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Publisher's Summary

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Sense and sensibilty

Excellent! So much more than the movie. I could do other things while listening to this wonderful story.

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love this book!

Jane Austin's writing is timeless, the family of Dashwood endearing. The performance/narration of this book is done very well, I am transported to Austin's time, and engaged in the characters. Well done!

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The language is so high level, sometime you need to take a break

I really enjoyed this book. I do also love the language used within it but sometimes it was so high level I would need to take a break. I also had to pause review what what gone over in easy language and then continue. Great read though!

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Sisterhood in Austenland

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! Because it's a classic and always entertaining. While the sisters Dashwood differ in their idea on how to handle almost every situation they come up against, they do continually support each other, care for each other, defend the other against those who would besmirch their good name and rise up in defiance against those who wish ill will on their family. It’s a solid sisterhood and, frankly, we don’t have enough of those in literature. 

What about Marion Castle’s performance did you like?

I thought she was wonderfully understated - Austen's characters can sometimes be silly and extreme but rather than further exaggerate them, Ms. Castle stayed focused on the story. It was very easy listening.

Any additional comments?

Ultimately, the reason to listen this book is because Austen truly was ahead of her times. If you are an Austen virgin, please remember these were written to be social satire. If her characters seems excessively silly, it’s because she found a lot of silliness in the manners of her daily society. Austen was a woman who wanted to have her own occupation and a life partner who would respect her as a person with independent thoughts and opinions - and when she couldn’t find that, she chose to remain a “spinster” who was forced to write relatively anonymously for most of her life. Sense and Sensibility may be the closest thing she writes to a romance novel, but a romantic Jane Austen is not. 

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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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  • 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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful