Rediscover the World's Greatest Stories

Frank Lavallo hosts two readers and the three of them summarize the world’s greatest works of classic literature, giving their reactions along the way. If SparkNotes had an audio best friend, it would be us!

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"Persuasion" by Jane Austen

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Host: Frank Lavallo

Readers: Jennifer Weinbrecht & Patricia Fernberg

Endnotes: Ted Schwartz

Author: Jane Austen

Year of Publication: 1817

Plot: Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliot, a 27-year-old gentlewoman on the cusp of becoming an old spinster. As her family navigates the difficulties of reducing their financial spending, Anne navigates her own romantic adventures with the relative of her family’s new tenants.

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