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.
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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.
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.
With this narration, nothing at all!
There are parts of this story that are missing from the recording. The narrator also occasionally repeats phrases and gets lost in the syntax of the sentences.
I've always enjoyed this story. However, I cannot recommend this recording of it.
I like Jane Austin, but the narrator made it difficult.
any other Jane Austin book
She had excellent diction, but it didn't seem like she actually understood what she was reading.
Not this particular one. I bought it for the price and you are getting what you paid for. This book is great and I was disappointed with this version.
Strange and inconsistent accents, although the tone of the narrator is somewhat soothing for certain characters. Not the best ability to differentiate between characters I have ever heard, but not the worst either.
There are repeated short segments and some of Chapter 43 is missing entirely. There are also very long pauses between each chapter.
People are different
Elinor, because she has both sense and sensibility.
I don't think so.
When Marianne almost died.
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.
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!
"first rate clasic."
It is easier for me to understand the audio edition. Having sight problems is no longer a barrier to enjoying the classics.
Victoria brings life, vitality and feeling to this book.
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