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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781400176892
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Jane Austen’s first published novel, Sense and Sensibility is a wonderfully entertaining tale of flirtation and folly that revolves around two starkly different sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. While Elinor is thoughtful, considerate, and calm, her younger sister is emotional and wildly romantic. Both are looking for a husband, but neither Elinor’s reason nor Marianne’s passion can lead them to perfect happiness—as Marianne falls for an unscrupulous rascal and Elinor becomes attached to a man who’s already engaged.

Startling secrets, unexpected twists, and heartless betrayals interrupt the marriage games that follow. Filled with satiric wit and subtle characterizations, Sense and Sensibility teaches that true love requires a balance of reason and emotion.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tarina | 2/20/2014

    " It was great to spend my summer in Austen. A most for all Janeites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Good | 2/19/2014

    " Will admit saw movie first and fell in love with Alan Rickman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/18/2014

    " This was going to be a 1* but, I changed my mind and gave it 2 purely because the story itself is actually quite good and if written differently I am sure a 3 or 4* would have been given. I know this is a classic and it was written a very long time ago and I know that there will be people out there that strongly disagree with me, but, to be honest, I am glad I live in the 21st century! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 2/18/2014

    " This comes right after Pride & Prejudice for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara cunningham | 2/17/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smarbars | 2/17/2014

    " love affair is no longer a fairy tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bran Flake | 2/16/2014

    " Not my cup of tea -- but I appreciate the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 2/16/2014

    " My favourite author. Of course I love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 2/16/2014

    " SO handy to have these all in one little book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Addison Westlake | 2/15/2014

    " I think we all need a moment in life during which we wander aimlessly on the moors (or was that Wuthering Heights?) in the pouring rain yelling "Willoughby!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther Mackey | 2/14/2014

    " This novel is my favorite Jane Austen book! If you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice, you must read Sense and Sensibility! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois Blair | 2/14/2014

    " My least or perhaps second least favourite Austen after Emma. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Nuckols | 2/13/2014

    " Great story. I even was surprised at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 2/13/2014

    " Jane Austen is an amazing author. If I've learned anything while reading this book, it's that Jane Austen's novels get better every time you re-read them - guaranteed! This was my second time reading through Sense & Sensibility, and I found that I enjoyed it even more than the first time. Highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaelee | 2/12/2014

    " Well I just love Jane Austin. She is splendid. And if you would read this review with and English accent I would much appreciate it because in my head it's being written in an English accent. I can't get enough of Jane and her spectacular stories. They are funny and serious and thoughtful and sad and I am so glad I found her! Cheerio. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/12/2014

    " There's nothing I can say that you don't already know. This is how people work. This, right here. And not a word or a comma out of place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trudy | 2/12/2014

    " Another great book by Austen. As I was listening to this on audiotape, I initially was not sure that I would end up liking it though it is the 7th or 8th time that I have read it. I found that I had far less patience listening to Marianne's rude behaviour than I had on previous reads. But, Austen effectively brought everything together at the end - Marianne was still Marianne with her joy and love of life but she had learnt to appreciate people even though they may not always meet her "expectations". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 2/9/2014

    " Ever since taking a course about Jane almost 8 years ago I have been in love with her novels. I can't even choose one over the other, so I decided to include the complete works. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maegan | 2/9/2014

    " This was by far the most boring book I've ever read! I couldn't make it any further. It was too painful to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ammie | 2/7/2014

    " Loved it!! Love Jane Austen :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dell Sorensen | 2/7/2014

    " One of my favorite authors which I began reading right out of high school "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 2/5/2014

    " On my list of reading every year or so "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Hosie | 2/4/2014

    " I'm not a slavish Austen fan. Pride and Prejudice is pretty perfect in my book but this novel is very formulaic of the time. Worth a read but Dickens and Bronte are my preferred authors of classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eben Roelofse | 2/2/2014

    " Torn between whether sense and sensibility was reached in the end or not? Think I enjoyed the story a little more than a guy should. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caz | 1/31/2014

    " Very very long but a great story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. E | 1/31/2014

    " Who doesn't love Jane Austen? Well, I know those people exist but I'm not one of them. This is one of my favorites of hers, I love Elinor and Marianne! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia Lonteen-Martin | 1/30/2014

