“All the privilege I claim for my own sex … is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.” In persuasion, her last novel, Austen explores the theme of postponed but enduring love, delayed by class boundaries and excessive pride. Anne Elliot, the story’s aged (27 year old) heroine, suffers from a decision that was forced upon her several years ago—to break off a relationship with Capn. Frederick Wentworth, the man she deeply loved. As Austen examines the causes and consequences of this action, she sketches for us the social complexities of being part of the upper-middle-class in England at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
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March 30, 2014
Very good reader. These are always best when there is only one reader, as is the case here. The reading is clear and easy to listen to. The only reason I have four stars instead of five is that some really outstanding readers do multiple voices and truly perform, whereas this reader does not, but is otherwise excellent.
June 17, 2013
This is definitely a classic, it is a little hit predictable, but good none-the-less. It is not too hard to see how this was once considered a but harlequin, because it does certainly have the air of an aimless romance, but overall it is an enjoyable read for something simple to listen to which does not require very much attention to follow.
April 16, 2012
captivating, predictive yet surprising