jane Austen's delicious prose is addictive ! And no one reads it as well as Juliet Stevenson. My only complaint is the slowness of the story, but the dialogue and wit are a delight !
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!
One of the best. The narrator actually gives a performance, doesn't just read changing up the voices. She adds inflection, emotion, and personality into each character. Top notch.
Not knowing who was going to hook up with whom and the fact Emma doesn't actually NEED a man to be self-fulfilled.
too many to choose from.
When Emma is admonished for talking down to Miss Bates by Mr. Knightly and then redeems herself in his eyes. Shows real character development in such a subtle and human way.
I cannot recommend this book or any other by Austin highly enough. She is the pinnacle of English writing in my eyes. Forget that Shakespeare dude.
I love to read mysteries, histories, biographies, humor, and Jane Austen.
As always, Juliet Stevenson does a superb job. But, for some reason, hearing the book instead of reading it brings out Emma's annoying and controlling personality. Reading it, Emma is charmingly misguided - hearing it, Emma is an unpleasant jerk. This has never been one of my favorite Austen books, but now I don't think I can read or listen to it again.
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.
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.
My favorite thing about this book was the character development. Emma was a truly dynamic character without losing the essence of who she was at the core. She was flawed, yet relatable and likeable. I loved the way she changed throughout the book and came to grow as a person and as a friend. There were times in the beginning of the book when her actions made her difficult to take, but Jane Austen's writing of her was masterful in its ability to starkly present her flaws while painting a very human picture of her. While ingrained elitism and a sharp tongue are integral to Emma's character, so is her desire to help others (misguided and presumptuous as her attempts often may be), her kindness and care for her father and friends, her distaste for her own mistakes (and later her ability to acknowledge them), and her desire to make her wrongs right.
I especially loved the dynamic of her relationship with Mr. Knightley and the way their interactions helped to shape Emma's growth and help her see new points of view and acknowledge her mistakes in a perfectly balanced way. Mr. Knightley was neither too gentle nor too forceful in his influence; the changes he was able to inspire in Emma were born out of honesty, truth, and the desire to help her be the best person she could be. It was refreshing to see personal growth explored within the context of a relationship without the angle of manipulation, or change for another's personal benefit added, as is popular within modern literature and media. Emma was an independent and strong-minded character, and she was allowed to remain as such - without believing that she was truly perfect.
Juliet Stevenson was a fantastic narrator and perfectly portrayed the essence of each character. She brought a liveliness and humor to the experience that made the characters come alive.
Juliet Stephenson is a wonderful actress, and she brings each character to life, distinctly and with great charm. Even the odious Emma is made tolerable by her acting. She is far and away my favorite performer of the Austen novels.
Story: Much the same as the other two crown jewels of her works but still very good. As always, a must read for a liberal education and to experience the life in England in the late 18th century.