I am a Canadian washed up in Hamburg.
I need not say anything about Austen; she is brilliance herself. However Juliet Stevenson is the best narrator of Austen. She hits just the right note, never overplaying anything. Hers are the best Austen recordings.
This has always been my favorite of all the Jane Austin books. Beautiful story. and I absolutely loved the reader, she was great in changing her voice for each character and easy to follow through the book.
While already one of my favorite novels, I was exceedingly pleased with this production's presentation of it. The narrator is easy to understand, and makes great use of both voice and pacing to bring the story and its characters to life. She has a gentle British accent which further enhances the performance for me, since that is the voice I expect from most of the characters. Overall, I have no complaints, and heartily recommend this production to those who wish to listen to this classic.
Yes - and I have. This is one that always offers something new and Juliet Stevenson keeps me totally swept up in the story each time. There is always a part that I have forgotten which takes me by surprise and adds to my enjoyment.
Clearly we have to compare it to Pride and Prejudice.
I tried to read this book and couldn't withstand the slowness of its pace despite the wit of its prose. The audiobook is a perfect solution, since it allows me to multitask. The narrator is great--doing all the voices and delivering the characters through interpretive inflection.
"She was stronger alone, and her own good sense so well supported her, that her firmness was as unshaken, her appearance of cheerfulness as invariable, as with regrets so poignant and so fresh, it was possible to be."
I have SUCH a girl crush on Elinor Dashwood. Good, kind, practical Elinor - empathetic, compassionate to a fault, and as capable of deep feeling as her demonstrative mother and sister Marianne. She was the ideal prism through which to experience this story of the love and devotion between sisters, through romantic trials and disappointments. I loved this book to pieces.
I never thought a novel by Jane Austen could leave me in so much suspense, put me through so much agony for the fate of its characters, and make me laugh out loud so often. I didn't know Austen could be so sharp, witty and sarcastic.
Her novel contains very little of what we would think of as action. Plot details are revealed through conversations between different characters. Oh, those conversations! Austen's insight into human nature and foibles was absolutely first rate. Her novel left me wondering what effusive Mrs. Jenningses, selfish Mr. Willoughbys and sly Lucy Steeles she must have known in real life.
I never could get through an Austen novel before trying this audiobook. The formal language in which she wrote left me befuddled, sure I was missing the meanings beneath the surface of her words. Juliet Stevenson's incredible narration freed me from that difficulty. Her performance was fresh, nuanced and lively, teasing out all the irony, humor and pathos of the words.
I finished the book with a little sigh of happiness for Elinor and Marianne and regret to have to leave their world so soon. I cannot wait to listen to more Jane Austen.
Yes, because the narrator is superb and brings accents and inflections that American I cannot supply.
She gives each character a unique voice, so that they all seem distinct. Hence the dramatic quality that is such a huge value-added to the text alone. Stevenson's intelligence shines through. She seems to interpret each emphasis perfectly.
Austen's humor is always moving, because she brings such remarkable psychological insight to her writing.
Highly entertaining! The four stars indicate problems with Austen's story, not with the audible experience.