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Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility
Author: Jane Austen
ISBN: 958
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Helpful Score: 2
What can I say? A wonderful book, that can be read over and over.
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A favorite Jane Austen -
Char avatar reviewed Sense and Sensibility on + 135 more book reviews
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This is the story of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. When both appear to be deserted by the men they were to marry, the stage is set for a delicous comedy of manners.
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Classic story of two sisters and they represent sense and sensibility. Glorious tale of early 19th Century upper and middle English society. One of Jane Austen's finest works.
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This audio book has six cds, is dramatized as well as read to you in stereo sound, and is very entertaining. The voices were amusing as is the wonderful retelling of Sense and Sensibility. 6 1/2 hours!
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cheryl-momofthree avatar reviewed Sense and Sensibility on + 5 more book reviews
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was my second read by Austen. Good characters and wit. Again it does take a bit more time to read because of the old english but it's worth it!
laurahun avatar reviewed Sense and Sensibility on + 19 more book reviews
My favorite Jane Austen book!
kbockl avatar reviewed Sense and Sensibility on + 27 more book reviews
Austen is a genius. This was my intro to her writing, and I loved it so much I went out and bought all her other books before I'd even finished it.
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ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS AND MOVIE. IT IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER WRITTEN. DEFINATELY MY FAVORITE JANE AUSTEN BOOK. THIS IS THE STORY OF ELINEOR AND MARIANNE. TWO SISTERS WHO COULD NOT BE MORE DIFFERENT OR MORE ALIKE. THEIR MUTUAL SUFFERING BRINGS A CLOSER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE TWO SISTERS AND TRUE LOVE FINALLY TRIUMPHS WHEN SENSE GIVES WAY TO SENSIBILITY AND SENSIBILITY GIVES WAY TO SENSE.
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Excellent, Austen can be slow moving at time but it is always worth the time. Elinore is one of the best female characters of all time. And I don't know a woman who isnt in love with Col. Brandon. Austen wrote characters that are both real and lovable, a rare combination.
tracyg777 avatar reviewed Sense and Sensibility on + 6 more book reviews
While not as riveting to me as Pride and Prejudice it is still a great read. If you like Austen you'll like this book too.
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An abridged audio edition read by Kate Winslet. Well done
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Absolutely wonderful! Seems much more real than Pride & Prejudice, but the humor is still there. Definately a must!
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Love this book anyway,but it is a nice change to have it read and hear the British Accent!
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my favorite jane auten story
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Another one of Jane Austen's fantastic books! It's intriguing to read about life in the late eighteenth century!
A2JC4life avatar reviewed Sense and Sensibility on + 40 more book reviews
I didn't find this nearly as enjoyable or satisfying as _Pride and Prejudice_. The "pull" of _Pride and Prejudice_ is great characters, but none of the _Sense and Sensibility_ characters are nearly as compelling as Lizzie (or even Jane). It was an okay book, but not one I'd want to read again.
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Classic Austen - be prepared for the study of English mores and customs of Victorian times
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This is a captivating audio set, which I would highly recommend to any library collection.
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A review from Amazon.com:
Although SENSE AND SENSIBILITY is not of one Jane Austen's best novels, it is nonetheless a major novel, with the author's then-young talent in full display. Its publication in 1811 marked Austen as a huge literary talent, and its significance reverberates even today as contemporary readers re-discover the works of this author so adept at uncovering the foibles of nineteenth century aristocracy.

The title refers to the two eldest Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, one of whom (Elinor) embraces practicality and restraint while the other (Marianne) gives her whole heart to every endeavor. When the Dashwoods - mother Mrs. Dashwood, Elinor, Marianne, and youngest sister Margaret - are sent, almost impoverished, to a small cottage in Devonshire after the death of their father and the machinations of their brother's wife, they accept their new circumstances with as much cheer as they can muster even though their brother and his wife have taken over the family estate and fortune. Their characters, albeit wildly different in their approaches to life, are impeccably honest and intelligent - and their suitors take notice. Elinor falls in love with the shy, awkward Edward, while Marianne's affections are lavished on the dashing hunter Willoughby. As in all Austen's books, love and marriage don't come easily, as affections aren't always returned and social jockeying sometimes takes precedence to true love. In an interestingly twist, the end of this novel brings into question which sister represents which part of the title.

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY only hints at the social skewering Austen would use to such great effect in her later novels, and the humor here is only occasional and slight, as this novel adopts a generally serious tone. Parody is largely limited to the gossipy Mrs. Jenkins, who jumps to wild conclusions about situations she knows nothing about. Though arranged marriage and true love figure prominently in all of Austen's novels, this novel focuses almost exclusivity on the prospects of the two main characters, making it less complex than the novels that followed. Reserved Elinor and exuberant Marianne are expertly drawn, with Edward, Willoughby, and Colonel Brandon (whose lovesick hopes for Marianne are dashed again and again) also engaging creations. Except for the first page or two where the circumstances of the Dashwoods are set up through a series of deaths and relations, possibly causing some confusion, this novel is exceedingly easy to follow for contemporary readers.

This novel is an excellent introduction to Jane Austen's works because of its relative simplicity (though readers should not dismiss it as simple) and the use of typical themes and social situations. Book clubs and students might want to explore the influence of money on nineteenth century British society as well as the meaning of the title as it applies to both the sisters and the other characters. It is also interesting to note both the helplessness and the extraordinary power of women in different circumstances.

Just because this is not Austen's best novel, I could not take away a single star because it is such a delightful book. I highly recommend this novel for all readers.

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