One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.
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This is one of the best books in English literature. Complex, well-developed characters, especially the heroine.
I always thought I would never like anyone reading Emma, but Flo Gibson. I was wrong. Juliet Stevenson does a wonderful job.
"Badly done Emma." Well done Juliet!!
this is a classic story or england at it's most proper concerning love and relationship- i thoroughly enjoyed it. it got really slow in the middle and i thought i wouldn't make it but the narrator is so superb that i wanted to keep listening for that reason. it then picked up pace towards the end and got really very enjoyable.
I have had pleasant experience with Nexos Production since 1994, and this rendition of Austen's Emma is as charming and spirited as I could have hoped, the narrator was fantastic in her alteration of voice denoting different characters, absolutely recommended for K-12 and English undergrad.
Jane Austen writes in a way that you never want to stop the story. and Stevenson's narration incorporates such a wealth voices that you can actually picture each one of the characters as if you know them.
This book was phenomenal! Completely different than P & P or S & S. No ideal heroines or heroes. Everyone is flawed and almost everyone has redeeming qualities. What a fun read this is! Ms. Stevenson turns in another fantastic performance!
Reading anything and everything...
Even if you do not love Austen you will fall in love with this performance. Juliet Stevenson is outstanding in interpreting this literary classic. After reading this myself and then watching all the BBC productions as well as Hollywood offerings, I learned so much more about the character development and the underlying society rules that govern all Austen's work. Even if you have listened to another version, you need to hear this one. It truly is outstanding. Stevenson is a great actor and this venue makes her star shine.
"Anything read by Juliet Stevenson!"
Yes, because of Juliet Stevenson's performance.
Juliet's portrayal of Miss Bates, each and every time she speaks.
She brings each character to life!
Juliet Stevenson is brilliant. Emma is an annoying story in many ways but I would listen to anything done by Juliet Stevenson and know that I will be entertained and get quite a lot out of it.
"A complete delight!"
Jane Austen has been my favourite author since I was 13 and to hear it read, in such a superior fashion, by Juliet Stevenson, can only add to the pleasure! Not every actress can carry off Jane Austen - Juliet Stevenson does it superbly!
Really enjoyed this classic, the storytelling is good and the book is well read. Transplanted to a different time,great escapism.
I found this book a weaker work than Austen's other titles, as the characters are less differentiated between each other than, say, in "Pride and Prejudice" and Emma is frankly, a bit of a bitch, but Stevenson narrates this supremely, as she does all the other Austen novels. She is a wonderful character actress and it translates into her audio work as well. She especially shines in conveying Austen's dry humour and acerbic observations of seemingly mundane small town life.
"Narration excellent. Book itself - underwhelmed"
Yes. Have listed to Pride and Prejudice and loved it. Have not listened to any other book by Juliet Stevenson yet but plan to.
Yes. Have Sense and Sensibility in my library although I feel I need to take a break after reading Pride and Prejudice and Emma back to back.
Haven't listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances
The story line is there but I don't think so.
Was so looking forward to this book but was very disappointed overall
I thought I was 'missing something' but from looking online I am not the only one. Obviously the style of writing is excellent but the actual story itself.....The first 2 hours of the book were the hardest - Emma and Harriet and all the match making etc etc - so tedious. Once I got over that it did pick up the pace a little.
Saying that I loved Juliet Stevensons voice especially that of Mr Woodhouse and Mrs Elton - two of the more annoying/frustrating characters, whom I actually looked forward to as the novel went on.
Glad I read this classic but sad to say I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped.
"Probably the best audiobook I've heard yet"
Great use of tone and timing by Juliet. I felt like I was observing the whole glorious tale.
I have 3 versions of Emma on dvd, and have the book, but I'm ashamed to say I hadn't actually read it. Well, I don't need to now, having listened to the excellenttJuliet Stevenson reading Emma. There are so many detsils i n Jane Austen's book which you don't get in the dvds (fabulous as they are). I really enjoyed that once the wedding proposal had been made it didn't end there, Jane Austen gives us a further couple of chapters at least to give us a happy and satisfying ending. I know Jane Austen was concerned that readers may not get with Emma's personality, but she need not have worried. I really enjoy Emma's imperfections combined with her self honesty & willingness to admit when she gets it wrong - eventually!! You cannot miss this reading.
"Entertaining, funny and infuriating"
Amongst the best
When Emma is furious with Mr Elton.
Mrs Elton - a truly horrid character 'well played'
Laughter and surprise were my main emotions with this book
A thoroughly good period romp
"Jane and Juliet at Their Best."
"Emma" is perhaps the most complex of the Austen novels, with a big cast, a nuanced moral complex, and a heroine who is simultaneously warm, generous, well-intentioned, and more than a bit of a prune. Austen constantly revises the readers/listeners opinion of her.
Juliet Stephenson is magnificent. Exquisitely delineated characters, pitch-perfect reading, and I enjoyed her beautifully rendered characterisation of Miss Bates and Mrs. Elton very much - they're funny, which isn't something one can say of Mr. Knightly, for instance.
Austen at her best, and brilliantly performed. I quite liked this.
Another old my old favourites, Juliet Stevenson manages to stir my sympathy or my ire with her very expressive reading, although Emma is the heroine of the peice, there are times when one wants to give her a good sharp talking to. This narration is superb and really draws the listener in.
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