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Sense and Sensibility

Written by: Jane Austen
Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In this Audible Exclusive production, Academy Award® nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) narrates one of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Sense and Sensibility. In this timeless tale of misguided romance and heartbreak, two teenage heroines must overcome the pitfalls of Georgian England’s high society in order to achieve the love and happiness they seek. The admiration that Pike has for Austen’s work is shown clearly through this passionate delivery of Austen’s first published novel.

“The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.” 

Jane Austen’s first published novel, Sense and Sensibility, tells the classic tale of love and heartbreak in late 18th-century England. The story follows the romantic trials and tribulations of the daughters of the recently widowed Mrs. Dashwood as they encounter, and learn to handle, the emotionally reckless male characters of Georgian society. In order to find happiness, the two teenage heroines (Marianne and Elinor) must each learn to navigate through a life where status and money govern the rules of love.

A true classic of English literature, Sense and Sensibility is written with all the hallmarks of Austen’s style, providing strong female protagonists, great irony and wit, and showcasing her superb talent for character creation and dialogue.

About the Author

Jane Austen is one of the most influential and celebrated novelists in English literature. The daughter of a Hampshire clergyman, she was the seventh of eight children and was, from a young age, an avid reader and writer. After graduating from Oxford, Austen survived typhus and embarked on a literary career seeing her works published anonymously throughout her life.

Best known for Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), her six full-length novels have rarely been out of print and have spawned numerous film, television, and drama adaptations. Rich in satire, romance, and wit, Austen is renowned for her critiques of 18th-century British high society and the role of women within it.

About the Narrator

Rosamund Pike is an acclaimed English actress most recognized for her breakthrough role as a Bond girl in Die Another Day (2002), where she won the Empire Aware for Best Newcomer, and her towering lead performance in Gone Girl (2014), which won her an Empire Award for Best Actress. A graduate of English literature from Oxford University’s Wadham College, Pike began her career in stage productions and television appearances before later transitioning into film. Having often spoken of her admiration for the works of Jane Austen, Pike played Jane Bennett in a 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as well as providing narration of this novel for Audible in 2015.

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wonderful!

I am absolutely loving Rosamund Pike narrating Jane Austen's works. I hope she can do them all! it was a lovely journey, very well done.

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Rosamund Pike is a wonder

Her voices and characterizations are wonderful. She gives thorough understanding and clean communication of the story. Great fun.

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Enjoyable

I saw the Emma Thompson movie and loved it. I got the book, but just couldn't get into it. The audio book is perfect for me because I can imagine the movie scenes as I listen. I love the story so listening and imagining suits me well. Rosamund Pike is a great narrator. She has a lovely voice, a soft accent and reads with sense and sensibility!

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Valuable tme poorly spent

Hoped it would improve but alas - I've just wasted hours and hours listening to drivel.

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A Wonderful Story, Less than Wonderful Characters

I love the story of Sense and Sensibility. Elinor Dashwood is one of my all-time favourite heroines. Colonel Brandon is one of the most respectable male leads. Both are unfailingly kind, sensible and intelligent. They navigate the world of love, marriage and wealth with grace, even through an onslaught of heartbreak and misunderstanding; while their company essentially reads like a who's who of human garbage. Marianne, Fanny, Willoughby, Lucy, and the human dishrag Edward. What a horrible bunch. Were I Elinor, I would have married Colonel Brandon and moved very far away.
Regardless, the story is still one of my favourites and Rosamund Pike is a fantastic narrator. I enjoyed every moment!

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As good as ever

I have never read the book nor watched the movie and I am delighted by the beautiful writing and rich characters. I didn’t like Rosamund Pike’s narration at the beginning but grew to it half-way through. I found her narration a bit too paced or rushed overall, but her voice variations for the characters very nice.

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Another wonderful performance by Rosamund Pike

The narration was lovely and the story is a classic! Can’t go wrong with this audiobook!

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So good

Great narration. Loved her performance of each character. I am so glad I chose this.

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Boring!

The narrator was wonderful but I found myselfI really bored with the story. I was not impressed with what I heard was a wonderful book.