    " I must say I really loved this book. It is a tough book to get into and a little confusing, but once the plot begins to unwind, I found myself getting engrossed. I remember Pride and Prejudice being a bit stuffy and overly dramatic, and I am the kind of person who finds weak women who depend on others for their financial support and social status annoying. Austen's women dwell on who they can capture as a lover and future husband and seem to have little backbone. Of course, this is part of the time period, but these plots often seem trivial in light of other issues in the world. However, I have to say this book delighted me. The Dashwood family, mother, Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret, are left bereft of great funds by their father's death. The story focuses primarily on Elinor and Marianne who both fall in love with men who toy with their emotions. Elinor and Edward Ferrarr, her half-brother's brother, begin a relationship which is never declared openly, and Elinor and everyone else assumes they are engaged, although those words are never actually uttered. Similarly for Marianne, who at 17 is a spunky and imaginative young lady, she falls in love with Willoughby, a young man of great conceit and self assurance. Soon it is known that each of these men declare their engagement for another woman chosen for her financial assets. This news is revealed by other than the men to whom the Dashwood girls are assumed to be connected, making the pain more intense. Marianne goes into a great depression, catches pneumonia, and almost dies, but Elinor bears up well and hides her pain from others and cares for her sister. It is fascinating to read of two impoverished, spurned women instead of women who are wealthy, snooty belle of the balls. Elinor is a master of inner strength and self -control and thinks of others instead of her own great hurt, while Marianne basks in self-pity and thinks of little besides her own pain. Needless to say, as with Austen's heroines, the ending redeems both women with an unforeseen twist, and Marianne sees the error of her self-absorption to the exclusion of all else. "

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

    " This version was unabridged and annotated. The footnotes were very helpful and since this is the only version of this story I have read, it being unabridged didn't phase me. As always it was a good Austen read and having loved the movie (staring Thompson and Winslet) it was a joy to finally read the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/28/2014

    " Sense and Sensibility is a tale of just that, Sense and Sensibility. The Dashwood Sisters, Marianne and Elinor, couldn't be more different. Marianne is the whimsical romantic, whereas Elinor is the sensible one. After their father's death, the girls find common ground in their love, and in their heartbreak. Marianne falls in love in a short period of time with the handsome and charming John Willoughby, only to have him leave for London without so much as a goodbye. Elinor, unbeknownst even to herself, falls in love with her sister-in-law's brother, Edward Farrar. She moves away with her family, and the next time she sees him, he's been engaged for four years. The two girls move to London, and Marianne sees Willoughby at a dance with another woman. She writes him demanding an explanation, and he writes her back a cruel note denying any feelings he's had for her. Heartbroken, Marianne starts to focus her attention on a distinguished older man, Colonel Brandon. He is kind and caring and the perfect rebound for Marianne. Meanwhile, Edward's mother finds out about the secret engagement and disowns him because of it. He tries to break things off with Lucy, but she won't let him go. Marianne and Elinor visit a family friend and her newborn baby in Cleveland and Marianne falls sick, almost to death. Willoughby hears of Marianne's illness and comes to visit her. He runs into Elinor, and he tells her that the note was from his evil wife and all that was a conspiracy; he still loves Marianne. Marianne and Elinor return home, and that's when Marianne hears about Willoughby's visit and message. Despite Willoughby's change of heart, Marianne and Colonel Brandon get married. Lucy elopes with a man named Robert and Edward marries Elinor and reconciles with his mother. The two couples live at Delaford, Colonel Brandon's estate. Everybody lives happily ever after. "

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

    " The vocabulary and dynamics of the phrases can be a challenge to a point but other than that it's a fabulous book, which all Jane Austen's are "

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

    " My first "book" that I read on my nook! Love my nook, and love reading Austen's novels. What could be better?!? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mcroc | 1/23/2014

    " Read this in the last year as well as P & P. Liked this one the best. Love her sly humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikayla | 1/23/2014

    " This book is so great and Im all for the lovey dovey stuff that it talks about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth | 1/22/2014

    " 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 Grace | 1/21/2014

    " Honestly? My favourite Jane Austen book. As one of her earlier works, the style of writing is less refined than, say, Emma. I had heard somewhere that the first draft of this work was in epistolary form, and this compartmentalised release of plot information comes through in the finished product. Elinor was truly relatable, and the parody of romanticism through Marianne's equally warm, real character was delightful. It will be interesting to see what was done with this story in the Ang Lee film adaptation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/19/2014

    " Now I am ready to see the World Premier of "Sense and Sensibility The Musical" performed by the Denver Center Theatre Company next month. Will be fun to see how this story can be performed as a musical. "

