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Persuasion

Narrated by: Jill Masters
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Jane Austen's last completed novel, published posthumously in 1818, depicts the trials and tribulations of the young Englishwoman Ann Elliot as she reconnects with naval captain Frederick Wentworth. After spurning his marriage proposal years earlier on the advice of friends, she is practically a spinster by the time Wentworth returns to town. After suffering through the vain, shallow society around her, Ann and Captain Wentworth do eventually find a happy ending. Although this is an earlier recording with some inconsistent sound quality, performer Jill Masters' genteel English accent is enjoyable to listen to and perfectly suited to the tale.

Summary

Jane Austen was born in 1775 and died unmarried in her early forties. The daughter of a rector, she lived a comfortable upper middle-class life which was made eventful only be her active imagination.

In Persuasion, the book's heroine, Ann Elliot, was earlier engaged to Frederick Wentworth, a young navel officer, who now has become a captain. Anne is 27, and the early bloom of youth is past, when she and Captain Wentworth are thrown together again.

This book is often thought to be the story of Jane Austen's own lost love. In it, she seems mellowed and more philosophical, touched perhaps by the sentiment of a story in which she saw herself as the heroine but in whose happy outcome she has a premonition that she would never play a part.

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Public Domain (P)1982 Jimcin Recordings

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Great piece of fiction- shame about the narrator

This is one of the few of Austen's works that didn't immediately grip me and I found myself struggling through the first volume and Anne Elliot's grindingly slow apotheosis and constant anxious inward reflection. However, after getting past Anne's initial struggle I gained a new found appreciation for Austen's understated style of writing in which she primarily focuses on the values held by her characters and allows the foolish among them to condemn themselves through her technique of free indirect speech.
I have tried to be positive about the book, but ultimately I found it dry and tedious. This wasn't helped by the narrator who seemed inept at reflecting accurately the portraits painted by Austen.
Not something if you're after a light, pleasant read.

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  • Y. Scott
  • 05-05-15

Terrible audio quality

I love this novel. And I was delighted to find this one in Kindle Unlimited list. What a terrible audio quality. I hear someone talking background. I first thought it was my background. No! It's actually in the audiobook!

I can't possibly continue listening to this audiobook.

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  • A. Thompson
  • 08-10-12

Not the best narrator, but certainly not the worst

I enjoyed this book decently enough to finish it, without deciding to forget the whole thing and try a different narrator. I cannot stress enough how important it is to listen to the full samples given before deciding on a work with multiple narrator options. I've learned my lesson. Jill Masters is not my favorite, but she is far from the worst. Victoria McGee is by far my least favorite Austen narrators, and I couldn't even get halfway through her version of Sense and Sensibility. Lindsay Duncan is my absolute favorite, and I wish she would do all of Austen's works. In Jill Masters' defense, her style simply did not jive with my interpretation of the novel, and her inflections and emphasis did not land as I would have liked. However, she read it well and was consistent. Like many reviewers have also pointed out, I'll stress that the sound quality of this recording is not very good. The volume level fluctuates, there are some awkward pauses, and the sound quality in general is lacking. In short: not the best, but not the worst.

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  • laral
  • 02-09-18

Beware of dull narration with horrible background noise

Narration was not as bad but joy of going through another of Austen’s stories, this one believed to be somewhat of autobiography, was completely ruined by constant background noise in recording. There are much better versions and narrations than this one

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  • Toni
  • 19-08-18

poor performance

I would highly suggest this novel with a different narrator! Persuasion is a wonderful story!

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  • Kelli
  • 05-11-12

Worst Narration I've Experienced Yet

Unable to finish this Jane Austen classic with 2 hours remaining. I very rarely abandon a book and I would not have abandoned it (I think) if I had selected another version of this book read by another narrator. I plan to avoid Jill Masters in the future as there is nothing more disappointing. I could not tell you the gist of this story as I rarely stayed engaged for the 6 hours I did listen to. I feel compelled to try another narrator but I will wait for now. I never listen to a sample before downloading but that may change. This was the worst narration I've experienced in 10+ years of audiobook listening.

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  • C. Crowther
  • 06-08-19

You can hear talking in the background

This is a poor recording. You can hear people talking in the background and the narration is not my favorite.

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  • CB
  • 05-06-19

wonderful book

i love this book. it is the sweetest stories of Jane Austen's novels. i did like the narrator but voices were heard in the background throughout the reading kind of distracting but loved the story so much i ignored it.

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  • Emily
  • 19-05-19

Poor recording quality

The narrator did a good enough job- but the recording quality sounded like she recorded it at work in a call center. Background echos were really bad.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-02-19

The performance...

I didn’t think it was possible to ruin anything Jane Austen wrote. I was wrong. This reading was really bad. If I’m giving the benefit of the doubt, I would hope that this is just an early recording of the book (perhaps when audiobooks were newly conceived, and the production crew and reader hadn’t quite worked out all the kinks yet). I can’t think of any other excuse for such a bad performance of this book. This is actually my favorite of Austen’s work, and the fact that I couldn’t make it through two chapters speaks volumes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-18

Echo

I’m the recording there is an echo which makes it hard to focus on the book