Emma ranks high. Stevenson's performance is masterly, and really, I can't think why I was so surprised, given that she is a favourite actor.
Miss Bates. I can't help but think that Stevenson drew on Sophie Thompson's wonderful Miss Bates from the 1996 film Adaptation of the book for her own rendering. Miss Bates is a mad, lovely, and favourite of the characters of Emma, and I've loved Thompson's Bates since I first saw the film. She's like a kitten with wings, fluttering around in a squeaky and endearing way, and clumsily bumping into walls. Stevenson could readily be confused for Thompson.
The personalities are bang on. From the first time each character appears you KNOW what they are, because of Stevenson's acting. She really is brilliant. All her voices are fantastic and so distinct, and very few actually sound like Stevenson herself.
Emma's realisation of herself toward the end really cuts to the quick.
I'm not a fan of Emma. I prefer Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice by far, but because of Juliet Stevenson I foresee much re-listening to Emma in future. Highly recommended!
Loved Jane Eyre so thought this would be a great listen also, wrong. I kept trying to listen to it, but it is the most boring story I have listened to yet.
I've loved Jane Austen's novels for a long time, but I recently decided to go on a little audio-version kick. I'm not going to review the novel itself, but I will say that Juliet Stevenson's performance of this novel is outstanding. Her Harriet is just a bit ditzy, her Mrs. Elton is properly condescending, her Mr. Knightly stern and upright.
Whether you're already an Austen fan or you just want to know what the fuss is about, this is a great recording to go with.
This was my last Austin book to listen to and I think it was the most disappointing. I love, love, love Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. The character dialogue was long and at times tedious. For the first 3/4 of the book, Emma is not very likable. I realize that was Austin's intent but between that and the long conversations that bordered on boring I do not think I will ever want to re-listen to this book. I found myself zoning out while driving and having to back up the book to find where I stopped listening.
Like most people I have seen the movie. I am generally one of those people who always like the book better. In this case, not so much.
No...out of all of Austin's novels, this is my least favorite.
I have read a couple of her other books and generally like her. This book is no different.
I find that audible books allow you to savour moments in the story that one tends to rush otherwise keeping pace with story. As such, I appreciated Austen's writing in a new way. Juliet Stevenson eloquently brings each character to life. I love both, and intend to experience them again and again
Emma's horror at who Harriet is in love with is priceless as are the conversations between Mr Knightley and Emma, always entertaining.
Ooh, difficult question without giving the story away, but I'm a romantic so the confession of reciprocated love is my favourite
If only time allowed, work and life interfered, but yes!
Buy it, love it, crave to hear it again!
It really does seem that there is more than the usual of Austen's unpleasant/annoying characters in this book. Emma is haughty and conceded, her father is long suffer, Miss Bates won't shut up and Mrs. Elton must be related to that sweet-soul Lady Catherine.It made it difficult for me to love it.
Wonderful, engaging narration by Juliet Stevenson. She brought so much life to Jane Austen's already lively words.
I'll be looking for more recordings by Juliet Stevenson.
no real plot, it was just boreing.
This is just not my cup of tea.
I could not get into this read.
not for me
I just did not like the book.I don't like people who meddle into other peoples affairs,so I did not like this book
Finally finding time to enjoy my first love... "reading" ... in a whole new way that fits into my busy schedule.
Okay...I'll admit it...I have enjoyed this story for years...on the big screen...you know... Gwenyth Paltrow as match making Emma...very entertaining. Having said that... I JUST got around to reading this book via Audible and have found this a singular occasion of me enjoying the film more than I did the book.
I know, I know...it's a classic...but to tell you the truth, for me, Emma's character in Jane Austen's novel was SO prejudice and self-righteous I found her annoying to the point it was difficult for me to finish the book. However...I did...and am glad it's behind me. I was surprised at my reaction to this book having enjoyed reading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice immensely years ago.
The performace of the narrator was excellent, however.
Emma is one of the great books, and if you're on this page you probably already know that. Juliet Stevenson conveys the feeling of the book very well, though at one or two points in the novel I think she might have gotten the tone a bit wrong in some of the conversations that take place. Wonderful narration otherwise.