• Sense and Sensibility

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (9,882 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this Audible Exclusive production, Academy Award® nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) narrates one of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Sense and Sensibility. In this timeless tale of misguided romance and heartbreak, two teenage heroines must overcome the pitfalls of Georgian England’s high society in order to achieve the love and happiness they seek. The admiration that Pike has for Austen’s work is shown clearly through this passionate delivery of Austen’s first published novel.

“The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.” 

Jane Austen’s first published novel, Sense and Sensibility, tells the classic tale of love and heartbreak in late 18th-century England. The story follows the romantic trials and tribulations of the daughters of the recently widowed Mrs. Dashwood as they encounter, and learn to handle, the emotionally reckless male characters of Georgian society. In order to find happiness, the two teenage heroines (Marianne and Elinor) must each learn to navigate through a life where status and money govern the rules of love.

A true classic of English literature, Sense and Sensibility is written with all the hallmarks of Austen’s style, providing strong female protagonists, great irony and wit, and showcasing her superb talent for character creation and dialogue.

About the Author

Jane Austen is one of the most influential and celebrated novelists in English literature. The daughter of a Hampshire clergyman, she was the seventh of eight children and was, from a young age, an avid reader and writer. After graduating from Oxford, Austen survived typhus and embarked on a literary career seeing her works published anonymously throughout her life.

Best known for Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), her six full-length novels have rarely been out of print and have spawned numerous film, television, and drama adaptations. Rich in satire, romance, and wit, Austen is renowned for her critiques of 18th-century British high society and the role of women within it.

About the Narrator

Rosamund Pike is an acclaimed English actress most recognized for her breakthrough role as a Bond girl in Die Another Day (2002), where she won the Empire Aware for Best Newcomer, and her towering lead performance in Gone Girl (2014), which won her an Empire Award for Best Actress. A graduate of English literature from Oxford University’s Wadham College, Pike began her career in stage productions and television appearances before later transitioning into film. Having often spoken of her admiration for the works of Jane Austen, Pike played Jane Bennett in a 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as well as providing narration of this novel for Audible in 2015.

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You Must Listen to This Book!

I can’t say enough good things about this book. Rosamund Pike’s performance made the story new and fresh for me. I had just finished Pride and Prejudice read by Ms. Pike and enjoyed it so much that there was no question that Sense and Sensibility would be my next listen. If there was a third Austen book read by Ms Pike, I would be listening now! Even if you have read the book or listened to other recordings, try this one, it is that good.

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A lovely listen, Jane + Rosamund = Perfection

Having previously listened to Rosamund Pike's narration of Pride and Prejudice, I knew this would be worth a credit despite having read Sense and Sensibility many times over. Rosamund has the most pleasant voice and accent, when coupled with a Jane Austen novel, makes for a wonderful listen. She keeps up a good pace, and adds subtle changes of voice when different characters are speaking. I think she understands the tone of Austen's writing perfectly.

I'm a big Jane Austen fan. I love to be transported to her world where life is simple, and relationships are complicated. While Sense and Sensibility has never been my favorite of her novels, it is still excellent. The language is beautiful, and the themes are still true today. While I'm sure men could love this book just as much, I think any woman could read this and relate to the characters hopes, desires, and worries in relationships.

I bought this purely for Rosamund Pike's narration, and will continue to do so with anything she narrates!

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Excellent narration of a long-winded story

I absolutely love Austen's Persuasion and Pride & Prejudice. But this audiobook, took a long time to get interesting. I mean like 4 hours of listening until the story actually became a story, instead of just boring narration about day to day living. This is a very dry listen and I would not listen to it again even though Rosamund Pike's reading is excellent.

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Loved it!

Jane Austen is Jane Austen. But Rosamund Pike!... Amazing! Please get her to nerrare more of Austen's books!!

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Weak

A huge letdown after listening to Pride and Prejudice. The plot is weak and tepid, the characters unappealing. There is, as in all Jane Austen novels, a bit of tension as to who will marry whom, if at all. But given the uniformly unappealing characters--who cares?
Rosamund Pike did a great job with Pride and Prejudice, but is only so-so here. She was probably as bored by the book as I was.
In sum, this is one to skip.

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Pitch Perfect Austen!

I’ve been in love with Rosamond Pike’s performances since her reading of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and she brings every measure of excellence to her reading of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. I highly recommend this adaptation for the vivid, empathetic colors with which Pike renders such timeless characters, and as always, I am forever endorsing the creative powerhouse of Austen and her iron heroines!

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loveeee

rosamund does a great narration I love p&p and loved this rendition. now if she could do all the others I would be so happy. especially northanger abbey which is my third favorite

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Perfect!

Rosamund Pike's performance of this time-honored classic was thoroughly enjoyable and flawlessly executed - highly recommended to all!

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always wonderful!

a new recording. what a delight!! listened in 2 sittings... did not want to take a break for sleep!

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Lovely.

Wonderfully performed classic. Truly a favorite. Jane Austen smart writing enhanced by Rosamund Pike interpretation.

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  • Mrs. A. Gardner
  • 09-13-18

What a great way to hear a classic

Having only ever seen film & tv adaptations of Sense and Sensibility it was a joy to listen to this book with Rosamund Pike giving as splendid a delivery as she has done with Pride and Prejudice.
I really hope there will be more audible narrations by her very soon!

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  • Margaret
  • 08-31-18

Perfect reading - funny and dry

Wonderful story of course. The performance was exquisite! Never overstated, lovely timing and a thorough understanding of the language. I enjoyed every minute.

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  • K. J. Kelly
  • 08-21-18

Classic of sisterly affection, read with grace

A classic of love and sisterly affection read with grace.

