Being an avowed romantic, I had to re-hear the scene on Boxhill and that of Knightley's declaration of love.
anything by Jane
I have been distractedly in love with Juliet Stevenson's voice. Her giftedness makes any book a triumph of success as characters come to life in vivid tones.
Jane Austen and Juliet Stevenson are a combination making it painful to stop listening. I've spent a few extra hours in parking lots unable to leave the car.
Anything by Jane and anything by Juliet
write a human interest column for local paper. Listen to everything non-fiction related to WWII, France, England, travel, Mark Twain.
I loved the reader and I'm certain she also thought this book would never end. Probably, listening to the abridged version would have made this a better experience for everyone except Austenites.
Quit already! I have to believe, having read most Jane Austen books, that she just kept going, thinking Emma would run out of steam or reach a big finish. It didn't happen and I found myself thinking, "haven't I heard this part before?"
Of course everyone says Emma is their favorite character but I think her dad offered a summary of their lives every time he was in the scene. You knew before he spoke, his world was filled with fear and foreboding about rain, damp, cold, dark, carriages and so on.
Leaving out any character, for the sake of brevity, would have changed the world of Jane Austen. The life she lived and observed around her, is what she wrote. In a small village, the importance of "knowing everything" about everyone was as necessary to them as us listening to the news every night. The person with the most information won.
Jane Austen books are a necessity to any well read female. She ballances out the tragedy and sadness of contemporary literature with predictable characters and life of a time, place and life style that is fantasy to readers. We turn to an Austen novel much as animals hibernate, needing periods of respite from life in the fast lane.
I have read the massive amount of books. Listening to the books, even the same I read before is a new and captivating experience.
A good classic story. Listening to this book makes and old story almost a new experience.
One of my favorite Austen books read beautifully by Juliet Stevenson. She perfectly interprets the various characters and helps them to come alive. I would expect nothing less from Mrs. Elton.
Jane Austen's Emma is a classic, and deservedly so. The characters are fully developed and perfectly imperfect. The story moves along a pace. Juliet Stevenson's narration is pitch perfect.
I have listened to this audiobook at least 4 times - it is kind of like a security blanket for me. Juliet Stevenson brings characters to life in a lovely way. I thorough recommend it to all Austen lovers.