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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: Cathy Ritchie Publisher: Listener's Digest Inc. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN:
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Jane Austen's last novel Persuasion was written in 1816 and was published posthumously in 1818. The title was not chosen by Jane Austen; some have said she meant to call this The Elliots. Her brother chose this title.

In the novel, Anne Elliot, the heroine Austen called almost too good for me, has let herself be persuaded not to marry Frederick Wentworth, a fine and attractive man without means. Eight years later, Captain Wentworth returns from the Napoleonic Wars with a triumphant naval career behind him, a substantial fortune to his name, and an eagerness to wed. Austen explores the complexities of human relationships as they change over time. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 2/13/2014

    " My favorite of all of Austen's work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eduardo | 2/12/2014

    " Modern Political Philosophy (Politics 266) #eddievcpp266 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget Morse | 2/8/2014

    " I am an Austen fan. Her dialogue between the characters is fantastic. This is another book I felt compelled to read after seeing the movie (BBC). The constraints of the society during this time in history make it seem like romantic love was an impossibility. I think I like this book better than Pride and Prejudice because the characters are older and more flawed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison West | 2/6/2014

    " My favorite Jane Austen book. I love the main character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert Hultman | 2/6/2014

    " A better work than earlier works considering this is likely unfinished. Still too much whining gentry and marriage. Austen wrote the same story with different characters. That said, the social commentary is more interesting in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Jane | 2/3/2014

    " Anne Elliott is my favourite Austen heroine, far more believable than Elizabeth Bennett. She seems more fallible, less holier than thou... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simonesouris | 1/11/2014

    " Insanely enjoyable if you're looking for a 'less giggily' version of Austen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Neumiller | 1/9/2014

    " My favorite Jane Austen book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Ault | 12/31/2013

    " Loved it but not my favorite Jane Austen. Still enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ibraheem Hamdi | 12/27/2013

    " Even though I still prefer 'Emma' and 'Pride and Prejudice' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 12/15/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/8/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey Combe | 12/8/2013

    " Not my favourite, but I still adore her social observations and wonderful wit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam Del rincón | 12/8/2013

    " I love it , the way that Jane Austen described the character's feelings, is fantastic. I admire Anne Elliot and the love between her and Frederick Wentworth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 amber wiser | 12/6/2013

    " Well. Unlike the other two Austen books that I read, this one didn't make me want to shoot myself. It was similar to the other two stories, yes but it was much faster and not as borrrrrrrrrrrring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janine Levillard | 10/26/2013

    " Stunning portrait of a thinking woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 El | 6/3/2013

    " Read a few years ago, review here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 10/27/2012

    " Good but definitely not my favorite Austen. That goes to P&P! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 9/18/2012

    " I'm really convinced Austen was an INTJ after reading this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kati | 6/10/2012

    " So happy for Anne. She deserves all good coming her way "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 4/12/2012

    " Enjoyed Ms. Austen's book quite a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 10/17/2011

    " 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 psm | 10/11/2011

    " poor anne elliot, her youth 'gone' & romantically destitute, is the most of moving of austen's heroines. (ps. shame there's no "re-read" button here. this is my fourth time around the block with "persuasion"). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louwana Pinnell spetter | 9/16/2011

    " Love, love, love Jane Austen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey Knorn | 8/8/2011

    " my favorite jane austen of them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 6/28/2011

    " I enjoyed this, but it's not my favorite Austen novel. That doesn't mean I didn't like it, however. "

  • 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.