Persuasion (version 4)


Read by Karen Savage

(4.8 stars; 549 reviews)

Several years before the events of the novel, Anne Elliott fell in love with a young and handsome but poor naval officer. She was persuaded by her friends and family to refuse him when he asked her to marry him. Now she meets him again...

(7 hr 15 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 14:27 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 02 10:42 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 03 14:22 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 04 10:12 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 05 16:35 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 06 18:37 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 07 16:38 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 08 15:59 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 09 14:09 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 10 19:57 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 11 16:26 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 12, Part 1 14:34 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 12, Part 2 15:02 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 13 13:57 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 14 12:45 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 15 14:27 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 16 13:20 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 17 18:49 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 18 19:54 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 19 12:50 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 20 19:04 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 21, Part 1 18:51 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 21, Part 2 18:45 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 22, Part 1 15:51 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 22, Part 2 15:05 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 23, Part 1 14:50 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 23, Part 2 20:38 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 24 8:45 Read by Karen Savage

Reviews

A Very Good Reading

(4.5 stars)

Far be it from me to review a Jane Austen book. I am just going to say that Ms. Savage's reading is very much to my taste. She doesn't try to prove her acting ability: she simply creates enough differentiation amongst the characters so that we can tell who is who. I am sure I will listen to this version again. Thank you for your reading, Ms. Savage.

An engrossing listen

(4.5 stars)

First of all, Karen Savage is my favorite reader on this site. I've started choosing books I've never heard of and authors I'm unfamiliar with simply because Ms. Savage is the reader! The pace is on par with the speed average, everyday people would speak at and is perfectly comprehensible. "Persuasion" is a delectable story brimming with humanity, ego, and humor. Jane Austen's style never fails to astound me by bringing to life times long past - the book is full of personalities and wit, reminding the reader that people really haven't changed all that much in hundreds of years. I have a new favorite book and am excited to listen further!

Great

(5 stars)

Jane Austen certainly needs no introduction. Whatever the shortcomings other reviewers and critics may have found in the novel, the criticism can amount to little more than nitpicking. The novel is an expert deconstruction of early 19th-century society, but, of course, more than that it is the most powerful and early voice of women in English literature. Yet this is not a "feminist" novel as some would have it. Above all it tries to present women as human beings with real feelings. Men should not fear this book, since it in no way degrades or belittles them. Within the covers of this book, common sense and heartfelt emotions blend perfectly. It is my belief that Karen Savage, a professional voice talent who also does paid gigs in the audiobook sector, is among LibriVox' most valuable assets. She is probably the volunteer most suited for Jane Austen. Though her pace in reading this recording is, admittedly, a little fast, it remains eminently listenable. Highly recommended.

Very good reading

(5 stars)

Persuasion begins seven years after the heroine, Anne Elliot, has jilted her lover, Fredrick Wentworth, upon the request of a most beloved mother figure. Although at the time of the refusal the man seems an inadequate match, the tables are now turned: as in most Austen novels--the girl is poor, the boy is rich. To add insult to injury, Anne’s father is going bankrupt and must rent his house to none other than Fredrick’s sister and brother-in-law, bringing Anne and Fredrick in contact again. Anne and Fredrick always find themselves in uncomfortable situations that brew up old feelings. As Jane Austen’s last completed novel, some critics dismiss it as her darkest; however, others see it as her most honest and universal. Many thanks to Karen Savage for her excellent reading of the novel. Listeners will have to hold tight, though: the pace is relentless!

Karen Savage please read the other Austen works

(5 stars)

This is a wonderful recording. Karen Savage's reading voice is lovely and perfectly suited to Austen's stories. Please Ms. Savage, read the other Austen works for us. Please start with Mansfield Park, my second favorite. Persuasion is my favorite, so thank you for doing such a wonderful job reading it.

persuasion

(5 stars)

My favorite of all Austen's novels. Karen Savage is a great reader. Wonderful ! Heroine Anne Elliot has lost her chance at love but her luck changes by various difficult Events in her extended family. Every character is flawed but so human. I highly recommend this book and this wonderful reader. So proud Ms Austen's likeness is now on the 10 pound note. !

excellent story teller

(5 stars)

Karen Savage is one of the best narators on libravox. She always manages to draw you into a book so completly that you feel you are part of the text. I will listen to any book she narates as i really enjoy her voice.

Excellent reading

(4 stars)

A bit more melancholic in tone than other Austen's book, especially at the beginning, still Karen is able to give life to it as well as other more light-hearted stories. I'd love to see a reading of Emma and Northager Abbey by her, which would both agree very well with her upbeat way of reading.