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Anne Elliot, heroine of Austen's last novel, did something we can all relate to: Long ago, she let the love of her life get away. In this case, she had allowed herself to be persuaded by a trusted family friend that the young man she loved wasn't an adequate match, social stationwise, and that Anne could do better. The novel opens some seven years after Anne sent her beau packing, and she's still alone. But then the guy she never stopped loving comes back from the sea. As always, Austen's storytelling is so confident, you can't help but allow yourself to be taken on the enjoyable journey. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Starred Review. Stevenson has read all of Austen's novels for audiobook, in abridged or unabridged versions, and her experience shows in this delightful production. Though dominated by the intelligent, sweet voice of Anne Elliot—the least favored but most worthy of three daughters in a family with an old name but declining fortunes—Stevenson provides other characters with memorable voices as well. She reads Anne's haughty father's lines with a mixture of stuffiness and bluster, and Anne's sisters are portrayed with a hilariously flighty, breathy register that makes Austen's contempt for them palpable. Anne's voice is mostly measured and reasonable—an expression of her strong mind and spirit—but Stevenson imbues her speech with wonderful shades of passion as Anne is reacquainted with Capt. Wentworth, whom she has continued to love despite being forced, years before, to reject him over status issues. Listening to Stevenson, as Anne, describe a sudden encounter with Wentworth, one hardly needs Austen's description of how Anne grows faint—Stevenson's perfectly judged and deeply felt reading has already shown that she must have. Even those who have read Austen's novels will find themselves loving this book all over again with Stevenson's evocative rendition ringing richly in their ears. (Apr.)
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Though it is written in the formal, indirect language of the time, the psychological suspense it evokes makes it impossible to put this book down, even when it is re-read.Published 7 days ago by A. Holloway
I enjoyed the story, but it seemed a little slow to me. Not an easy a read for me as some of the other Jane Austen books.Published 10 days ago by quilt lady
Demonstrated a woman's place in society. They were used both by family and society for the good of their family. Written in the stylr of the time. Enjoyed it very much. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Carolyn Clothier`
One of Jane Austen's best stories that will make you clutch your heart and smile and wish it was even longer because it's so good.Published 28 days ago by Ray2332
this book was hard for me to follow,as I was able to understand it , I realized it had a great message for people in general. I absolutely loved the follow up by Kwen D. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Rawana W.Griffethrgriffeth.