Sense and Sensibility

Austen, Jane (Audiobook CD - 2008)
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"Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen's first published novel, is a wonderfully entertaining tale of flirtation and folly that revolves around two starkly different sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood."--Container.
Authors: Austen, Jane, 1775-1817
Title: Sense and Sensibility
[sound recording] / Jane Austen; read by Wanda McCaddon
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, CT ] : Tantor Media Inc 2008
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (11 hrs., 25 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: Ninth disc includes bonus eBook, automatic start-up with full instructions, search and navigation of chapters, PDF format, eBook may be printed, full table of contents and index
Summary: "Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen's first published novel, is a wonderfully entertaining tale of flirtation and folly that revolves around two starkly different sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood."--Container.
Additional Contributors: McCaddon, Wanda
Tantor Media (Firm)
ISBN: 9781400136896
Playtime: 112500
Performers: Read by Wanda McCaddon.
System Details: Adobe Acrobat Reader needed to read ebook
Subject Headings: England Social life and customs 19th century Fiction Sisters Fiction
Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Topical Term: Sisters
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Feb 20, 2014
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a classic that somehow I'd never got around to reading.
The novel follows the Dashwoods, and begins as old Mr. Dashwood passes away. The old man had never married, and had recently had his nephew Henry Dashwood's family living with him, as Henry was who was the intended heir. They were not only living with him in hopes but also through genuine goodwill and the relationship was happy on all sides. But the old man had more recently taken a shine to Henry's son by his first marriage, and his young grandson by him, and surprised all by leaving the estate to them, giving Henry only a life interest. Unfortunately for Henry's more recently family he didn't outlive his old uncle by many months, leaving his second wife and his daughters with little financial cushion to keep them up. The son, John Dashwood soon arrived with his family and showed little of the goodwill and generosity of his father, giving little real support to his stepmother and half-sisters, although perhaps he may have done more but for his wife's attitude towards sharing, which was to not do it unless compelled.
Luckily for Mrs. Dashwood and her three daughters, a cousin some distance away offered them a cottage on his estate for a modest rent and once the removed themselves there, involved them to a large degree in his social life.
The book's title is a play on the two aspects of character, sense and sensibility, and which of the characters has what amount of each quality. The majority of the novel follows the two eldest daughters Elinor and Marianne. Elinor has both qualities with sense ruling her reactions to situations and causing her to show less of the other quality, sensibility, to others at first glance. Elinor is a young woman who watches the people around her and takes a cautionary approach to situations, who is always polite and reasonable and knows that she must on occasion be polite even when she doesn't feel that way. Marianne, while not without sense, shows more of her sensibility, with passion leading her in all her reactions. She is quick to state her impressions and reacts emotionally and often without thinking what others must infer from those actions.
The book illustrates class, honor, and the interaction of characters with many different motivations. I really enjoyed it.

Sep 17, 2013
  • LibrarianGeek rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have read and love all of Jane Austen's books, and am now listening to the audio versions one by one. Donada Peters does an exceptional job reading, and I appreciated the wonderful inflection and character traits she provides. Well worth a listen!

Jun 15, 2010
  • shoba_singh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read the book after I saw the movie with Emma Thompson and Huge Grant; both the book and movie are excellent. Jane Austen develops her female characters so wonderfully. Great read.


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