Persuasion

  • by Jane Austen
  • Narrated by Flo Gibson
  • 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Anne Elliott foolishly let true love slip through her fingers when she allowed herself to be persuaded that the man she adored was an unacceptable candidate for marriage. Now, after years of carrying a torch, Anne finds herself confronted by the dashing Wentworth, newly returned from years at sea. In this, her final novel, Jane Austen savagely skewers the rigid social sensibilities of the day with brilliant satire.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Jane Austen is at the height of her considerable powers in Persuasion, the last novel of her short and magnificent career. To call this book a Cinderella story would belittle its keen psychological insight, its subversive charm, and its winning protagonist, Anne Elliot, who at 27 is older than Austen's other heroines, but whose intelligence and vividness make her a classic Austen creation. Flo Gibson conveys Austen's ironic wit and the incomparable social acumen of her story of a woman who must take a careful look at the first mistakes of her young adulthood before she can move past them.


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A Nice Warm Bath, or Keeping Austen Weird

Baths bookends Austen's writing. Her first novel, Northanger Abbey takes place largely in Bath. Her last novel, Persuasion also spends a bunch of time in Bath. While I wasn't a huge fan of her first novel, I really appreciated Austen's last novel. It was tight, interesting, and possessed a focus that Northanger Abbey lacked. It also seemed to be one of the clearest presentations of Austen's big themes: her explorations of marriage, class, persuasion and responsibility. The ability for Austen to create such a clear narratives that are also seeped in irony, satire, and yes even mild bathos amazes me.
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- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"

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Flo Gibson has a gravelly voice that might be just the ticket for the aged woman-of-the-world of "Moll Flanders", but does not suit "Persuasion" at all. Recorded Books can usually be relied upon to match the right narrator to a book; this was a rare serious blunder. The novel is wonderful, just try a different version.
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- W. S.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books