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.
If they like Jane Austen I would enthusiastically recommend it. The reader does such a super job on almost all of the characters and hits off several of the characters as portrayed on BBC amazingly. Her timing and inflection were delightful and added alot to the story.
I love both the hero and heroine in this story.
She hit off Mr. Woodcort so well it was really amazing and did a great job on Ms. Bates. A real joy to listen to.
Emma's self-discovery of her own vanity and poor judgement
Emma's soul-searching after she's been proved wrong about circumstances, others, and herself.
Knightley's chivalrous rescue of Harriet Smith at the ball.
Juliet Stevenson's overall narrative voice is splendid, and her representations of Mrs. Elton and Harriet Smith are, in my view, nonpareil.
While the narration is excellent, I was highly disappointed by this well-known Jane Austen book. It can't hold a candle to the likes of Pride and Prejudice. I couldn't get through it and gave up after 20 chapters. The plot (if you could call it that) was soap opera like in its preoccupation with who was a good match for whom. These people seemed incredibly lacking in substance.
While I did enjoy this book, it was not quite as good as some of the other Jane Austin books I've read. It was a bit slower moving and storyline not as strong.
The narrator was wonderful.
Though the style and themes of Austen's "Emma" are locked into the period when the book was written, there is enough of the universal human character in this tale to still make it an entertaining listen. This particular narration was wonderfully done, so that the narrator's talent carries you over the parts of the book that ramble on too long. Though this wasn't my favorite Austen book, it has lots of her ironic touches and masterfully drawn characterizations. Most importantly, it has that most magic of qualities, the ability to make me tolerant of other commuters.