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I've already listened to Sense and Sensibility again and again. I ordered this new version in order to fully experience the storytelling that Kindle speech leaves wanting. Jane Austin's characters are well-developed and their actions ring true. The narrator breathes a veritable rainbow of colors into the humanity of each character. I find that each Austin character is presented for the purpose of developing the reader's understanding of people and life. I always find I can learn something new each time I listen. In this age of let-it-all-hang-out, this book is most appropriate because it teaches us that "governing" one's feelings - learning how to keep feelings in check - allows time for another's qualities to surface in various life situations. It also allows events to come about and shows us that sometimes, life rights itself. In this book, we witness the effects on the lives of each character as they apply either "sense" to their situation or "sensibility" (emotion) to handling their relationships and life situations. "Sense, " we see, takes patience, a virtue that seems in short supply these days. Jumping into bed in order to get to "know" someone is shallow at best. By not developing patience and wanting things now, now, now, we are short-changing ourselves. We never quite allow a relationship (or an actor or an artist or a you-name-it) to reach full potential. Instead we go off and start new relationships and, as shown by the divorce rate, we wind up failing much of the time. This book shows both sides of the coin as well as a way out of the relationship treadmill. For me, this book is the ultimate relationship book. It holds as true and appropriate for today as it must have been for the 1800's. It's worth the time and several readings and listenings to gain all its riches.
I love the character of Elinor because she has more "sense" and self-possession than any other character which allows her to be fully present to observe those around her with accuracy. She sees beyond the glitter. I came to trust her judgment and admire her patience and forebearance. She is a true heroin for money and relationships do not come easy to her but she is the better for it because she does not allow emotions to rule her. Instead, she has developed the "sense" to allow life to unfold rather than seek immediate gratification. In the end, Elinor reaps the rewards of a fulfilling life.
No, but I look forward to hearing more from her.
Making sense in a world gone instant gratification
I wish the book had a less tedious plot. I kept waiting to start caring about the characters but it never came. I forced myself to listen to the first third of the book but I couldn't go any further. It was tremendously boring.The narration was good, it was just the plot I couldn't stand.
I don't know. I loved Pride and Prejudice but could not stand Sense and Sensibility.
Loved the story to begin with but hearing it read by Juliet Stevenson really brought the characters to life.
I loved it.
Say something about yourself!
I can't believe the people who were bored or somehow didn't get this wonderful story. There are three sisters in the story, but the youngest is not even allowed to come along. So we have two very different sisters affected by learning that the men they had pinned their hopes on had betrayed them. So we have the older girl, Eleanor, in a lifetime friendship with a young man who is like a brother, but all ready to become much, much more. Until Eleanor meets a horrible little chippie who confides to her that she is engaged to the very same man! She tells Eleanor in awful uneducated English all about the wedding plans. Eleanor quietly implodes because by this time she must do damage control with her younger sister, Marianne, who has fallen passionately in love with an enchanting young man. Their love blooms; he takes her to his home, walks her through it and they imagine it spiffed up with paint and new furniture, and they will live there blissfully together! It just gets better and better. Until it becomes clear that he has married a wealthy woman who is not a tenth as pretty or winsome as Marianne. And it comes out that he is a genuine cad, with a great career of courting vulnerable girls and leaving them in a very bad way. This man was SO handsome and SO clever and SO beguiling toward Marianne that her anguish at learning the truth -- and the way Ms. Stevenson reads Austen's words -- must be a high point in literature. Any listener with two IQ points and two ears would remember being 17 again and crying hot tears because Allen was holding hands with that other girl. Or Bill was spending way too much time with ugly pimply Toni (who was known to go "all the way"). Some of the background is different, but the youthful suffering is quite the same. Surely male listeners who have suffered over a heartless girl with a flippy pony tail will be able to relate. And the hurt goes on and on and on as the sisters analyze how right it all seemed at the time and why did he act that way and say those things if he didn't mean them? And what changed his mind? And how could he!
AND THEN JUST AT THE BEGINNING OF PART TWO, A GLITCH IN THE RECORDING SICKENED AND LAID LOW iRENE iPOD, MY MAGNIFICENT 80GB iPOD CLASSIC. SHE HAD TO BE LAID ON HER BACK, GENTLY PUNCHED IN THE BELLY FOR CPR, GIVEN INTENSIVE ENCOURAGEMENT AND AUDIBLE TECHNICIANS CALLED. WE SPENT LITERALLY HOURS DELETING PART TWO FROM THE iPOD, DOWNLOADING DIFFERENT FORMATS, BLAH BLAH BLAH. NICE PEOPLE IN THE CARIBBEAN, BUT MY iPOD IS STILL JAMMING AT THE SAME POINT. NO THANK YOU, AUDIBLE! STOP RECOMMENDING BOOKS I HAVE ALREADY READ AND GET BUSY FIXING THESE GLITCHES! ALL AMAZON'S MARKETING CAN'T REPLACE TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE!
This is the second book I have had to listen to sitting at my computer where the speakers cannot be turned up quite loud enough. I need the story on the iPod and to take to my work! That story had only one narrator and one recorded version. At least with this book I have a huge choice of narrators for a second try. Why so many? And which might be the best? In a week or two, I hope to write a happy positive review of this book with a different recording. And find out what happens to these two young ladies. Sometimes we listeners have to work hard to make our own happy endings!
Generally, I like Jane Austen, but not this Jane Austen. The story is long and drawn out and the characters are more obnoxious than endearing. The narrator, however, is absolutely amazing. I even forgot that I was listening to just one person reading!
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
Okay, let's face it, Jane Austen books are written for ladies and not always appreciated by fellows. Was the book well written? Without a doubt. Her use of language and character development is hard to match. But plot? Oh brother, yeah brother I would not recommend it. Sister, maybe; brother, probably not. Hey, I'm not a complete dote. I often compare the originals with their Public Broadcasting renditions which I love. I love Charlotte Bronte but just cannot get into her sister Emily. Nor, unfortunately, and mainly because of the story-line was I able to really appreciate Sense and Sensibility.
I decided to download this book for a school project. I have never listened to such a boring reader in my life. I can't believe I wasted my time. I couldn't stay awake listening. It is not worth the money.