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Persuasion has certain similarities with Emma, another late novel by Jane Austen. In both stories, the heroine is a young woman who lives with her widowed father, and who has an enduring attachment to her eventual spouse from the opening of the action. Persuasion also incorporates certain elements common to Austen's earlier novels, such as characters from the military, visits to Bath and calculating and cynical suitors. In the end, Anne Elliot successfully combats the destructive vanity of her father and the machinations of her villainous cousin William, and settles down with her long-time beloved, the noble Captain Frederick Wentworth.
Presented by The Online Stage
- Narrator: Linda Barrans
- Anne Elliot: P.J. Morgan
- Frederick Wentworth: David Prickett
- Sir Walter Elliot/Waiter: Andrew Coleman
- Lady Russell/Lady Dalrymple: Cate Barratt
- Mr. Shepherd/Mr. Musgrove: Denis Daly
- Mrs. Clay/Mrs. Smith: Elizabeth Chambers
- Mary Musgrove: Libby Stephenson
- Elizabeth Elliot/Henrietta Musgrove: Amanda Friday
- Mrs. Musgrove/Second Lady: Michele Eaton
- Mrs. Croft/Third Lady: Elizabeth Klett
- Charles Musgrove: Ben Stevens
- Admiral Croft: Craig Franklin
- Captain Harville: Andy Harrington
- Mr. Hayter/William Elliot: Russell Gold
Audio edited by Libby Stephenson
What members say
By Albert on 01-02-19
4.5 The narrator is great in this one! Some performances were hard to understand or hear though.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Sarah on 31-05-19
Didn’t like the voice actors
I love this book but abandoned this version halfway through. The narrator is fine but a lot of the voice actors are not. Captain Wentworth in particular sounds very arch and pompous and is difficult to listen to. Henrietta and Louisa sound manipulative. It’s just odd casting overall.
By Jerseycookie on 18-12-18
Austen's usual--quandary of manners
I was very disappointed in the production level of the ensemble performance. Voices were recorded at an uneven volume. This drew the attention of the listener from the story to the production technicalities. Very distracting, making for a disappointing listening experience. AUDIBLE usually does better.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Anonymous User on 28-08-19
listen to juliet Stevenson instead
I love persuasion, and love full cast audiobooks so I chose this. But it is so slow and lifeless and takes the character and emotion out of the book. if you're looking for an audiobook go to the juliet Stevenson version it's great.