I've read Sense and Sensibility more than once, but was tempted into a re-read by the mellifluous timbre of the newest narrator's voice. My favourite audiobook, that I DO listen to regularly is Pride and Prejudice, and I adore the tale of Elinor and Marianne. I'm more an Elinor myself, I like to think.

A story of two sisters and their various paths to contented alliances, the one whose heart and emotions steer the course, the other who is more outwardly restrained and logical. The men in their lives exhibit various traits from doggedly loyal, to accommodating and docile, to passionate and roguish.

As much about the inter-relationship between Elinor and Marianne and how they help each other through trials as it is about their romantic entanglements, we also have interesting secondary female characters - Lucy Steele and Mrs Jennings give us a good pairing of women, who either support or work against their fellow females. Mr and Mrs Dashwood too make a fine comic pair, their words contrasting with their actions icily.

Rosamunde Pike excels at creating the atmosphere and gentility of the Regency setting, and I forgot I was listening to a woman when male characters spoke. Her warm and rich voice evoked both sisters beautifully, their characters conveyed with just a small change in tone and pitch. A pleasure to listen to.

Austen makes a congenial listen, though sometimes wordy, it's wonderful to have someone read her aloud. The humour of what is not said, of what is implied is starkly obvious when spoken.

A well-chosen narrator and a tender and timeless story of disparate personalities supporting each other through the trials of living as young women in a time when underprivileged women had no power or position.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-19

My favourite so far

I'm on a mission to read all 7 books. This is my 3rd, and by far my favourite. Sometimes I wish we still thought and talked to each other like this... a whole paragraph just to say no!
Amazing to think this was her first published novel... wow.

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  • Beth Jenkin
  • 08-21-18

Perfect narration to bring a classic to life

Rosamund Pike has the perfect voice to narrate Austen, I steamed through this book far too quickly and have never enjoyed the story more.

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  • AnnieP
  • 01-02-19

Beautifully narrated

Perfect book to listen to when life is stressful .... very well narrated by Rosamund Pike.

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  • manorclassics
  • 05-29-19

Wonderful narration made me love this novel

I've always found Sense and Sensibility hard going. I really enjoy the 1995 film with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, but when it came to reading the novel I really struggled. Partly it's the fact that the first few chapters are almost entirely without dialogue, unlike Pride and Prejudice with its lively beginning. Or perhaps Marianne seems impossibly silly and Elinor impossibly lecturing. Whatever the case, listening to this audio book revolutionised by opinion. I was able to get inside the head of each character and I thoroughly enjoyed Austen's humour - some scenes, such as Mrs Jennings listening to Elinor and Colonel Brandon and drawing all the wrong conclusions, are hilarious. This was a really satisfying listen and I will definitely revisit it at some point. Can't wait to hear Rosamond Pike's take on the other novels.

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  • Miss Tracey Ann Nicholls
  • 03-02-19

A beautiful story, delightfully read

Sense and Sensibility is often overshadowed by its author's more popular novel, Pride and Prejudice, but this Audible version does much to bring it out into the limelight it deserves. Rosamund Pike's beautiful reading brings out all the charm and eloquence of Austen's writing and her skill in giving each character their own distinctive voice adds to the overall enjoyment of a quite simply delightful story. Simply download and enjoy - you won't regret it.

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  • L. Stacey
  • 01-15-19

Really enjoyable, Rosamund Pike's voice lovely!

I love Sense and Sensibility. I've read the book, watched the films and now rounded it all off by listening to it. Rosamund Pike's voice is very suited to the style of book. She whisks you away to be immersed in the story. Truly an enjoyable listen!

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  • M
  • 10-22-18

Best audiobook narration ever!

Draws you right into the story you thought you knew and brings it to life! Greatest thing to happen to S&S since Emma Thompson's adaptation!

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  • indigirl
  • 09-22-18

Rosamund Pike is sublime

Wonderful performance. Rosamund Pike has a lovely soothing delivery, the different voices are done very well and I enjoyed Sense & Sensibility just as much as I enjoyed her performance of Pride & Prejudice. Can I put a vote in for Persuasion next?

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  • Kiwi Animus
  • 04-17-21

Excellent narration choice

Loved Rosamund Pikes narration - beautiful voice and very easy to listen to.
would thoroughly recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-20

Absolute Favourite

Pike is an exceptional reader, please hire her to finish the remaining Austen books!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-23-22

Beautiful narration

Rosamund Pike did an incredible narration of this classic Jane Austen. It was an absolute pleasure to hear the subtlety different voices and accents Rosamund did which brought the story to life. Loved every minute and will listen to again

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  • Customer
  • 08-13-22

Enjoyed listening

Enjoyed listening. Dramatic with some comic relief. The story wrapped up well. The narrator is convincing and pleasant. I recommend it.

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  • WRB
  • 07-21-22

perfect

edward is a weird little bean and i love him. i feel that i’ve never appreciated this book or elinor so much as i did this time around; also love rosamund pike’s performance.

feeling v. attacked right now at the ripe old age of 35 by marianne’s remarks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-15-22

Excellent rendition

Although this is my least favoured Austen, Rosamund Pike's performance makes it well worth the listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-22

Rosamund is a dream narrator

A story I love by an author I adore brought utterly to life by the stunning Rosamund Pike. Superior to all others I tried, she is the quintessential English voice. Thank you, lovely lady. I think you did our Jane proud.

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  • Sufilover
  • 06-02-22

Award Winning Performance

Rosamund Pike’s performance was phenomenal. She captured every emotion and portrayed the various characters dramatically through their diverse tones and personalities. Superbly done!

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  • Deb
  • 04-22-22

Brilliantly narrated

Loved it, beautifully brought to life by the narrator. Would highly recommend to anyone, even if you've read it before