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|P1, P2, P3, and the Persuasion audiobook
Written by Cathy Allen
(10/28/2008 3:33 p.m.)
I have the audiobook that has been advertised on this page throughout the GR. I HIGHLY recommend it! Listening to it, I feel as if I'm SEEING the best JA movie adaptation ever made. That sound silly, but only consider: it has all of JA's words, all the advantages of her novel, and none of the nonsense that movie makers insist on adding, yet one doesn’t have to take the time to read the book. I'm listening to it in my car as I drive anywhere during the GR. (I AM reading it, too, of course!)
As when reading, I am able to visualize the story exactly as I want, hopefully, exactly as JA wanted me to do. (I visualize P2, my favorite.) As her book was probably written to be read out loud, as her family so often did, I’m getting to experience that, too.
There is so much, as we all know, that can't be conveyed in a movie adaptation. In Chapter 22, at the White Hart, Charles and Mary are arguing about going to the Theater or to the evening party at her father’s home, and she mentions the “awe-inspiring” (my own attempt at irony, there) opportunity to meet Mr. Elliot. Charles says, “What is Mr. Elliot to me?” The sentence that follows is: “The careless expression was life to Anne, who saw that Captain Wentworth was all attention, looking and listening with his whole soul; and that the last words brought his enquiring eyes from Charles to herself.”
This lovely sentence is almost impossible to convey in a movie adaptation, yet it is so important! Hearing it, on the audiobook, it is just as lovely as it should be, as JA wrote it.
And the final recommendation for having the audiobook is that is lasts MUCH longer than any movie could! Try it, you may like it, and if you link to Amazon.com through Pemberley, RoP gets a small percentage! It's all good.
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