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Persuasion

Narrated by: Hiral Varsani
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Classics, World Literature
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Persuasion is the last novel fully completed by Jane Austen. It was published at the end of 1817, six months after her death. - The story concerns Anne Elliot, a young Englishwoman of 27 years, whose family is moving to lower their expenses and get out of debt. They rent their home to an Admiral and his wife. The wife’s brother, Navy Captain Frederick Wentworth, had been engaged to Anne in 1806, and now they meet again, both single and unattached, after no contact in more than seven years. This sets the scene for many humorous encounters as well as a second, well-considered chance at love and marriage for Anne in her second "bloom".

The story begins seven years after the broken engagement of Anne Elliot to then Commander Frederick Wentworth. Anne, then 19 years old, fell in love and accepted a proposal of marriage from the handsome young naval officer. He was clever, confident, ambitious and employed, but not yet wealthy and with no particular family connections to recommend him. Her father, Sir Walter, and her older sister, Elizabeth, maintained that Wentworth was no match for an Elliot of Kellynch Hall, the family estate. Lady Russell, acting in place of Anne's late mother, persuaded her to break the engagement, which Lady Russell saw as imprudent for one so young.

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Performance a little disappointing

A great story, of course.
However, the performance was a little stilted at times. There were also some odd pronunciations, which may have been authentic Jane Austen, but broke my concentration.

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Stilted and staccato

This is one of my favourite stories but sadly I found myself unable to progress further than chapter 3!
The narrator reads the story in a terribly staccato manner and there are constant crackles in the background - possibly from editing sentences together? Either way unbearable.

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Favourite Austen, terrible narrator

Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austen novel but this audio book version is terrible to the point I couldn't listen any more.

The narrator is robotic and as other reviewers has said, mispronounces words and gets the emphasis wrong, making it very difficult to follow along at times. There is no characterisation, so everything is read in the same way.

This is my first review as I felt I must warn people off this version so they don't waste their credit/money or spoil their impression of this book.

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Ruined by bad narration and production

I love this book, just like all of Jane Austen. I was delighted to see this on one of the book offers, having not read it for a while I selected it.

I cannot express how bad this narrator is, if someone chooses this as a first foray into Jane A then I dread to think what they will make of it. The narrator is stilted, pronounces words wrong, takes long pauses mid sentence and makes the text very dull. Of course some of the blame has to go to the production because editing should have removed some of these defects.

I can only hope this gets removed and a better version made with a narrator who has some life and character in her reading.

Sadly very disappointing!

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Disappointing performance

The reader of this much loved, classic story, though beautifully spoken, reads mechanically without making sense of the text. She frequently pauses mid-sentence for no reason, and mis-pronounces many words. Sometimes it is just the emphasis that is wrong, but when she started pronouncing the “s” in Viscount, I couldn’t listen any more. This is the first “Audible” book that I have not enjoyed and I am sorry to give such a negative review. I will get the book on Kindle and read it myself.

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Frustrating narration of Jane Austen

I thoroughly enjoyed the narration of Pride and Prejudice by Lindsay Duncan and the recent narration of Emma by Emma Thompson and also the dramatisation of Emma previously.
I hadn’t read Persuasion when I ordered the audio version ...perhaps that was my mistake.
Hiral Varsani has a lovely quality to her voice and very good diction but her phrasing, pauses and emphases were way off on so many occasions that I found myself having to rewind constantly to make sense of the sentences I had just heard. Pronunciation was a problem at times also where different meanings were apparent for the same spelling, e.g minute....Jane Austen meant ‘minute’ as in ‘tiny’ but the word was read as ‘ minute’ meaning 60 seconds,which made no sense in the narrative. The characterisation was the same for everyone and so it was difficult to distinguish between the different voices in the story.
I have not commented on Jane Austen’s story because I feel I need to read the book first.
I was sorry that I used my credit to purchase this narration of Persuasion.