I love a romance and throw in a bit of mystery too. Must have repartee and ongoing (sometimes witty) interaction between the characters to be most enjoyable.
Juliet Stevenson portrays the different characters beautifully and and the 'book' flows with the funny and gripping story. This portrayal of Jane Austen's first book gives the listener a respect and appreciation of her writing skill!
If you haven't read this before, it's a story you will enjoy very much. It is a classic that is referenced often in modern culture and it will do you good to familiarize yourself with it, even if you read it a long time ago. Although the narrator has an English accent, it is still very easy to understand.
Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. Her stories are intricate and her characters are deliciously drawn. However, if you are not a scholar of the era, nor a British citizen, a lot of the intricacies will either be lost to you or will horribly confuse you.
Regardless, the essential story has classic elements and the title completely encapsulates it.
This Audible production completely brings the characters to life.
witty, sweet, masterpiece
I love Elinor's character, her wisdom and her heart.
There were many favorite scenes: the scene in which Fanny talks Mr. Dashwood out of helping his sisters, the scene in which Marianne sees Willoughby at a party in London, and any scene with Edward and Elinor.
I enjoyed the part where Elinor is asked to give Edward some good news even though the news isn't good for her.
If you've never read Jane Austen, listen to this one first. I'd forgotten how much I loved her stories, having not read one in over a decade. I found myself smiling often at her wit. The narration was actually perfect. If you liked the movie starring Emma Thompson, you'll enjoy this narration. I absolutely loved her voice for Charlotte Palmer! How droll! ;) I may have to buy all books narrated by Juliet Stevenson. Well worth a credit!
This is my first read (listen) to anything by Jane Austin and I almost didn't make it through because the story started so slow. The rewards were rich however as the last half of the book was a roller coaster of despair, hope, and finally felicity.
Austen at her most clever and best. An abundance of well rounded characters and a critical take on the Romantic sentiments of the period make this a masterpiece. And of course, Juliet Stevenson does a fantastic job, though I could not tell Sir John from her Mrs. Jennings at times.
I was so disappointed with the narration. The narrator is performing as if all the women were hysterical and whining. It was OK to start with, but after hours of listening to it, it totally ruined the experience for me. I totally enjoyed the other audio books in the Jane Austen series.
Wonderful dramatization, highlighting Austin's finely tuned expression of emotion and satire. I have never laughed so hard as I did at the depiction of John Dashwood's egotism and tastelessness.