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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.
Classics,contemporary fiction, Politics, Philosophy, Economics - a weekly eye on The New Yorker & The Guardian and dense word style/play.
What a wonderful book this is - totally immersed from the word go and never happier - a real escape from real life.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
While Sense and Sensibility might not be quite as entertaining as Pride and Prejudice, it's still a good listen.
"Not my favorite Jane Austin.."
But it's a close second. As with all of Jane's novels you can expect a laughable and occasionally scathing report of the antics of the upper middle classes of the era as well as a beautiful heroine or two to be thwarted in love. And as always, those who are righteous, studious, modest, and well-mannered are happily married.
"A Perfect Happy Ever After Story"
I am a long time fan of Jane Austin and have read almost all of her books.
This Audible version was very well done and a pleasure to listen to.
It had been many years since I had read the book and had recently watched the movie version. It was quite enjoyable to be able to again appreciate the full version and compare the more recent version.
It is amazing how relevant Jane Austin's story is today as it was when she wrote it so many years ago.
"One of the best narrators ever"
Susannah Harker is one of the best narrators I've ever listened to. I only wish she narrated more books.
"Just one quirk"
I liked the narration of this classic story. My only issue is that it was broken awkwardly into ten "chapters" that each contained about ten of Austen's actual chapters. This made it hard to search within the text.
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