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Persuasion Audiobook

Persuasion

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer 10-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Mary has a great voice"

    I already love this story but I enjoyed Mary's voice immensely. When she was speaking for the male characters she didnt make her voice too deep. I hate when that is done. It always sounds so weird. Mary's voice allowed me to get lost in the story instead of focusing on whether or not her voice sounded weird.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 10-06-17
    Anne 10-06-17
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    "Just finished Jane Austen's book, "Persuasion ." "

    Beautifully and intelligently read. Audio of good books is a very nice end of day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    shopaholic727 09-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the book, not the narrator"

    Narrator's accent doesn't fit the British accent that would have been warranted. Her accent was hard to pinpoint and felt very strange and the reading could've been better. That said, I love Jane Austen and this book so I will listen to this again at some point. Just wish the narration was more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pierson 09-27-17
    Pierson 09-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Well performed classic"

    I've never been a huge fan of Jane Austen but my book club was reading this book so I thought I'd give it a shot and download the audiobook. I'm really glad I did. I felt that Mary Sarah did a great job in her performance and didn't find her pauses or inflections distracting at all, as other reviews have stated. Overall I thought it was a charming love story and a nice escape from the world for a while.

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    linda adlard 09-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "how did I miss this?"

    I don't know how I have not read this before. But it is well worth the time and energy and a great story.

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    Kindle Customer 09-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "loved it"

    it was a great listen and the reader was perfect for it will be a favorite definitely

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    MarionO New Zealand 09-15-17
    MarionO New Zealand 09-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappointing narration "

    Unfortunately, I found the narration a barrier to enjoying the story and so, regrettably, abandoned it after a second attempt. It was a very staccato delivery, with phrasing that suggested the narrator wasn't sufficiently familiar with the text, or perhaps not sufficiently familiar with the language patterns of the period. Disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Yancey 08-22-17
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    "A classic and done so well"

    I enjoyed listening to this classic even more than I did reading it myself. It was both written and read well.

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    Amazon Customer Worcester, MA United States 08-21-17
    Amazon Customer Worcester, MA United States 08-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great reading of a timeless romance!"

    I love Jane Austin and this is one of my favorites. The performance was pretty good, just a little bit difficult to tell the different characters on occasion.

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    Ms. Bradley 08-11-17
    Ms. Bradley 08-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Persuasion Narration"

    Loved the book not the narrator. Mary Sarah needs to listen to other narrators. One star was one star too many.

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  • SecretShopper
    London, UK
    3/31/16
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    "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
  • Slubberd
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    8/28/16
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    "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
  • Mrs E M Tibbs
    7/5/14
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    "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
  • tonybad
    wales
    7/6/16
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    "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
  • mrs cr young
    1/7/17
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    "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
  • Joseph
    UK
    12/19/16
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    "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
  • Mary
    10/4/16
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    "Great value for money"

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Denise Simpson
    8/8/16
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sparkly Sal
    Bedfordshire, UK
    1/12/17
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    "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
  • Seagull
    Midlands, UK
    1/25/14
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    "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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