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  • Written by: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (477 ratings)

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Sense and Sensibility

Written by: Jane Austen
Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
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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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Lovely narration

The story speaks for itself. This narration is lovely in every way. Rosamund Pike is an unmatched narrator for Austen’s prose.

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Performance was excellent

Rosamond Pike’s narration is excellent! Another beloved Jane Austen classic! While P and P is my favourite, S and S is my second favourite :)

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Rosmund Pike

Wonderful choice for reading this classic to me. Her voice change for characters was very easy to follow.

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Compared to Pride and Prejudice

Very good. I heard someone recently compare this book to Pride and Prejudice saying they liked them equally. I found I liked Pride and Prejudice just a bit more. Matter of opinion.

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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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Jane Austen, a great author

This book was written in the early 1800s. The English language is so beautiful and makes me wish it hadn’t evolved so much.
Rosamund did a great job narrating, and has a very nice voice to listen to.
The book is sort an old timely romance novel. Though there are so many characters it’s a little hard to follow at times.
Still, it’s a classic and I am glad I listened to it as it’s been on my reading list for years now.

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A very nice read while out gardening.

The narration is very well done, and the story is of course every bit as good as it ever was.

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Sense & Sensibility

This is by far my favorite book. Excellent narrator, excellent story. I highly recommend this book. It is so nice to read a book that is happy and uplifting and well written. I wish Jane Austen had blessed us with more stories.

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Love, love, love it.

I’ve watched this movie so many times, to have it read to.me was wonderful, I now have trouble reading so Audio it is no

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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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