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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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  • Patricia
  • 20 05 2007

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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  • Expat Sidekick
  • 09 01 2008

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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  • Diane
  • 25 09 2006

Great acting!

This is the best audio version available of Persuasion. Greta Scachi(sp.?) is a terrific actress with a fabulous voice.

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  • Jennifer
  • 18 06 2010

Perfect

It is senseless to extol the virtues of Austin. It's been done so many times, by so many people far more eloquent than I. I will confine myself to the narration.
I always have a problem with the narration of Austin books. Despite the fact that absolutely everyone has read them, there is always something grating in the audio productions. Austin shouldn't have to be something you suffer through. It is something you should have to smile through.
This book is. The narration is perfect. It never detracts from Austin's funny, touching, witty, and beautiful writing. Usually that is the very most I could say about an Austin narrator. Here I can go farther. Several times, the narrator's reading clued me in to a barb I'd missed in my reading or moved me in a place I ordinarily would have skimmed.
This is the version to get. It is Austin at her very best.

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  • Wanda S Sauerland
  • 23 08 2008

Persuaded to purchase PERSUASION!! Excellent.

The narrator of Persuasion actually *persuaded* me to continue listening. Very nicely read. I find that my volume and bass normally need to be changed with each and very audiobook; most likely because my headset is not the greatest. Yet, this book needed no such alterations of sound. The narrator wonderfully produces the personalities, the story line, and character rendition; really fantastic. If you love Jane Austen, then you will love the way the narrator has read this. Yes, it is a great addition to my library of audiobooks. Personally, I believe others will thoroughly enjoy this.

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  • Christi
  • 05 09 2007

First rate performance

Ms. Scacchi is a terrific narrator. I enjoyed all of her character voices and the story is read with a great deal of verve. I'm very pleased to have purchased this version and it will definitely get multiple listenings.

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  • Camy
  • 01 05 2007

A good audio version of my favorite book

I really enjoyed the reader for this audiobook. The characters were easily distinguished, the pacing was good, vocal inflections were pleasant, and the voice of the reader was perfect for this particular story. I've listened to this audiobook several times already.

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  • Ro
  • 29 03 2010

"Outstanding"

I believe this the most mature of Austen's novels and it is timeless (as are all of Austen's novels). Of course, Austen was always about character, and Persuasion demonstrates this. I find the novel as fresh as the first time I read it, and learn something different after each re-reading of it.

Although I have read the novel 5 or 6 times, Ms Scacchi brought the characters to life. Her tempo was outstanding, as was her ability to "act" out the characters. I highly recommend this narration, even for those who have read the book several times.

The only negative thing is that there appear to be long pauses (8 seconds) between some paragraphs, but a minor distraction that has very little affect on the reading's flow and continuity.

In addition to personal enjoyment, I hold group get-togethers with older people, and present "the classics" to them, using a combination of Audiobooks, Texts, and BBC/PBS productions. Ms Scacchi's narration has received high praise by my audience as well.

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  • Sara
  • 31 07 2008

choppy reading

This is one of my favorite books, the reader is very good. However there are 3-4 second pauses at weird points during the reading. This always gets on my nerves! I recommend the book however.

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  • Jennifer
  • 20 10 2011

Beautiful voice, beautiful story

This book is assumed to be Jane Austen's gift to herself - where she creates a heroine with a similar life history, but gives her heroine a happy ending. It is a lovely book, filled with great insights into mature love. The narrator's voice is perfect for this one - filled with a maturity and underlying pathos. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.

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  • Sue
  • 08 09 2007

Wonderful

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

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  • Cecilia
  • 13 03 2007

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07 07 2014

Great!

If you could sum up Persuasion in three words, what would they be?

Work of art

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anne Elliot has always been my favourite Austen character as she, in my opinion, embodies the pinnacle of female perfection.

Have you listened to any of Greta Scacchi’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not yet

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It captured my feelings

Any additional comments?

Gretta Scacchi renders justice to this wonderful story

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  • Sally B
  • 14 04 2013

fabulous audio book

Really beautifully narrated book. I love Jane Austen, but often when someone is reading a book out loud you can lose your interpretation to the readers. Not so with this one though. The narrator had just enough 'northern' in her accent to make it authentic. I loved it!

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  • lucy
  • 18 01 2012

fantastic

Very good narration , lovely to listen and relax to. An easy way to introduce a book by one of Britain's favourite classic author.

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 13 06 2015

Jane Austen! Always my favourite!

Beautifully read by Greta Scacchi! She made this perennial favourite even more enjoyable! A delight!

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  • Chloe
  • 25 01 2015

A More Adult Love Affair

I confess that as a teenager when I first read Persuasion, it didn't captivate me in the same way as the more comedic and clever Pride and Prejudice or even Emma. As a young person, you want the characters to find the path to true love quickly and relatively trouble free - yes, there will be obstacles and misunderstandings, but ultimately the young and attractive couple will end up happy and content.

Persuasion of course is about wasted youth and faded heroines - about failing to take your chances and regretting past decisions. The couple have been apart for 8.5 years after a broken engagement, and Anne has lost her spirit and bloom as a result. She is a gentle character who keeps her feelings close and rarely speaks impetuously or thoughtlessly. Captain Wentworth, while handsome and eligible, is bitter and resentful over past events and influences. The manner in which the two gradually return to each other is a story of self-realisation and forgiveness.

As a 32 year old, listening to the novel now I found so much more to enjoy and engage. Austen is truly a master of storytelling, and this novel should not be overlooked as a perfect example of what she could do. As always, I marvellled at how little human nature has changed in 200 years, despite our very different circumstances and social mores. Greta Scaachi read beautifully and never intruded into the narrative with overblown voices/accents.

Well worth downloading, especially with the reduced price when you own the Kindle book.

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  • Abigail
  • 12 01 2014

One of my favourite audio books

What made the experience of listening to Persuasion the most enjoyable?

The reader fits the book well, and her expression and enunciation of the language is very done. It is also my favourite Austen novel and this audio book does it justice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love the last chapter with the letter. (not giving to much away)

What does Greta Scacchi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I think having this read gives a better idea of characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I think its a bit long to listen too in one sitting, and also you sometimes need a break because of the language, but I could if the idea took me.

Any additional comments?

I would advise listening to this audio book if you like Austen

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  • Mandy G.
  • 30 07 2017

Well read ckassic

Greta Scacchi reads this with understanding and feeling. The story itself is typical Jane Austen and very enjoyable

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  • Ms Cherry P Heinrich
  • 15 06 2017

Satire brought out by narrator's telling

Greta Scacchi has such a warm voice she is the perfect narrator for this classic.

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