Witty, romantic and insightful, this novel retells the love affair at the heart of Jane Austen's Persuasion from the perspective of the suitor--Captain Wentworth. Written in the language of the era, Captain Wentworth's Persuasion re-creates the original style, themes and sardonic humor of Jane Austen's novel while turning the entire tale on its head in a most engaging fashion. Listeners hear Captain Wentworth's side of this tangled story while gazing into his thoughts and emotions.
Wentworth initially suffers rejection and frustration because the titled Elliots do not consider him good enough for their daughter Anne. Despite her feelings for Wentworth, Anne allows others to persuade her to break off their engagement. Eight years later, when Wentworth returns from fighting against Napoleon's army, the difficult years of war have reversed fortunes. Now it is he who is rich, having won many prizes in battle, while the Elliots are deeply in debt and in danger of losing their good name.
Will Wentworth seek revenge by choosing another woman over his former love? Can he walk away from Anne, or will the memory of her lips and her touch capture his love once again?
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"Wanted to like it"
I'll say this - the author did give it a good try, but fell far short. I liked the device through most of the book of it being told in flashback. Also, the parts of the storyline that paralleled Austen's original were just fine - we simply heard the same story told from Captain Wentworth's point of view.
What made me decide to request a refund (thankfully Audible does offer this) is that the most original parts of the book are downright horrible. Jeffers continues the storyline a bit after the wedding, and here she develops Anne's character as mean-spirited, sarcastic, and reveling in her family's misfortunes, laughing at them behind their backs. This is the complete opposite of Jane Austen's Anne Elliot, and (one would suppose) the opposite of the character that Captain Wentworth fell in love with. Quite frankly, those last few chapters flat-out ruined the entire book for me.
I ended up with the feeling that Ms. Jeffers desired to completely re-write Anne's character. In those last few chapters, we find Anne telling her father off, delighting in the idea of being the social superior of her sister, etc. Reading between the lines, I would have to guess that Ms. Jeffers thought the original Austen Anne had no backbone, and wanted to fix that for Austen. In fact, Anne Elliot as Jeffers re-wrote her was completely unsympathetic, and (at risk of repeating myself) downright mean.
No thanks. I'll stick to the sweet, gentle, mild, steady, kind, and sensible Anne Elliot that Austen created. Jeffers' Anne Elliot bears no resemblance whatsoever to her.
She could have remained true to Austen's characters.
I would have cut any scenes in which Anne appears spiteful, looking forward to lording it over her family members. This comes across as part of Ms. Jeffers' own personality, making me glad I don't know her personally.
Thank you, Audible, for having a sensible refund policy. Helps me feel good about being a long-time loyal subscriber.
"a different point of view"
when i first read Persuasion i was in Ann's head seeing what she saw and understanding thru her, now this book gave me a bigger picture and i stepped out of Ann's head. I enjoyed getting to know and understand both characters and their world from a different view. thank you!
"Surprisingly well done and faithful to the spirit of Persuasion."
I did not expect to truly enjoy this story. You can not put it down even though you often know what is coming - there are so many new & interesting facets that are so well written.
"Too many things changed"
I really wanted to like this book. Persuasion is my second favorite Jane Austen book. I didn't realize from the summary that the author was changing the personalities of the original characters or the subtleties of the plot as it happened in Austen's book. I enjoyed the glimpses into the future and I thought it was well written but I couldn't get through it. After the 5th or so changed fact or emotion I had to turn it off.
"Persuasion...Now You Know The Rest of the Story"
Absolutely! This is my favorite Jane Austin book because it's all about second chances. The details from Captain Wentworth's POV is awesome.
This was my first experience with a book from a popular character other than the heroine's or hero's POV. I will try more of this type.
I loved him. Especially during intimate talk between Ann & Frederick.
Both! Tears when his poor little heart was broken and laughter at his silent derision of Poor Dick Musgrove and both Mr. Elliott's.
This is a sequel to one of my favourite Austen novels, unfortunately, the author almost lost my attention after very few minutes and I was considering returning this book.
Jane Austen was very well aware of the workings of the British Navy, her brother was a serving officer and fought at the Battle of Trafalgar. This author is not and her description of a ship in action is very poor. She is also not aware of the type of trees that are native to Britain. However, I am pleased that I persisted to the end, the story is quite good and she has developed the characters from the original quite well but I do wish she had carried out more historical research before she tackled this sequel.
"An entertaining viewpoint"
I'm a big Jane Austen fan and was a bit apprehensive about this version as I love the original Persuasion. However, I did enjoy it immensely, especially the first half. I do applaud Ms Jeffers at making such a good effort with Regency English, though the eagle-eyed (or eared?) will spot the odd little Americanism creeping in here and there. On the whole, it is very listenable-to. I gradually found the final few chapters a bit less gripping, and rather far-fetched. Yes, we'd all like to know how the happy couple got on after their marriage, but somehow the suspense just isn't there once they are together.
The narrator has a jolly, cheerful manner of speaking. I eventually got used to his rather irritating habit of putting emphasis on the wrong word in a sentence, not bothering to correct himself, as I would expect a good narrator to do. On more than one occasion, he sounded as if in the middle of a sentence, when actually having reached the end of a chapter. I don't know how anyone can fail to read ahead so spectacularly, and think it doesn't matter! That said, he does read clearly and at a steady volume, for which I shall forgive him much.
Definitely worth a listen, if you're a Persuasion fan! One of the better adaptations.
If only Austen had written more than six novels, eh?
"Best this year"
I don't know. I haven't read the print version. I find having the audio version easy to listen to while doing other things.
I am so pleased Regina Jeffers decided to write this book because I always felt there should have been more about Anne and Frederick's future life.
No I haven't.
The sea persuades
Very romantic indeed
Once you get use to his odd accent, it was quite soothing
The soft-hearted Captain
Well worth a listen. Surprisingly very, very enjoyable and so romantic, almost sexy in parts
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