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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (437,025 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Elizabeth Walker Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN:
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After the death of her husband, Mrs Dashwood and her three daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, find they must move to a small cottage in Barton Park. There, Marianne meets and falls in love with the attractive but unreliable Willoughby, while Elinor longs for Edward Ferrars, the young man she was forced to leave behind.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliana | 2/15/2014

    " Not the best book of Jane Austen, but romance is sincere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 2/13/2014

    " In my personal echelon of Austen, I'd rank Sense and Sensibility somewhere above Mansfield Park and Emma but below Persuasion. In Sense and Sensibility, Austen has created a tool for analyzing the relative merits of neoclassicism and romanticism, the two dominant philosophies of her day. The Dashwood sisters experience parallel joys and tribulations in their romantic lives, always within weeks of each other, and in their different responses to these events -- Elinor, the neoclassicist, hyper-rational, and Marianne, the romantic, deeply emotional -- Austen compares the two philosophies. Though more nuanced than similarly styled novels of the day, I found that this philosophical comparison -- the very thing that made the novel intellectually interesting (beyond, of course, Austen's usual wit and social commentary) -- was also what made the novel drag at points: yes, okay, Marianne is overreacting and Elinor is not -- got it. Beyond this comparison, however, still a stimulating book and a good reminder that being in love requires us to both control our reason and yield to our emotions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hunter | 2/7/2014

    " This was a true Jane Austin and if you don't like that literature then you should never read this book. I made that mistake already. However for the type of lit that it is, it is a very good book. "

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

    " Another great book by Jane Austen, go read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bea Ansley | 2/4/2014

    " Dull. Couldn't get through the seventh chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/29/2014

    " Another great read from Jane Austen. One of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/22/2014

    " The print in the book was very small & tight, so I did have difficulty reading it (my age). However I loved the ending, and got into the book more at the end then the beginning. Certain characters drove me nuts (Marianne)and others I know I would become friends with (Elinor). I even liked Mrs Jennings. I thought she always meant well, though in real life I probably wouldn't trust her with any confidences, she was such a gossip. She provided some comic relief though (so excitable with any gossip). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/15/2014

    " Cute story about two sisters on the prowl for husbands. Society doesn't allow these ladies to voice their opinions and feelings... and we wonder where dating mind games originated? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise KM | 12/29/2013

    " a classic! how can you not love jane austen? and i sort of prefer this to pride and prejudice! (gasp) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suad | 12/29/2013

    " i have to say am not a fan of jean austen and that book was so boring that couldn't get myself to finish it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristina Dominguez | 12/23/2013

    " My 2nd favorite Jane Austen novel! But it's my favorite book to quote. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Richter | 12/16/2013

    " a book for autum days by the fire. A bit slow, but nicely written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/14/2013

    " I couldn't really get into it til the last 20%. It was really hard for me to follow "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deestarr | 11/18/2013

    " This is always one of my favorite book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Borud | 9/7/2013

    " I really liked the storyline, but the writing style is hard to read. somewhat choppy and harder to follow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ernesta | 8/22/2013

    " I'm not a fan of this book. For me there were to many portrayals of nature and general scenes. I missed dialougs and a bit of action. It seemed like chapter after chapter nothing happened and nothing really changed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shea | 4/15/2013

    " Re-read for my Austen course. I had forgotten how incredibly funny this book is, especially the last chapter. She tempered some of that humor in the later novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany Wyman | 4/11/2013

    " Jane Austen never disappoints on her love stories "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Harney | 4/5/2013

    " One of the best books I have read on the fate of women in this historical time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Estrella | 12/16/2012

    " I had a hard time reading this one. It seemed to drag in places. However, I'm glad I read it. This book gives a lot of insight into the world of Jane Austen "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara cunningham | 11/15/2012

    " i read S&S and sea monsters first. i didn't really like that one (i thought zombies fit into pride and prejudice better than the sea monsters fit into S&S) in the classic version... i was very meh. i definitely like Mansfield Park and Emma and P&P better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 10/13/2012

    " No one can beat JA!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Bogel | 2/19/2012

    " There's a reason this one's a classic. On top of the excellent characters and interesting plot, I'm constantly surprised at how darn witty Jane Austen is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 11/29/2011

    " Loved it so much I've read it at least four times now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laetitia Hörnler | 11/1/2011

    " One of the true classics! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zeyad | 7/27/2011

    " For me, the plot was less obvious than the plot of her other book, pride and prejudice, that I recently read, and that's one of the reasons why I like it more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/23/2011

    " I just read this book for the second time recently, and I think I loved it even more. It has the perfect balance of the humorous parts and also the character growth and development that Jane Austen is so good at. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janeen | 5/18/2011

    " This officially reigns as my least favorite Austen. Everyone was hateful. The only character I liked was Mr. Palmer. And even though I didn't like Marianne, I hated that the narrator smugly declared that she married someone she didn't love. Also, why skip over the proposals? Hmph. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mysterylady | 5/18/2011

    " This is one of my favorites. I really like the characters in this book. It gives you a great look into the Regency era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 5/16/2011

    " It's a classic. Can't say it was really fantastic, but for the time period it's great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/16/2011

    " I've read this novel several times, and I always enjoy it. It's witty and funny and insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Torin | 5/15/2011

    " Great book, one of JA's best "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie-claude | 5/12/2011

    " Je l'ai lu en français. Le titre en français était LE COEUR ET LA RAISON. J'ai aimé mais un peu moins que Pride and prejudice. L'adaptation cinématographique de 1995 avec Emma Thompson est formidable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliza | 5/10/2011

    " I find it funny - all that mothers, whose only wish is to marry their daughters well. I can´t imagine to live in 19th century, or when it was written, can you? :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/10/2011

    " I liked this book, but not as much as Pride and Prejudice. I found Marianne to be very annoying. I was glad to see her improve by the end. I definitely don't think they should have been so quick to forgive Willoughby, though. "

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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.