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Emma [Naxos] Audiobook

Emma [Naxos] [Audiobook]

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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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    Michelle Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada 08-19-10
    Michelle Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada 08-19-10
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    "Best book of all time"

    This is one of the best books in English literature. Complex, well-developed characters, especially the heroine.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J. Hasley 04-16-10
    J. Hasley 04-16-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Emma revisited"

    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!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 02-10-10
    Diane 02-10-10
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    "very enjoyable but quiet - excellent narrator"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 12-04-09
    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 12-04-09 Member Since 2010
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    "A truly charming performance"

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Marni Gail Jones 03-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Best narrator I have ever heard!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff 03-02-16
    Cliff 03-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Quite different!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacque Heaney 02-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Most Beloved Emma"

    I loved the suburb narration of Juliet Stevenson. The story is a delight and an escape.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-05-16 Member Since 2010

    Reading anything and everything...

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    "Juliet Stevenson is The Master."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 01-19-16
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    "Loved every minute of this great story."

    Juliet Stevenson did a wonderful job narrating this most excellent story. Each character was spoken with such clarity and personality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 01-03-16
    Nicole 01-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Juliet Stevenson, Amazing as always!"

    I love this version on Enma. Juliet Stevenson reads with intelligence, sensitivity, and verve. Wonderful as always.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • mindysthings
    8/23/16
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    "Anything read by Juliet Stevenson!"
    Would you listen to Emma [Naxos] again? Why?

    Yes, because of Juliet Stevenson's performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Emma [Naxos]?

    Juliet's portrayal of Miss Bates, each and every time she speaks.


    What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She brings each character to life!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
    8/16/16
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stuart baker
    7/19/16
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    "Great listening"

    Really enjoyed this classic, the storytelling is good and the book is well read. Transplanted to a different time,great escapism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anfisa
    Cambridge, UK
    7/14/16
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    "Perfect narrator"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sean
    6/24/16
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    "Narration excellent. Book itself - underwhelmed"
    Would you try another book written by Jane Austen or narrated by Juliet Stevenson?

    Yes. Have listed to Pride and Prejudice and loved it. Have not listened to any other book by Juliet Stevenson yet but plan to.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Austen again?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances


    Do you think Emma [Naxos] needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The story line is there but I don't think so.


    Any additional comments?

    Was so looking forward to this book but was very disappointed overall
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    3/12/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel OK
    Hampshire, Eng
    10/31/15
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    "Forever Emma"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mj
    7/30/15
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    "Entertaining, funny and infuriating"
    Where does Emma [Naxos] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Amongst the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Emma [Naxos]?

    When Emma is furious with Mr Elton.


    Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favourite?

    Mrs Elton - a truly horrid character 'well played'


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

    Laughter and surprise were my main emotions with this book


    Any additional comments?

    A thoroughly good period romp

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Lilly
    5/11/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    5/3/15
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    "Beautifully narrated"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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