Jane Austen wrote her novel, Persuasion, in 1817, four years after the well-known Pride and Prejudice. It was the last full work that the author wrote.
This audio version of Persuasion was a pleasure to listen to. The male narrator’s measured tone, along with his ability to create dialogue in the voices of multiple characters, enhanced the joys of the novel.
Persuasion is the story of Anne Elliott, a more mature Austen heroine, as she is in her late 20s and still single. Anne did not marry the man she loved as a young woman because she was convinced that Frederick Wentworth had a status too far below hers. As the novel opens, Anne is soon to be reacquainted with the now successful naval captain.
Along with their story, Austen provides much commentary and humor relating to shallowness, snobbery and more. For example, readers learn early on that Anne’s father’s favorite reading matter is the entry on his family in a peerage book.
I most definitely recommend this audio book. Whether you are coming back to the novel and have already read it in the past, or if you are new to it, this narration is sure to engage you.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this listen in exchange for an honest review.