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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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    Kathryn 02-07-16
    Kathryn 02-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wonderful!"

    I feel the reader is terrific to listen to and does justice to Jane Austen's books!

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    Greg & Sara Masarik 01-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of my favorite Juliet Stevenson's performances"
    Would you listen to Sense and Sensibility again? Why?

    Yes - and I have. This is one that always offers something new and Juliet Stevenson keeps me totally swept up in the story each time. There is always a part that I have forgotten which takes me by surprise and adds to my enjoyment.


    What other book might you compare Sense and Sensibility to and why?

    Clearly we have to compare it to Pride and Prejudice.


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    Renea McKenzie Dallas, TX 01-01-16
    Renea McKenzie Dallas, TX 01-01-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Better than Reading"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia J Colorado 12-23-15
    Felicia J Colorado 12-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved it to bits!"

    "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.

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    tm 12-07-15
    tm 12-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A complete experience"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sense and Sensibility to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the narrator is superb and brings accents and inflections that American I cannot supply.


    What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Austen's humor is always moving, because she brings such remarkable psychological insight to her writing.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly entertaining! The four stars indicate problems with Austen's story, not with the audible experience.

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    Debbie Jones Tallahassee, Florida 12-02-15
    Debbie Jones Tallahassee, Florida 12-02-15 Member Since 2013

    I love a good mystery and love books that have been turned into movies. Avid reader, music enthusiast and pop culture junkie.

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    "Sublime!!"

    A must read on every list!! The Dashwood family is amazing!! Especially love Juliet Stevenson's narration!

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    Rose 11-03-15
    Rose 11-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love Austen"

    This is definitely one of my most favorite Austen novels and the narration was such a delight as well.

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    Amazon Customer 10-13-15 Member Since 2012

    Christian, wife, Mom, loyal friend, RN, traveler, avid scrapbooker, and lover of wine.

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    "Fantastic!!!"

    I love this book and Juliet Stevenson is the perfect narrator. I have listened twice now...

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    Rocio Duarte 10-01-15
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    "Loved it!!!"

    I saw the movie a long time ago but the book is always better Marianne Dahswood rocks!

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    Lynn A. Davidson 09-09-15

    I love books. Love to read them, listen to them, and build my stash of them.

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    "Very well narrated"

    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.

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  • Rachel
    CambridgeUnited Kingdom
    5/25/09
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    "A perfect narrative"

    Juliet Stevenson's reading of this classic piece is flawless. She understands each character and brings them to life in turn. I love this book even more since listening to her narrative. Highly recommended - I will now be downloading many more of Juliet Stevenson's readings.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Jules
    Argyll
    12/12/06
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    "Wonderful"

    Beautifully read, most enjoyable.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Paul & Susy
    London United Kingdom
    9/12/06
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    "A great story but also an excellent reading"

    Juliet Stevenson's reading brings the characters alive and pours emotion to the dialogue.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Cecilia
    11/26/10
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    "wonderful reading"

    Juliet Stevenson's reading is incredibly clever, every character has his/her own voice, and when action moves to drama she can transmit feelings without unnecessary pathos.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Brentwood, United Kingdom
    11/11/10
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    "Classic Jane Austen"

    As with the other Jane Austen novels she has narrated, Juliet Stevenson does another excellent job with this one.

    This is classic Jane Austen and exactly what one would expect from her. Filled with the usual ups and downs of the romantic lives of her female heroines, this story is interesting and gripping, and delivered what my anticipation of it had hoped.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Wells, United Kingdom
    10/23/13
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    "Delightful"
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    I am a big fan of Jane Austen's novels, having read and/or watched TV adaptations of them all. I bought this as 'comfort' listening for my long commutes to and from work, and it was indeed very comforting. I think Juliet Stevenson's narration is excellent. She imbues the characters with life - makes them 'jump off the page' (I guess that should be 'jump out of the speaker'). I am now planning to purchase other Austen novels which she as narrated - more comfort listening! If you have never read any Austen novels, buying them as listening books is a good way to introduce yourself to her world of 'propriety'and 'aprobation'. And I would certainly recommend the versions with Juliet Stevenson as narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. C. E. Davies
    Cheshire UK
    5/26/13
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    "Excellent narration of a classic novel"

    Unsure how much I would enjoy the narration of this, perhaps my favourite Austen novel, I thoroughly enjoyed Juliet Stevenson's reading. She doesn't go along the route of my bete noir of attempting male voices, her distinction between Elinor and Marianne is excellent, and I loved her Mrs Jennings.

    Admittedly, the novel wanders a little but otherwise is a delight. I would recommend this audible book highly to any Austen fan.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tenni
    Coburg, Australia
    4/13/13
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    "Another great Jane Austin novel"

    Sense and Sensibility was a lovely story, Jane Austin really makes you feel like you are living back in the old world amongst her characters. This book was a little slow to start but after a few chapters I was hooked and couldn't wait to hear what happened next. There are many twists and an interesting insight into their way of life, beautifully written.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin W.
    5/12/16
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    "Excellent"

    Beautiful narration of a classic, absolutely loved her rendition of Lucy Steele's letters, brilliant capture of her character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/26/16
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    "Sense and Sensibilty"

    A wonderful Austen novel outstandingly narrated by Juliet Stevenson. Her portrayal of the many characters is perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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