Wanda McCaddon delivers a delightful narration in this production of Austen's beloved first novel. McCaddon's characterizations are as lively as they are exact: From impetuous Marianne to the reserved Elinor; from dashing, willful Willoughby to the long-suffering, noble Colonel Brandon, her narration beautifully captures Austen's vivid creations. McCaddon's deep understanding of this story appears to be accompanied by an equally deep pleasure in it. It seems as though she relishes every word as she brings to life the story's many dramas - from Elinor's quietly hidden heartache to Marianne's heart-on-her-sleeve heartbreak. Even if you've read the novel and seen the movies, McCaddon still brings fresh insights to Austen's story and characters.
Startling secrets, unexpected twists, and heartless betrayals interrupt the marriage games that follow. Filled with satiric wit and subtle characterizations, Sense and Sensibility teaches that true love requires a balance of reason and emotion.
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"Tediously dull yet captivating"
like most Victorian authors, Austin builds a minutely detailed picture for her readers. Too much information! would be a modern readers most likely cry. the same story could (and has been) be told With fully a third less wandering about long complex sentences. Still the stories of Eleanor, Marrianne and all have universal appeal. I would suggest watching the Emma Thompson movie first to give you the story in short so you will be willing to stick with Austin to see how the original comes through.
"Beautifully read...and great to knit to!"
I enjoy knitting and listening to audiobooks, and this is one of my favorites. The narrator's voice is very pleasant, and the story is, of course, a delight to hear again and again!
"Probably my least favorite Jane Austen novel."
Her writing is genius as usual but the story just wasn't as good as the others. The narrator is brilliant. I sometimes try to imagine doing her job when I hear her read but then realize how hard it actually is.
"Glad to go back"
It was nice to read a love story without sex or murder or cursing. People haven't really changed that much but writing style has. Worth your time.
story of the mind and the heart and how the best love of all incorporates the deepest feelings of the latter and the deepest reflections of the former. Austen at her best.
"If you love Jane Austen, then read this!"
Having already been primed with Pride and Prejudice book and movie made this an easier read. It would have been a struggle if I hadn't already known some of the rules! The story is good and confusing in the vistorian way only Austen can do!
Jane Austin is a most beloved writers and this book is a fine example of her genius. However, the narrator ruined it for me. McCaddon read too fast for my American ear to recognize 18th century British English. I tried listening at .75 and that was too slow.
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