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Emma | [Jane Austen]

Emma

In rural 1800s England, things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. Emma is considered by many to be Austen's finest novel. The book has been adapted countless times to stage, film, and television.
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Publisher's Summary

In rural 1800s England, things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. Emma is considered by many to be Austen's finest novel. The book has been adapted countless times to stage, film, and television.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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    Amy Dayton, OH, United States 01-27-13
    Amy Dayton, OH, United States 01-27-13
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    "Performance Needs Editing!"
    Would you try another book from Jane Austen and/or Jane Leclercq?

    I love Jane Austen and have listened to others that were very good. Jane Leclercq is ok, definitely not my favorite.


    How could the performance have been better?

    There are so very many mistakes here it ruined the listening experience. The amount of line re-readings alone makes this a terrible performance. It is not the narrators fault these weren't edited out, but I wish I would have purchased a more expensive version so I could have actually enjoyed it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Emma?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator uses exactly the same voice for every character. Even though I have read this book many times, it made it difficult to follow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-28-12
    Kathryn Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Bad recording, not edited"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better reader, actually editing it. There were many, many repeated lines and the reading was so rushed that it made me anxious while I listened, not just through parts but the whole book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The story was typical Jane Austen, who's other books I have thoroughly enjoyed. I don't think it was the story but the presentation. I'm going to look for another recording.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jane Leclercq’s performances?

    Definitely not. I have written down her name so that I don't make that mistake again. I am usually a very easy person to please but listening to this book was so painful that I want to warn others.


    What character would you cut from Emma?

    Doesn't apply


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Calina Bowman Denver, Colorado United States 03-17-14
    Calina Bowman Denver, Colorado United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Intolerable Narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The narration is poor, unedited, and unskilled. There is no attempt to distinguish characters, no understanding of pacing, pause or breath to help the listener follow rapid conversations. I have never given up on an audio book before but this one was so bad I couldn't stand to finish it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jane Leclercq?

    Anyone else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chloe Newberg, OR, United States 02-12-14
    Chloe Newberg, OR, United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrible Editing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the editing job was even marginally passible, this would have been an excellent read. Instead, I was lost in repeated phrases, stumbling, missed lines, pages turning audibly, and long pauses. It's like the editor chose small part of the book to work on, and ignored the rest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    d op REDMOND, WA, United States 08-16-13
    d op REDMOND, WA, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Technical issues"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, you should not list this book. It has multiple errors on the narrators behalf in it and in one spot the narrator repeats at least three times before she feels she get's it correct and she even laughs at herself. I have listen over one hundred books and I have never heard anything like it. I think there was an error in posting it for distribution.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jane Austen? Why or why not?



    Yes I already have, this has been my least favorite but I do believe it was the delivery of the book by the narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jane Leclercq’s performances?

    Jane's voice was fine but the errors in her reading where the most I have ever heard in any audible book. It makes one think that this particular book was not proofed "listened" to or they never would have posted it for sale. As said above, It has multiple errors on the narrators behalf in it and in one spot the narrator repeats at least three times before she feels she get's it correct and she even laughs at herself, I understand this but it should have been removed before posting. I have listen to over one hundred books and I have never heard anything like it. I think there was an error in posting it for distribution. One has to laugh!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa ROYSE CITY, TX, United States 08-15-13
    Teresa ROYSE CITY, TX, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful book but HORRIBLE Editing"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Jane Leclercq’s performances?

    Yes, she was great!


    Any additional comments?

    The book is wonderful but at times it sounded like a broken recorded!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne Edinburgh, United Kingdom 05-13-13
    Marianne Edinburgh, United Kingdom 05-13-13
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    "Very badly read"
    What disappointed you about Emma?

    The reader mispronounced "Mr Elton" as "Mr Elliott" for several chapters and the intonation is consistently incorrect.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It sounds like she doesn't understand what she is reading. Really spoils the story, don't buy this one!


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I could get my money back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Minnesota, USA 01-25-13
    Amazon Customer Minnesota, USA 01-25-13 Member Since 2012

    I love fantasy, history, and historical fiction. Lit classes were always my favorites.

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    "Sloppy Production"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story, but the recording isn't that good. There were bloopers and alternate takes left in the track. Still, it's pretty cheap and not terrible for its flaws.


    What other book might you compare Emma to and why?

    It's a lot like Austen's other books. There are young socialites who love to gossip, have balls, and hope to marry rich men. They're not my cup of tea, but I like listening to them better than I like reading them.


    Did Jane Leclercq do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Despite the audio flaws, Leclercq isn't a bad narrator. If the production had been edited, I would have rated the performance higher.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'm not that big a fan of Jane Austen novels. Cluesless is based on Emma and I recommend that.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can overlook some recording blips, the narrator does a good job, it doesn't cost much, and the story is entertaining for Austen fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doreen Granby, QC, Canada 01-21-13
    Doreen Granby, QC, Canada 01-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "CHOOSE A DIFFERENT VERSION OF THIS BOOK!"

    While Jane Austen remains one of my favorite authors, and Emma is well-written and amusing, this recording is atrocious. The narrator's droning voice leaves much to be desired. All characters seem to speak with the same voice, accent, inflections and cadence. At times it's impossible to know who is speaking in a conversation. In addition to this, the second part of the download has not been properly edited. There are many places where the narrator did more than one take, and all versions are included. This creates almost a stutter of repeated phrases and sentences. Extremely unprofessional. Do yourself a favor, and choose a different narration of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie Narnia 01-24-13
    MickeyMarie Narnia 01-24-13 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "Don't choose this one"

    This classic is an excellent book, but this recording has a lot of problems. There are others to choose.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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