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Emma | [Jane Austen]

Emma

Emma, originally published in 1815 and deemed Jane Austen's best novel, is a witty satire of English society set within the customary plot: young ladies finding proper husbands. It can be heard as a charming love story, a detective story, and a comically lively picture of English life 200 years ago. Prunella Scales' delightful reading reveals Austen's mastery of dialogue and character.
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Emma, originally published in 1815 and deemed Jane Austen's best novel, is a witty satire of English society set within the customary plot: young ladies finding proper husbands. It can be heard as a charming love story, a detective story, and a comically lively picture of English life 200 years ago. Prunella Scales' delightful reading reveals Austen's mastery of dialogue and character.

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    Laura Van Slyke Antioch, CA United States 05-16-07
    Laura Van Slyke Antioch, CA United States 05-16-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Best Narrator"

    Of the 3 or 4 unabridged audio versions available for Emma, I find the narrator of this version to be the most enjoyable. She does not speak too quickly so as to prevent the absorption of the wonderful writing style of Austen, and she also does not read too slowly. Her character voices are done well and are consistent. Her voice does not sound "old", and that makes it more believable when she speaks as Emma. NICELY DONE!!!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Lindroos Porterville, Ca USA 05-05-07
    Rebecca Lindroos Porterville, Ca USA 05-05-07 Member Since 2003

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    "This is the one!"

    If you're pondering which version of Emma to listen to, this is the one. Prunella Scales gets the it just right from the character voices to the satire, it's all clear and right on. I very much appreciated this reading.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Glorianne Broomfield, CO, USA 04-26-07
    Glorianne Broomfield, CO, USA 04-26-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Can't beat Jane"

    Without the different voices the narrator applied to each character, I would have spent hours trying to figure out who was talking. She makes it easy to listen to.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Maya Pullman, WA, USA 12-13-05
    Maya Pullman, WA, USA 12-13-05
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    "Great!"

    This is a superb novel and a superb reading.
    I listned to it twice over, just to make sure I didn't miss anything.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Smith 10-17-07
    Carl Smith 10-17-07 Member Since 2007
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    "enjoyed it"

    Prunella Scales is my favorate narrator. What she does with the characters in Emma is delightful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Seattle, WA, United States 05-19-12
    Diane Seattle, WA, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Prunella, you are the best narrator of Emma."

    I love Juliet Stevenson's readings of Austen, George Elliot, and Charlotte Bronte, however I think Prunella Scales is the best by a nose as regards to "Emma". I listen to it about once every year or two, and always get something new out of it, in addition to the frequent laughs it provokes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Legally Bored Seattle, WA 09-03-09
    Legally Bored Seattle, WA 09-03-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Look no further for the best Emma!"

    Prunella Scales' performance is absolutely perfect, and I doubt any narrator could top her Miss Bates. This has always been my least favorite Austen novel (even less than Northanger Abbey, which is just OK) but I am now rethinking that opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    01-31-09
    01-31-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Delightful!"

    While I have read everything that Jane Austen wrote and am one of those people that continuously laments that she wrote so few novels, Emma is probably one of my least favorite of her stories. However, with Prunella Scales narration, I am having to re-think my position on Emma. Scales tremulous ramblings and timing are absolutely perfect for this book and made me laugh out loud.

    Austen's biting wit and keen observations of human nature are priceless and Scales does an amazing job of setting the appropriate tone for this story. I do believe that Miss Austen herself would most definitely approve.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mitchel Swampscott, MA, United States 08-15-08
    Mitchel Swampscott, MA, United States 08-15-08 Member Since 2007
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    "perfection"

    I think I like Emma just as much as Pride and Prejudice - it might actually be funnier. Or maybe I just think so because Prunella Scales (Mrs. Faulty of Faulty Towers) does a spot-on reading. I wish she read other Jane Austen - she couldn't do a better job to this wonderful book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jaspersu 05-26-12
    jaspersu 05-26-12 Member Since 2007

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    "I like this recording"

    I have listened to a couple of other versions as well. I heard things in Prunella Scales's reading that I never heard before, and I think it is because hers is so clear and comprehensible. I enjoy her interpretation of the characters, especially Miss Bates.

    There is something a little odd about the recording. It has extra long pauses between chapters, or just after the announcement of new chapters. The sound stops long enough for me to start wondering what went wrong with my device.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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