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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (180,075 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Janet Suzman Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by ♪ 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 by 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 by Lucia | 1/4/2014

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

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