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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (436,502 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455176694
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Jane Austen’s debut novel is a brilliant tragicomedy of flirtation and folly in which two sisters who represent “sense” and “sensibility,” or restraint and emotionalism, experience love and heartbreak in their own separate ways. The impetuous Marianne falls passionately in love with the dashing John Willoughby and makes no secret of her affections. Meanwhile, Elinor and the mild-mannered Edward Ferras feel a mutual attraction, yet neither has the directness to acknowledge it. When it is revealed that Willoughby is in fact an unscrupulous fortune hunter and that Edward is bound by a previous commitment to another woman, each sister’s romantic hopes are dashed. As they bear their grief in their different ways, Marianne learns from Elinor’s quiet restraint, while Elinor learns the value of Marianne’s candid expression. In the end, both sisters are happily settled, having each developed a more balanced approach to life and love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As nearly flawless as any fiction could be.”

    Eudora Welty

  • “Miss Austen gives us all the agony of passion the human heart can feel; she was the first; and none has written the scene that we all desire to write as truthfully as she has…It is here that we find the burning human heart in English prose narrative for the first, and, alas, for the last time.”

    George Moore

  • “[Narrator Wanda McCaddon gives] a spirited reading, using skillful phrasing to interpret the text. She gives the characters distinct voices and captures their personalities perfectly.”

    AudioFile

  • “Three elements make Jane Austen’s work so appealing: the love stories, the character portraits, and the wonderful prose with which she presents them.”

    AudioFile

  • 2008AudioFile Best Voice

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 2/17/2014

    " Have read Sense and Sensibility so far. I think I will read the books in the order they are presented, from 1st published to last. Reading Austin is definitely different than reading todays romance/historical romance novels and I am enjoying the change in pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha Atkerson | 2/12/2014

    " This is an amazing book, I woudn't suggest that you get the complete works...its a bit daunting! But I did plow through it! Wonderful none the less! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 2/10/2014

    " I don't know why I didn't read her books sooner, but I am sure glad that I finally did. It was fun reading them all at the same time. She's awesome! It's hard to say which book was my favorite...I'll have to think about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth | 2/2/2014

    " Some are better (Persuasion) than others (Northanger Abbey.) However, I have read all more than once and they feel like old friends...Though read long ago and some again more recently, this list just didn't feel like me without including this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayna | 1/27/2014

    " The best romance the world of literature has to offer. Witty, sparkling, endearing, satirical, honest, lovely... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/19/2014

    " Love Jane Austen. Her stories will never be out of fashion. They're true classics... The women in her stories always end up happy; they always get their man. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye Craig | 1/18/2014

    " Many funny ways to describe people...very old fashion style but fun. This is not as good as Pride and Prejudice....but has moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elle C | 1/16/2014

    " I absolutely adore Jane Austen, I have read this entire book at least 20 times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evangeline | 1/3/2014

    " I love Jane Austen, especially Sense and Sensibility and I love having all her novels together in one book. However, I've still had to buy separate individual editions too as this book isn't very practical for commutes!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha Raadgep | 12/30/2013

    " I am excite dto read all of her novels. I am really into Jane right now. Its kinda nice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 12/18/2013

    " I cheated! I only needed to read two (including Lady Susan) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvia111 | 12/17/2013

    " This is one of Austen's best works, and a personal favorite of mine. The storyline is fairly easy to follow, and though there are not so many characters as in her other books, they all will absorb your attention and sympathy, they seem so real and human "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TxLadyForever | 12/16/2013

    " This is one of the first book sets I bought upon graduating HS! I have enjoyed them over and over! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leesa | 12/15/2013

    " My favorite is Pride and Prejudice. It makes me smile. Great characters and well developed story line. A romance that won't make you blush. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mei | 11/9/2013

    " Best of the bunch is def pride and prejudice!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellyann | 11/6/2013

    " I love her. She is fantastic. She makes me escape my word into hers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 9/5/2013

    " My favorite is Pride and Prejudice "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 7/21/2013

    " I'm just putting some history into my profile. Over the last 10 years I've read all of Austen's books including the last fragment and some of her early things. I've also read two biographies, authors currently not in my memory.. I'm a fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 7/4/2013

    " I read Pride and Prejudice! What a great book! I didn't want it to end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 6/29/2013

    " What is not to love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deah Renslow | 6/10/2013

    " I have not read these books since junior high and high school and I can't wait to re-read them all! The Jane Austin book club got me so excited all over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerrytusc | 5/14/2012

    " Jane Austen her complete novels by Austen (1981) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/12/2012

    " Pride and Prejudice is the only interesting of hers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey Comacho | 12/23/2011

    " I've always enjoyed her wit and humor and I make a point to re-read her stories every few years. She's a legend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 10/14/2011

    " I am one of the masses who loves Jane Austen. I've read all her works, and although some I liked better than others, I relished each one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 6/21/2011

    " I've been harboring a fantasy of escaping to some remote lake town in Wisconsin, where I'll start at Northanger Abbey and end at Lady Susan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 5/31/2011

    " one of my favorite writers. the book to have on your nightstand "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa | 4/8/2011

    " I love reading it, (and by IT I mean Pride and Prejudice) but is it sacrilegious to say I love the BBC movie series even more??? I am picturing all those scenes while I read, not sure I would have conjured up such great impressions and images of characters and scenes were it not for that series!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shellie | 4/2/2011

    " This is the ultimate collection for any Jane Austin fan. It is gorgeous and look amazing on the shelf!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristiana | 3/8/2011

    " Love the novels, but this collection of Austen's works was so big and heavy that I found it awkward to read. I donated it to the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Telisha | 3/5/2011

    " Amazing book set, beautiful and well bound. Love having them all together in one compilation and what a set!
    Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kereesa | 3/2/2011

    " An excellent collection, though lacking Austen's unfinished and unpublished work, it nevertheless beautifully presents all of her novels in a nice form. For details on individual novels, please see their respective reviews. 5/5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryver | 2/25/2011

    " I've read Pride & Prejudice and am now reading Sense & Sensibility. Along with reading these books, I am also collecting 2 versions each of the films. I enjoy them that much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elle | 2/20/2011

    " I absolutely adore Jane Austen, I have read this entire book at least 20 times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/15/2011

    " Highly impractical pocket for seven must-reads that deserve nice linen bindings.. At the time of publishing, e-books were not yet available. Nowadays, choose those to save on your holiday luggage.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/4/2011

    " bought it at a Spiritualist fete for £1. For all of her books, not a bad price. Unfortunately, it's also about a bazillion pages which makes it difficult to hold, and the font is awfully tiny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosie | 1/16/2011

    " The best collection of books! Whatever mood you are in,t here is an Austen novel to compliment! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 1/12/2011

    " Jane Austen's works all in one edition. It can't get much better than this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 1/8/2011

    " I love Jane Austen. This is one of the few I keep on my shelf to re-read when I'm in the mood "

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About the Author
Author Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775–1817) is considered by many scholars to be the first great woman novelist. Born in Steventon, England, she later moved to Bath and began to write for her own and her family’s amusement. Her novels, set in her own English countryside, depict the daily lives of provincial middle-class families with wry observation, a delicate irony, and a good-humored wit.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.