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I like the story of Sense and Sensibility nearly as well as Pride and Prejudice and have read, watched and listened to numerous versions. I chose this version as it was considerably cheaper than several other versions (I was out of credits). Marion Castle read the story reasonably well but her voice went a little too shrill for my taste for some characters. Overall it was a very decent listen and good value for money.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I felt this book was over-populated with characters and the various plotlines were more convoluted and meandering than the crisp, sharp story of "Pride and Prejudice" where every sentence feels expertly crafted and essential. However, this is a classic and that is the treatment it gets from Marion Castle, which isn't necessarily a compliment. Her delivery is faultless, appropriate to the period and... just a bit bland. I believe that a narrator should go above and beyond technical ability and bring some life to the characters; I wish Castle would have concentrated less on her perfect enunciation and more on conveying Austen's famous dry wit. Suffice it to say that I didn't notice much difference between her portrayal of the silly Marianne and the reserved Elinor.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is much, much better than the same book narrated by Victoria McGee. If you're debating between a couple versions, you can't go wrong with this one. I actually listened part-way to the other version, couldn't take another second of the robotic narrator, and switched to this one. Marion Castle is very expressive and interesting. She has a nice cadence to her voice, which suits the story. The only reason I'm not giving her 5 stars as a narrator is because so far, no one can outshine Lindsay Duncan as a narrator for Austen. If you haven't heard Duncan's version of Pride and Prejudice, I highly recommend it, too. However, Marion Castle is very good, and I would happily download other books she narrates in the future. I've learned my lesson with my Sense and Sensibility experience. The narrator really can make or break the story, and I'll be sure to pay more attention to the samples before downloading in future.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
I've read this before, seen it many times, but listening to this was a pleasure. Characters are so good and the story is truly timeless. This was a good version with excellent narration (despite being a cheaper version).
2 of 2 people found this review helpful