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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.
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By Jo on 11-19-06

Superb - Justice to Jane Austen and Emma Thompson

A truely excellent narration - Juliet Stevenson is the best narrator I have come across on audible. She brings the characters to life, giving each, character and individuality. She accurately captures the nuances and comedy of the book and the historical period.

To me, at least, this book was so well brought to life by the Emma Thompson screen adaptation that I would find it hard to imagine some of the characters (Marianne and Fanny for instance) represented very differently from that film (although I did think the occasional character including Edward and to a certain extent Elanor herself were miscast in the film version). Juliet Stevenson's interpretations are close to the film where it was good, and better where it could have been improved (to my ear her Marianne sounded like Kate Winslet).

Furthermore, her voice is not harsh to the ears, as I have found some narrators, even good ones, to be after a time - an important point when listening to something for hours through a set of earphones on an iPod.

Pride and Prejudice might be my favourite Jane Austen book, but I think this is my favourite Jane Austen audio so far. My only negative point being that I got so engrossed (much more so than when reading the paper book), and the story is quite black and miserable through much of its length, that I am sure I felt miserable with Marianne, until I had got to the uplifting ending.

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By Rachael on 02-27-08

very easy on the ears.

I listen to a lot of British classic novels, and there's an overwhelming trend towards narrators with a very nasal, uppity-sounding English accent that grates on the ears. An expert in accents could probably identify the quality that I don't like; all I know is that THIS narrator is, by contrast, a great pleasure to listen to. Her speaking voice is gentle and beautiful and melodious. I could listen to her for hours... well, I did.

The story is of course typical Austen: predictably satisfying, tasty in that happy-endings-happen-to-good-people kind of way. You know what you're getting THERE. The excellent reading is icing on the cake.

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By Rachel on 05-25-09

A perfect narrative

Juliet Stevenson's reading of this classic piece is flawless. She understands each character and brings them to life in turn. I love this book even more since listening to her narrative. Highly recommended - I will now be downloading many more of Juliet Stevenson's readings.

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By Jules on 12-12-06

Wonderful

Beautifully read, most enjoyable.

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By Ford Krieger on 10-25-16

Wonderful.

Juliet Stephenson is the best Austen narrator by far. I'm moving next to her other narrations.

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By Amazon Customer on 02-08-16

A classic performed well

Juliet Stevenson does justice to this classic work. Her performance of the quiet repose of Elinor Dashwood could not be replicated by a more melodramatic narrator without sounding synthetic. And yet, she captures the spirited exclamations of Marianne, if a trifle stressed, and the affectations of the Steele's in an unobtrusive manner.
I'm always amused by attempts of narrators of one sex to perform the part of the other, but Stevenson is not unduly lacking in credulity for such performances.
All in all, the narration does not subtract from the text, if anything she adds to the experience.

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