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

    " I have read each of her novels over and over. I love them all. Jane Austen is the best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesperry | 1/16/2014

    " I couldn't stand Jane Austen in High School or College. In my effort to read classics I missed, I decided to re-read this. Let me preface this by saying I am a history buff. I even like to read History text books. Her novels used to be difficult to get through, but with a historical eye on the work, they give a wonderful glimpse into the class system, women's life, England, and social systems. I enjoyed the books this time around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yesenia Pumarada Cruz | 1/15/2014

    " I loved this book. I had tons of fun reading it. I am holding back from reading more of Jane Austen's stuff because I enjoy it so much, it'll take time away from my stupiddissertationwork! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 1/14/2014

    " My favorite Jane Austen title. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kayla Quay | 1/13/2014

    " omg it took me 6 months to read all 7 of these books....even managed to turn me off reading for a good 3 weeks. Dont get me wrong, I usually enjoy these classicly written novels however reading all of them in one straight hit was a bit much. my favourite story other than pride and prejudice of course was northanger abbey....which surprised me. I think this is mainly due to the style of writing and even the plot was a bit more modern and not quite as predictable as the others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 1/12/2014

    " It's Jane. It's a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzy Stanford | 1/12/2014

    " Love the book, love the movie - heck, I just love Jane Austen "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 1/11/2014

    " I enjoyed this book the more that I read it. I found parts of the beginning hard to get through, but I very much enjoyed the second and third parts. While the book didn't end how I wanted it to, I was glad to see it all come together in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chasta Schneider | 1/11/2014

    " I love all the works of Jane Austen. I only wish she had written more. It seems impossible that there are those who have not read her work, though I know it's true. My message to those people is simple. Read her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa | 1/11/2014

    " 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 Cindy | 1/11/2014

    " Ah Jane, how I love thee..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/11/2014

    " I'm officially a member of the Jane Austen book club now. :) Brilliant, all of them are still timeless. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Crystal | 1/9/2014

    " did not enjoy this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ankur | 1/6/2014

    " Great book..giving it 4 and not 5 stars only because I am comparing it to Pride and Prejudice "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Marshall | 1/5/2014

    " 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 Kat | 1/2/2014

    " A gorgeous leatherbound edition of Jane Austen's novels. It looks lovely on my bookshelf! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 12/29/2013

    " I have owned and read and re-read this book a million times. It's my go-to book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo Jacobsen | 12/28/2013

    " Ah Jane, I do love you "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 12/28/2013

    " I love this collection of Jane Austen's novels. I had not read them all before I got this two Christmases ago, but found that I enjoyed every single one. I'll be keeping this book for future re-reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi Kreizinger | 12/26/2013

    " I love Jane Austen. She was some kind of author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny | 12/26/2013

    " Not my cup of tea... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M.k. Santhi | 12/26/2013

    " Jane Austen brings the readers through the sisters experiences and shows how the womenfolks life were dominated by men in that era. A truly powerful story which I read and enjoyed thoroughly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lissette | 12/25/2013

    " I just love Jane Austen's work. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grant Horsnell | 12/22/2013

    " This is my least favourite Jane Austin book so far, I struggled to enjoy it, in fact I had to force myself to finish it. I can't put my finger on the problem, something to do with the voice I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia Wayland | 12/21/2013

    " When Emma Thompson wrote her movie script, it cleaned up some of the unlikely parts of the novel. The most obvious being the delivery method of Willoughby's explanation through Colonel Brandon rather than the late night visit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Farolino | 12/20/2013

    " I simply love Jane Austin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey Comacho | 12/18/2013

    " 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 Deestarr | 12/18/2013

    " This is always one of my favorite book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Horn | 12/18/2013

    " It's been read so many times, I lost count! A favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Morris | 12/18/2013

    " Yes, I have read them, all of them. I have an affinity for the speech of Regency England, an interest perhaps fed to some degree by reading large doses of British Romantic poets, of which, many may be surprised to learn, I enjoy Wordsworth most. As for Austen, I probably like Pride & Prejudice best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Fryer | 12/14/2013

    " I love all her books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smarbars | 12/13/2013

    " love affair is no longer a fairy tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 12/12/2013

    " A little embarrassed that I hadn't read this before. So good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tabenda Khan | 12/12/2013

    " She is the ultimate story teller. She weaved every story in such a way that we the readers of all ages can easily relate to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salinda | 12/11/2013

    " I anjoyed reading straight through all of Jane Austens books. I found it interesting to notice the similarites and differences between each novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicki | 12/9/2013

