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Sigh. It's been quite a few years since I last read this book, so I couldn't really remember my previous impressions of it. And I wanted to like it! And I mean, it's Jane Austen so it IS very well written. But...I have some issues with it.

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The thing about only having like two audiobooks on your phone is that when you are in the mood to listen to an audiobook it's very easy to just re-listen to one you've already got on your phone instead of going to all the bother to plug your phone into the computer to switch out for new audiobooks. Especially when your phone always throws a hissy-fit about the notion of actually agreeing to connect to the computer.

Which is all to say: yes, I know, I listened to an audiobook of Pride and Prejudice just a few months ago, it is entirely too soon to have listened to it again. BUT I DID. And it remains amazing. And because it's such a recent relisten, I really don't have anything new to say.

(Karen Savage, reading for Librivox. You can download it for free!)
sophia_sol: drawing of Combeferre, smiling and holding up a finger like he's about to explain something (Default)
This has been an interesting experience, listening to the Persuasion audiobook instead of just rereading a paper copy for the umptillionth time. The thing about audio is that you can't skim through the bits that you aren't as fond of, so they have a lot more weight and presence than you may have previously realized.

Which is to say, I used to call Persuasion my favourite Austen but I'm no longer convinced that's the case.

I still absolutely adore the Anne/Frederick romance - my favourite Austen leading couple, for sure! And the Crofts remain THE BEST. And Austen is just generally good at writing. But one of the themes....

The frustrating thing about Persuasion is its preoccupation with rank, in multiple directions. Read more... )

Two things

Jun. 26th, 2011 07:18 pm
sophia_sol: drawing of Combeferre, smiling and holding up a finger like he's about to explain something (Default)
Thing one: I always forget how dearly I adore Jane Austen. She's funny, and witty, and insightful, and does a fantastic job at sketching out characters that really feel real (no really, fantastic, I am totally in awe of her abilities in this regard and desperately wish for even a quarter of her skill), and the dynamics between all the characters are fantastic as well, and yes I am also a big fan of the romance factor. Currently I am rereading Persuasion and oh man it is totally my favourite of her books. I always forget that too; I get distracted by all the talk that Pride & Prejudice gets, and yes, it's an absolutely amazing book, but PERSUASION. SO GREAT. (I was TOTALLY cracking up with laughter on the very first page. A++ snark, Jane Austen!)

Thing two: AO3 subscriptions: MY NEW FAVOURITE THING IN LIFE. It used to be that I'd come across an awesome author and read all their fic and want to be able to keep on top of everything they'd write ever but I wouldn't want to put them on my rlist because I wasn't particularly interested in the rest of their posts, or because I didn't want my rlist to get too cluttered, or a variety of things. Now? As long as they are the sort of person who posts to AO3, I can just click "subscribe" and NEVER HAVE TO WORRY AGAIN. So great! And now I am mourning all those authors I stumbled across in the past and have since forgotten, and thus have not read their latest brilliance and perhaps never shall. Also I am mourning all the authors who do not post their fic to AO3.

(note to self: update your own AO3 account....)

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