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Sense and Sensibility

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jane Austen

Narrated By: Mark F. Smith

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: March 2008

Duration: 11 hours 3 minutes


This is a story of the English moneyed class and its eternal struggle for creating "sense and sensibility" in its world. A potential marriage prospect must make "sense" by bringing with it enough assets and income to permit the couple to continue to live in happy, idle leisure, complete with servants and a prestigious address. Provided one can find such a match among the eligible persons of the opposite sex, one then hopes for "sensibility", or capacity for emotion, so that if love is not immediately to hand, it might come around later. And while these gentlemen and ladies make their hopeful pirouettes in the social eye, they must of course adhere to all the forms of civility.

Jane Austen writes of the family of a gentleman named Dashwood who dies and leaves most of his fortune to his son, with the understanding that he will "look out for" his mother and three sisters. When that son marries a grasping woman who convinces him that his sisters' funds are suitable to their needs and so require no contributions from his inherited fortune, the sisters are left to play the game of "Sense and Sensibility" in earnest.

But all's not fair in love. Carefully prepared "attachments" can and do go awry when gentlemen find other young women of greater fortunes than the Dashwood sisters. So, will they marry for love? Or money? Or perhaps, not at all?


  • Sherry M

    I enjoyed the story of Pride and Prejudice - and enjoyed the narration to a point. The reader spoke so fast that many sentences I could not even understand. I feel like I have a lot of gaps in the story because of how fast the narrator spoke and how hard she was to understand because of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Mary Stevens

    Of course any Jane Austen book is engaging and well-written. This narrator adds a lot, though. Her pronunciation and voicing are very polished, enabling the listener to fully immerse into the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Amanda Hudson

    Love it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Maggie M.

    I enjoyed the book and thought the narrator did a wonderful job.

  • Lauren M.

    I agree that the reader for this book was excellent. (It was not Mark Smith as noted). It is a wonderful story. Having seen the movie, I had Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman in mind as the characters during the absolutely beautiful narration of the classic read!

  • David K.

    The reader for this book was quite excellent. The story itself is one of Jane Austen's best. The only complaint is that there is some flaw in the recording and places where the readers voice is garbled. However, this was just a minor annoyance and it was not in a lot of areas.

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