(P)2009 Alpha DVD LLC
Persuasion is, of course, one of the great classic romantic novels of its time. However this 'performance' is poor. It's a computer generated voice that sounds English and yet mis-pronounces English names like Gloucester. Moreover the narration is monotonous in cadence and a little too fast.
I have since bought the Juliet Stevenson version which is wonderful this is my favourite book on the planet and to have it spoiled was very sad. I will give the Stevenson version 5 stars
As I said favourite book on the planet - I love the Austen books
Very rushed almost gabbled in parts and some of her pronunciation is not the accepted which is very jarring, not pleasant to listen to at all.
A wonderful story
I went back and bought the Juliet Stevenson version from you which is wonderful, she reads it beautifully, it is a pity that you can't return books that you hate because of poor reading
This audiobook must be read by a robot, or at least has been tampered with in some way or another. It goes way too quickly to listen to. You'll waste your money.
"Worst version imaginable"
The narrator reads too fast, with no emmotion, and no pauses for punctuation. She sounds almost mechanical in her reading, and has turned an amazing novel into a tedious, barely intelligible verbal race to reach the next chapter on a single breath. Don't waste your money, select another version.
"Good book; bad recording"
I enjoyed the story very much. The narrator spoke a little too quickly sometimes, and it jumped several times, skipping at least a few sentences here and there. There's a reason it's cheap. I love Jane Austen, though, and here she excels once again at creating compelling, realistic characters.
"you'll have to listen at warp speed on this one"
Not sure how I ended up with this version, but I don't think this narrator took a breath through the whole book. She reads at warp speed, but I can't listen at warp speed, and the hissing sound of her 'S's grated on my nerves...
"Bad Recording and Narrator is irritating"
This is the first time I have ever felt so motivated to write a bad review. The narrator was so irritating that I found it hard to listen to the story. She did improve slightly by the end of the book, but it was painful.
There were also recording issues with this book, a couple of places the story either skipped the end of a sentence or repeated it.
I LOVE Jane Austen and this was really disappointing.
"can't stand listening to the reader"
I love this book, but I could not listen to it. The reader speaks too fast and has no inflection at all- sort of sounded like a computer reading. If you love Jane Austen try a different production.
The reader had a good voice, but she read so fast I thought she must have been paid for words per minute. There were no pauses, no inflection, and no emotion. This is my favorite Jane Austin book, but I couldn't listen to such poor reading.
"Could not finish owing to awful reading"
We purchased this to listen to during a long drive. Previously we'd listened to Austen's Emma the same way. For this book we had to shut the playback off after less than 20 minutes; neither I nor my wife could stand to listen to it.
The reader rushes, there are no pauses for any kind of punctuation or between paragraphs. There is no expression, no sense that the reader understands what is meant for humor, or pathos, or satire. It is one flat, rapid, breathless, high-pitched gobble.
Can we have the 7.95 back, please?
"Narrator races through in a monotone"
Couldn't even listen to more than 10 minutes of this because of the narration. Now I always listen to the samples. Sorry I didn't get another narrator for this story.
the reader reads too fast. it was hard sometimes to follow the story. at least i knew the story.
Persuasion is one of my favorite Austin stories. I love the pasionate way in which the lovers unite at the end.
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