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Sense and Sensibility | [Jane Austen]

Sense and Sensibility

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.
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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

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    marva SANDY, UTAH, United States 04-26-13
    marva SANDY, UTAH, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The reader is very hard to listen to."
    What disappointed you about Sense and Sensibility?

    I love this story, but I cannot listen to this reader


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    You can only hear half of what she is saying.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C East Hartford, CT, United States 04-16-13
    C East Hartford, CT, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2010

    Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.

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    "Performance was so so"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Thompson New Windsor, NY 10-08-12
    A. Thompson New Windsor, NY 10-08-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Much better than the Victoria McGee version"

    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.

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    Frank Wyndmoor, PA, United States 03-02-13
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    "A Valentine for the Reader-Drama, Setting, Romance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What three words best describe Marion Castle’s performance?

    Crisp, level, detached


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

    no extreme reaction. This is one of my favorite Austen books.


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    Elizabeth BALTIMORE, MD, United States 12-11-12
    Elizabeth BALTIMORE, MD, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "very jane austen"

    its not pride and prejudice, but it's beautifully written. contains the same courtship dynamics and types of characters you would expect if you like jane austen.

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    MickeyMarie Narnia 12-24-12
    MickeyMarie Narnia 12-24-12 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "What can one say"

    Jane Austen is the mother of all romance writers and her books have stood the test of time, Marion Castle was a new narrator for me and I really liked her. Though I have read this book a number of times, this is the first time I have listened to it. It was great.

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    "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.

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