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Sense and Sensibility Audiobook

Sense and Sensibility

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When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for. The contrasting fortunes and temperaments of the two girls as they struggle to cope in their different ways with the cruel events which fate has in store for them are portrayed by Jane Austen with her usual irony, humour, and profound sensibility.

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    Jonathan H Barlow St. Louis, MO USA 10-09-16
    Jonathan H Barlow St. Louis, MO USA 10-09-16
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    "Well read and edited"

    Very good reader who uses consistent voice characterizations. The dynamics of the recording were good.

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    TriciaInTexas 09-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Timeless Classic"

    I love Jane Austin and the auditor was perfect. I have listened several times. Wonderful each time.

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    merlin 02-23-16
    merlin 02-23-16
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    "A Performance Worthy of the Work"

    While already one of my favorite novels, I was exceedingly pleased with this production's presentation of it. The narrator is easy to understand, and makes great use of both voice and pacing to bring the story and its characters to life. She has a gentle British accent which further enhances the performance for me, since that is the voice I expect from most of the characters. Overall, I have no complaints, and heartily recommend this production to those who wish to listen to this classic.

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    Kathryn 02-07-16
    Kathryn 02-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wonderful!"

    I feel the reader is terrific to listen to and does justice to Jane Austen's books!

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    Greg and Sara Masarik 01-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of my favorite Juliet Stevenson's performances"
    Would you listen to Sense and Sensibility again? Why?

    Yes - and I have. This is one that always offers something new and Juliet Stevenson keeps me totally swept up in the story each time. There is always a part that I have forgotten which takes me by surprise and adds to my enjoyment.


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

    Clearly we have to compare it to Pride and Prejudice.


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    Renea McKenzie Dallas, TX 01-01-16
    Renea McKenzie Dallas, TX 01-01-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Better than Reading"

    I tried to read this book and couldn't withstand the slowness of its pace despite the wit of its prose. The audiobook is a perfect solution, since it allows me to multitask. The narrator is great--doing all the voices and delivering the characters through interpretive inflection.

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    Felicia J Colorado 12-23-15
    Felicia J Colorado 12-23-15 Member Since 2017
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    "I loved it to bits!"

    "She was stronger alone, and her own good sense so well supported her, that her firmness was as unshaken, her appearance of cheerfulness as invariable, as with regrets so poignant and so fresh, it was possible to be."

    I have SUCH a girl crush on Elinor Dashwood. Good, kind, practical Elinor - empathetic, compassionate to a fault, and as capable of deep feeling as her demonstrative mother and sister Marianne. She was the ideal prism through which to experience this story of the love and devotion between sisters, through romantic trials and disappointments. I loved this book to pieces.

    I never thought a novel by Jane Austen could leave me in so much suspense, put me through so much agony for the fate of its characters, and make me laugh out loud so often. I didn't know Austen could be so sharp, witty and sarcastic.

    Her novel contains very little of what we would think of as action. Plot details are revealed through conversations between different characters. Oh, those conversations! Austen's insight into human nature and foibles was absolutely first rate. Her novel left me wondering what effusive Mrs. Jenningses, selfish Mr. Willoughbys and sly Lucy Steeles she must have known in real life.

    I never could get through an Austen novel before trying this audiobook. The formal language in which she wrote left me befuddled, sure I was missing the meanings beneath the surface of her words. Juliet Stevenson's incredible narration freed me from that difficulty. Her performance was fresh, nuanced and lively, teasing out all the irony, humor and pathos of the words.

    I finished the book with a little sigh of happiness for Elinor and Marianne and regret to have to leave their world so soon. I cannot wait to listen to more Jane Austen.

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    tm 12-07-15
    tm 12-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A complete experience"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sense and Sensibility to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the narrator is superb and brings accents and inflections that American I cannot supply.


    What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

    She gives each character a unique voice, so that they all seem distinct. Hence the dramatic quality that is such a huge value-added to the text alone. Stevenson's intelligence shines through. She seems to interpret each emphasis perfectly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Austen's humor is always moving, because she brings such remarkable psychological insight to her writing.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly entertaining! The four stars indicate problems with Austen's story, not with the audible experience.

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    Debbie Jones Tallahassee, Florida 12-02-15
    Debbie Jones Tallahassee, Florida 12-02-15 Member Since 2013

    I love a good mystery and love books that have been turned into movies. Avid reader, music enthusiast and pop culture junkie.

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    "Sublime!!"

    A must read on every list!! The Dashwood family is amazing!! Especially love Juliet Stevenson's narration!

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    Rose 11-03-15
    Rose 11-03-15
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    "Love Austen"

    This is definitely one of my most favorite Austen novels and the narration was such a delight as well.

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