classic, romance

Audiobook Review: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Title: Sense and Sensibility
Author: Jane Austen
Narrator: Juliet Stevenson
Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
Length: 12 hours and 43 minutes
Genre: Classic, Romance
Rating: 4 Folded Pages

When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for. The contrasting fortunes and temperaments of the two girls as they struggle to cope in their different ways with the cruel events which fate has in store for them are portrayed by Jane Austen with her usual irony, humour, and profound sensibility.

I struggled to finish this book when I was reading it in paperback form, but there’s something about the audiobook (and the amazing narrator Juliet Stevenson), that made it impossible to stop listening to the audiobook.

I LOVED this book. I think reading Austen can be a little hard because her work is so dry but given amazing narration and the book comes to life. I absolutely fell in love with the story and the characters. I loved the contrast of Marianne and Eleanor’s personalities. I also really enjoyed how the book showed both girl’s reactions to similar situations as natural even if completely different. The sisterly love was awesome too.

If you couldn’t guess already, the narration of the audiobook version I listened to was amazing. Stevenson has a way of using slight inflections and voice pitches to give each character’s dialogue a very distinct flare. It made conversations extremely easy to follow within the text and if I had forgot to pay attention it was easy to catch on to who was currently speaking.

I’m always a sucker for a good romance, especially when it involves the intricacies of courtship in the 1800s. Pride and Prejudice is still my favorite Austen novel but I think Sense and Sensibility is pulling a close second!

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