As our story opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. While sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to find true love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles that are forever snapping at their heels?
This masterful portrait of Regency England blends Jane Austen's biting social commentary with ultraviolent depictions of sea monsters biting. It's survival of the fittest - and only the swiftest swimmers will find true love!
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I will just say upfront that I have never read any Jane Austen - but actually this has made me curious of the "Pride and Prejudice" that has hung around sadly unlistened to in my Audible library for years now.
"Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters", delighted me the entire way though - the measured manners were always undercut with almost casual nautical violence that was way too amusing. I found the narrator to be wonderful at moving back and forth between the two. I don't know if it would be a book for everyone, but I know I loved it.
It started out as a funny take on a classic novel but the sea monster attacks and the human disregard for life get to be too much. Why doesn't Eleanor help the drowning servant?! And why doesn't anyone look for Margaret when she disappears?
The story was amazing, the narration was spot on! I heard they were planning a movie adaptation, here's hoping they do it the justice it deserves!
I was terribly disappointed. I was expecting something very different than what was presented. It also doesn't transfer to audio book very well. It is terribly confusing to try and follow who is talking.
"Sub-station Beta" section is a bit steam punk in my mind's eye! Modified classics can be a great way to compare/ contrast for teens. Reading the original along with audio .
The narrator Katherine Kellgren did an excellent job. I was afraid to listen to the audiobook at first since I am a big fan of Jane Austen. But I am happy to say that after listening I was delightfully surprised the book was kept to most of the Jane Austen tradition. Now with that being said, the book is also quite a different story from the original. Yes, all of the original characters are there, but after listening, you will never view the original Jane Austen novel the same way again. This was actually a fun and entertaining listen with quite a few funny parts. The audiobook was very good, I recommend. Give it a listen. Enjoy!
I like reading lit from Austen's period, and I like science fiction. I thought this would be perfect! However, the author didn't take either genre seriously, and this sort of seemingly dashed off romp is too poorly executed to make it work. I can see how someone could enjoy it if they don't want subtlety and complexity...sort of like old style comic books.
Stick to reading Austen and Neal Stephenson alternately if you enjoy being immersed in another time and alternate realities.
After the previous Pride and Prejudice and Sea Monsters I was curious to see where this adventure would take the reader. Although Kathryn Kellgren's reading is masterful as always, the material is so bad that nothing can really save it. Not worth the paper, or MB it takes up in the world.
The girls are island hopping with sea monsters in Devon. It was too much to pass up and so to my regret I wasted a credit. In the next series one of Anthony Trollup's preachers meets superman.
As an Austen fan, I have read every variation on Jane's novels I can find. This ridiculous "book" is just awful. I found absolutely ZERO merit in it. It is an embarrassment to its author, an assault on Jane's timeless work and an insult to my intelligence. If I could, I would rate it ZERO stars out of five.
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