Jane Austen, Author, Juliet Stevenson, Read by , read by Juliet Stevenson. Naxos Audio $47.98 (0p) ISBN 978-962-634-436-1

Stevenson has read all of Austen’s novels for audiobook, in abridged or unabridged versions, and her experience shows in this delightful production. Though dominated by the intelligent, sweet voice of Anne Elliot—the least favored but most worthy of three daughters in a family with an old name but declining fortunes—Stevenson provides other characters with memorable voices as well. She reads Anne’s haughty father’s lines with a mixture of stuffiness and bluster, and Anne’s sisters are portrayed with a hilariously flighty, breathy register that makes Austen’s contempt for them palpable. Anne’s voice is mostly measured and reasonable—an expression of her strong mind and spirit—but Stevenson imbues her speech with wonderful shades of passion as Anne is reacquainted with Capt. Wentworth, whom she has continued to love despite being forced, years before, to reject him over status issues. Listening to Stevenson, as Anne, describe a sudden encounter with Wentworth, one hardly needs Austen’s description of how Anne grows faint—Stevenson’s perfectly judged and deeply felt reading has already shown that she must have. Even those who have read Austen’s novels will find themselves loving this book all over again with Stevenson’s evocative rendition ringing richly in their ears. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 05/28/2007
Release date: 02/01/2007
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