Here we have three sisters and their mother being forced to leave their home due to the death of their father along with the greed of another. In the era this story was written women didn’t get inheritances unless they were married to a man. So when the father dies and their half brothers wife gets greedy its time for them to move. Like with other Jane Austen books she explores the life as it was then from a different angle of her previous books. In the end well, read the book to find out what happens. I’m glad this is available in audio because it’s too long to read with the number of books I have in my ‘pending’ stack.
Yes. While I enjoyed reading the actual book previously, for a re-read, this audiobook was great. Juliet Stevenson is a fantastic narrator.
Jane Austen had a way with characters and plot that cannot be beat.
She has a wonderful range of emotions that leads the listener to understand more about the story just from her tone. My favorite voice was Mrs. Jennings. She was hilarious.
I just adore this book. What I really appreciated this time around, which I perhaps haven't fully connected with in the past, was the beautiful family relationships presented, especially between Marianne and Elinor. I feel like the romances are almost secondary to the bond of the sisters, and I love it. Of course, I love the romances too. I really like Marianne's journey and the way her character develops around her romance plot. You can't help but feel for Elinor too. She's such a strong, great character. And putting up with Lucy, ugh - Lucy has to be one of the biggest bitches Jane Austen every wrote. Overall it's such a fantastic, interesting story with a wonderful cast of characters. I also would really like to read a prequel focused on Colonel Brandon's story now, poor guy.
I've been addicted to reading since high school. I started with pulp novels, switched to great literature in college and now read everything
Until now I've preferred subtle readers (my favorite is George Guidell, who sounds like he's telling rather than reading the story, and the effect is very captivating - you forget he's there). Juliet Stevenson is not a subtle reader, but she is just as captivating in a different way. She performs the narration, often shrieking, crying, giggling, etc. (I wouldn't have known exactly what Jane Austin meant by "laughing affectedly" without Stevenson demonstrating it.) Stevenson is my new favorite reader, and I would listen to anything she narrates. Now for the book itself: it's one of the best I've ever read. Austin balances the frustrating behaviors of her characters and their consequences so perfectly with hugely gratifying events (the rotten, spiteful mother disowning her son only to have it come back to haunt her in such a perfect way). I think this is a way of saying Austin is a master storyteller.
Wonderful narration although I couldn't like any of the characters
She wanders along at a glacial place and then hits the rapids
The toothpick case
If you haven't read Pride & Prejudice, go and read that
Slight silly, mostly mellow, little lady.
I've always loved the story and I have read it before, but I have to confess that reading Austen's language has always been a struggle. I never really felt like I was fully enjoying the story. Until now. Juliet Stevenson is a world class narrator. She brings to life the characters and language and kept me interested the entire time. I know I will be listening to this book again and again, mostly thanks to her excellent narration!
Seriously, if you struggle with reading Austen normally, give this a book a chance!
The audio version can not compare with Author Austen's words read to myself, but, if I wish to hear it in the car, or while working on the computer, the audio version allows me to enjoy an old favourite.
The gentle humour poked at recognizably-drawn characters, and the elegant language, and light touch while moralizing make Sense and Sensibility an enjoyable read.
She has a great range, and and conveys the emotions very appropriately. She can make two women talking together recognizably different, capture more than obvious age and gender attributes when choosing how to do a reading.
Can two warm-hearted sisters, each with a different way to handle what life throws them, learn enough from each other to find love and happiness?
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
As a lifelong Jane Austen lover, I am thrilled to have found the audio series of her books read by Juliet Stevenson. As many other listeners have said, she has the perfect voice for Austen, and her performance of Sense and Sensibility is exactly right in every respect. The story of the Dashwood sisters and their trials and tribulations is an old favorite of mine, and now I can "read" it while walking or driving. An absolutely lovely experience!
As with other Austen books, I read or hear something new with every reading. And now I will be listening again to the entire series, since I just finished listening to "A Jane Austen Education," and I need a new reading to compare my interpretations of the books to those of William Deresiewicz.
Juliet Stevenson did a lovely job switching voices for each character. She was easy to understand and pleasant to listen to. Overall a great listening experience.
German living in LA.
I liked it indeed, exceedingly.Jane Austen never fails me and neither did the narrator.
Thank you Audible.
Ulrike Nunn of Langenhan Park. Esquire