*** About the Book ***
Can anything change Captain Wentworth’s feelings? Will Anne be given the opportunity to follow her own heart?
*** Why I Listened To It ***
I always say that I love Jane Austen, but in reality I’ve read only a few of her books – my plan is to remedy that. My new phone can play audiobooks from my library (using the Overdrive Media Console) and, since this book was immediately available, I downloaded it and started listening.
*** My Thoughts ***
I went into this book not sure what to expect. A Literary Odyssey recently raved about it, but when I talked to Laura’s Review Book Shelf last week she said she couldn’t stand it. I knew the story from having seen a TV version of it and was inclined to like the book, but still I was uncertain.
I’m glad to say that I really did enjoy this book. There are some genuinely unlikeable people in here (more so than in Pride and Prejudice, where - in my opinion - the characters are more humorous than anything else) and I felt bad for Anne much of the time. But I enjoyed the story very much and found it quite believable.
Note for Laura (spoilers included!): In our conversation you said you felt that Capt. Wentworth’s behavior toward Anne was horrid and that his change of heart was due mainly to jealousy. I looked for that in the story but I couldn’t see it. I feel like his behavior made complete sense (not that he wasn’t rude at times) and I didn’t have any issues with him. I guess this is one of those books where we’ll just have to disagree! :)
*** About the Narrator ***
I believe this is the first time I’ve heard Nadia May’s narration. I thought she did a wonderful job! I was never confused as to who was speaking even though she didn’t use a wide range of voices. I also enjoyed her accent.
*** Your Thoughts ***
I’ve heard mixed reviews of this book – which side do you fall on? Do you like this book better or worse than Austen’s others?
Have you listened to any Austen via audiobook? Is there a narrator you prefer or one you dislike when it comes to Austen books?
Note: This review is part of Audiobook Week. Today I’m reviewing a Classic book; other genres will be featured throughout the week.