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When two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, and their mother are left to the financial mercies of John Dashwood and his wife, they find themselves in drastically reduced circumstances.
Public Domain (P)2014 Audible Ltd

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A good listen

Except for some overlong pauses between chapters, I thoroughly enjoyed the quality of Susannah Harker's reading and interpretation of the characters. I remember her from the 1995 production of Pride & Prejudice and enjoyed her performance then.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Rebecca
  • Rocklin, US, Canada
  • 10-09-09

Excellent narration

I chose this version after listening to the audio samples of the many unabridged versions of Sense and Sensibility that Audible offers. I just finished listening to it and I am impressed. Susannah Harker does a fantastic job narrating and the audio quality is excellent as well. If you've only seen the Sense and Sensibility movies, then you need to read the book. The ending is much more fulfilling (as is the entire book) and Jane Austen's writing is full of wit, irony and genius.

You can find a review of the actual book in many places so I won't waste time. I highly recommend this audiobook version though.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Felicia
  • The Colony, TX, United States
  • 06-15-10

Susannah Harker was amazing...

I listened to the audiobook version of Sense and Sensibility read by Susannah Harker and it was possibly the best audiobook I have ever heard! Yes better than Jim Dale reading Harry Potter (which I also really enjoyed)! If you get a chance to pick up this audiobook version, you should. She is very good at making each character unique and keeping you engaged the whole book. It is unabridged so 14 hours long but well worth it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Diana
  • Laredo, TX, United States
  • 11-07-08

Does it get any better than this ?

Although I had read the book many years ago, I bought this audiobook while undergoing chemotherapy. Good choice !! There is nothing more relaxing than listening to the soothing voice of the narrator reading a well-written romance, a classic love story of redemption and the triumph of true love. Romance will never get any better than this.

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  • Esther
  • United States
  • 01-04-15

Graceful, if at times FAST, reading

Susannah Harker performs a gentle but spirited performance; does justice to the voices of the characters by making no one sound ridiculous (or more than they should, anyway!). I exchanged for this version after trying the Juliet Stevenson. I love Stevenson, but she sounded overly heavyhanded in that recording. Harker is extremely even keeled, yet manages to emote quite a lot, especially Lucy Steel's wonderful spite.

My only criticism is that the producers must have sped up some exchanges of dialogue. I doubt it was Harker, because I can't imagine someone reading so fast without needing to draw breath. I imagine compressing the recording time saved money, but it's too bad that about 1 in 4 exchanges go by very, very quickly.

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love it as much as book

it's so well done that I feel so much part of the story simply wonderful

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  • Carmen
  • Athol, ID, United States
  • 04-13-17

Loved it!

As is almost always the case, the book is better than the movie. I appreciated the insight into the characters more deeply by listening to the audio book.

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Very pleasant.

A wonderful enjoyable listen. Susannah Harker is a narrator to whom it is eady to listen. One thing I wpuld wish would be to have her read the characters in different voices.

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  • Kathryn
  • Kansas City, MO, United States
  • 10-30-07

Good reader

While Sense and Sensibility might not be quite as entertaining as Pride and Prejudice, it's still a good listen.

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wonderful performance!!

Susannah does a wonderful job, reading with flavor and feeling, consistent with the voice of Jane Austen and true to her characters. thoroughly enjoyed such an authentic rendition :) will listen to again and again!!

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  • MSR
  • 06-05-11

Harker does an excellent job

I am not quite sure why I selected this version, read by Susannah Harker, but it turned out to be a highly fortunate choise. Miss Harker's reading is superb throughout. She manages to impersonate all the male and female characters with great subtlety and without the ridiculous changes of pitch and volume employed by some audio book readers. This is an absolute joy to listen to. And at a good price, too. Let's have some more from this reader.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • MRS KAREN E LEWIS
  • 09-09-10

Sense and sensablitiy

Superbly read by Susanah Harker..I am just loving it.

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  • Monwara
  • 07-15-10

Entertaining and good feel of the book

Read very well. I found it entertaining, good use of voices.

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  • maddansca
  • 04-14-16

Loved this full version

Susannah Harker perfect voice and tempo. One of best Jane Austen novels in all its full glory

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  • Shewana
  • 07-04-17

Brilliant

The narration is perfect, the book is a classic. can't fault anything. wish there was a little bit of music.

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  • Stephanie Paul
  • 08-03-16

beautiful book, skillfully read.

This is possibly one of my favorite books. I can listen to it again and again, and always I am struck by the wit, intelligence and social analysis of Jane Austin's work! I true delight!

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  • Welsh Mafia
  • 06-28-08

What is that Mr Willoughby like......honestly!

What a wonderful book this is - totally immersed from the word go and never happier - a real escape from real life.

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  • Alaina Jefferson
  • 04-26-14

Perfect

Would you consider the audio edition of Sense & Sensibility to be better than the print version?

I never believed I would say this, but they are equal. I would happily turn to either the next time I want to revisit this story.

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

Nothing can be compared to Jane Austen's works, and that is why they are still read. No one else could truly capture the social aspect of the time as well, and in such a way that still resonates with readers today.

What about Susannah Harker’s performance did you like?

Listening to Susannah Harker, it was as if Miss Austen herself was reading the story to me. Harker's soft and gentle voice, her timing, and even her accent, all lend to the illusion that it was Jane Austen who was telling this story to her family.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Oh, I'm afraid I'm not witty enough for that; besides, the title speaks for itself.

Any additional comments?

This audio book is a beautifully read classic, I would recommend to all Jane Austen fans.

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  • Linn
  • 10-23-17

Lovely.

This is an absolutely lovely listen. A wonderful way to revisit the novel. The narrator is great.

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  • Paddington
  • 11-21-14

Enjoyable but not her best

I love Jane Austen's novels. This one was enjoyable reading about the way of life, manners and customs of the era. I was well constructed and I am glad I listened to it but it was not in the same league as Pride and Prejudice.