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Sense and Sensibility | [Jane Austen]

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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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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    "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 2014

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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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    Anne Hansberry Seattle, WA USA 08-29-15
    Anne Hansberry Seattle, WA USA 08-29-15
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    "A classic spoiled by the narration."
    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always enjoyed this story. However, I cannot recommend this recording of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Grannis 05-23-15
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    there is a glitch in this recording that means a skip of half of chapter 45.

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    Will Cantor-Jones 06-08-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "ESL Narrator?"
    Would you try another book from Jane Austen and/or Victoria McGee?

    I like Jane Austin, but the narrator made it difficult.


    What other book might you compare Sense and Sensibility to and why?

    any other Jane Austin book


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She had excellent diction, but it didn't seem like she actually understood what she was reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 01-29-14
    Amazon Customer United States 01-29-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great Book - disappointing version"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    There are repeated short segments and some of Chapter 43 is missing entirely. There are also very long pauses between each chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-30-13
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    "monotonous narration"
    If you could sum up Sense and Sensibility in three words, what would they be?

    People are different


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elinor, because she has both sense and sensibility.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Victoria McGee?

    I don't think so.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Marianne almost died.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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