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Wonderful

Loved Rosamind Pike's narration of this classic. I looked forward to listening to the story.


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  • Gretchen SLP
  • 2018-10-09

Stellar Performance Elevates Austen’s Work

I almost didn’t purchase this book, because, despite being a diehard Austen fan, I’ve never liked Sense and Sensibility very much. But Rosamund Pike is a FANTASTIC narrator, and brings out all the humor and delights that even the most careful reader might otherwise miss. This is a must-hear, even better than her incredible performance of Pride and Prejudice. If she narrates Emma, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park, I will eagerly buy them all. Grade: A+

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  • Judy Ann
  • 2018-08-23

You Must Listen to This Book!

I can’t say enough good things about this book. Rosamund Pike’s performance made the story new and fresh for me. I had just finished Pride and Prejudice read by Ms. Pike and enjoyed it so much that there was no question that Sense and Sensibility would be my next listen. If there was a third Austen book read by Ms Pike, I would be listening now! Even if you have read the book or listened to other recordings, try this one, it is that good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-08-21

A lovely listen, Jane + Rosamund = Perfection

Having previously listened to Rosamund Pike's narration of Pride and Prejudice, I knew this would be worth a credit despite having read Sense and Sensibility many times over. Rosamund has the most pleasant voice and accent, when coupled with a Jane Austen novel, makes for a wonderful listen. She keeps up a good pace, and adds subtle changes of voice when different characters are speaking. I think she understands the tone of Austen's writing perfectly.

I'm a big Jane Austen fan. I love to be transported to her world where life is simple, and relationships are complicated. While Sense and Sensibility has never been my favorite of her novels, it is still excellent. The language is beautiful, and the themes are still true today. While I'm sure men could love this book just as much, I think any woman could read this and relate to the characters hopes, desires, and worries in relationships.

I bought this purely for Rosamund Pike's narration, and will continue to do so with anything she narrates!

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  • ButterflyRose
  • 2018-10-25

Excellent narration of a long-winded story

I absolutely love Austen's Persuasion and Pride & Prejudice. But this audiobook, took a long time to get interesting. I mean like 4 hours of listening until the story actually became a story, instead of just boring narration about day to day living. This is a very dry listen and I would not listen to it again even though Rosamund Pike's reading is excellent.

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  • Dana
  • 2018-08-29

Loved it!

Jane Austen is Jane Austen. But Rosamund Pike!... Amazing! Please get her to nerrare more of Austen's books!!

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  • Felseg
  • 2018-09-14

loveeee

rosamund does a great narration I love p&p and loved this rendition. now if she could do all the others I would be so happy. especially northanger abbey which is my third favorite

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  • shawn
  • 2018-08-31

Perfect!

Rosamund Pike's performance of this time-honored classic was thoroughly enjoyable and flawlessly executed - highly recommended to all!

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  • cyndyloowhoo
  • 2018-08-25

always wonderful!

a new recording. what a delight!! listened in 2 sittings... did not want to take a break for sleep!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-04

Flawless

I loved Rosamund Pike's reading of this classic. So many things I hadn't noticed before just jumped out at me!
I particularly love her performance of Mrs. Jennings. :)

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  • John
  • 2018-09-06

Weak

A huge letdown after listening to Pride and Prejudice. The plot is weak and tepid, the characters unappealing. There is, as in all Jane Austen novels, a bit of tension as to who will marry whom, if at all. But given the uniformly unappealing characters--who cares?
Rosamund Pike did a great job with Pride and Prejudice, but is only so-so here. She was probably as bored by the book as I was.
In sum, this is one to skip.

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  • Ginger
  • 2019-05-04

Merci, Rosamund pour avoir raconté cette histoire

J'écoute souvent "Pride and préjudice" par Rosamund Pike, qui a d'ailleurs joué dans le film éponyme. J'aime beaucoup sa voix, sa personnalisation des hommes comme des femmes de toute classe sociale. J'aime autant "Sense and sensibility". Je recommande vivement cette écoute.

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