    " In someways, this is Austen's most heartbreaking book. Austen juxtaposes romantic love with the realities of the world in a classic, timeless way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Kelloway | 12/7/2013

    " Another great story that is not forgotten! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katelyn | 12/1/2013

    " This was an amazing story of sisters, and I loved every minute of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 11/30/2013

    " What is not to love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tu | 11/30/2013

    " another great work which is written with great sense and sensibility. Subtle conversations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vidhya Nair | 11/30/2013

    " A woman in those times creating a story still relevant in the 20thcentury. Fleshed out characters , dignified restraint of their choices and your sheer investment in their joys and sorrows. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/29/2013

    " I'm reading this for the third time, at least. Such fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 11/25/2013

    " Another excellent read from Jane Austen, though nothing beats Emma for me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl W. | 11/21/2013

    " Actually read only "Pride and Prejudice" from this collection during this reading. I will likely return to the other novels in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 11/15/2013

    " Had never read Jane Austen before so I figured I'd start at the beginning. Very glad I did. One of my favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ketti | 11/10/2013

    " A re-read, of course! This time I listened to this book, it was delightful! The woman who read it had a sweet accent, just right. I love the movie, but the book is so much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 11/9/2013

    " I love anything by Jane Austin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonya | 11/7/2013

    " Humana is well represented in this. Ok. The good, bad, and in-between. Well presented. Jane knows the characteristics and foibles of her characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Meadows | 11/4/2013

    " More delicious characters and situations from my favorite author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca Gomes | 10/28/2013

    " I think I must read her novels over again once a year. There is nothing so dear to me as entertaining social commentary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirelle Tetto | 10/28/2013

    " Jane Austen is truly a spectacular writer whose books just amaze me every time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 10/25/2013

    " A favorite for sure. I love Jane Austen and especially Pride and Predjudice. Mr.Darcy is so lovable as are Elizabeth's parents. Her mom is so funny but endearing and her father is so lovable and true. This is a must read classic! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarahjalaine | 10/24/2013

    " No, I did not get confused and think one star was the highest rating! Go ahead and take away my woman card- I proudly stand by my loathing of Jane Austen! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edwina | 10/23/2013

    " Another fantastic book by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruhi | 10/22/2013

    " loved it.. what a drama.. kept me hooked :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 The Imaginista | 10/22/2013

    " Finished Northanger Abby and Sense & Sensibility...there isn't anything I dislike about Austen! Gotta say that Willoughby showing up while Marianne was ill was unexpected, especially since I watched the film version first and this did not happen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 10/22/2013

    " I named my daughter Elinor. Enough said! :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Myklebust | 10/15/2013

    " I've read ALL of Jane Austin's novels and loved every one! They sweep me back to another time and fill my heart with the purest of romance. Can you hear the birds singing? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki Bennion | 10/14/2013

    " I can't decide between Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility as my favorite Austin book. I read them both over again when I miss a good Jane Austin moment. I have longed for more Austin novels and am constantly looking for more authors like her. I'm a fan! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 10/12/2013

    " I love Jane Austen's wit, but I really want to read it again when I can do so without so many interruptions as I felt I missed a lot of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amie Wilson-toepfer | 10/11/2013

    " One of my favorite book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 10/8/2013

    " not my favorite of the Austen novels, but entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sian | 10/6/2013

    " This is my favorite Jane Austen novel merely because how sentimental I am and how much I am hoping that everything works out for Colonel Brandon. But regardless, it is a very good book because of its human sentiment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 10/5/2013

    " Another great novel... Austen flaunts her brilliant writing again in this classic that is often passed up for Pride and Prejudice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briana Vela | 9/27/2013

    " it was good, enjoyed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darkpool | 9/20/2013

    " October '11. A re-read of just "Persuasion"; as wonderful as ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mcroc | 9/10/2013

    " Read this in the last year as well as P & P. Liked this one the best. Love her sly humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ammie | 9/4/2013

    " Loved it!! Love Jane Austen :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aanika J. | 9/3/2013

    " Jane Austen's writing is fantastic and this novel remains a timeless classic to this day. She writes in a style so elegant and full of poise. Although, the reading is complex to follow, the intricate emotional story is worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 8/19/2013

    " 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 Jennifer | 8/17/2013

    " I'm officially a member of the Jane Austen book club now. :) Brilliant, all of them are still timeless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly Ann | 8/17/2013

