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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.
The mother’s voice is grating (so giving 4 stars instead of 5), but if you suffer through it and laugh it off, the book as a whole is great. Luckily she isn’t one of the most prominent characters. Thanks to all the volunteers who made this happen, including you-know-who!
I enjoy the story, but some of the readers are too flat. Mrs. Dashwood's sing-song reading is absolutely awful. I'm not sure why the reader is doing that.
Enjoying the book however the mother’s voice who is doing the reading is spoiling it for me, compared to the other readers who portray their characters beautifully and interestingly.
I hate to give a bad review, because I love that this service exist and there's so many good readers, however I couldn't get passed chapter 3 of this one. The mother's voice is the same voice of a small boy in Anne of Avonlea. It was annoying then, but I let it go, however as a grown woman in this I can't get passed it.
I cannot get past chapter 5 of this recording, despite trying multiple times! The reader for Mrs. Dashwood is ridiculous! I thought that surely it would get better but I just can't deal. Definitely agree with "nails on a chalkboard" likeness on this one. Ugh!
Mrs Dashwoods awful American accent. Had to stop Listening
It saddens me so much that so many people give such a hateful review to these volunteers. Honest critique is one thing (and I found those critiques very useful before listening), but the hateful yammering of those so entitled as to assume that they should get for free the work of others and have the audacity to say that that work isn't good enough, is indicative of their character. Thank you all so much for taking the time to put these works together. I do agree with some of the more honest reviews, but going in prepared made those issues a non-issue. I was able to listen and enjoy as it was intended, as a work of well-meaning passion. I reserve 5 stars for those times when the volunteers nail it, but this is very easily above average and worth so much more than the $0 price tag!
I swear Marianne was played by Emma Watson
I can not get over how terrible Trish G voices Mrs Dashwood. Her pitch almost always crescendos at the end of almost every narrative. She makes it sound as if every passage is a question. Makes me crazy to the point I almost couldn't continue listening to the story. I am only at chapter 8, hopefully she gets better.
well I think its excellent, I thoroughly enjoyed it, hats off to the all the people who worked very hard portraying all the characters in such a brilliant way!!! I loved it and I'm not that keen on audible! so very well done all of you! thankyou very much indeed! x
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