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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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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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  • Gudrun
  • Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada
  • 02-07-15

Loved it

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).

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I absolutely love this audio book

I have listened to this particular audiobook over 50 times, no joke! I really love this production but my only criticism is that the voice actors voice can become grating a bit with some of the female voice in. Still I highly recommend this one

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  • David
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 01-09-18

An Enjoyable Austen Piece

While not my favorite of Austen's works, the Dashwood sisters are compelling protagonists, the supporting cast are enjoyable, and there are just enough details to give you a good picture of what life was like during the period when the story was set. What prevented this from being an outstanding performance or story for me were the musical interludes that occurred between chapters, the whole Ferras marriage plot, and some of the voices the narrator used for the male characters. However, overall it was a very easy listen, and the plot was easy enough to follow.

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Classic well presented!

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.

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Excellent book with a very good narrator

Excellent! I definitely recommended if you are a Jane Austen fan! Narrator is excellent as well

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Sense and Sensibility

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.

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  • marva
  • SANDY, UTAH, United States
  • 04-26-13

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.

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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.

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Great Narration of An Early Effort

Great narration by Marion Castle of an early Jane Austen novel! The narrator uses many different voices to distinguish the characters and bring them to life.
The novel does not have the full mastery which Austen shows in other works, but her distinctive wit, humor and irony are there, and overall, it is a pleasure to listen to.
For someone who has never read Austen, though, I would recommend you start either with Emma or Pride and Prejudice. This book is for the devoted Austen fan. (My own favorite is Persuasion, but I have changed favorites as I have progressed though life.)

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  • Jennifer
  • 09-02-13

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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  • Anfisa
  • 07-15-16

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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  • Janet D.
  • 03-02-18

A great classic, pay for the best narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the book, but not this version, as I found the voice, though clear and commited to the tale, was not restful to engage with.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sense and Sensibility?

The scene at the ball, where Marianne and Willoughby meet unexpectedly is a classic.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I appreciated the dedication of Marion Castle to her narration, and her clarity of diction, but found her tones unrestful, sometimes rushed, with a lack of distinction between male/ female voices in particular.

Was Sense and Sensibility worth the listening time?

Sense and Sensibility is a long book, with a lot of narration often not appreciated by those whose expectation of it comes firstly from the film or TV adaptation. It is well worth the read, but is also therefore worth the best interpretation.

Any additional comments?

I bought this version when I first joined Audible and was keen to build my library of a few favourite books, in haste. Therefore, I compromised quality for price. It was when, later in the the year that I wanted to listen to it again, and found I couldn't face the voice, that I realised my mistake. A year on, I have recitfied my actions and bought the Juliet Steveson narration as well. She, in my opinion, is the consumate teller of classic novels; and I look forward to wallowing in this tale once more, whilst the arctic, 'Beast from the East,' batters outside.