Sense and Sensibility is a sharply detailed portrait of the decorum surrounding courtship and the importance of marriage for women in early 19th-century upper-class English society. The story revolves around Elinor and Marianne Dashwood who, as members of the upper class, cannot "work" for a living and must therefore make a suitable marriage to ensure their livelihood. Elinor is a sensible, rational creature, while her younger sister, Marianne, is wildly romantic - a characteristic that offers Austen plenty of scope for both satire and compassion.
Public Domain (P)2011 Cherry Hill Publishing
This is much, much better than the same book narrated by Victoria McGee. If you're debating between a couple versions, you can't go wrong with this one. I actually listened part-way to the other version, couldn't take another second of the robotic narrator, and switched to this one. Marion Castle is very expressive and interesting. She has a nice cadence to her voice, which suits the story. The only reason I'm not giving her 5 stars as a narrator is because so far, no one can outshine Lindsay Duncan as a narrator for Austen. If you haven't heard Duncan's version of Pride and Prejudice, I highly recommend it, too. However, Marion Castle is very good, and I would happily download other books she narrates in the future. I've learned my lesson with my Sense and Sensibility experience. The narrator really can make or break the story, and I'll be sure to pay more attention to the samples before downloading in future.
I love this story, but I cannot listen to this reader
You can only hear half of what she is saying.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
I love the story and listened to a couple of samples, this seemed like it would be okay, it was just that, okay.
If you haven't read the book, I'd suggest a different version. The women sounded ridiculous.
Freelance theatrical designer in Chicago - listening to books while I paint has become my new favorite hobby!
Yes! Because it's a classic and always entertaining. While the sisters Dashwood differ in their idea on how to handle almost every situation they come up against, they do continually support each other, care for each other, defend the other against those who would besmirch their good name and rise up in defiance against those who wish ill will on their family. It’s a solid sisterhood and, frankly, we don’t have enough of those in literature.
I thought she was wonderfully understated - Austen's characters can sometimes be silly and extreme but rather than further exaggerate them, Ms. Castle stayed focused on the story. It was very easy listening.
Ultimately, the reason to listen this book is because Austen truly was ahead of her times. If you are an Austen virgin, please remember these were written to be social satire. If her characters seems excessively silly, it’s because she found a lot of silliness in the manners of her daily society. Austen was a woman who wanted to have her own occupation and a life partner who would respect her as a person with independent thoughts and opinions - and when she couldn’t find that, she chose to remain a “spinster” who was forced to write relatively anonymously for most of her life. Sense and Sensibility may be the closest thing she writes to a romance novel, but a romantic Jane Austen is not.
As good as Jane Austen can get. Jane's stories may be archaic in form and style and the social
mores of the time may be lost on a modern audience, but the reality of the unchanging human condition they illustrate make them worth exploring.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I've read this before, seen it many times, but listening to this was a pleasure. Characters are so good and the story is truly timeless. This was a good version with excellent narration (despite being a cheaper version).
I have really enjoyed listening to this story read by Marion Castle. She does a great job with the narration and with the voices for the different characters. I would certainly recommend it to those who enjoy Jane Austen's novels. The reason I dropped from five stars to four is because some of the beginnings of sentences in the early part of the novel sounded glitchy. It didn't last long in the reading, but it did detract from my enjoyment at the time.
Yes, the story has drama and angst, defined and developed characters. The setting, the time period, the mores of the time all come together to draw you in and become involved in what happens to the characters. I found myself angry at Marianne, sorry for Eleanor and happy for them both at the end.
I think the correct answer would be Eleanor, because she is the voice of reason, even though her heart is breaking. Eleanor is level headed and has common sense and is a woman who reflects all the qualities we admire in women of today. However, I think my favorite character would be Lucy, because she is so deceitful and manipulating. She gives the characters of todays stories a run for their money and that would include the women of the Real Housewives franchise.
Crisp, level, detached
no extreme reaction. This is one of my favorite Austen books.
"A decent reading of a great classic"
I like the story of Sense and Sensibility nearly as well as Pride and Prejudice and have read, watched and listened to numerous versions. I chose this version as it was considerably cheaper than several other versions (I was out of credits). Marion Castle read the story reasonably well but her voice went a little too shrill for my taste for some characters. Overall it was a very decent listen and good value for money.
"Classic work in 'classical' narration."
I felt this book was over-populated with characters and the various plotlines were more convoluted and meandering than the crisp, sharp story of "Pride and Prejudice" where every sentence feels expertly crafted and essential. However, this is a classic and that is the treatment it gets from Marion Castle, which isn't necessarily a compliment. Her delivery is faultless, appropriate to the period and... just a bit bland. I believe that a narrator should go above and beyond technical ability and bring some life to the characters; I wish Castle would have concentrated less on her perfect enunciation and more on conveying Austen's famous dry wit. Suffice it to say that I didn't notice much difference between her portrayal of the silly Marianne and the reserved Elinor.
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