Listen free for 30 days

Listen with offer

£0.00 for first 30 days

Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection - including bestsellers and new releases.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, celeb exclusives, and podcasts.
Access exclusive sales and deals.
£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.
Persuasion cover art

Persuasion

By: Jane Austen
Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
Try for £0.00

£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.

Buy Now for £18.99

Buy Now for £18.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.
activate_primeday_promo_in_buybox_DT

Listeners also enjoyed...

Sense and Sensibility cover art
Middlemarch cover art
Northanger Abbey cover art
Mansfield Park cover art
Emma [Naxos Edition] cover art
Pride and Prejudice cover art
Persuasion (Seasons Edition: Summer) cover art
Persuasion and Poems by Jane Austen cover art
"Sanditon" and Excerpts from the Novels cover art
Sense and Sensibility (Seasons Edition - Fall) cover art
Jane Austen's Greatest Novels cover art
Emma (Seasons Edition - Spring) cover art
North and South cover art
Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon cover art
Jane Eyre cover art
David Copperfield cover art

Summary

Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

©2007 Naxos AudioBooks Ltd. (P)2007 Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.

What listeners say about Persuasion

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,363
  • 4 Stars
    249
  • 3 Stars
    71
  • 2 Stars
    16
  • 1 Stars
    11
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,283
  • 4 Stars
    156
  • 3 Stars
    34
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    5
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,162
  • 4 Stars
    225
  • 3 Stars
    67
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    8

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Juliet Stevenson excels again!

I had not previously read this Jane Austen, and I think it is one that is quite often forgotten. This is not however because it is one of her lesser works. This story follows a different formula to many of her other novels, and shows Austen's maturity in her writing style. It will never be as good as Pride and Prejudice, but definitley worth a listen.

Juliet Stevenson once again is a fantastic narrator, making each character unique.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

13 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Not so gentle satire

This book has some of Jane Austen's best writing - she invents the trick of the authorial voice stepping into the character's thoughts here for the first time in the novel. Outside that the authorial voice is quite biting, in the main character she gives an accurate portrait of depression, and some of the subordinate characters are truly appalling. Which may be why some people don't like it as much as her other books: it's hard to maintain the "sweetness and light" illusion that some have of Jane Austen. I like it best of all her books, and, as usual, Juliet Stevenson is a splendid narrator (though Anna Massey, if only we could have her, brings an icy bite to her reading which is entirely appropriate to this book).

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

10 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful!

This is one of my favourite Jane Austen books and Juliet Stevenson narrates this brilliantly. Having seen her play Mrs Elton in the movie adaptation of Emma I knew she would be perfect for this. I've downloaded the other Austen books that she narrates now too!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful Persuasion

A pleasure to listen to this lovely story which is beautifully read by Juliet Stevenson!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

love this book.

Juliet Stevenson once again gives a wonderful performance and truly brings the story and everyone in it to life.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Thoroughly enjoyed

I had an older audiobook version, but this is a great improvement. Juliet Stevenson really catches the tone of the script beautifully. Thank you for this treasure.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Marvellous

The story of Ann Elliot and Captain Wentworth is so familiar to all Austen lovers. This book with narration by the wonderful Juliet Stevenson provides an entirely new nuance to this beloved story. I highly recommend this audiobook

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

8 hours 47 minutes of listening pleasure!

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

Great Cinderella story!

What other book might you compare Persuasion to, and why?

Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park because Jane Austen has a distinctive style of writing!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Anne and the young adults of the Uppercross family accompany Captain Wentworth on a visit to two of his fellow officers, Captains Harville and James Benwick, in the coastal town of Lyme Regis.

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

It has a strong feel good factor throughout.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

An excellent story interpreted in an excellent, empathetic and professional manner.

Juliet Stevenson reads this classic tale in an unbeatable way. In an even pace she smoothly delivers the text and by inhabiting each character fleshes out each individual, building the narrative without apparent effort. At no time is there a hint of monotony or fatigue in her voice or jarring emphasis either. The whole is a piece of auditory haute couture!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Another great Austen story

I loved the narration and story. True to Austen form- well worth the listen. I preferred the character of Anne to Fanny price in Mansfield park.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!