    " Just not really my thing-- "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristina Dominguez | 8/14/2013

    " 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 Barbara Michel | 7/31/2013

    " This is a cautionary tale about making rash judgments about men. It has some lively characters, one o f whom shows the meaning of generosity. A film, whose screenplay is by the actress, Emma Thompson is well worth viewing as Hugh Grant is her suitor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 7/25/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Marren | 6/27/2013

    " You have to love a bit of Jane Austen in your life :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danette | 6/15/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jdiedrichs | 6/10/2013

    " I've read them all more than once. Pride & Prejudice is my favorite followed by Persuasion but I love them all. Even Northanger Abbey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelique Hinesley | 6/9/2013

    " I love this book and the movie it inspired "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 5/31/2013

    " Good, but you'll get just as much out of the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristina Dominguez | 5/26/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 5/12/2013

    " The writing style alone is worth reading Jane Austen. However - considering the movie Means Girls, Austen is surprisingly contemporary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina Miranda | 5/10/2013

    " One of my favorite books of all time. I can linger on each sentence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Caldwell | 5/8/2013

    " Probably the tenth time I have read this. Only four stars in comparison to other Jane Austen novels - would be a five star otherwise. "

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

    " Jane Austen never disappoints on her love stories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seema Noor Wani. | 4/24/2013

    " Developing a Sense of Pragmatism rather than Illusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terrieb99 | 3/18/2013

    " I had never read Pride and Prejudice and thought I would give a classic a whirl. Really enjoyed the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abra Johnson | 3/17/2013

    " Not my favorite Austen novel, but it has it's merits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Lum | 3/13/2013

    " 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 Betty | 3/1/2013

    " This is my third favorite Austen novel. Elinor is my heroine for being the practical glue to hold her family together in very difficult times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Good | 2/21/2013

    " Will admit saw movie first and fell in love with Alan Rickman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 2/10/2013

    " Loved it, loved it, loved it!!! Pride is my favourite book of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Myklebust | 1/28/2013

    " I've read ALL of Jane Austin's novels and loved every one! They sweep me back to another time and fill my heart with the purest of romance. Can you hear the birds singing? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabby | 1/21/2013

    " Can't go wrong with Jane Austen! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hassan Aftab | 1/12/2013

    " ahe is the master of witt and romance ...................... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zaz | 1/9/2013

    " I can't say I liked it nearly as well as Pride & Prejudice, but still worth reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steven Rowe | 1/6/2013

    " I was so surprised. I love pride and prejudice, and was expecting to enjoy this as well. A very similar tale of the English classes, but with thoroughly forgetful characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 12/2/2012

    " 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 Holly Trujillo | 11/25/2012

    " I stayed up through the night to finish it! It was wonderful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shikha | 11/20/2012

    " Elinor and Marianne, the heroines of this classic novel by Jane Austen are really wonderfully depicted. Jane's ingenious and incisive portrayal of myriad facets of her heroines leaves the reader free to side with any of the sisters....Personally, I would go with Elinor... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen3n | 11/12/2012

    " These are some of my favorite books ever, and all in one place. They're romantic, gentle, very human, funny, and full of things that don't exist any more but should. Like manners and education. Such is life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline Gaynor | 11/10/2012

    " too wordy but a classic "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Lum | 11/10/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye Craig | 11/2/2012

    " 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 Ehsaas Chopra | 10/16/2012

    " Pride and Prejudice remains my fav.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel K | 10/6/2012

    " In my opinion it is even better than pride and prejudice. I love the story and the feeling Austen creates "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meguie_silva Silva | 10/1/2012

    " The final was kind of desapointing... :c I wanted Mariane to marry Willoughby.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amie Wilson-toepfer | 9/26/2012

    " One of my favorite book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassidy Lea | 9/14/2012

    " I love everything Jane Austen, but my least favorite of her books. It was her first, and it's apparent. The plot is hard to muddle through at times, but her characters are extraordinary. Honestly, if you're going to read the book, watch the movie first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 9/14/2012

    " We re-read these annually, what a quiet moral compass they provide, the tension of picking a husband and life based on a few picnics and some rumors...a lovely escape! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorrie | 9/14/2012

    " I love all the Jane Austen books and have read them a number of times. Sence and Sensibility would have to be my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Ashlee | 9/11/2012

    " I love Captain Wentworth. He's a close second to Mr. Rochester. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ammie | 9/6/2012

    " Loved it!! Love Jane Austen :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammie | 9/6/2012

