd. I found it jarring, in places her intonation was incorrect and I could not concentrate on the story.

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  • Kathryn
  • TAYLORS, SC, United States
  • 03-01-14

One of my favorites

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Many people love Pride and Prejudice and Emma, but Persuasion seems to be overlooked. I have always loved this one the most. A little slice of perfection!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anne is a wonderful character; she is reserved and quiet, but determined not to be pressured into a convenient marriage. She sees people for who they really are.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Delightful story, average performance.

Listening to this a second time I'm once again perplexed by the utterly strange pronouncement of certain words. One (I forget which) was pronounced so strangely it took me a few seconds thought before I could figure out exactly what she meant. And then there's the grating "oblahzshe". What. In. The. Heck. Oblige, woman!!! There's an I and a G in it!!! There were also odd pauses in the reading from time to time. Nothing terrible, but enough to clearly make this not a first-rate production.

Nevertheless, it was inexpensive to purchase and was enjoyable to listen to, so no real complaints. A thoroughly delightful story, one of my favourites.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Loved the book,hated the narrator.

I've listened to this book within 2 months from a different narrator and can tell you that this narrator does this book no justice.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Really BAD narration

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The book may very well be good, and I expect that it will be since it is Jane Austen, but the narration was so bad I couldn't finish it. I have downloaded another version to listen to.

What didn’t you like about Mary Sarah’s performance?

Everything. There wasn't anything I did like about her reading. The accent, the tone, the line delivery, where she did and did not place emphasis. I gave up.

Any additional comments?

I got this version because it was extremely marked down. I can deal with some flaws, a little skip or a repeat and even mediocre narration. But this version wasn't even worth the marked down price.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Intuitive and Enchanting Second Chance Rom Classic

What did you love best about Persuasion?

This was not my first or even second go around with the story, but since my teen years it has been an all-time favorite. This may seem odd, but what I enjoyed and still enjoy best is the thought that people can get a restart or that it was a case of bad timing and the second time around will be better. That people can make mistakes and not have to regret them forever. All these things go with scintillating storytelling. Austen's characters sparkle. There is wit, humor, glances at folly, warmth, and yes, romance.

What did you like best about this story?

This time around I enjoyed how at first Anne seems to look bad beside Louisa Musgrove because Louisa has force of character and quick decisiveness which Wentworth applauds, but then a few scenes later the author slyly alters matters so that the reader and Wentworth are forced to see that there are strengths to a biddable thoughtful nature, too, after the Lyme incident where Anne shines and Louisa is hurt by her impetuous head-strong nature.

What about Mary Sarah’s performance did you like?

Pretty much everything! I love how she voiced the characters and how she got into the emotion of the story. I liked how she made Anne's pensiveness which can be a slow part not so lacking for me. I felt she added and didn't distract.

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

Yes! Always! And actually, I almost did. But admittedly, it's a favorite.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Terribly Fake British Accent.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No. The book is wonderful.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mary Sarah’s performances?

Yes. Mary Sarah is a good narrator. Her Anne of Green Gables is wonderful! She, unfortunately does not pull off a natural sounding British accent for this book.

Any additional comments?

I was unable to finish the book because of the Mary Sarah's poor accent choice.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • VC
  • 03-31-16

Why not use an English voice artist?

...and if you insist on a North American voice, they should be able to pronounce words like "obliged" properly! I can assure you that it is not "uh-blarged".

The first warning sign was that "shewn" was pronounced "shoon", when any Janeite could tell you that's an old-fashioned spelling of "shown". It also took me a while to realise that the voice artist was attempting to do general English and Somerset accents at some points. If you can't do impressions, it's safest to stick to your own accent.

I'm available to read any American classics you might have in my really poor attempt at an LA accent, if you want me to return the favour.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Slubberd
  • 08-28-16

Persuasion is a good story but I had to uninstall

The narrator was unable to grasp the emphasis in long sentences to the degree that they failed to make sense. I'm getting a better version.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs E M Tibbs
  • 07-05-14

My favourite Jane Austen-but very poorly read

Would you try another book written by Jane Austen or narrated by Mary Sarah?

I would never choose a book read by Mary Sarah. There are so many wonderful readers I can't understand how anyone could allow her to read a classic, did no one listen to it before it was sold?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anne, of course, is the heroine and you feel her pains and pleasures but all Jane Austen's characters are skillfully drawn.

What didn’t you like about Mary Sarah’s performance?

She is a poor reader and pronounced names incorrectly.

Was Persuasion worth the listening time?

Not with this reader.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • tonybad
  • 07-06-16

The reading of the story is very bad

I love this story but found it very hard to listen to due to the way it was read. Very clipped, really disappointing

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • mrs cr young
  • 01-07-17

Great story not sure about narration.

I was not convinced by the narrator and wish I had chosen an English as opposed to North American version. My fault. How does one pronounce obliged? Oblarged?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Joseph
  • 12-19-16

Let down. Horrific. Awful.

Brilliant British novel - read by an American lady who clearly had been given no education in how to read a book from the English past
- nor any reading at all. The emotions, inclinations and timing are all over the place. She obviously has no idea what this book is about.
Awful. A complete butchering of a classic.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • 10-04-16

Great value for money

Thoroughly enjoyed Persuasion! Great value for money at .52p, although the narrator's pronunciation of "obliged" was grating!

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  • Denise Simpson
  • 08-08-16

Disappointed

One of my favourite Jane Austen stories but I just can't get on with this narration. The emphasis and intonation isn't quite right somehow - the voice sounds almost computerised so I stopped listening quickly before the whole book is spoiled for me.

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  • Sparkly Sal
  • 01-12-17

Lesser-read Jane Austen novel well worth a listen

It took me a while to get used to the narrator's Irish accent - perhaps incongruous to the telling of a quintessentially English novel - but she really brought the story to life.

The style of 19th century literature can make even the most wonderful stories difficult to read in their original version, requiring persistence and determination. I strongly recommend audiobooks for making the literary classics of old accessible to impatient readers.

I had had the book by my bedside for several months but found it hard to penetrate before purchasing the audio book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Seagull
  • 01-25-14

Excellent

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

This is probably my favourite Jane Austen book. Hearing it spoken aloud made me appreciate it even more, and though I couldn't really say that Mary Sarah's reading particularly enhanced the experience, neither did it detract. For the price, I would say this version is stunningly good value.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Persuasion?

The whole book is memorable!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-12-17

Very Worthwhile; Austen at her best?

Struggled on my first attempt but managed on the second and ended up loving it. May be Austen's best? Well read but with a strangely American-like accent.

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