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Persuasion, Jane Austen's last novel, is a tale of love and marriage told with irony and insight. Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth have met and seperated years before. Their reunion, after the passage or irrecoverable years of their youth, forces a recognition of the false values that drove them apart.
First published 1818. All rights reserved.; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Patricia on 05-20-07

Really lovely . . .

A very charming, well-paced, straightforward, reading by Greta Scacchi. What I like so much about this production is that Scacchi doesn't get in the way of Austen's voice. Scacchi, unlike some readers of period novels, conveys the personality, tone and intonnation of the characters without the use of gimmicky overacting or absurd vocalizations. I felt like I was sitting in a Regency drawing room on a quiet evening being read aloud to by an intelligent, sympathetic interpreter. All the more to appreciate this tale of second chances and enduring love.

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By Expat Sidekick on 01-09-08

A work of art

Greta Scacchi reading Jane Austen is a perfect pairing. Scacchi reads with such subtelty of voice tones and timing that each nuance of Austen's word choice becomes a tapestry stitch in silk. Austen's words were so clearly written to be read aloud, but Scacchi uses them to captivate her listeners into a story that is a slower, much more autumnal love story than Emma or Pride and Prejudice, and without her art, might feel muted instead of delicate.

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By Sue on 09-08-07

Wonderful

Beautiful reading of a great story. I couldn't fault it. Very much enjoyed.

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By Cecilia on 03-13-07

An excellent reading for an excellent book

I wonder why Persuasion is not as popular and acclaimed as it deserves. To me, this is Jane Austen's more modern novel. Always playing on the brink of unbalance, the more Anne Elliot's voice is gaining confidence, the more other characters' self-assurance is falling to pieces. Greta Scacchi's excellent reading brings Anne Elliot's voice and all other characters alive. She definitely pours emotion to the dialogue.

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By Alexandra on 10-27-15

excellent narration!

the narrative was the best I've heard so far!
and of course the story is amongst Jane Austen's greatest

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By Paddington on 09-24-14

A pleasant read

This was pleasant to listen to and I am glad I did, but no where near as good as Pride and Prejudice.

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