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Emma [Naxos] Audiobook
Emma [Naxos]
Written by: 
Jane Austen
Narrated by: 
Juliet Stevenson
Emma [Naxos] Audiobook

Emma [Naxos] [Audiobook]

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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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    H. CRODDICK Parlin, NJ 08-07-08
    H. CRODDICK Parlin, NJ 08-07-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful listen"

    Juliet Stevenson, by far, does the most delightful narration for Jane Austen novels.Her voice is strong and clear and she creates memorable characters with pitch and accent so that you always know who's speaking. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.

    47 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    Theodore Kingston, Jamaica 10-15-11
    Theodore Kingston, Jamaica 10-15-11

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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    "Why can't all literature be like this?"

    The narration was great but above all else the story was simply as I expect it to be. It is so hard to find really good literature in modern times and that is why we have the classics... Authors like Jane Austen are constantly my 'fall back' plan really when I am looked to be immersed in a story with actual characters, characters that are so imperfect and yet so absolutely perfect in the roles they play.

    Most persons already know the story of Emma, there are enough movies about the book in modern time for many persons to at least have some idea of the story. The novel was rightly named Emma and is easily one of my favorite female characters and, at the time the novel was written, was decades ahead of her time. The dynamics and description of details between the very relationships between the characters in the book by Jane Austen is what sets this novel apart I believe. Truly, just plain majestically written.

    The narrator was good, she did a credible enough job to carry the book off. I will admit that she could have done more, but in all honesty the content itself more than overcompensates for the less than stellar narration.

    All in all.... Stellar book... Beautiful title...

    37 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-20-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-20-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Excellent in Every Way"

    Some people don't much like the main character in "Emma". I disagree, because Emma Woodhouse, although she initially has an inflated view of her own intelligence and position in the world, really learns something during the course of the novel. Handled with humor and understanding, the story brings self-knowledge and a measure of humility to Emma. She is one of Austen's most well-rounded characters.
    Other characters in Emma are among Austen's very best. And they are presented with enthusiasm and distinction by Juliet Stevenson.
    Although there are less expensive versions than this one, Stevenson is truly worth the extra. If you have credits, then it's a bargain at just one. Jenny Agutter is also a very good reader. Just make sure you go for an unabridged recording! Jane Austen's main appeal is in her wonderful use of language -- don't miss any of it!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Reademandweep 03-10-11 Member Since 2014

    and a penny for your thoughts

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    "Even Emma would approve this marriage"

    To me the most important review for any Jane Austen novel is the reader. Most likely you are familiar with the author. Emma is however, one of Austen's lesser known novels so I'll simply say, if you enjoyed "Sense and Sensibility" or "Pride and Prejudice", you will enjoy Emma.

    I was surprised to see how many audible versions of Emma are available. How to choose? Happily, I spent a bit more and went with this version. Even Emma would approve this marriage of Jane Austen's writing and Juliet Stevenson's narration.

    If you love the beauty of the English language used to it's best advantage (as Jane would say) you don't get better than Jane Austen (Shakespeare is a given) but any reader can do the exquisite writing justice. Juliet Stevenson is such a reader. Her tone reminds me of the great Julie Andrews. Soothing, expressive, imparting emotion with every passage, inhabiting the various characters with subtle differences that make each one distinct. Jane Austen and Emma would both be proud of their story as told by Juliet Stevenson.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP sacramento, CA United States 03-05-16
    Gretchen SLP sacramento, CA United States 03-05-16 Member Since 2014

    SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!

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    "Faultless In Spite of All Her Faults"

    Emma, one of Austen's three most polished, perfect novels, is comfort food for the brain even in print, but this recording transcends any other possible reading experience. Juliet Stevenson is the ideal narrator for the material, and expertly brings to life Emma (the character Austen feared "that no one but myself will much like") and all other characters without exaggerating any (with the possible exception of Mrs. Elton--the character Stevenson plays brilliantly in the 1996 film version starring Gwyneth Paltrow--who inexplicably has a heavy Cockney accent in her final scenes here). This Audible selection truly is chicken soup for the soul, and a recording you will want to listen to again and again. Each time you read or listen, you'll notice new clues, dropped by the author, which Emma notoriously overlooks in her zeal to see her ultimately doomed matchmaking schemes to fruition. It's very much like a delicious Easter egg hunt, and the perfect comic novel in which to marvel at that fine line between comedy and tragedy, as you realize the dreadful consequences which COULD have resulted from Emma's various "imaginistic" meddlings. I finished listening while recovering from a severe cold, and immediately started the recording over when I realized how fun, comforting, and healing I had found it. Enjoy!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael APO, AE, USA 03-11-09
    Michael APO, AE, USA 03-11-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent listen"

    Juliette Stevenson does a wonderful job narrating this story. It's one of my favorites!

    11 of 12 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 9 people found this review helpful
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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 12-26-12
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 12-26-12
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    "Auful audio"

    This classic story of Victorian English life is excellent tho perhaps a bit slow to get through given the very wordy and indirect manner of speaking in those times. I did have to rewind frequently to try and understand what they meant to say as they never spoke directly but with much innuendo.
    The narrator did a fine job but the audio itself was so poorly done as to make it difficult to listen to. The words were often "soft" and mushy sounding , not because of the diction of the narrator but due to the poor recording. It would be great if they could redo this classic story with more modern recording equipmemt.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 08-31-09
    Karen 08-31-09
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    "Couldn't be better"

    I became interested in the classics after listening to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so I decided to listen to another Austen and was pleasantly surprised to enjoy it so much. Juliet Stevenson is a wonderful narrator and brings each character to life.

    If you think you might want to give classic literature a try, I recommend this one. It's funny and extremely well-read.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE, United States 03-21-13
    Andrew MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE, United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Jane Austen Classic"

    The ambitions of each character was easily determined as Jane Austen's work quickly got underway. With all the matchmaking that took place in the times, Emma's social meddling gets her into a predicament with her friend Harriet, who Emma tries to set up with a man whose ego will not allow such a match to be made. Such a social hierarchy was a staple of the times and Austen illustrates both its purpose and its ridiculousness at the start. Due to Emma's fear of ruining her friendship with Harriet, she avoids her friend's company as best as she can, until the examination of her own romantic life requires a meeting.

    From the beginning of their encounters, it is clear that Emma and Mr Knightley would make a great couple, as he is the only one who can put up with her sarcasm and dish his own out as well. But her lack of interest in a partner (or perhaps her own ego) keeps their romance from reaching the levels the reader knows it could - at least, at the beginning. Once Emma decides to quit meddling in other people's affairs, she begins to examine her own life and her desires of a relationship, something she's slipped to the side until now. Finally, she begins to wonder what she wants in a man and comes to identify her wishes in the end.

    Juliet Stevenson's performance of each character is terrific, especially when it comes to those of Miss Bates and Mrs Elton. Just as the sentence structure displays, Miss Bates rambles on to no end, rather annoyingly at times, and the narrator's performance of such a characteristic feature is flawless, as is the pronunciation and clarity of every line in the book. Well done Juliet Stevenson!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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
  • Ms. C. E. Davies
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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!

    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 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
    UK
    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
  • Emma
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    2/17/10
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    "Emma"

    Emma is a wonderfully witty novel, filled with many comic characters. All the characters are flawed in some way, making them all very real.

    Juliet Stevenson's narration is very good. While she doesn't quite "become" the characters as much as narrators of novels I've listened to, she very much understands the motivations and attitudes of each, thereby bringing the novel to life.

    2 of 3 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

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