Persuasion, by Jane Austen

After watching The Lake House, I became intrigued with the idea of this book (and, of course, it helped that Jamie and Lisa had already read it for the same reason). So, with my new MP3-playing stereo in my pickup, I was in need of audio-book sustenance and this title quickly jumped to mind.

I’m always interested in such a broad array of topics there is no hope I’ll ever delve into them all, but this seemed as good an opportunity as any to introduce myself to Ms. Austen – and I was very pleasantly surprised.

To begin with, I found the writing a bit thick – but my brain quickly adjusted to the phrasing and the accent of the narrator (Flo Gibson). I believe one of my favorite aspects of the book was the dialog – the way they could take three or four sentences to convey the thought “I’m hungry.” πŸ™‚ Of course, I’m over-dramatizing a bit, but the point is still there. Additionally, it was an interesting bit of insight into the mentality and norms of upper society in those days. I do not believe I ever would have appreciated this book as a high-school student, but I absolutely loved it now.

I have enjoyed both Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice (I prefer the mini-series) on video, and with the completion of this one I’m inclined to continue on to other works.

Incidentally, I’ve come across comments that the narrator, Flo Gibson, is terrible. I found her to be fine, but as this is only my second audio book I reserve the right to change my mind! πŸ˜‰

My take: 10/10 (but if you ask Stephen, he’ll confirm that I’m far too easy of a critic)

One Response to “Persuasion, by Jane Austen”

  1. Oh, this is an instance where I think 10/10 is called for.

    What you need is some sort of rubric to avoid arriving at a somewhat snap, gestalt score.

    Not that I don’t do the same thing–because I do–but the ideal seems to be to compartmentalize aspects of books/movies, rather than tending towards the thumbs up/down approach (which is something even a 1 to 10 scale could amount to unless you have a rubric).

    So, supposing you score various aspects of a book or film–story, characterization, style–you may end up actually ranking Austen higher than Robert Jordan, and Casablanca higher than IQ.

    Nah. That’s too much to ask for. =)

    But it would be interesting to see how they compared.

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