I particularly liked the passage where the Dashwood girls muse about how they would spend money if they had it. Marianne speaks for me when she says, “You are very right in supposing how my money would be spent—some of it, at least—my loose cash would certainly be employed in improving my collection of music and books.”
As I do these little recordings, my admiration grows for certain talented audiobook narrators, such as Wil Wheaton, who perform books with many characters and seem to give each character a different voice. The most recent narration of his I enjoyed was John Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire, which has a huge cast of characters, and yet Wheaton made them all distinct. What’s more, he seemed to remember all the different voices consistently! Well, he is an actor I suppose, and often audiobook performances are directed, so perhaps he had some help with continuity. But I find, especially because Emma Thompson’s film of Sense and Sensibility is so embedded in my mind, it’s hard not to think of those actors when reading, and hard to keep track of how I’ve voiced each one. Well I suppose it doesn’t really matter – this isn’t a professional recording after all! I’m especially enjoying Austen’s asides and bits of insight into the thought life of the characters, which of course you don’t get in a film.
Anyway, if you’re listening along, I hope you’re enjoying it!