Persuasion (version 2)

Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.7 stars; 401 reviews)

Eight years ago, Anne Elliot fell in love with a poor but ambitious young naval officer, Frederick Wentworth. The Elliots were dissatisfied with Anne's choice, feeling he was not distinguished enough for their family, and her older friend and mentor, Lady Russell, acting in place of Anne's deceased mother, persuaded her to break off the match. Now 27 and considered a spinster, Anne re-encounters her former fiance, now a captain, as he courts her spirited young neighbour, Louisa Musgrove. The self-interested machinations of Anne's older sister Elizabeth, of Elizabeth's friend Mrs. Clay, and of Anne's father's heir, William Elliot, constitute an important subplot. (Summary from Wikipedia).

(7 hr 52 min)


Chapter 01 16:24 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 02 11:44 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 03 17:16 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 04 11:15 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 05 19:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 06 20:13 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 07 18:32 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 08 18:54 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 09 16:00 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 10 21:42 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 11 17:24 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 12 30:06 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 13 15:34 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 14 14:13 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 15 16:30 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 16 14:46 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 17 20:22 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 18 22:42 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 19 13:34 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 20 20:00 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 21 38:18 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 22 31:18 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 23 37:31 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 24 8:44 Read by Elizabeth Klett


hard to get in to, but good

(3 stars)

the book is slow starting, everyday i was thinking that i would give it up and choose another book. i got all the way to chapter 12 before it got my interest! but from chapter 12 on it moved faster and with more interesting events, but then the end happened and its like the writer just tied things up in one paragraph and stopped writing?? yes its a satisfying ending, but lacks detail and story. not one of the authors best works, but it is okay to listen to.


(5 stars)

As I began listening, I thought, "Oh no, Jane Austen read by an American?" But Elizabeth Klett's reading is perfect. Beside her flawless accent and enunciation, her characterization is the best I've heard in any recording. She does not try to come off as a woman of amazingly varied voices, but reads each character simply and convincingly. One has no trouble recognizing characters of the opposite sex, for instance, even though she does not try to alter her voice.

Highest quality reading

(5 stars)

Wow! A professional quality reading of this wonderful novel that kept me company on a long drive down the M6. The reader, Elizabeth Klett, enunciates beautifully and her English accents are just about perfect. Sound quality is also outstanding. One of the best VibriVox recordings to date. (TheBookworm, Manchester, UK)

5 stars for the reader!

(4 stars)

Persuasion is a bit slow to start. While it's not Austen's best, her best sets a very high bar, and this is a very enjoyable story. Elizabeth Klett is a masterful reader - I follow her around Librivox. Well worth a listen!

fourth or fifth time I've listened to this version

(5 stars)

I love this reader and this is my favorite JA. The clarity, economy, and maturity of this work always delight me. I've read this novel as many times as I've listened at this point. It never gets old.

great reader

(5 stars)

I love Jane Austen. Persuasion is not my favorite novel of hers, but still very enjoyable. Most importantly, Elisabeth Klett is a wonderful reader who reveals all the nuances of the prose. I rediscover a text when I listen to her reading it.

Engaging and Realistic Version

(5 stars)

Elizabeth Klett's reading of persuasion is realistic yet engaging - each of the characters have distinctive voices and tones , but they are still very believable . As a person who normally prefers reading hard copy books , I am often wary of audio recordings , especially free ones . When I first tried to read Austen on paper however , I could not understand the old English- so I decided to try librivox : Ms. Klett's various Austen audio recordings are to this day the only ones I not only love best , but am able to analyze and imagine the plot , characters , conflict , etc .in the most effective and efficient way possible . Thanks to people like Ms. Klett, librivox is a tool that I now use regularly . I read her version of Jane Eyre, and all her Austen novels , and each were amazing . All I would say is that since she is American , sometimes her British accent sounds un genuine , and occasionally the audio recordings have some background noise , but those are minor issues that don't really bother me . All in all , Ms. Klett is the one that fostered my love for Jane Austen , and I am forever indebted to her for making the listening of an older book such a wonderful experience .

Amazing oration

(4 stars)

I'm not a huge fan of Austen, but I do like the romance of this story. I'm irritated by the lack of dialogue at the climactic point towards the end, but I'm glad the story ended as it did. The oration was amazing. I don't know that I'd ever want to listen to any other reader of British lit than Elizabeth Klett.