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Emma | [Jane Austen]

Emma

One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.
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Publisher's Summary

One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

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    Philip J. Olsson 12-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A classic story. Well narrated."

    Emma is not a sympathetic character, but Jane Austen's story is captivating. The narration is quite up to the story.

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    Dan Lexington Park, MD, United States 11-23-12
    Dan Lexington Park, MD, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Masterful Narration by Stevenson!"
    If you could sum up Emma in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant...ironic...balanced


    What did you like best about this story?

    Emma's self-discovery of her own vanity and poor judgement


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Emma's soul-searching after she's been proved wrong about circumstances, others, and herself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Knightley's chivalrous rescue of Harriet Smith at the ball.


    Any additional comments?

    Juliet Stevenson's overall narrative voice is splendid, and her representations of Mrs. Elton and Harriet Smith are, in my view, nonpareil.

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    Colleen Calvert 10-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Soap Opera of the 18th Century"

    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.

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    horslovr 10-09-12
    horslovr 10-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not as good as other Jane Austin books."

    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.

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    Fire In The Henhouse Doylestown, PA, United States 10-05-12
    Fire In The Henhouse Doylestown, PA, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Jane ages well"

    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.

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    Linda Hunters Hill, Australia 09-29-12
    Linda Hunters Hill, Australia 09-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Swoon!"
    What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

    Perfect tone and pace. Brilliant interpretation of comedic passages. I'll never listen to a Jane Austen book that ISN'T read by Juliet Stevenson. She's the icing on the cake!


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    Rebecca JONESBORO, AR, United States 09-14-12
    Rebecca JONESBORO, AR, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    What made the experience of listening to Emma the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was fantastic! She really made the story come to life - you felt as though the characters were real people, really there with you. The story was also wonderful - I found it easier to understand and follow than some of Jane Austen's other works.


    What other book might you compare Emma to and why?

    Any other of Jane Austen's books - obviously, because they're written by the same author and of the same era.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Spoiler alert! When Emma and Mr. Knightly express their true feelings for one another, and the scene's following. From there onward, they show such sweet, humerous, and companionable fondness for each other. You can see that they are indeed dear friends who happened to fall in love.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book; though, I still found it very witty and a compelling listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen for Jane Austen fans!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    F.D.Sentilles Rocheport, MO, United States 09-11-12
    F.D.Sentilles Rocheport, MO, United States 09-11-12
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    "WHere is the ToC !?"
    Any additional comments?

    With my eyes failing I increasingly turn to audio books, but they are a frustration for this reason: there is no table of contents that one can use to access book chapters. Instead the whole screen on my iPhone is filled with some sort of useless image that tells me nothing about where and what is in the book. Yes, above this worthless image, in print too small for my eyes to read, there is some sort of virtually useless numbering but it is of no help. I have stopped buying Audiobooks for this reason.

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    Martin Rochester, Australia 09-10-12
    Martin Rochester, Australia 09-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "First Choice for Narration"

    The wonderful Juliet Stevenson can't be bettered as a narrator of Jane Austen. There is, of course, a lot of competition, but where Stevenson has recorded a book, she is always first choice.

    The characterization is distinctive but not caricatured, the irony pointed but not laboured, and no nuance of the prose is overlooked.

    As Emma is, in my opinion, the most delightful of Austen's novels, I can't recommend this audiobook too highly.

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    C. Ogle Tennessee 09-10-12
    C. Ogle Tennessee 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "YAWN!"
    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I am the one for these type of books. Pride & Prejudice was a bore to me as well. Neither could hold my attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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