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Kellynch

Sequel to Jane Austen's Persuasion
Narrated by: Alexandra Jones
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Jane Austen completed Persuasion in August 1816. It was to be her last book. She left us with the story of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth, and she left them approaching happily ever after. What happens the day following happily ever after?  

The story of Kellynch picks up three years after the couple married and were able to secure the Kellynch estate from Sir Walter when cousin William Elliot agreed to waive the entailment. It would seem all is well with the young couple, but all is not as it seems.    

Kellynch is a story of deceit and treachery as well as courage and overcoming the odds. It is a story in which those who were assumed to be friends are not and where support comes from unexpected places. Love again will be tested in a story set against the backdrop of historical events. 

Throughout the audiobook, I have remained true to the characters as Miss Austen created them. I sought to develop and introduce new characters that would meet with her approval.

©2015 Kwen D Griffeth (P)2018 Kwen D Griffeth

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  • Layla
  • 13-02-2019

Not for me.

I thought the book needs editing. The are parts in the book where it just rambled on and slowed the book down. The narrator did not suit this audiobook in my opinion. I believe the combination together did not go down well. I was really looking forward to listening to this audiobook since I am a jane austin fan and I love reading adaptations to her books.
I will also have to admit that I did not finish listening to the whole audiobook.
This is not for me but others might like it more than I did.

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  • Romance junkie
  • 31-01-2019

Sequel To Persuasion, Anne and Captain Wentworth

 Anne and Captain Wentworth are married and obtained Kellynch. A loving relationship that was delayed by years apart...which occurs again in the sequel.
Of course nothing flows smoothly for the couple, but luckily there is more faith in each other than others have in them.
If you enjoy history, historical storylines are enjoyable..jus not nitpicking each and every point. Sometimes it felt to ramble on a bit much..and it isn’t Austin, but a good representation of her work.
The narrator has a mature woman’s voice, a lovely accent that fits the story, but didn’t really propel the story or emotions as well as I may like.
Worth a listen..all depending on your expectations.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • peregrine
  • 01-01-2019

Not Austen..

Awful. The story is discordant with the original Persuasion..the about face in characters unbelievable, the treatment of the horrors of slavery is shallow. The narrator has a good voice, but her style is unsuited to the material.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 21-12-2018

to be continued

I don't read a lot of sequences because I don't think I would enjoy them usually but it was good and it was interesting and those five hours added a lot to the story it was very enjoyable and those are one of those moments that I do like did someone touched classics
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  • Jayde
  • 13-12-2018

Interesting continuation of Jane Austen

I had not read or listened to Jane Austen's Persuasion before although I had seen the movie. Therefore I chose to listen to Persuasion before attempting this sequel. I am really glad I did because it really helped to know who was who and what was going on. Not having lived in the early 1800's, I am not that familiar with class customs or distinctions from that time or place.
Having said all that, I did enjoy this novel. I found it to be a good continuation of the story that Jane Austen wrote in Persuasion. I did find a couple of points that I would really have trouble believing. Overall, this was a good story that could stand on its own merit as it only depends on Persuasion for the background and characters. This story does a good job of developing its characters into real believable people that you can relate to.

The narration was not the best on this one. Did not detract to much from the story so I would have to say it was acceptable. There were a couple of missed words or stumbles in reading but the accent was decent and the reading clear.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Kate
  • 08-01-2019

An interesting interpretation of a classic

Kellynch is a sequel to Jane Austen's Regency romance novel, Persuasion. It has been several years since I read - or listened to - Persuasion, though I did watch the 2007 adaptation to familiarise myself with the characters. Perhaps this coloured my feeling that the book is written in the style of a modern adaptation rather than a contemporary sequel. (For example, the canal scene feels as if it has drawn its inspiration more from Colin Firth than Jane Austen.)

That is not necessarily a bad thing, for I adore many of the retellings of Austen's most famous stories, and I have enjoyed this one. I think it stands best if it is considered as 'Austen inspired' rather than an attempt to faithfully recreate her style. I would almost have preferred it had Griffeth changed the names of the characters and a few salient details and written it as a stand-alone Regency romance. The temptation to keep comparing it with the original will always leave any sequel wanting.

My favourite parts of the book were the unassuming, tender moments between Frederick and Ann, when her mischievousness met his reserve and the years of separation melted instantly away. At those times I glimpsed the young lovers they once were, and I felt that, there, the book was especially true to the spirit of Austen's original novel.

I also enjoyed the chapters set at sea. Griffeth has created an engaging and dynamic crew, and I enjoyed the insights into Frederick as a Captain and abolitionist. I would have liked the horrors of the slave ships to have been dealt with in greater detail. I felt that Frederick's character in these chapters remained congruent with Austen's vision of Wentworth as I remember it.

I did find it a little far-fetched at times, with certain plot points feeling a little too contrived, but that is a common pitfall of the genre.

Narrator Alexandra Jones' dedication to the story was evident, but I did feel that such young characters would have benefitted from a similarly youthful voice.

As I am familiar with the narration of books adapted by organisations like the RNIB and Calibre, I was not uncomfortable with the informal style of the recording - which almost felt as though Jones were sitting beside me and reading the book aloud. It was was definitely narrated rather than 'performed'. For listeners who are accustomed to more polished productions, it may be disconcerting to hear the little slips, stumbles, beeps, changes in volume, and especially the electronic interference between chapters 9 and 10 that would be edited out in a studio recording.

I would recommend it to fans of the period more than to fans of Persuasion, as I fear that the liberties it takes may not satisfy purists. If, however, you are simply happy to lose a few hours in more genteel times, and in the company of somewhat-familiar characters, then this book does not disappoint.

*I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.