To me the most important review for any Jane Austen novel is the reader. Most likely you are familiar with the author. Emma is however, one of Austen's lesser known novels so I'll simply say, if you enjoyed "Sense and Sensibility" or "Pride and Prejudice", you will enjoy Emma.
I was surprised to see how many audible versions of Emma are available. How to choose? Happily, I spent a bit more and went with this version. Even Emma would approve this marriage of Jane Austen's writing and Juliet Stevenson's narration.
If you love the beauty of the English language used to it's best advantage (as Jane would say) you don't get better than Jane Austen (Shakespeare is a given) but any reader can do the exquisite writing justice. Juliet Stevenson is such a reader. Her tone reminds me of the great Julie Andrews. Soothing, expressive, imparting emotion with every passage, inhabiting the various characters with subtle differences that make each one distinct. Jane Austen and Emma would both be proud of their story as told by Juliet Stevenson.
A few original ideas maybe. Not sure this book can be saved for anyone familiar with even basic philosophy or who hasn't been under a rock the past 5 years. It might be a good introduction for someone who does not read and is unfamiliar with the basic concept of cause and effect.
Spend less effort spent trying to be "hip" and 'cute". It doesn't work. It comes off, not someone who IS hip but someone desperately trying to sound hip.
articulate, intelligible, average
The FIRST thing I'd do is explain to Ms Sincero the concept of a double negative "could care less"?! HOW does this get past an editor?
Ironically, the fact that Ms. Sincero was able to get her book noticed and sold is proof of what she says, that anyone can do anything if they apply themselves to their dream. Good advice and as I said, it's ironic that getting a book which simply rehashes the best of what's already been said, is proof that what she says works. Ha!
Anita's story is compelling for two reasons.
1) Unlike most near death stories which generally seem to be sudden (i.e. a car accident etc) and flooded with white light and images of loved ones - Anita was ravaged with cancer. Her death had been long time coming. Her organs had shut down so there is no confusion as to the miracle of her recovery, whatever the source.
2) Unlike most accounts of near death experiences, which seem to be "it felt wonderful" or "everyone I loved who had passed away was there" - Anita was able to describe and articulate what she LEARNED as well as what she experienced - and how she put it into practice resulting in life changes.
Anita's message that once we go back to the spiritual world - we know everything - hence, we don't need to spend or time on earthy trying to gain spiritual knowledge. We will know everything the moment we leave our physical bodies. We are supposed to just "be" here and now - THIS is the "show" - not the afterlife where there is no judgement. The spiritual world takes care of itself. Worry about being in our physical bodies.
yes and did
Meh. It's a bit redundant if you've listened to Radical Acceptance.
Tara Brach's advice is helpful and practical, (which is why her choice of reader does not support that).
Oh! so condescending. It felt like she thought she was talking to idiots or tiny little children (I'd give children more respect, personally). Her sing songish way of saying things so slowly in a small (phony) voice as if she was fearful of breaking bad news to a meanie who might slap her - made the book hard to get through. I finally just bought the printed version.
Personally, I do not like how "guided meditations" are sprinkled throughout the book, right in the middle of telling the story. Put them at the end or beginning or on a separate tape. I had to fast forward many times to appreciate the message fully.
The facts were stated in a clearly biased manner
Tell the facts as they were without bias toward the church and a lecture in morality.
Absolutely painful to listen to. Singsong, emotionless delivery. He sounds like Leslie Howard in Gone with the wind, passionless and condescending to the reader.
There was no characterization but he could have given more credit to William Marshal's story and less to the manipulative Bishop
Horrible. I wish I had my money back.
Narration is always a big factor for me and Katie Firth does not disappoint. I like how she quotes from accepted historical documents and then fills in the blanks using her research to paint a picture of life as it was then. I learn more about history than dates and times. I get a sense of the people, how they lived and what they lived through during those times. It helps understand and remember who's who during the complicated Viking/Saxon period of history
Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory only because both women seem to be cut from the same cloth. Practical yet sentimental, survivors ahead of their time in more ways than one. Women who went against convention, listened to their intuition,
Katie Firth is terrific. I'm fairly new to her narration but will certainly look for her books in the future.
The most memorable character was Queen Emma's eldest step-son. The only name I can remember is Queen Emma's. The others are too complicated to remember without the book in front of me. I need flash cards.
PLEASE HURRY with Books 2 and 3 ! I didn't realize it was a trilogy when I started and was so disappointed to be left hanging. My history books tell me how it turns out but your story is so compelling, I'm having withdrawal.
Sad and depressing but lovely story about a unique life.
No. The story is ruined by the narrator who reads so slowly I had to put the app on 1.5 just get a slow/normal pace and this distorted her voice (and as bad as that was, it was an improvement). Terrible experience.
Anyone able to speak normally would be better. It was as if she was speaking to a very dumb non English speaking (or half deaf) person. It's so bad, I wondered if there was something wrong with the soundtrack.
No. I don't care about the book or the characters because the reader made me feel nothing but irritation.
Ken Follett has taken historical fiction to a new level. If history was presented to school children with as much excitement and empathy, this world would literally be a better place.
You will find no Fictional story with more excitement, intrigue, heroism and depth than
Not if I can help it. The lovely sound of his voice is overshadowed (for me) by his William Shatner style delivery. I expounded on this in my first review of this trilogy so I won't repeat myself.
Grigori or Volodya Peshkov - Grigori would probably be my first choice but both me, for the same reason. I feel they are cut from the same cloth (no only by genetics) but born into different times, will obviously have different fates. Both are men of honor, without many options. Unlike the British and German families, their path was not as clear. Oppressed people, even in Nazi German often have the choice to submit or fight and die. Terrible choices but clear cut. Grigori's government, country and family was so disorganized, unreliable and inconsistent that his choices weren't as clear. Volodya's not as much but similar. Both also seem less resolute and sure that his experience is the only experience worth fighting for. Both seem smart, open minded and honorable. An evening with either one would probably be stimulating and enlightening for us both.
The wait for Book 3 is tough.
Orson Scott Card NO. Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison YES
NO! Unfortunately, I did not realize what a sexist bigot Orson Scott card is when I bought the book.
No. Excellent job.
For good or bad, in our country, money is power so I try not to help make stupid people rich, famous and powerful. There are enough other great authors I can give my money to.
Funny, Touching, Intriguing
How do you compare Charles Dickens? I'll say, if you liked
David Timson brings life to the book. The way he creates characters, down to the smallest idiosyncrasy - a stutter, the speech pattern is remarkable, painting a picture in your mind of the complete character. If you narrowed the world of readers down to the best of the best, David Timson would be one of them, along with Ron Dale and Juliet Stevenson.
YES! but I specifically looked for a book too long to listen in one or two sittings. Even so, Our Mutual Friend is one of those books I wish I could forget so I could listen all over again.
One of the best audiobooks I have enjoyed. This was a Dickens book I've meant to read for years but not had the time. Thanks to audible, I was able to enjoy this during a recent bout of the flue. Great characters, interesting story and funny. Many times I laughed out loud. David Timson gets most of the credit for this as his narration was big part of the enjoyment of this book. It's not fair perhaps but I expect Charles Dickens to be extra ordinary. Finding a reader equal to him is a surprise.
Mr. Toots is was, for me perhaps the loveliest character and best developed narration. Absolutely brilliant, funny, touching.
David Timson makes Charles Dickens come alive. His acting skills rank at the top of the A-list.
For classics, good narration isn't enough. David Timson is to reading what Charles Dickens is for writing.
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