I actually thought that it was Gwyneth Paltrow doing the reading. Very nicely read and a timeless story. Definitely worth adding to your audio library.
Juliet Stevenson's reading is amazing! And Jane Austen's use of language is perfect. So much more than the movie versions of course, getting right into the thoughts and psychology of the characters. Very pleasant to listen to through every chapter.
I love all the Jane Austen books, and have read them all more than once. Never listened to an audio version before and decided to start with
The relationship and conversations between Emma and Mr. Knightley are my favorite parts of the story.
Juliet Stevenson did a fabulous job with the narration!! Her interpretation of the character Miss Bates was spot on. All the characters were easily distinguishable and understandable.
This audio book was so enjoyable that I have listened to it several times, and will listen to it several more times, I'm sure.
Very well done and highly recommended!!
The first thing I noticed upon buying this audiobook was that Juliet Stevenson played Mrs. Elton in the 1996 film version of Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam. Naturally, I couldn't wait to hear her read Mrs. Elton's lines, which were hilarious and perfectly done, as were the other characters. Truly brilliant.
Juliet Stevenson does a fantastic job narrating 'Emma'. I didn't like 'Emma' much when I read it myself a couple of years ago, but I think that's because it book features a much different sort of character development compared to most of Jane Austen's other fabulous novels. This second experience, hearing it read, really brought out the fine points of the book, and highlighted the masterful depictions of 'polite' conversation. Really, I can't say enough about the narration - Ms. Stevenson has a very pleasing voice, and she modulated admirably for various characters.
Though this audiobook is quite pricey, even with Audible.com membership discount, I'm convinced it's worth every penny.
Great narration by Juliet Stevenson of what she had to work with "The ramblings of a spoiled girl."... however NOT my favorite Jane Austen book.
If you want to listen to 16 hours of snobby ladies gossip, this book is for you.
If I had been reading the hard copy of this book it would have long been back on the shelf collecting well deserved dust. Excellent narration was the only reason I finished listening to this tedious tale. Had I lived during this period of English history, I would have preferred the life of the "less connected" for it sounds like the gentility should have succumbed to early deaths due to boredom or writers cramp from the extensive correspondence that seemed to be the center of their existence. How many pages must the blithering narration of Miss Bates gone on time and time again? Ah, forgive me for this review is beginning to sound much like Miss Austen's prose...endless.