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Sense and Sensibility | [Jane Austen]

Sense and Sensibility

Rule by head or rule by heart? Elinor Dashwood is a great believer in "sense," while her exuberant younger sister Marianne feels keenly that only "sensibility" (what today we'd call passion) serves to guide the heart. Through vicissitudes and, in the case of Marianne, outright betrayal by her lover, these two women learn the value in the other's outlook, and thereby prepare themselves for later domestic bliss that is the hallmark resolution of Jane Austen's novels.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Told in refined and elegant British narration by Jill Masters, Jane Austen’s beloved comedy of manners, Sense and Sensibility, follows the Dashwood sisters and their distinctly varied perspectives on life and love and the pursuit of happiness.

Facing financial destitution due to the recent death of their father and a miserly half-brother, the practical Elinor and romantic Marianne struggle with the apparent step back in class and their dimming prospects of suitable marriage, even as they both fall wildly in love with two very different gentlemen.

A funny, heartfelt story of societal expectations and the support of sisters that’s stronger than oak.

Publisher's Summary

Rule by head or rule by heart? Elinor Dashwood is a great believer in "sense," while her exuberant younger sister Marianne feels keenly that only "sensibility" (what today we'd call passion) serves to guide the heart. Through vicissitudes and, in the case of Marianne, outright betrayal by her lover, these two women learn the value in the other's outlook, and thereby prepare themselves for later domestic bliss that is the hallmark resolution of Jane Austen's novels.

© and (P) Jimcin Recordings

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    Glenn Assonet, MA, USA 07-10-04
    Glenn Assonet, MA, USA 07-10-04
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    "Nicely Done"

    Great book and very good reading. British accent gave it just the right "authentic touch."

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Atticus North Carolina 11-25-04
    Atticus North Carolina 11-25-04
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    "Great story nicely read"

    Perhaps the disagreement about narrators of Austen's books comes from the stories being so dear to the listeners? It's hard to listen to a book you know well read differently from the way it 'sounds' in your head. I thought the narrator was just fine and greatly enjoyed the book.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Constance S. Edwards Lafayette, CO United States 04-29-04
    Constance S. Edwards Lafayette, CO United States 04-29-04 Member Since 2006

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    "Find another reader"

    Don't bother listening to this one. S&S is a delightful, wonderful tale that reads beautifully (my 4 year old goddaughter and I read it with no problems last summer) but this reader sucks the life out of the story! On first listen, I thought that it was being read by my Macintosh. Any reader that I can compare to the Victoria voice is not a good reader. Even Elinor could not excuse this reader's lack of passion.

    The story, of course, is quite wonderful. There are other readers, and I DO hope that Audible investigates them, and spends more time acquiring audiobooks from Blackstone. I have yet to be disappointed by a Blackstone production.

    20 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Horn Lake, MS, USA 03-21-04
    Beverly Horn Lake, MS, USA 03-21-04
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    "Too much sense"

    How very ironic that this classic contrast of the heart and mind lacks any sensibility in the voice of its reader. Surely Marianne Dashwood would have ripped the pages from her hands and demonstrated the proper feeling that this romantic comedy deserves.

    Pauses, the flat monotone, the lack of emotion or dramatic emphasis, all serve to sap the joy from the experience. The story is a must-read, but this recording will detract from the full effect of Jane Austen's fully illustrated characters.

    15 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Sydney PARADISE VALLEY, AZ, USA 08-05-04
    Sydney PARADISE VALLEY, AZ, USA 08-05-04
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    "Inexpressive reader"

    As a great fan and frequent reader of Jane Austen, and having enjoyed the audible Pride and Prejudice, I was very disappointed in the reader of this book. I had not noticed that so many of the comments were negative, but will surely pay more attention in the future. Don't waste your time or money on this one.

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    "Monotone"

    The monotonous narrator is very disappointing. Although she reads clearly, and has a pleasant voice, she has so little expressiveness. In fact, she sounds a little sad most of the time. The story of course is incomparable Austen. It deserves better treatment.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    "Sense & Sensibility reader Jill Masters"

    Sense & Sensibility is the first of Jane Austin's books. It was written in 1795 when she was about 19.
    As with all her books it is a wonderful combination of satire and humour.
    Well worth the listening - but sadly - not with this reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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