One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.
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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.
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This is one of those books that I read in print years ago - and I skipped over great portions. Jane Austen's description of manners, manors and love in Victorian England is exquisitely detailed, but for the modern reader, it can be a bit of a slog.
I had listened to Pride and Prejudice and really enjoyed it, so I decided to give Emma another try, but this time on Audible. The first couple of hours were dense and I kept when anything was going to happen. Having watched the movie "Clueless" (based on Emma), I knew it would eventually.
Things finally got moving, and I enjoyed the book. I was amused by some of the characters - particularly one introduced in Part 2. Saying who it is would be a spoiler, so I won't do that - but I found the character as cringe-worthy as Emma did. In modern times, the character is someone you would friend on Facebook, but shortly have to turn off the person's update feed on your News page because the person is so annoying, opinionated and has a complete lack of social grace. That person would be the kind of person who would desperately troll for "likes".
Juliet Stevenson's audio narration brought the characters to life, but there were a few times when she narrated in the voice of the wrong character.
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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.
The gentry of nineteenth century England must have been an odd lot, if this book is any indication. It is an almost constant--and usually boring--rendition of petty interpersonal interactions of little consequence. Gossip, pretentious posturing, incompetent matchmaking and stilted formality are hallmarks of "Emma's" characters. It must be a satire.
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