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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.
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.
...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.
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!
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.
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.
The novel is rich and fascinating--what IS it with Austen and older men/younger women?--and Juliet Stevenson is a terrific reader. The only flaw in the whole work is that Stevenson is clearly suffering from a cold or terrible allergies for the middle of the book, and her delivery is a bit nasal and muffled as a result.
I recommend this audiobook to all Jane Austen fans. This reading is lovely, doing justice to Austen's delicious language, subtle humor, and gentle satire.
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.
"Sense and Sensibilty"
A wonderful Austen novel outstandingly narrated by Juliet Stevenson. Her portrayal of the many characters is perfect.
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.
"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
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.
"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.
"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.
"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!
A faultless performance of a near faultless book. Juliet Stevenson's portrayal of each character is deft, subtle and totally true to Jane Austen's original characterisation. I can't recommend highly enough, and have already added Juliet Stevenson's readings of other Austen classics to my wishlist in anticipation of further happy hours.
"Always take the time to read the book"
I have an admission to make, I had only ever seen the movie/tv drama of this and had never read the book. I don't usually make a habit of doing that.
I thoroughly enjoyed this reading and loved just how much more detail there was and also the descriptions of the characters was brilliant.
Great reading by Juliet Stevenson, very enjoyable listen.
"Classic story. Uneven performance."
The performer couldn't decide on Marianne's voice for a while - in the early stages, giving her the same screechy voice that one might expect to belong to Mrs John Dashwood or Ann Steele. It did settle after a while - I think it was after the departure of Willoughby for London.
Sisters before Misters
This book will always be one of my 'comfort listens'. Forget the men. It's all about the women in this book, and how they support and care for one another. Two sets of sisters - the Dashwoods and the Steeles - are opposed to one another, and each set has their own circle of supporters, with dear Mrs Jennings loving and caring for every all four sisters equally.
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