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Sense and Sensibility | [Jane Austen]

Sense and Sensibility

When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for.
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When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for. The contrasting fortunes and temperaments of the two girls as they struggle to cope in their different ways with the cruel events which fate has in store for them are portrayed by Jane Austen with her usual irony, humour, and profound sensibility.

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    Cindy Woodland, CA, USA 07-15-09
    Cindy Woodland, CA, USA 07-15-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book! Great narrator!"

    You can't go wrong with Jane Austen and Juliet Stevenson. I sampled all of the Sense and Sensibility audiobooks before choosing this one. I was very pleased with the production -- Juliet Stevenson does a fine job with her narration. In my opinion, a good narrator is just as important as a good author. I found myself swept away and I couldn't wait to hear more. I'm planning to listen to more of the Jane Austen books, and I've noticed that Juliet Stevenson has done a number of them, so I'll be sure to pick her again!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Van Buren, MO, United States 11-09-08
    Marilyn Van Buren, MO, United States 11-09-08 Member Since 2008
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    "love jane austen"

    wonderful to listen to

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    Royal Rover Pasadena, MD, USA 12-21-07
    Royal Rover Pasadena, MD, USA 12-21-07 Listener Since 2005
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    "Excellent"

    Bought this for my wife. She'd read Jane Austen in high school, but just "couldn't get it into it" then. After a while, she saw the A&E video of "Pride & Prejudice" and loved it, so her interest in Jane Austen was revived. Now she just soaks up anything Jane Austen. This audio recording was excellently done and my wife has listened it to probably a half dozen times! Great audio quality, too.

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    Suzan Westlake Village, CA, USA 11-24-07
    Suzan Westlake Village, CA, USA 11-24-07
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    "Suzan"

    A splendid reading of the classic. Unabridged is always the way to go, even with the verbose Jane Austen. I found the reader's voice to be pleasant. Enjoyed every hour.

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    Allison upstate NY 08-08-08
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    "Sense and Sensibility"

    ...and I thought I loved Pride and Prejudice. Now I can't make up my mind. My high school English teacher once said that what makes a book a "classic" is when the heart is in conflict with the mind. That is what this story is about. How much of our true feelings should we reveal to the world? Is it better to attempt to remain in control of our emotions, appearing more reserved, or to allow our feelings full expression? Should our heart or our mind direct our actions? These questions are explored through the contrasting of two main characters - Elinor and Marianne. The narration was excellent - I could hear nuances between the sisters' voices and different accents or intonations for other characters. I've put this narrator's other Austen titles on my wish list.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Sierra Madre, CA, United States 05-06-06
    Sandra Sierra Madre, CA, United States 05-06-06 Member Since 2005
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    Extremely enjoyable. Excellent narration that manages to give individuality and variety to all the characters.

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    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 05-22-14
    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 05-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A great story to make the end of an era"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Denver, CO, United States 10-04-11
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    "Outstanding narrator!"

    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.

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    Ingrid Kew East, Australia 04-24-09
    Ingrid Kew East, Australia 04-24-09 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "A classic done with such style!"

    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!

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    Caroline Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-11-07
    Caroline Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-11-07
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    "Must-read classic"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brilliant, of course, but also really well read. I loved it even though I have read it many times.

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    "Unsuitable for men"

    What a load of awful twaddle,avoid like the plague why is Jane Austen so popular ? Juliet Stevenson does her best to breath some live into the turgid proceedings but fails.

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