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Not as good as it could have been,
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This review is from: Sense And Sensibility (Penguin Classics) (Audio CD)
I have recently started to listen to audio books of Jane Austen's novels but I prefer the unabridged editions. This one is shown on the product description as `unabridged' but in fact it is abridged. That said, I enjoyed listening to it though I didn't think the sound quality was as good as BBC Audio books - or maybe it was just Julie Christie and the way she reads it. I found the ends of words kept disappearing.
This edition was worth listening to though I think perhaps too much was omitted as it was sometimes difficult to follow the storyline. The story involves two sisters - Elinor and Marian - who find themselves in straightened circumstances following the death of their father. The two sisters are complete opposites with Elinor representing `sense' and Marian `sensibility'. What happens to them when they move to a rented cottage on the estate of Sir John Middleton and make new friends is interesting even if you know the story.
The book is not as gripping as the author's `Emma' or `Pride and Prejudice' but it repays careful study and its lessons are still relevant today. You cannot always judge by appearances and it is perhaps better to settle for someone who cares about you rather than someone who appears only to care about himself.
The reading is recorded on 6 CDs lasting 5.75 hours.