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Sense and Sensibility Audiobook

Sense and Sensibility

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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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    Sheryl A Georgetown, TX, US Minor Outlying Islands 03-29-09
    Sheryl A Georgetown, TX, US Minor Outlying Islands 03-29-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic well done"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Allison 08-08-08
    Allison 08-08-08 Member Since 2008

    I'm a middle school English teacher and mother of one teen girl. I tend to read paper copies of YA books and listen to books for adults.

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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 6 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
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    "Excellent"

    Extremely enjoyable. Excellent narration that manages to give individuality and variety to all the characters.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Woodland, CA, USA 07-15-09
    Cindy Woodland, CA, USA 07-15-09 Member Since 2014
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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 3 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 2013
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    "love jane austen"

    wonderful to listen to

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Royal Rover 12-21-07
    Royal Rover 12-21-07
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brigham 02-09-15
    Brigham 02-09-15

    I am what you might call a literary philanderer...

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    "First Austen"

    The narration was impeccable, the storyline was engaging, the experience was delightful. As this was my first experience with Jane Austen, I can only hope subsequent selections from her works will inspire even greater admiration for the mastery with which this book was written. I sat in awe, repeatedly, as I the parade of Austen's abilities with words left me wondering why I've ever bothered placing pen to paper. Despite this, I felt inspired all the while to attain such skill.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Benedict 01-05-15
    Benedict 01-05-15 Member Since 2016

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    "So wonderful!"

    I had always loved Jane Austen but for some reason had not gotten round to listening to Sense and Sensibility. I was nervous at first about it becoming a mere trivial commentary on women's affections and affectations but came to love this book. I became emotionally involved and even tearful at times.

    A most pleasant surprise was finding the narrator, Juliet Stevenson. I had not heard of her before but find her one of the great readers at Audible. I was amazed at how she could create the characters, both men and women, with such clarity and charm that was so equal to the greatness of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 05-22-14
    Jes 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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Gillian
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    4/24/16
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    "A classic."

    A classic Jane Austen with all the wit, humour and intelligence you would expect from her, made even more enjoyable by Juliet Stevenson's entertaining and excellent narration. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book once again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • forester
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    3/4/16
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    "Lovely story read beautifully"

    I am a real Austen fan, this book in my opinion is read beautifully, as a Brit I find readers who pronounce UK place names wrongly to be very irritating, none of this here. I know the story so well but listening to it again is always a great pleasure
    Highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • VersaillesThree
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    "Perhaps mournful?"
    What did you like most about Sense and Sensibility?

    This is another masterpiece from Jane Austen, with wonderful depths to the stories of her characters. Although it's somewhat mournful throughout, it's definitely a must-read.

    Juliet Stevenson did a fabulous job as always, such quality to her reading. But I have to say that after listening to the whole, rather negative story for much of the time, I just had to watch the Emma Thompson/Kate Winslet etc film, whose performances were just stunning.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hanako
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    7/22/15
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    "The best narrator"

    The story is undoubtedly lovely, moreover, Juliet Stevenson's performance is just superb!
    I tried several different narrator for "Sense and sensibility" and she is the best.
    She created the tone, speed and characteristics for each character so that I could almost see each faces.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • maria
    AGIOS DIMITRIOS, Greece
    4/13/13
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    "a piece of art!!!!great narrator!!!"

    This is a book for those who want to learn english and hear to a remarkable english accent of juliet Stevenson.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rhubarb, Rhubarb
    Stratford-upon-Avon, England
    12/25/12
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    "Transported away into another time"

    Juliet Stevenson's reading of this classic allows you to be transported away to another time & revel in the sheer delight of her voice, intonation & diction which takes Ms Austen's classic to a new level of enjoyment. Though familiar with the book, I thought I would listen to it again in favour of re-reading the book prior to the next book club - sheer joy A must download for every Audible library!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    8/26/16
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    "Just wonderful"

    Can't believe I have never read this classic, but so glad I waited to listen to it, superbly narrated by Juliet Stevenson. I am now looking for other books read by her. Thoroughly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
    8/13/16
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    "a great classic"

    still good, a great book and well read with good characterisation from the narrator would recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MicT
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    8/12/16
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    "Excellent"

    I really enjoyed this narration. I love the story and Juliet Stevenson was excellent as I expected. I enjoyed the different voices and the narrator was very good at making the most of the humorous sections and the sad parts. In particular, the rendition of Col. Brandon's story of love lost was deeply moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/28/16
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    "Austen at her best - beautifully read"

    Listened almost continuously until I reached the end. A lovely and intriguing story perfectly narrated!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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