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Sense and Sensibility Audiobook

Sense and Sensibility

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Publisher's Summary

This is Austen's first published novel, from 1851, which she wrote under the pseudonym "A Lady". The story is about Elinor and Marianne, two daughters of Mr. Dashwood by his second wife. They have a younger sister, Margaret, and an older half-brother named John. When their father dies, the family estate passes to John, and the Dashwood women are left in reduced circumstances.

The novel follows the Dashwood sisters to their new home, a cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience both romance and heartbreak. The contrast between the sister's characters is eventually resolved as they each find love and lasting happiness. Through the events in the novel, Elinor and Marianne encounter the sense and sensibility of life and love.

Public Domain (P)2011 Trout Lake Media

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    Diane 09-06-11
    Diane 09-06-11
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    "Terrible Narrator, slow classic"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    This book was slow and quietly done. I generally like that but it stayed that way to the end. It's just almost boring. The narrator is the worst. She almost sounds like a computer. It ruined the book for me.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A. Thompson Pittsburgh, PA 10-07-12
    A. Thompson Pittsburgh, PA 10-07-12 Member Since 2016

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    "The worst narrator so far"
    What disappointed you about Sense and Sensibility?

    I wish I had read the previous reviewer's comments before purchasing. This is hands down the worse book I've gotten on Audible so far. The narrator is terrible! I'm a few hours in, and I'm not even going to finish it. I'm ordering the same book with a different narrator. This narrator sounds robotic, bored, and tired. She sounds like an alien attempting to fit in with earthlings by tackling classic lit. It's truly terrible. There are gaps between some sentences and at the end of each chapter that yawn for so long that I routinely check to make sure the Audible AP on my phone didn't close without warning. There is very little distinction in her tone between characters, if any, and often the same character speaks with a different tone within the same paragraph. It's very confusing--and I've read the book several times on my own, so it's not the subject matter that's causing my issues. Trust me, the under $3 price tag does not make this more tolerable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    With this narration, nothing at all!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Victoria McGee’s performances?

    NO WAY!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    navyblue USA 08-27-16
    navyblue USA 08-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "An American narrator?! For Austen?"

    Terrible choice of narrator. American accent for Sense and Sensibility was all wrong. Really jarring and I couldn't finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scooter Mama Minnesota 08-26-16
    Scooter Mama Minnesota 08-26-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Don't waste $2.95 on this version"

    The narrator sounded robotic, no emotion, bad acting, horrid accents. I thought I would give it a chance for $2.95. You get what you pay for. I will avoid this narrator from now on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Schad Lake Champlain 07-26-16
    S. Schad Lake Champlain 07-26-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Sense and Sensibility"

    There were awkward pauses between chapters and multiple times where she repeated her last phrase. There was a chapter that ended abruptly and started the next chapter mid-conversation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Flowergirl Corinth, Texas United States 05-31-16
    Flowergirl Corinth, Texas United States 05-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved the story but the editing needed work."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Jane Austen is always a good read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy hearing the stories of people that had nothing better to do than sit and talk and play cards and wondering who was courting whom.


    What aspect of Victoria McGee’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was good but the editing was not. There was several times she had to start over and the mistake was left in.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the chapters ended in the middle of the sentence and jumped to the next chapter without finishing the chapter. The editor was not doing a very good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Powell 05-25-16
    S. Powell 05-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "performance almost monotone"

    I usually love Austen, but this book was great for putting me to sleep, I guess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-29-16
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    "This is a story, bad narration."

    Sense and Sensibility is my favorite Jane Austen novel, but sadly Ms. McGee's narration was very disappointing. She used very little voice inflection and therefore sounded very robotic. It was also very clear when there was a break in the record as her tone would change, or a sentence or two would be repeated or skipped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bethany 03-18-16
    Bethany 03-18-16

    Bethany

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    "Painful to Listen To"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    While I would recommend this book to others, I would not recommend this recording. It almost sounded like Siri was reading the book to me. I have got to stop listening to it and just get a more expensive recording. Absolutely terrible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    darkpandora 01-06-16
    darkpandora 01-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Horrible recording"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I find this book not too bad, on the overall, although I prefer many other books of the era over the this one.


    What didn’t you like about Victoria McGee’s performance?

    But this recording is HORRIBLE! I had to buy a different version so as not to spoil the act of reading and listening. I am convinced this recording is computerized as there is no emotion in the voice of the reader. I went to check other samples of the same reader to check if she was as bad on other recordings, but it turned out that all the other samples I listened to had more warmth and emotion in the voice.

    Audible.com MUST warn the customers when they are buying books read by computerized voices, that's only fair and honest. I'm sure that many customers would have decided to spend a little more to have a real narrator read the story!

    Audible.com, you made me WASTE my MONEY!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Hannah
    derby, United Kingdom
    5/30/11
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    "bad voice"

    this is the only option for buying without a subscription, but the horrible american reader makes me tempted to part with more cash for a more pleasent experience. obviously its a wonderful story by a wonderful ENGLISH author so its a shame this "basics" version had to have an AMERICAN wreck it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    2/11/15
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    "Yawn"

    The Story is a classic and the author unequaled in her time but the narrator destroyed all enjoyment of this book. She sounds like a computer generated voice. The saying "you get what you paid for" is entirely appropriate in this instance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • deborah
    skinningrove, United Kingdom
    4/9/14
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    "first rate clasic."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sense and Sensibility to be better than the print version?

    It is easier for me to understand the audio edition. Having sight problems is no longer a barrier to enjoying the classics.


    What does Victoria McGee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Victoria brings life, vitality and feeling to this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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