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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:
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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.”


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


  • 2008AudioFile Best Voice

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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