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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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
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.
What could Regina Jeffers have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
She could have remained true to Austen's characters.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Captain Wentworth's Persuasion?
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.
Any additional comments?
Thank you, Audible, for having a sensible refund policy. Helps me feel good about being a long-time loyal subscriber.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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!