Jane Austen

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Narrated By: Wanda McCaddon

Duration: 7 hours and 59 minutes

What to expect

The last novel completed by Jane Austen before her death, Persuasion is often thought to reflect on the author’s own lost love.

Sir Walter Elliot has raised his three daughters with his own sense of haughty pride. Elizabeth, at twenty-eight, has found no one good enough to marry, while Mary has, with some condescension, married the son of the local squire. The youngest, Anne, was persuaded to throw off her fiancé, Frederick Wentworth, eight years ago due to his lowly station in life. When Wentworth returns from the Napoleonic Wars as a captain of wealth and rank, Anne must confront her remorse and her unrequited love for him as he courts another woman. This is a story of second chances, humility, and the perseverance of love.


Classic fiction, Fiction: general and literary

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“There’s no one to touch Jane [Austen] when you’re in a tight place.”

Rudyard Kipling to me the most profound of her novels, and demonstrates a fresh mastery of Shakespearen inwardness.”

Harold Bloom

“[Austen] is a prose Shakespeare. She has a multitude of characters, all, in a certain sense, commonplace. Yet they are all as perfectly discriminated from each other as if they were the most eccentric of human beings.”

Thomas Macaulay

“Jane Austen’s last work, published posthumously in 1817, is her deepest and most introspective. Austen’s view of the drawing apart and coming together of Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth is both wintry and warm.”

Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“As always, Austen’s storytelling is so confident, you can’t help but allow yourself to be taken on the enjoyable journey.”