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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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!
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've listened to three Austen books now (Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey) and this one, to me, was the slowest and least satisfying. Jane Austen's writing is always technically good and pleasing in prose, but her story-telling doesn't seem well developed in this early work. Though the premise is what you'd expect from an Austen novel -- the match-making woes of young ladies -- it doesn't seem to have the same wit as works like P&P.
The narrator does a perfectly fine job, and I don't recall having too much trouble distinguishing between characters. My only complaint -- and this is pure personal preference -- is that she reads a little slow for my tastes. Though that can be good for comprehension, I found that it made the novel hard to stay focused on because it wasn't quite enough to keep my brain occupied. It also makes it much longer, and I had to listen to it in smaller bites to keep from nodding off.
That being said, Austen is always worthwhile, and when I finished it I immediately wanted to move into another Austen novel. Maybe because S&S felt somewhat unsatisfying but still left an impression, I immediately downloaded Northanger Abbey (which is about half the length but I enjoyed far more).
Recommended for fans of Austen's work (there's no reason not to add this to your repertoire) or voracious listeners, but first-time or casual readers would probably fare better with one of her other masterpieces.
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.
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.
Jane Austen is always a good read.
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.
The performance was good but the editing was not. There was several times she had to start over and the mistake was left in.
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.
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.
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.
"NO! NO! NO!"
I have listened to this narrator read the 'Little Women' series so I knew her voice and style. While it was perfect for that series there is no attempt to change it for this book. My darling Jane Austen would surely turn in her grave! It's not just the American voice, after all it's not a foregone conclusion that it wouldn't bring something new to the book but I'm afraid this author sounds monotone, drab and dreary. Having struggled through a couple of chapters I've abandoned it for a different version that I've listened to before on CD.
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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