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4.42 out of 54.42 out of 54.42 out of 54.42 out of 54.42 out of 5 4.42 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Janet Suzman Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN:
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A Woman's Hour reading by Janet Suzman of Jane Austen's last completed work. When the personable Captain Wentworth reappears in Anne Elliot's life several years after she had been persuaded to break off their engagement, he at first makes no secret of his angry indignation.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 2/10/2014

    " Now that I'm the same age as Persuasion's spinsterish protagonist Anne Elliot, this book hits much closer to home than when I first picked it up as a preteen. Unlike the isolated orphan girls who take the starring role in other 19th-century English novels (e.g., Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre), Anne Elliot belongs to a family of considerable size (especially if you count her numerous in-laws and honorary family members, such as Lady Russell), and in Persuasion Jane Austen shines a light on both the negative and positive aspects of "belonging" to a group of people whose wants and needs don't always align with one's own. The novel focuses on the constitutionally timid Anne's years-long struggle to weigh her own desires (in particular, her desire to marry the man she loves, Captain Frederick Wentworth) against the competing desires of her selfish and demanding relatives, whose collective obsession with wealth and social status causes them to view the noble-hearted Frederick with unwarranted disdain. Persuasion is a gloomier novel than all of Austen's other five: illness and injury are frequent occurrences, widows and widowers abound, and there's not a single scene in the whole book that arouses laughter or even a mirthful smile. In its own way, though, Persuasion is a Cinderella story with a happy ending, a surprisingly sweet wish-fulfillment dream, in which an older-but-wiser heroine is given the much-longed-for chance to undo the regrettable actions she took at age nineteen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ♪ Kim | 1/31/2014

    " I'm glad I read this book now rather than when I was younger. I don't think I would have fully appreciated the romance between Anne Elliott and Captain Wentworth if I didn't have the perspective on marriage that I have now. And I wouldn't have enjoyed it nearly as much. This is not a playful story like Emma or Pride and Prejudice; the heroine is much wiser and more deserving. This may be my new favorite Jane Austen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 1/4/2014

    " This was my last Jane Austen book to read. I loved it! Next to Pride and Prejudice, my new favorite Jane Austen book! Read it in 2 days! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucia | 1/4/2014

    " Another Austin book that can be read again and again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tessa Eltzroth | 1/1/2014

    " The only Austen I love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 12/31/2013

    " I love when Austen's characters are more subtle and practical... I find that type of heroine very relatable. It is a struggle to watch a good person be treated poorly, her intelligence and practicality ignored, and her beauty and good nature led astray by others... But, as is often the case with Austen, the world ends as it ought to. Lessons may or may not be learned by the other characters, but the telling of the story always remains beautifully done that I am sad it does not continue on beyond it's end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 12/18/2013

    " Another favorite of mine of Jane Austen's works! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Apryl Mason | 12/3/2013

    " An oldie, but a goodie. I just felt like re-reading this. Then I had to watch the BBC movie with Amanda Root. I love Jane Austen and this is one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 11/11/2013

    " My most favorite JA novel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisaann | 11/4/2013

    " Loved it , loved it , loved it , "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nakita | 10/27/2013

    " I wasn't crazy about this book at first. I found it very slow-moving. It just wasn't my cup of tea. I eventually started to get into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith | 8/2/2013

    " Persuasion and sense and sensibility are my favorite Austen both are dark and lack the mirth of P&P and Emma but the heroines are more complex. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andria | 4/1/2013

    " I have never yawned so much in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Yheela | 3/8/2013

    " This is my very favourite Austen novel. She's really hit the jackpot with this one. I read it several times a year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clarisse (The Bookcase Diaries) | 2/20/2013

    " 3.5 stars. I loved Anne Elliot's character! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/10/2012

    " This classic isn't often talked about, among Austen's other more famous works. Definitely worth a read...my absolute favorite of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brit | 8/1/2012

    " I actually loved this one more than Pride and Prejudice. Read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joelle Anthony | 6/23/2012

    " It's been so long since I read this that I didn't remember any of it. That part was fun. I thought it was a quick read, but not as funny as her others. In fact, hardly funny at all. But still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ycel | 4/24/2012

    " This is my favorite Jane Austen book, because it is a book about second chances. Seriously, this book made me want to go to Bath to walk the streets that Anne and Frederick have trodden. Or maybe re-read this while I'm there ;) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 1/31/2012

    " The beginning may start a bit boring but the story matures well if you have the patience. I however felt like the happy ending was rushed considering the long read. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 1/16/2012

    " Who doesn't like a good Jane Austen romance? This is a great one, especially because of the hero of the story, Captain Frederick Wentworth! The story is gripping, heartbreaking, and wonderful, all at the same time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raghd(inia) | 12/19/2011

    " And they all lived happily ever after <3 (fearful of a new war) :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/8/2011

    " Excellent read! Love this work of Austen's, sad it was her final, finished novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 10/21/2011

    " My favorite of all jane's novels. I am absolutely in love with Captain Wentworth, especially when played by Ciran Hinds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kera | 6/23/2011

    " its a lovely story but like with all Jane Austen books you have to read them slowly and take your time :). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 5/17/2011

    " Austen at her best, a great book to start out on a journey through all her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 5/17/2011

    " Beautiful writing and story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 5/17/2011

    " I liked this book better then any others by Jane Austin. I feel that she was a seasoned writer by this time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 5/16/2011

    " If you love P&P or Emma and haven't yet read this one, you need to. Austen's last is by far the most passionate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthette | 5/15/2011

    " I love this book so much. I had just gotten to the final 10% this morning when -- alas! -- it was time to go to work! But now I'm through it and happily basking in the glow of a satisfactory conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 5/14/2011

    " I read it in high school and loved it but not as much the second time around. My reasoning on the first read: Anne was a strong heroine. My reasoning on the second read: Anne was a weak heroine. Go figure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neridah | 5/11/2011

    " While I'm yet to be prised away from the charms of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion is making a case for a strong second. In fact, given time they may even tie, thought I will probably always prefer Elizabeth's company to Annes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dvora | 5/10/2011

    " My favorite Austen. It is so wonderfully awkward and I find it a book that the modern girl can still relate to even though it's been nearly 200 years since it was published "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 5/9/2011

    " My favorite Austen novel, hands down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscilla | 5/9/2011

    " Enjoyed reading it. I've seen all the movie versions of Jane Austen novels and thought it high time that I actually read her books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katri | 5/8/2011

    " I just love this story. I love Anne and Capt. Wentworth and the maturity that this story is written with. A love story that gets me every time. Oh, and that letter at the end that Capt. writes to Anne, HOT! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie | 5/7/2011

    " My favorite Austen novel - unique from the rest! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesika | 5/6/2011

    " i think my favorite Austen novel!! "

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Author Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775–1817) is considered by many scholars to be the first great woman novelist. Born in Steventon, England, she later moved to Bath and began to write for her own and her family’s amusement. Her novels, set in her own English countryside, depict the daily lives of provincial middle-class families with wry observation, a delicate irony, and a good-humored wit.