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Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
By: (1775-1817)

This is a story of the English moneyed class and its eternal struggle for creating “sense and sensibility” in its world. A potential marriage prospect must make “sense” by bringing with it enough assets and income to permit the couple to continue to live in happy, idle leisure, complete with servants and a prestigious address. Provided one can find such a match among the eligible persons of the opposite sex, one then hopes for “sensibility”, or capacity for emotion, so that if love is not immediately to hand, it might come around later. And while these gentlemen and ladies make their hopeful pirouettes in the social eye, they must of course adhere to all the forms of civility.

Jane Austen writes of the family of a gentleman named Dashwood who dies and leaves most of his fortune to his son, with the understanding that he will “look out for” his mother and three sisters. When that son marries a grasping woman who convinces him that his sisters’ funds are suitable to their needs and so require no contributions from his inherited fortune, the sisters are left to play the game of “Sense and Sensibility” in earnest.

But all’s not fair in love. Carefully prepared “attachments” can and do go awry when gentlemen find other young women of greater fortunes than the Dashwood sisters. So, will they marry for love? Or money? Or perhaps, not at all?

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SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen (1811) CHAPTER 1 The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. Their estate was large, and their residence was at Norland Park, in the centre of their property, where, for many generations, they had lived in so respectable a manner as to engage the general good opinion of their surrounding acquaintance. The late owner of this estate was a single man, who lived to a very advanced age, and who for many years of his life, had a constant companion and housekeeper in his sister. But her death, which happened ten years before his own, produced a great alteration in his home; for to supply her loss, he invited and received into his house the family of his nephew Mr. Henry Dashwood, the legal inheritor of the Norland estate, and the person to whom he intended to bequeath it. In the society of his nephew and niece, and their children, the old Gentleman's days were comfortably spent. His attachment to them all increased. The constant attention of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dashwood to his wishes, which proceeded not merely from interest, but from goodness of heart, gave him every degree of solid comfort which his age could receive; and the cheerfulness of the children added a relish to his existence... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 5, 2014
Subject: Sense and Sensibility
Mrs. Dashwood's voice is VERY odd. I can't listen to what she's saying because all I think about is how irritating her cadence and inflections are.
October 7, 2013
Mrs Dashwood's voice is RIDICULOUS. How did that get approved to be published?
Reviewer: - October 2, 2013
Subject: Sense and Sensibility
I can no longer listen to this book. Oh My Goodness!! Mrs. Dashwood and her odd inflections at the end of a sentence. There are some characters who are easy to understand and others who are so difficult. I made it to chapter 17 and had had enough. The only redeeming quality is I love the Book. Not this reading of it.
Reviewer: - September 30, 2013
Subject: Sense & Sensibility
Why is Mrs. Dashwood's voice like this!! Horrible reading for Mrs. Dashwood :( Love the story but her voice is ruining it for me.
Reviewer: - September 20, 2013
Subject: Sense & Sensibility
Thankful for this service, but Mrs. Dashwood sounds like Mrs. Stepford - so weird!
Reviewer: - September 15, 2013
The reader for Mrs. Dashwood (the girls' mother) uses strange intonation, and Colonel Brandon's voice sounds much older than 35 (maybe 75), which I had to consciously ignore. However, it wasn't too difficult to get past this, and the narrator and other readers are excellent! Overall, fantastic version. Thank you all so much for recording this!
Reviewer: - September 8, 2013
Mrs. Dashwood's narrator makes me want to punch kittens. I'm baffled by it. She ends every statement with the same cadence and is unnatural throughout.
Reviewer: - August 27, 2013
Oh my goodness...I may not be able to get through this! The mother's voice is driving me NUTS! The story, of course, is fabulous.
Reviewer: - August 6, 2013
I agree. The narrator is perfect, and most other readers are great, but Mrs. Dashwood's voice is irritating.
July 9, 2013
The narrator is perfect along with some characters of the novel except Mrs. Dashwood and Colonel Brandon. But the most artful reader is the one who reads the lines of Mrs. Jennings. I was all pleasure to hear her voice.

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