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Publisher's Summary

The last novel completed by Jane Austen before she died at 41, Persuasion is often thought to be the story of the author's own lost love. Sir Walter Elliot of Kellynch Hall has three daughters: Elizabeth, who shares his haughty vanity and, at 28 has found no one good enough to marry; Mary, who has, with some condescension, married the son of the local squire; and admirable Anne, who "was nobody with either father or sister". This is the story of a second chance, the reawakening of love between Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth, whom eight years earlier she had been persuaded not to marry, due to his lowly station in life. Wentworth returns from the Napoleonic Wars with prize money and the social acceptability of naval rank. He is now an eligible suitor acceptable to Anne's snobbish father and his circle, and Anne discovers the continuing strength of her love for him. The happy ending is a contrast to the real outcome of Austen's own romantic aspirations.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tad Davis on 05-19-08

Wonderful characters

Nadia May is my second-favorite reader of Jane Austen after Flo Gibson. Both have an uncanny ability to render the sometimes riotously funny characters in Austen's work; and this one, even with its somewhat autumnal glow, is no exception. (It may seem strange to speak of Jane Austen's characters as riotously funny, but in my estimation Anne Elliot's father and sisters fall into this category; and Admiral Croft gets off a few good lines as well.)

The sound quality of this recording is significantly better than that of Flo Gibson's reading, also available here.

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3 out of 5 stars
By R. CASEY on 09-15-08

narration annoying

the book, of course, is a classic. i'm taking the time to write a review to warn potential listeners to spend more time than i did listening to the sample. there are frequent, noticeable pauses and in some of them you can hear the narrator swallow. i've listened to over 30 books and never noticed this before. other than this awkwardness, her speech and tone are very good and appropriately convey Austen's skill with language.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Judith on 05-11-15


One of the greatest classic love stories beautifully told. To be read and re-read. Always a joy. Try it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By janien on 08-17-14

Surprised at this my first Austen read

Would you listen to Persuasion again? Why?

One of the classics on the 1001 books to read before you die lists and the reason why I listened. I didn't expect to enjoy as much as I did, assuming such a romantic novel is not a favourite genre of mine. Was pleasantly surprised and of course there are reasons why people love the works of Jane Austen, the book is far more than my original perception and was a page turner.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Persuasion?

The trip to Lyme Regis in the novel has stayed with me as well as the difficult family relationships and restrictions on the heroine as a woman at that time.

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

Pretty much. I surprised myself. I bought as a list book and part of a members multi offer. I now have other Jane Austen books in my library to listen too. I'm not a Jane Austen devotee but can see why she's widely loved.

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