This is one of those books that I read in print years ago - and I skipped over great portions. Jane Austen's description of manners, manors and love in Victorian England is exquisitely detailed, but for the modern reader, it can be a bit of a slog.
I had listened to Pride and Prejudice and really enjoyed it, so I decided to give Emma another try, but this time on Audible. The first couple of hours were dense and I kept when anything was going to happen. Having watched the movie "Clueless" (based on Emma), I knew it would eventually.
Things finally got moving, and I enjoyed the book. I was amused by some of the characters - particularly one introduced in Part 2. Saying who it is would be a spoiler, so I won't do that - but I found the character as cringe-worthy as Emma did. In modern times, the character is someone you would friend on Facebook, but shortly have to turn off the person's update feed on your News page because the person is so annoying, opinionated and has a complete lack of social grace. That person would be the kind of person who would desperately troll for "likes".
Juliet Stevenson's audio narration brought the characters to life, but there were a few times when she narrated in the voice of the wrong character.
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Juliet Stevenson did an amazing job with this tale. The story is a classic but not a good one for those unconcerned with the daily trails of upper society in England. However it is a great story of the schemes of love and life.
Austin's Emma has to be one of the most amazing protagonists in literature, and this audio version does full justice to her thoughts and conversations. Can't wait to listen to the other Austin novels on Audible. Five stars.
If it was shorter and to the point. Not drug out for ever.
it was to long and it put me to sleep
Half of them
If you don't like to take sleeping pills then this this the book for you, it will put you to sleep pretty fast.
I love this story...I've read it previously, but it was made all the better by the great performance by Juliet Stevenson. She made the story wonderful and amusing by doing all the voices to a tee. A wonderful listen!
Emma is the one Austen heroine who doesn't have to worry about money, but she finds independence presents its own problems.
The narrator is almost ideal—though some may find that she makes the annoying Mrs. Elton TOO annoying!
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.