#TBT “Persuasion” Is the Story We Listen to When We Want to Believe in Second Chances

#TBT “Persuasion” Is the Story We Listen to When We Want to Believe in Second Chances

There’s exactly one memorable scene in Hot Tub Time Machine and it’s when three men peaked past their prime whisper reverently of “the great white buffalo,” like chanting a spell, summoning that sweet memory of the one who got away, that first great love. Jane Austen was a master of the slow burn of an old flame well before that scene was imagined, conceiving the greatest white buffalo of all time in Captain Frederick Wentworth.

The audiobook for Persuasion as read by Juliet Stevenson is listed as one of the bestselling, guaranteed-to-love products on Audible.com, offered as an incentive to members at the crazy reduced price of $2.99. Stevenson does a fabulous job, giving both a mature gravitas and feminine vulnerability to the regretful Anne Elliott, as well as delivering Austen’s witty prose with perfect timing and sly grace.

I’m convinced that whether you’re a Mr. Darcy fan or new to Jane Austen, Persuasion will appeal to anyone with a beating heart–because there’s nothing we so painfully long for than a second chance in love.

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