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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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Excellent

This was another wonderful read by Jane Austen. I love how she brings so much emotion into her novels.

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Perfection.

I am a huge fan of all of Austen's novels. Pike's voice does them justice. very relaxing and enjoyable!

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  • MLD
  • 2021-09-05

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

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To those who have only seen the movie...

Don't miss out on this beautiful, insightful, and hilarious treat, wonderfully written and expertly performed.

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stunning performance of a wonderful book

Possibly the best audiobook of a Jane Austen novel I've had the pleasure of listening to. Rosamund Pike brings out of Austen's words all the humour, warmth and feeling that Austen intended. An absolute delight, I was sorry when it finally finished

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So well done.

This is one of my Jane Austen favourites, it was such a pleasure to listen to. Thank you

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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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  • Mary K Foster
  • 2019-05-30

Pitch Perfect Austen!

I’ve been in love with Rosamond Pike’s performances since her reading of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and she brings every measure of excellence to her reading of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. I highly recommend this adaptation for the vivid, empathetic colors with which Pike renders such timeless characters, and as always, I am forever endorsing the creative powerhouse of Austen and her iron heroines!

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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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  • 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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  • Stephen Melville
  • 2022-03-29

even better than pride and prejudice

I was so impressed with Pike's performance with pride and prejudice that I listened to this one as well and I was not disappointed. I had seen the movie and enjoyed it but how much more depth is in the book. In particular I appreciate some of the sillier characters that in the movie were only comedic.

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  • irondori
  • 2022-03-25

A Classic well read.

Jane Austen‘s biting wit and her literary genius make this book an equally entertaining and invigorating read. Her understanding of human nature and her understated explanations of ridiculousness kept me smiling throughout. The satisfying story after experiencing heartbreak again and again, left me content.

Rosamund Pike‘s reeding was exceptional. Having played Jane in the 2005 cinematic version of Pride and Prejudice, I found it quite fitting that she would read this novel. She managed the voices, the beautiful accent, and the flow in such a way that it genuinely added to the story. I
heartily recommend this version. I’m delighted that it was available without cost through my Audible membership.

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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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  • J. McJ. Saye Simpson
  • 2020-01-27

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First Jane Austen I've read/listened to (forced to for book club haha) and not sure what the hype is about. This was so long and tedious (though better than the actual book which I literally couldn't get though without falling asleep) it could barely keep my attention.

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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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  • Sometimes Reader
  • 2022-04-07

The best narrator performance

I am familiar with the book, but find some performances of bad quality. I listen to classic books to relax as an escape, but I find the audio doesn’t often match the mood. I was very pleasantly surprised in this case to hear smooth tones of the narrator yet the pace was not so slow that it lost my attention. I plan to listen to all Rosamund Pike narration. She does slightly different voices to distinguish characters, but it’s not a full theater performance which could be jarring. Exceeded my expectations.

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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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  • Pia
  • 2021-05-19

Wonderful !

As wonderfully read as the version of Pride and Prejudice by the same reader. I loved it, Rosamund Pike is madly talented.