Sense & Sensibility

Narrated by: Susannah Harker
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (484 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Very well done

I very much enjoyed the narration. Of course the story was excellent, it was written by Jane Austin.

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love this audiobook

Of course, S&S is a great piece of British Literature, I will not waste your time in exclaiming about that. The narrator is such a professional in her art. She was not in a rush to complete the story and did not lag on either. Her voice was smooth amd sure. I appreciated that she was about the right sounding age. I'm not sure why that makes a difference in my mind but when I hear a story of a young woman like Jane Eyre told by a woman in her 50s or 60s I can't bare to finish the audiobook. Definitely a personal preference but an important one to me. The narrator's accent and inflection of her words were enchanting. This has now become my new favorite audiobook.

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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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  • 11-09-16

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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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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  • 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.

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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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  • M. L. Norman
  • 12-21-17

Brilliant performance

Susannah Harker is the perfect narrator for Jane Austen. Wonderful. I wish she could read all of them and will look out for other writers she may have ‘performed’ / narrated.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-21-20

susannah Harker is a pleasure to listen to

Susannah Harker made this reading of Sense and sensibility on so many levels, her voice is so easy to listen to, she bought the characters to life and it was like hearing Jane Bingley read to her children at Netherfield

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-17-20

couldn't finish it's so hard to keep track

struggling to finish it's wasted money but I have enjoyed other books by same author this one tho not good

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  • Sporty
  • 11-23-19

Perfection

Austen’s perfect prose and sharply observed characters beautifully read by Susannah Harker; I listen to this endlessly with enormous pleasure.

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  • Derek Thorburn
  • 07-09-19

A Reading Which Doesn't Disappoint

I have heard Suzannah Harker in two BBC dramatisations and both times she was excellent, especially as Mary Sutherland in A Case Of Identity (The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes) so when I noticed this reading I was really looking forward to it. I certainly wasn't disappointed. She narrated the book excellently and you need a good narrator for this book especially when you reach the crescendo of the Marianne/Willoughby thread. I now have two narrations of this book and I'll certainly be getting more.

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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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  • 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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  • Jess
  • 06-07-19

Revisit again and again.

Love it every time! An exceptionally good delivery of an Austin favourite. Characters are sensitively and sensibly portrayed .

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  • Dragonfly
  • 11-05-18

Thoroughly enjoyable

Susan Harker's superb narration made this an utter pleasure to listen to. As another reviewer wrote it makes one feel as if Jane Austen herself were reading the story.

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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.