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Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
By: (1775-1817)

Two sisters, one practical and full of commonsense, the other a passionate and emotional creature, an uncaring brother and his avaricious wife, a handsome rake and a faithful gentleman – these are some of the unforgettable characters who make Jane Austen's first published novel, Sense and Sensibility such a delightful, witty and timeless classic.

The novel was published under the pseudonym “A Lady” by its shy and retiring nineteen-year-old author, Jane Austen, in 1811. She was the daughter of a country rector and lived all her life in the circle of her large and loving family in a little village in Hampshire, England. There is very little autobiographical material available about her, as her well-meaning relatives burned and destroyed most of her diaries and letters after her death.

Sense and Sensibility is a charming story of two sisters who see life from two very different viewpoints. When their father suddenly dies, leaving his entire estate to their half-brother John, the sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, their mother and youngest sister Margaret are thrown at the financial mercy of John and his mean-minded wife, Fanny. Mrs Dashwood and her daughters soon realize that they are not welcome at their former home Norland Hall. Fanny's brother Edward Ferrars, who is quite different from his greedy and graceless sister, arrives and begins to form an attachment to Elinor, which is violently opposed by Fanny. Mrs Dashwood is hurt and bewildered, but finally realizes that they have no option but to leave. They move to Devonshire, where Mrs Dashwood's cousin, Sir John Middleton welcomes them and helps them to find suitable lodgings. While out walking one rainy evening, Marianne suffers a small accident and is rescued by the suave and dashing John Willoughby. She falls passionately in love with him.

The story takes several interesting twists and turns, driven by the opposing natures of the two sisters. More than two hundred years after publication, this delightful tale still manages to capture the reader's imagination as it echoes universal truths of passion, love, social status and ethics. Sense and Sensibility is a coming of age novel, marked by Jane Austen's deliciously ironic and sharp wit and famously under-stated style that will certainly appeal to modern-day readers.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 24, 2015
Subject: Oh my god the voices.
Mrs Dashwood's robotic Siri voice made me turn this off many times. Colonel Brandon sounded like an 80 year old. John Middleton's was almost as bad as Mrs Dashwood's. And Mrs Jenner - I almost died laughing at the description that she recorded it into a potato. So spot on. Even the narrator sounded tragic and tired for most of it. I found some of the accents a bit distracting, but it was the other voices that really made this hard to get through. I would rather have it all read by one person with no voices than to have this.
Reviewer: - June 5, 2015
Subject: Mrs. Dashwood needs to go
Can someone re-record Mrs. Dashwood's lines and overlay in the recording? Otherwise, everyone else was ok and worth listening to.
January 1, 2015
Narrator mispronounced "pianoforte." Every. Single. Time.
Reviewer: - August 7, 2014
I laughed so hard whenever Mrs Dashwood spoke, first I thought it's me but then I read other comments about her and tears come down my eye. Almost broke my ribs laughing.
Reviewer: - July 18, 2014
Thank you for this service. Perhaps some quality control should be put in place. Mrs. Dashwoods voice make it difficult to listen. Col Brandon come across as much older than 35 years. These narration have ruined this. I'll get a CD set from the public library.
Reviewer: - July 9, 2014
Love the narrator, but yes, Mrs Dashwood is a tad irksome. Is it just me, or does Arielle Lipshaw (Marianne)sound just like Emma Watson?!
Reviewer: - May 7, 2014
Wow. I love this book. My few complaints are that Mrs. Dashwood sounds like a badly programmed robot; Colonel Brandon has a really old-sounding voice; Mrs. Jennings sounds like she used a potato as a recorder; and Willoughby has a strange accent. But the rest, like the narrator and Marianne sound great. Love this book soooo much.
Reviewer: - February 5, 2014
Subject: Sense and Sensibility
Mrs. Dashwood's voice is VERY odd. I can't listen to what she's saying because all I think about is how irritating her cadence and inflections are.
October 7, 2013
Mrs Dashwood's voice is RIDICULOUS. How did that get approved to be published?
Reviewer: - October 2, 2013
Subject: Sense and Sensibility
I can no longer listen to this book. Oh My Goodness!! Mrs. Dashwood and her odd inflections at the end of a sentence. There are some characters who are easy to understand and others who are so difficult. I made it to chapter 17 and had had enough. The only redeeming quality is I love the Book. Not this reading of it.

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