Sense and Sensibility is Jane Austin's first novel, written when she was only 18 years old. Although perhaps less complex then her later work, the novel contains Austin's recognizable wit, graceful prose, and acute observations on the often comedic nature of human society. It is a straightforward romantic comedy, concentrating on the marriage prospects of the two Dashwood sisters who live with their mother on modest means. What Sense and Sensibility lacks in character development, Flo Gibson makes up for with her warm, compassionate performance of the audiobook. Gibson matches her vocal tone to the novel's expressive wittiness, and she gives each of the novel's characters an individuality reflective of an inner quality beyond tone of voice.
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Love Jane Austen.. nothing more nothing less....
when Elenor find out that Edward did not get married..
alittle to raspy...
the narrator is really nice to listne to, and it is just a nice story.
I am a HUGE Jane Austen fan. I have thoroughly loved every one of her books up to this point. I was saving S&S for just the right time and was looking forward to it. Ahhh.... what a disappointment. I can tell it was her first novel. The characters were very one dimensional and the plot way too straightforward. I felt she was writing a story about who she thought she should be: Elinor, who suppresses any emotion to the point of being bland. The good men were boring and any fun was looked at as if it were amoral and low class. I'm happy that in later books her characters have more depth and her view on propriety is a little more broad. She got her stuffiness out of the way with this one and moved on to a better storytelling style in subsequent novels. If you are a true Austen fan, you have to read it since it's her first but lower your expectations. This one comes off as snobby and judgmental.
The narrator's voice is OK; obviously a smoker with very little change in voice for each charter. I'm fairly certain the voice she uses for Marianne changes throughout the book.
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