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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (436,639 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Jenny Funnell Publisher: Oxford University Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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Sometimes the Dashwood girls do not seem like sisters. Elinor is all calmness and reason, and can be relied upon for practical, common sense opinions. Marianne, on the other hand, is all sensibility, full of passionate and romantic feeling. She has no time for dull common sense - or for middle-aged men of 35, long past the age of marriage. True love can only be felt by the young, of course. And if your heart is broken at the age of 17, how can you ever expect to recover from the passionate misery that fills your life, waking and sleeping? An Oxford Bookworms Library reader for learners of English, adapted from the Jane Austen original by Clare West.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laetitia Hörnler | 2/13/2014

    " One of the true classics! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrine | 2/9/2014

    " Jane Austen wrote beautifully! The dialogues in her books are amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Kimball | 1/31/2014

    " This book isn't as good as Pride and Prejudice, but it's definitely a classic for a reason. Extremely witty, and great social commentary. If you've seen the movie, you might be a little disappointed, though. In some ways, I feel like the movie is better than the back, at least in terms of plot and romance. However, it completely sacrifices the satire. It's clear that this is Austen's first (published) work, but it's extremely sophisticated, and (obviously) well-written. I mean, it's Jane Austen :P Read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris Hamburger | 1/26/2014

    " Two sisters, one sensible as in deep emotionality and passion one having sense and rationality. One looking to get married the other looking to be on the same level as the men. Everyone lives on an estate, Austen is a boring story teller, although indirect passage was unique. If you read this for leisure you're probably a terrible feminist with an unusual social life :P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra | 1/25/2014

    " Jane Austen will always be one of my favourite writers and although she only wrote six books, she was talented enough to keep her legacy going. This is not her most intense and intriguing book, as there is very minimal dialogue and the characters are quite complex. Nevertheless, it is wonderful and makes for great bed time reading before one doses off into a comfortable sleep. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 1/24/2014

    " I think Pride and Prejudice was better than this book. The author surely was being sarcastic when she selected the title for the book. No one in the entire novel had any sense or sensibility. Not one of my favorite books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tudor Stanila | 1/20/2014

    " A classic Jane Austen novel, it presents the amazing story of Marianne and Elinor, two sisters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/18/2014

    " Enjoyed it very much but not quite as much as P&P. Austen is my favorite author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/17/2014

    " Confused lovers not realizing they were in love. A thick book considering how simple the problem the characters faced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zafirah Muhammad | 1/11/2014

    " love this book. great love stories about 2 women. you will not put this down until you finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Marshall | 11/14/2013

    " It was interesting to see the differences between the book and the movie. The book was not bad but I did prefer Pride and Prejudice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 11/1/2013

    " Great characters. Good understanding of women's status and lack of options in early 1800s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 10/31/2013

    " I was a bit young, I need to read it again with more mature eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 10/30/2013

    " First Jane Austen book I finished. It was quite nice, I took quite a few breaks from reading it, like long-ish breaks. But it was interesting, with lots of characters and several cute plot twists. I quite enjoyed it :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Soniya Mathew | 10/24/2013

    " Another Austen classic which has the romance woven all though that only Jane Austen can weave "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 9/26/2013

    " Fabulous, of course. I sometimes wonder if I don't like this one better than Pride and Prejudice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 9/5/2013

    " Period pieces are usually my favorite movies, but that rarely translates into my reading preference... But I love this one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 8/2/2013

    " One of my favorite books by Austen. I reread this every year or so and enjoy it more than Pride & Prejudice. Haven't found a movie version I can stand though, LOL1 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Weird | 7/5/2013

    " The only book i read every year. It's a classic story about love and trust and three young women trying to find their way in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kfalor | 12/30/2012

    " I think this is my favorite Jane Austin book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steffenie | 10/29/2012

    " This is my least favorite Jane Austen book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/2/2012

    " Charming, light, easy to fly through. Superb way to spend a summer in England--a hundred and fifty years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serena Adler | 5/16/2012

    " Not as good as "Pride and Prejudice" but still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danette | 4/13/2012

    " "Love the archaic languagelove the storybut glad I saw the movie first. Can't go wrong with Jane Austen!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 12/2/2011

    " We all know Mariannes and Elinors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 10/31/2011

    " This was the first Jane Austen book I ever read, and I honestly didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped. It was a really s-l-o-w beginning and then just as it was getting really good, it was over. :( I enjoyed Persuasion much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 9/13/2011

    " My third favourite Austen. The contrast between the sisters seems to show the pitfalls of extremes but the best of personalities as well. Despite being so different they are both sympathetic characters so I hoped they would both have happy endings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justapennameforme Fanfiction | 7/16/2011

    " I think every teen girl has read this one. Does it matter that she is too sharp? too unkind? cares about money? is love more important than money? I think the novel is complex and engaging, I love some things and hate other but that is always how I feel when I read Austen's work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Lum | 6/18/2011

    " Much better the second time around. I have a much greater appreciation for Elinor and Colonel Brandon now. "

  • 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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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

Jenny Funnell is best known for her role as Sandy in the British sitcom As Time Goes By.  Her other television credits include appearances in Coming of Age, The Bill, Agatha Christie’s Peril at End House, and Casualty.  She's also been seen in Drop the Dead Donkey, Boon, Bergerac, and Brookside.  She has had leading roles in hundreds of radio plays and series and is the winner of a Carleton Hobbs BBC Radio Drama Award.  Jenny narrated Agatha Christie's The Seven Dials Mystery, published by Macmillan Audio.