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Jenny Agutter gives one of the best readings I've heard here. This is a wonderful, witty, and wise rendering of the novel. Her characterizations are subtle and smart; it's clear she's given such care and attention to the novel and to Austen's world. Her skill in delivering the meaning and emotion of the words makes this such a delightful journey. Loved it!
This age old favourite by Jane Austin is always pleasing. The characters are well drawn and interesting. The main character, Emma may be, " handsome, clever and rich" and have an exceptionally pleasant lot in life but she has some important lessons to learn.
Humility and being less judgmental of those around her are two for a start and then there is her profound belief that she is a matchmaker without exception!
Many of her views on those she believes beneath her station or attention might be held to be unacceptable today. However, at the time the book was written her views would have been considered quite correct and "proper" for a young lady born in her circumstances. For all her failings it must be said that she has a good heart and luckily for her she has Mr Knightly as her conscience and guardian angel so all ends happily.
I like Jenny Agguter but in this instance the speed at which she read the book was disappointing and had I not known the story so well I might have had to re-listen in some sections. Hence the 4 stars for performance.
"Not good enough"
I've known the novel for at least 30 years, and though it is not my favourite Jane Austen, I have enjoyed reading it and enjoyed the dramatisations of it, and was looking forward to the listening to it being read aloud.
Unfortunately Jenny Agutter goes through it as if she isn't really interested in it, like she's waiting for the bell to release her from the classroom. She speaks quite fast and does not use her voice much to characterise the different characters. She is a fine actress, but it seems that the combination of Jane Austen and Jenny Agutter does not really work. A great pity.
I would recommend you to try another recording of the book. They are better.
I love jane austen's Emma and Jenny Agutter. The two together don't work for me. It takes a long while for Jenny Agutter to get into the characters, and for the first part of the book its difficult to work out who is speaking. By the end she has mastered it - but her Mr Knightly is dull and boorish whilst Emma is silly and snobbish. I struggled through the last 2 hours out of duty rather than enjoyment. The saving grace are Miss Bates and Mrs Elton. They are both done excellently.
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