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Sense and Sensibility Audiobook

Sense and Sensibility

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.
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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
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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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    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 Member Since 2016

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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
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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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    kari616 12-11-15
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    "Horrible narrator"

    Narrator sounded like robot. No emotion. Just words. When trying to act out different characters it sounded like horrible acting. Story was good, but very hard to listen to this woman try to narrate this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andie 11-06-15
    Andie 11-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the book, awful recording"

    Loved this book and have read it many times. Was really looking forward to listing to it on Audible but I choose the wrong recording. Readers voice was flat and unimpressive. Long pauses between chapters and even skipped a portion toward the end. The reader even mispronounced some words. Wish I would have just spent more money on a better version of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    April 10-08-15
    April 10-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story, HORRID Narration..."
    Would you try another book from Jane Austen and/or Victoria McGee?

    I would read anything written by Jane Austen but I would never listen to anything else narrated by Victoria McGee...


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

    When she wasn't reading what a character was saying she was almost completely monotone.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was a way to return it and get a different version... I couldn't even a quarter of the way through it...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 09-28-15
    Denise 09-28-15 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid reader, not a professional book reviewer. I gladly offer my opinion of the books I read/listen to.

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    "Another JA favorite of mine!!"

    This book did not disappoint. I love Jane Austin. The performance was great for the price ... I would recommend for a sale, but not a credit!

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  • Hannah
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    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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