Juliet Stevenson's narration of Jane Austen is pitch-perfect! She captures the spirit of prose and voices of the character's flawlessly. The only one of Austen's books not available with her narration is Pride and Prejudice. They need to fix that.
I have every one of the available Austen/Stevenson recordings and they are all a treat. If you are an Austen fan, this is the way to enjoy her.
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!
Juliette Stevenson is such an excellent narrator, I purchased books I hadn't planned to hear more of her. Sense and Sensibility is, as ever, a pleasure.
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.
I've listened to many audio books over the past six months. This narration is by far my favorite. Juliet Stevenson's characterizations are unique, spot on, and charming. She manages to do character voices that are dramatic without being cheesy. Seeing her name attached to another work would be a selling point for me.
Yes - and I have. This is one that always offers something new and Juliet Stevenson keeps me totally swept up in the story each time. There is always a part that I have forgotten which takes me by surprise and adds to my enjoyment.
Clearly we have to compare it to Pride and Prejudice.
I tried to read this book and couldn't withstand the slowness of its pace despite the wit of its prose. The audiobook is a perfect solution, since it allows me to multitask. The narrator is great--doing all the voices and delivering the characters through interpretive inflection.
"She was stronger alone, and her own good sense so well supported her, that her firmness was as unshaken, her appearance of cheerfulness as invariable, as with regrets so poignant and so fresh, it was possible to be."
I have SUCH a girl crush on Elinor Dashwood. Good, kind, practical Elinor - empathetic, compassionate to a fault, and as capable of deep feeling as her demonstrative mother and sister Marianne. She was the ideal prism through which to experience this story of the love and devotion between sisters, through romantic trials and disappointments. I loved this book to pieces.
I never thought a novel by Jane Austen could leave me in so much suspense, put me through so much agony for the fate of its characters, and make me laugh out loud so often. I didn't know Austen could be so sharp, witty and sarcastic.
Her novel contains very little of what we would think of as action. Plot details are revealed through conversations between different characters. Oh, those conversations! Austen's insight into human nature and foibles was absolutely first rate. Her novel left me wondering what effusive Mrs. Jenningses, selfish Mr. Willoughbys and sly Lucy Steeles she must have known in real life.
I never could get through an Austen novel before trying this audiobook. The formal language in which she wrote left me befuddled, sure I was missing the meanings beneath the surface of her words. Juliet Stevenson's incredible narration freed me from that difficulty. Her performance was fresh, nuanced and lively, teasing out all the irony, humor and pathos of the words.
I finished the book with a little sigh of happiness for Elinor and Marianne and regret to have to leave their world so soon. I cannot wait to listen to more Jane Austen.