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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (180,331 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Anna Massey Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN:
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At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen's last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, Persuasion is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clarisse (The Bookcase Diaries) | 2/20/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/19/2014

    " Reading Jane Austen always makes me happy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 2/7/2014

    " I enjoyed Persuasion about as much as Pride and Prejudice. I found Anne the most interesting of all Austen's heroines. I really enjoyed reading about an old lady of twenty and eight. The world used to be a horrifying place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin Trepp | 2/5/2014

    " This book is super-romantic if you are young, white, and upper class! At least it is more gender-equal! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 2/3/2014

    " Sorry, Pride and Prejudice fans, but I consider Persuasion as containing Jane Austen's greatest romance. A story of love tragically lost and the struggle to regain it after almost a decade of distance, it is Miss Austen's last novel and her most mature. The author builds tension and suspense gradually throughout the story and we begin to see the goodness of the deserving heroine Anne Elliott. The romance just ate me alive and the setting of Bath accentuates that. The theme has been used in romances over and over but this one, I believe, is the original and the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa Hallock | 1/30/2014

    " I was uncertain about this book and it took me a few chapters to get into it since there was a lot of character buildup in the first pages and not much actually happened, but once that was passed I learned to love Anne Elliot much like I have loved Emma Woodhouse, Eliza Bennet, and Fanny Price before her. The love story was complex and beautiful and as usual surrounded by the coincidence so noted in Austen's writing and I enjoyed immensely the unfolding of the Elliot's &c lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/21/2014

    " Good (of course), but still like Pride and Prejudice better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aurora Puig navarro | 1/13/2014

    " Well.. The story was ok but I found it quite hard to read as I am not an english native speaker. Tough ,lovely story, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chatita | 1/13/2014

    " My favorite work by Jane Austen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Dommer | 12/19/2013

    " My favorite Jane Austin story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lise | 12/4/2013

    " Still my favourite Jane Austen, and I would argue her best novel for the subtlety and complexity of her characters. Even if some of the sub-plots are similar to her earlier novels, they are more complex and have been clearly thought through in more details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody | 10/16/2013

    " This annotated edition was beautifully done. It added to the reading experience for me, making me want to reread more classics this way. I wish there was a Sense & Sensibility edition! Wonderful quality production, nicely written notes, and beautiful pictures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deirdre Fahey | 10/13/2013

    " I love this book, a beautiful, poignant love story of second chances "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 8/7/2013

    " 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 Noor | 7/1/2013

    " One of Jane Austen's novels that doesn't get enough attention! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeaneen Kindschuh | 5/22/2013

    " One of my summer goals to read more classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 10/31/2012

    " So happy I finished this re-read on Valentine's Day! Shapard's annotations aren't consistently interesting, but Persuasion is always a delight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 9/11/2012

    " She teaches how we use powers of persuasion while engaging us in the historicity of England. One of the best Romantic novels of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jb34 | 8/10/2012

    " My favorite book of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oana Sorescu | 8/4/2012

    " Last novel published. Seemed more grown-up than P&P, meetings between the two characters weren't as effusive as I'd expect. Still,a more mature work, beautifully written. Worth savouring at its own pace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosy Hill | 5/22/2012

    " I can't call this my favorite Jane Austen novel, because Pride & Prejudice is as perfect a book as I have ever read. However I loved this book- and found it only after I had read all of her others. Glad I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarissa D | 4/20/2012

    " not really my style, but it's Jane Austin! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 2/27/2012

    " The letter that Frederic wrote to Anna brought me to tears! Wonderful :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 9/15/2011

    " More simple, restrained, character-fueled story-telling from a quiet master. "

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

    " I loved this book! This was my first Jane Austen book and it won't be my last! wonderful for readers like me who love character development and a good romantic plot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 7/7/2011

    " although not my favorite Austen novel, I really liked this. Anne Elliot has Austen's usual protagonist's feistiness (although nothing like Emma) and she's likable. I did find it frustrating that Anne is somewhat negative and depressed for 2/3 of the book- but the end makes up for it! "

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

    " my favorite jane austen books. perhaps not as witty as 'emma" or vivacious as "pride and prejudice," but sweet and poignant and reflective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bekka | 7/6/2011

    " I think this is the best of all her books. More mature, and more depth to the story. Beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lena | 7/6/2011

    " My favourite Austen book. The characters are vivid, the writing is sharp, the dialogue is witty, and Anne's combination of heartbreak and hopefulness assured this book's prime place in my shelf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 7/4/2011

    " Everything I would say about this book that makes it great, you probably already expect because it is Jane Austen. It is a more mature, emotionally intricate book than her others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candess | 7/4/2011

    " I believe this is Jane's best work. It steers away from the more "fluffy" aspects, and gives you a true contention on what it is like to live with regrets. It is endearing to watch Anne grow into and independent woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie | 7/3/2011

    " This reminds me of the stereotypical Cinderella story- uncaring father, selfish sisters, limited means, and a handsome "prince"- set in Regency England. All in all a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 7/3/2011

    " This is one of my favorite books by her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darrelyn | 7/1/2011

    " Great work of fiction. It shows the mature side of Jane Austen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 6/29/2011

    " Help! I can't stop reading Jane Austen. Better late than never right? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke | 6/29/2011

    " In many ways, Persuasion is a lot like Northanger Abbey. But, from my superficial knowledge of romantic relationships, I thought that Persuasion felt more authentic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle M | 6/28/2011

    " Ranked #3 in my top 10 romance list "

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About the Author
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.

About the Narrator

Anna Massey (1937–2011), the daughter of Hollywood actor Raymond Massey, was born in England and enjoyed an award-winning career on stage, in movies, and on television. Her stage roles earned her the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award, the London Critics’ Circle Theatre Award, and a nomination for a Tony Award for her only Broadway appearance, in The Reluctant Debutante. Her television awards include the UK’s BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress and the RTS Television Award. Her best-known film roles were as Helen in Peeping Tom, Babs in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy, and more recently in The Oxford Murders and The Machinist. She received critical praise from AudioFile magazine for her narrations, especially of Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, and Wild Swans by Jung Chang.