    " this is going to take some time, but once you get a few pages into it, it flows easily "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Omnia Kadura | 9/3/2012

    " another gentlemen on horses and ladies with cute dresses type of book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 8/12/2012

    " I felt like this one was slow moving. I much prefer "Pride and Prejudice". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nisa | 7/17/2012

    " The declaration of love by Mr. Knightly its... perfect! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia Lawrence | 7/3/2012

    " Wonderfully picturesque and vividly flavorful example of life during a past era. Draws me into an age whose mores can still be universal .. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 6/26/2012

    " My first Austen, once I got used to the language I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 6/17/2012

    " Maybe Jane Austin gives too much details of the wonderful landscape of England, but the story is wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 6/8/2012

    " I loved this story. I really connected with Emma because I can be so much like her at times. This was my first Jane Austin book. It was a great introduction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yv | 5/29/2012

    " Not as great as P&P. I felt it wandered a bit in the middle but overall, a good Austen tale. Just make sure to push past the first chapter because, if you're like me, having to get an extended POV from John and Fanny Dashwood is liable to make you want to throw the book across the room. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daphne Trumps | 4/17/2012

    " it was okay, there were some great parts, but nowhere near as swoony as P&P. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angelica Iafigliola rackow | 3/16/2012

    " My least favorite from her. Although carries the lovable and charming "Austen" environment the characters aren't as interesting as in her other books and a lot of times I found myself not excited about the story. Ps: agreed Eric! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 3/16/2012

    " I named my daughter Elinor. Enough said! :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy White | 3/12/2012

    " Nothing like these books by Jane Austen "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayna | 3/5/2012

    " 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 Tracy | 2/28/2012

    " As a general rule I like Jane Austen's books. This one I liked all right but it was probably one of my least favorite books by her. I thought the pace was a little too slow and the plot a little too predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A. | 2/24/2012

    " You can't go wrong with anything by Jane Austen. What a wonderful observer of human nature she was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 2/9/2012

    " No one can beat JA!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianna | 1/21/2012

    " Jane Austen was an talented author. each of her stories draw me into the world in which she has created. yes romance is her draw. She did not have the completed love she desired, writing took the place left empty. Jane gave the world of readers delicious words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 deirdre | 12/16/2011

    " I love Jane. If you think she just wrote chick lit, think again. These books are so much more than that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellyann | 12/10/2011

    " 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 Ehsaas Chopra | 12/7/2011

    " Pride and Prejudice remains my fav.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecilia | 11/27/2011

    " I have no words to describe how I enjoyed Jane Austen's novels. I love them all... I can't help falling in love with Mr Darcy in "Pride and Prejudice" o with Colonel Brandon in "Sense and Sensibility". This is a wonderful and unforgettable book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 11/23/2011

    " About to reread all of the Austen books. I haven't seen any of the movies yet so they are fresh in my mind before I see them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Costanzo | 8/25/2011

    " Ms. Austen is, was, and always will be the master of whitty dialoge and male/female relations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindy Bell | 8/6/2011

    " I love all of these books and have read them all several times. The beautiful attention to detail, the humour and the irony combined make them among my favourite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Seeker | 8/5/2011

    " It was good, not great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Kelloway | 7/5/2011

    " Another great story that is not forgotten! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 6/28/2011

    " Love this book! The writing, the characters, the plot! Such a fun & interesting book. There is a reason it's a classic! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellie Harl | 6/6/2011

    " I read this book about a year ago and I remember reading it in about two days but still not being super stoked about it. And now, I don't remember a single thing about this story. Not a lick. So I guess, an quick and easy, pretty enjoyable read, that is not at all memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra (Irene) LE | 6/2/2011

    " Wasn't as brilliant as Pride and Prejudice, but still worth reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 5/25/2011

    " Aaaah, the quintessential English major's bible! Ha. I like Jane, don't get me wrong, but the stories get a bit repetitive after awhile. Love the fiesty heroines bucking cultural norms...but are they??? "

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

    " Jane Austen has such a rich understanding of her culture, making her books a romantic escape from reality for us, and a unique insight into human psyche, making her novels culturally relevant to us. Love anything by her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary Campbell | 5/14/2011

    " What can I say? It's Jane Austen. I love them all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daphne Trumps | 4/17/2011

    " it was okay, there were some great parts, but nowhere near as swoony as P&P. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 4/8/2011

    " Enjoying ploughing through this, although one or two have been disappointing. "

  • 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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