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Emma [Naxos] | [Jane Austen]

Emma [Naxos]

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

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    Devon Thousand Oaks, California, United States 12-19-12
    Devon Thousand Oaks, California, United States 12-19-12
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    "Nearly perfect narration"

    Emma is one of the great books, and if you're on this page you probably already know that. Juliet Stevenson conveys the feeling of the book very well, though at one or two points in the novel I think she might have gotten the tone a bit wrong in some of the conversations that take place. Wonderful narration otherwise.

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    Pamela 12-08-12
    Pamela 12-08-12
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    "An outstanding performance. A real treat"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they like Jane Austen I would enthusiastically recommend it. The reader does such a super job on almost all of the characters and hits off several of the characters as portrayed on BBC amazingly. Her timing and inflection were delightful and added alot to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love both the hero and heroine in this story.


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

    She hit off Mr. Woodcort so well it was really amazing and did a great job on Ms. Bates. A real joy to listen to.


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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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    "Emma"
    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!

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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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  • Rachel
    CambridgeUnited Kingdom
    6/20/10
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    "Wonderful"

    An exquisite reading by Juliet Stevenson, who understands each character so well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kirsten
    Wellington, New Zealand
    9/4/12
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    "Lively and fresh"

    This is a really nice version of Jane Austen's Emma. Emma can be a little harder to like than some of Austen's other heroines. However, Juliet Stevenson's reading breaths life into this in a really positive way - not playing down any of the negative characteristics of Emma, but not making you think that Emma was too much of a dolt.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Holmfirth, United Kingdom
    10/27/11
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    "excellent and excellently performed"

    excellent novel beautifully rendered by Juliet Stevenson. A real joy to listen to. One to listen to over and over

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Brentwood, United Kingdom
    11/11/10
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    "Very enjoyable"

    This is my favourite Jane Austen novel, and anyone who is only familiar with Pride and Prejudice should definitely give this a try too. This version is well read by Juliet Stevenson, as her voice is easy to listen to and she uses different voices for different characters. I don't always like it when narrators do this, as sometimes the voices are silly, but I think Juliet Stevenson pulls it off. Recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Head Coach
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    9/14/10
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    "Superb"

    I had forgotten how much more subtle Emma is than the film dramatisations manage.

    As ever, Juliet Stevenson does a cracking job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Supriya Garikipati
    2/23/15
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    "Juliet Stevenson at her best!"

    This epic story by Austen is brought to life by Juliet Stevenson. She is an absolute gem at story telling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steena
    North Yorkshire
    6/25/14
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    "A brilliant story - brilliantly read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've listened to Juliet Stevenson's narration of this story once before, and loved it so much I chose to listen to it again - all 16+ hours! The story is Austen at her best - great characterisation and witty story line. But Juliet Stevenson really brings this story to life. Her interpretation of the characters and her choice of accents and 'voice' are brilliant. Give it a few months, and I'm sure I'll want to listen to it all over again!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. C. E. Davies
    Cheshire UK
    1/17/14
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    "We do love Emma, Miss Austen!"

    Jane Austen decided to write a heroine that no one but herself would like. Maybe then but now Emma lives on as the most delightfully spirited, frequently needing a good shake but still most loveable of all Austen's heroines.
    The novel is all wit and sparkle. Juliet Stevenson narrates it beautifully (wait for her Mrs Elton!).
    I loved this buy from Audible and recommend it to all customers!

    1 of 1 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

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