One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.
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I'm an artist and an art historian, and a chef, and a dog mom, master crocheter, a mediocre gardener, and a girlfriend, mostly. My favorite authors (in equal amounts of favorite) are Tom Robbins, Jane Austen, J.D. Salinger, and Haruki Murakami.
If you love Jane Austen's other works, you'll love Emma. But this wasn't just great writing, it was a great performance. Juliet Stevenson did a fabulous job at narrating each different character. I could have started listening in the middle of a chapter and recognized exactly which character was talking. Unfortunately I was unaware that Emma is the same exact story of the 90s movie hit Clueless, but despite that I already knew the plot twists, it was very interesting to me to hear the actually text and compare and contrast while I was listening. If I was a british lit professor, I think I would definitely make that an essay of some kind from that topic...
Anyway, overall it was a great length and very entertaining.
I think Emma's father, Mr. Woodhouse was my favorite character, and I think it had a lot to do with the reading of his character by Stevenson. He somehow was grouchy and adorable at the same time. I loved the irony of the fact that he loved his daughters more than anyone on earth, but despised marriage; he loved that he was married and had them with his late wife, but was too selfish and grumpy to ever let them enjoy the same life of pleasure.
She brings the personalities of the written characters to a new dimension. The voices she gives them, though a personal interpretation, to me was spot on and gave them a new depth.
I wouldn't say I had an extreme reaction. I think most people, even if they've never read Jane Austen know what they're getting into when they start. I don't mean to be sexist, but she is a women's writer, in that she is chatty and wordy, and dramatic and emotional. Her books are about small town dramas, which can be extremely relatable to anyone, but I think those of more rational taste (as opposed to dramatic and emotional) might have an extreme reaction of it being pretty boring.
I actually thought that it was Gwyneth Paltrow doing the reading. Very nicely read and a timeless story. Definitely worth adding to your audio library.
Juliet Stevenson's reading is amazing! And Jane Austen's use of language is perfect. So much more than the movie versions of course, getting right into the thoughts and psychology of the characters. Very pleasant to listen to through every chapter.
I love all the Jane Austen books, and have read them all more than once. Never listened to an audio version before and decided to start with
The relationship and conversations between Emma and Mr. Knightley are my favorite parts of the story.
Juliet Stevenson did a fabulous job with the narration!! Her interpretation of the character Miss Bates was spot on. All the characters were easily distinguishable and understandable.
This audio book was so enjoyable that I have listened to it several times, and will listen to it several more times, I'm sure.
Very well done and highly recommended!!
The first thing I noticed upon buying this audiobook was that Juliet Stevenson played Mrs. Elton in the 1996 film version of Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam. Naturally, I couldn't wait to hear her read Mrs. Elton's lines, which were hilarious and perfectly done, as were the other characters. Truly brilliant.
Juliet Stevenson does a fantastic job narrating 'Emma'. I didn't like 'Emma' much when I read it myself a couple of years ago, but I think that's because it book features a much different sort of character development compared to most of Jane Austen's other fabulous novels. This second experience, hearing it read, really brought out the fine points of the book, and highlighted the masterful depictions of 'polite' conversation. Really, I can't say enough about the narration - Ms. Stevenson has a very pleasing voice, and she modulated admirably for various characters.
Though this audiobook is quite pricey, even with Audible.com membership discount, I'm convinced it's worth every penny.
Thoreau's 'Walden' and Ayn Rand's 25th anniversary introduction to 'The Fountainhead' summarize my library well.
I decided to give Jane Austen a try. As it turned out: this type of story does not appeal to me, but I'm glad I read it.
- The relationships of the characters and their dialogue are super tight. That's enjoyable.
- As I was more curious about the author/genre than the book itself, I wish I had actually read the spoilers for this book in advance so that I could pick up on Austen's ironies, anticlimaxes and foreshadows as I went.
- Oh, the English and the names for their properties! City? Someone's house? It was tough for me to keep track.
- I would not have been able to finish this title without Stevenson. Her narration was superb and wildly entertaining. (Loved her portrayal of Augusta Elton--so nasty!)
I look for fiction that gives me ground for deep introspection or similar emotional impact--Emma doesn't do this for me. My parting thought after this book was simply: "wow, that was really well-written fiction." I have a better appreciation for the book now that I've finished it.
Juliet Stevenson did an amazing job with this tale. The story is a classic but not a good one for those unconcerned with the daily trails of upper society in England. However it is a great story of the schemes of love and life.
Austin's Emma has to be one of the most amazing protagonists in literature, and this audio version does full justice to her thoughts and conversations. Can't wait to listen to the other Austin novels on Audible. Five stars.
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