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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.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
One of the greatest classic love stories beautifully told. To be read and re-read. Always a joy. Try it.
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.