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Sense and Sensibility Audiobook

Sense and Sensibility

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Publisher's Summary

This is Austen's first published novel, from 1851, which she wrote under the pseudonym "A Lady". The story is about Elinor and Marianne, two daughters of Mr. Dashwood by his second wife. They have a younger sister, Margaret, and an older half-brother named John. When their father dies, the family estate passes to John, and the Dashwood women are left in reduced circumstances.

The novel follows the Dashwood sisters to their new home, a cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience both romance and heartbreak. The contrast between the sister's characters is eventually resolved as they each find love and lasting happiness. Through the events in the novel, Elinor and Marianne encounter the sense and sensibility of life and love.

Public Domain (P)2011 Trout Lake Media

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    Hannah derby, United Kingdom 30/05/2011
    Hannah derby, United Kingdom 30/05/2011 Member Since 2016
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    "bad voice"

    this is the only option for buying without a subscription, but the horrible american reader makes me tempted to part with more cash for a more pleasent experience. obviously its a wonderful story by a wonderful ENGLISH author so its a shame this "basics" version had to have an AMERICAN wreck it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J Peterborough, United Kingdom 16/09/2016
    J Peterborough, United Kingdom 16/09/2016 Member Since 2012

    Retired therapist.

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    "NO! NO! NO!"

    I have listened to this narrator read the 'Little Women' series so I knew her voice and style. While it was perfect for that series there is no attempt to change it for this book. My darling Jane Austen would surely turn in her grave! It's not just the American voice, after all it's not a foregone conclusion that it wouldn't bring something new to the book but I'm afraid this author sounds monotone, drab and dreary. Having struggled through a couple of chapters I've abandoned it for a different version that I've listened to before on CD.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 11/02/2015
    Heather 11/02/2015
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    "Yawn"

    The Story is a classic and the author unequaled in her time but the narrator destroyed all enjoyment of this book. She sounds like a computer generated voice. The saying "you get what you paid for" is entirely appropriate in this instance!

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    deborah skinningrove, United Kingdom 09/04/2014
    deborah skinningrove, United Kingdom 09/04/2014
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    "first rate clasic."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sense and Sensibility to be better than the print version?

    It is easier for me to understand the audio edition. Having sight problems is no longer a barrier to enjoying the classics.


    What does Victoria McGee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Victoria brings life, vitality and feeling to this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • A. Thompson
    Pittsburgh, PA
    07/10/12
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    "The worst narrator so far"
    What disappointed you about Sense and Sensibility?

    I wish I had read the previous reviewer's comments before purchasing. This is hands down the worse book I've gotten on Audible so far. The narrator is terrible! I'm a few hours in, and I'm not even going to finish it. I'm ordering the same book with a different narrator. This narrator sounds robotic, bored, and tired. She sounds like an alien attempting to fit in with earthlings by tackling classic lit. It's truly terrible. There are gaps between some sentences and at the end of each chapter that yawn for so long that I routinely check to make sure the Audible AP on my phone didn't close without warning. There is very little distinction in her tone between characters, if any, and often the same character speaks with a different tone within the same paragraph. It's very confusing--and I've read the book several times on my own, so it's not the subject matter that's causing my issues. Trust me, the under $3 price tag does not make this more tolerable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    With this narration, nothing at all!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Victoria McGee’s performances?

    NO WAY!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Diane
    Iron Station, NC, United States
    06/09/11
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    "Terrible Narrator, slow classic"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    This book was slow and quietly done. I generally like that but it stayed that way to the end. It's just almost boring. The narrator is the worst. She almost sounds like a computer. It ruined the book for me.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    10/10/16
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    "terrible narration"

    the narrator had terrible pronunciation of period items and key story names and locations. this is distracting as well as offputting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • navyblue
    USA
    27/08/16
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    "An American narrator?! For Austen?"

    Terrible choice of narrator. American accent for Sense and Sensibility was all wrong. Really jarring and I couldn't finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scooter Mama
    Minnesota
    26/08/16
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    "Don't waste $2.95 on this version"

    The narrator sounded robotic, no emotion, bad acting, horrid accents. I thought I would give it a chance for $2.95. You get what you pay for. I will avoid this narrator from now on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Schad
    Lake Champlain
    26/07/16
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    "Sense and Sensibility"

    There were awkward pauses between chapters and multiple times where she repeated her last phrase. There was a chapter that ended abruptly and started the next chapter mid-conversation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowergirl
    Corinth, Texas United States
    31/05/16
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    "Loved the story but the editing needed work."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Jane Austen is always a good read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy hearing the stories of people that had nothing better to do than sit and talk and play cards and wondering who was courting whom.


    What aspect of Victoria McGee’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was good but the editing was not. There was several times she had to start over and the mistake was left in.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the chapters ended in the middle of the sentence and jumped to the next chapter without finishing the chapter. The editor was not doing a very good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Powell
    25/05/16
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    "performance almost monotone"

    I usually love Austen, but this book was great for putting me to sleep, I guess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    29/04/16
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    "This is a story, bad narration."

    Sense and Sensibility is my favorite Jane Austen novel, but sadly Ms. McGee's narration was very disappointing. She used very little voice inflection and therefore sounded very robotic. It was also very clear when there was a break in the record as her tone would change, or a sentence or two would be repeated or skipped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bethany
    18/03/16
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    "Painful to Listen To"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    While I would recommend this book to others, I would not recommend this recording. It almost sounded like Siri was reading the book to me. I have got to stop listening to it and just get a more expensive recording. Absolutely terrible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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