Persuasion by Jane Austen [audiobook]

Persuasion - Jane Austen Persuasion – Jane Austen
Narrated by Juliet Stevenson

Naxos Audiobooks, 2007
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Persuasion may be my favourite Austen. Perhaps I fell in love with Pride and Prejudice first, and, it is true, Persuasion was the very last of Austen’s books that I read, but it was also the first since Pride and Prejudice that left me with All. The. Feelings. Of course, I love Austen for a lot more than just the warm fuzzy feelings some of her stories give me, but nevertheless it is always nice to discover a book that will make you feel so much love.

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Moreover, Anne, insecure Anne who was persuaded to give up her engagement with Captain Wentworth by her influential friend and relations. Anne, who now, many years later, sees Wentworth again, and finds she might be perceived to be aged, to be thoughts of as beyond the stage for love, and from the sidelines watches Captain Wentworth flirt with other girls. Until.. until.. the very end where Anne gets to make her own decisions, in some form or other, we get to see the power of Anne shine through even in all her niceness and willingness to give to others.. And yes, the end, where she may truly love again.
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I am sorry. I just cannot help but love this book. In audio, it was the perfect pick me up after a long day of work. Or during the dishes. Or while ironing. Jane Austen feels like home to me. Juliet Stevenson does a pretty good job at narrating the story (the only complaints I had is that Mary’s voice is a little sharp at times which made me want to tone down the volume when she’s speaking). But apart from that, I really liked the narration and production of this book.

The weird thing is that I honestly thought my audio edition of this book was abridged. But it did have this cover and this narrator and this producer, so perhaps I simply made that up? Because as I was listening I kept wondering which parts were abridged, since they all seemed pretty close to the plot to me. And then, I started doubting whether I even knew one of my favourite books anymore. I even considered checking a few chapters in my print version to the audio version. But then.. I couldn’t be bothered. And I just enjoyed the story as it was told to me.

Okay, I just checked the library and I listened to the unabridged version of the book *headdesk* I really should check these things before I start questioning my own sanity.

So.. Anne, Captain Wentworth, Letter, it being read to you.. It was kind of perfect.

Next time I reread Persuasion (and let’s be honest, that’s bound to happen sooner rather than later), I will give you an actual intelligent opinion about it. Or at least I’ll try to. Promise.

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16 thoughts on “Persuasion by Jane Austen [audiobook]

  1. Amy @ My Friend Amy

    Of course, I love Austen for a lot more than just the warm fuzzy feelings some of her stories give me, but nevertheless it is always nice to discover a book that will make you feel so much love.

    aw this makes me want to read Austen more than anything else has!

    (also u r the qtest)

  2. aartichapati

    I love this book the most of all Austen’s novels, too. It is the most romantic, I think, and the most satirical. And yes, that letter. Sigh.

  3. Rory O'Connor

    Persuasion IS my favorite. I like Mr. Darcy, but Captain Wentworth is the only one who could make me swoon. I’ve never thought about the audiobook before, but I bet hearing the letter aloud would be lovely.

  4. Bookworm1858

    I would love to have a hot guy read the letter to me…which is why I tend to watch film adaptations of Persuasion a lot! Glad you sorted out abridged v. unabridged in this case🙂

  5. Lisa Hill

    Iris, it is such a pleasure to read this. The indescribably brilliant thing about Austen is that we read her differently at different ages, but love her no matter how old we are, and so it is a delight to be reminded about why we loved her when we were younger.

  6. zibilee

    I haven’t read this one yet, and I can’t wait to, seeing that you loved it so much! I have a beautiful collection of all her novels in one, and I stretch them out over time, knowing that I only have so many stories to quench my Austen desire. Looks like this will be my next one!!

  7. Alice

    This is definitely my favourite Austen, for a while it was the only one I wanted to read. It is lovely to meet people who love it as much as I do, I prefer it’s more rational approach to love to the more youthfully-emotional Pride and Prejudice.


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