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.
Yes, because the narrator is superb and brings accents and inflections that American I cannot supply.
She gives each character a unique voice, so that they all seem distinct. Hence the dramatic quality that is such a huge value-added to the text alone. Stevenson's intelligence shines through. She seems to interpret each emphasis perfectly.
Austen's humor is always moving, because she brings such remarkable psychological insight to her writing.
Highly entertaining! The four stars indicate problems with Austen's story, not with the audible experience.
I love a good mystery and love books that have been turned into movies. Avid reader, music enthusiast and pop culture junkie.
A must read on every list!! The Dashwood family is amazing!! Especially love Juliet Stevenson's narration!
Christian, wife, Mom, loyal friend, RN, traveler, avid scrapbooker, and lover of wine.
I love this book and Juliet Stevenson is the perfect narrator. I have listened twice now...
I love books. Love to read them, listen to them, and build my stash of them.
This story is a great example of the old style of writing - wordy and flowery. Juliet Stevenson is an excellent reader of the style and voices, making it interesting to listen to and enjoy.