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Sense and Sensibility

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jane Austen

Narrated By: Mark F. Smith

Date: March 2008

Duration: 11 hours 3 minutes

Summary:

This is a story of the English moneyed class and its eternal struggle for creating "sense and sensibility" in its world. A potential marriage prospect must make "sense" by bringing with it enough assets and income to permit the couple to continue to live in happy, idle leisure, complete with servants and a prestigious address. Provided one can find such a match among the eligible persons of the opposite sex, one then hopes for "sensibility", or capacity for emotion, so that if love is not immediately to hand, it might come around later. And while these gentlemen and ladies make their hopeful pirouettes in the social eye, they must of course adhere to all the forms of civility.

Jane Austen writes of the family of a gentleman named Dashwood who dies and leaves most of his fortune to his son, with the understanding that he will "look out for" his mother and three sisters. When that son marries a grasping woman who convinces him that his sisters' funds are suitable to their needs and so require no contributions from his inherited fortune, the sisters are left to play the game of "Sense and Sensibility" in earnest.

But all's not fair in love. Carefully prepared "attachments" can and do go awry when gentlemen find other young women of greater fortunes than the Dashwood sisters. So, will they marry for love? Or money? Or perhaps, not at all?

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  • Anonymous

    Story great as always. This narrator spoke too quickly.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Author rushed theu the ending Narrative was good

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Sherry M

    I enjoyed the story of Pride and Prejudice - and enjoyed the narration to a point. The reader spoke so fast that many sentences I could not even understand. I feel like I have a lot of gaps in the story because of how fast the narrator spoke and how hard she was to understand because of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    As always Austen is amazing. I thought the narrator’s voice was good, clear and expressive. At times a little fast but I just went back 30 seconds and only needed to do so a dozen times over the whole book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Amanda Hudson

    Love it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Mary Stevens

    Of course any Jane Austen book is engaging and well-written. This narrator adds a lot, though. Her pronunciation and voicing are very polished, enabling the listener to fully immerse into the story.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful book but a tedious recording at times

  • Amy H.

    The narrator is fantastic. Not my favorite Jane Austen novel, but still good.

  • Anonymous

    Narrator spoke too fast.

  • Olive

    An absolute delight from start to finish.

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