Elizabeth’s narration of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, produced by Essential Audiobooks, is now available at Audible. In this new recording of Austen’s 1816 classic, Elizabeth voices such timeless characters as vain Sir Walter Eliot, snobbish Elizabeth Eliot, hypochondriac Mary Musgrove, dashing Captain Wentworth, and conflicted heroine Anne Eliot. Essential Audiobooks is a new company, launched last year, which produces unabridged versions of classic books, freshly reimagined. Elizabeth’s new audiobook of Austen’s Northanger Abbey will be released by Essential in a few months.
Elizabeth is excited to announce the release of her latest audiobook: The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen by Shannon Winslow, now available at Audible. This wonderful adaptation of Austen’s final completed novel, Persuasion, applies the story to Austen’s own romantic life. Elizabeth loved narrating this book and providing the voice of Jane Austen.
For every fan who has wished Jane Austen herself might have enjoyed the romance and happy ending she so carefully crafted for all her heroines: The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, by Shannon Winslow. What if the tale Jane Austen told in her last, most poignant novel was inspired by momentous events in her own life? While creating Persuasion, Jane Austen also kept a private journal in which she recorded the story behind the story, her real-life romance with a navy captain of her own. The parallel could only go so far, however. As author of her characters’ lives, but not her own, Jane Austen made sure to fashion a second chance and happy ending for Anne and Captain Wentworth. Then, with her novel complete and her health failing, she prepared her simple will and resigned herself to never seeing the love of her life again. Yet fate, it seems, wasn’t quite finished with her. Nor was Captain Devereaux. The official record says that Jane Austen died at 41, having never been married. But what if that’s only what she wanted people to believe? It’s time she, through her own private journal, revealed the rest of her story.
For Free Audio Friday this week, in anticipation of the forthcoming release of her recording of Shannon Winslow’s wonderful novel The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, Elizabeth is featuring her LibriVox recording of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. You can download and listen to the book here. This is Austen’s final completed novel, published posthumously in 1817. The heroine, Anne Elliot, is considered past her prime at 27, and still regrets the dissolution of her engagement to the dashing Captain Frederick Wentworth eight years ago. When Anne and Wentworth encounter each other again, will they be able to rekindle their romance? This is probably Elizabeth’s favorite Austen novel – so happy listening! And stay tuned for the release of Shannon Winslow’s adaptation of the novel to Jane Austen’s own life, due soon at Audible.
The image is from the wonderful 1995 film version of Persuasion, with Amanda Root as Anne and Ciaran Hinds as Wentworth.