This classic story of Victorian English life is excellent tho perhaps a bit slow to get through given the very wordy and indirect manner of speaking in those times. I did have to rewind frequently to try and understand what they meant to say as they never spoke directly but with much innuendo.
The narrator did a fine job but the audio itself was so poorly done as to make it difficult to listen to. The words were often "soft" and mushy sounding , not because of the diction of the narrator but due to the poor recording. It would be great if they could redo this classic story with more modern recording equipmemt.
The ambitions of each character was easily determined as Jane Austen's work quickly got underway. With all the matchmaking that took place in the times, Emma's social meddling gets her into a predicament with her friend Harriet, who Emma tries to set up with a man whose ego will not allow such a match to be made. Such a social hierarchy was a staple of the times and Austen illustrates both its purpose and its ridiculousness at the start. Due to Emma's fear of ruining her friendship with Harriet, she avoids her friend's company as best as she can, until the examination of her own romantic life requires a meeting.
From the beginning of their encounters, it is clear that Emma and Mr Knightley would make a great couple, as he is the only one who can put up with her sarcasm and dish his own out as well. But her lack of interest in a partner (or perhaps her own ego) keeps their romance from reaching the levels the reader knows it could - at least, at the beginning. Once Emma decides to quit meddling in other people's affairs, she begins to examine her own life and her desires of a relationship, something she's slipped to the side until now. Finally, she begins to wonder what she wants in a man and comes to identify her wishes in the end.
Juliet Stevenson's performance of each character is terrific, especially when it comes to those of Miss Bates and Mrs Elton. Just as the sentence structure displays, Miss Bates rambles on to no end, rather annoyingly at times, and the narrator's performance of such a characteristic feature is flawless, as is the pronunciation and clarity of every line in the book. Well done Juliet Stevenson!
this is a classic story or england at it's most proper concerning love and relationship- i thoroughly enjoyed it. it got really slow in the middle and i thought i wouldn't make it but the narrator is so superb that i wanted to keep listening for that reason. it then picked up pace towards the end and got really very enjoyable.
As much as I love language and the narration of audiobooks, I must admit that there were almost more words than I could cope with. You could sum up the story with "and they lived happily ever after." Were the setting of the story a modern one, the story could be termed "chick lit", not my favorite. Even so, because the narrator did an excellent job of using various voices and expression, I enjoyed the listen. I will look forward to listening to work by Juliet Stevenson.
I work full time (3rd shift) and go to school full time for accounting. Without much time to sit down and just read a book but a 45-60 minute commute to and from work, I've just started seriously listening to audiobooks lately. They've been a lifesaver.
She does a wonderful job of making Mr Knightly serious, Frank Churchill light-hearted and carefree and Mrs Bates the most annoying but gracious person you could ever hope to meet. Truly an enjoyable listen.
I was in the mood for a lighthearted, well written story to enjoy while sitting in my cubicle longing to be outside enjoying the early spring sun. Emma was just the ticket.
My favorite character in the story is the heroine herself, Emma. I enjoyed her progression and growth during the story. She is misguided but lovable due to her warm regard for friends and family.
This was the first novel I have listened to Juliet Stevenson narrate. I was blown away by her talent. She has an excellent range with which she brings so many individual characters to life. Juliet Stevenson was clearly familiar with the story, the characters and the various moods; the story was that much more enjoyable due to her inflection. I could not pick a single favorite.
Well done all around. The narrator does an excellent job with getting all the voices just right, my favorite performance of this classic story.
I red this book ages ago and haven't picked up another Austen since and this just makes me want to go through all other Austen novels.