One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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.
Female, love a good mystery, Victorian English literature and love to laugh (Dickens, Austen, Trollepe, Wodehouse, Gaskell, Elliot
Most Definitely. i've read this book several times, seen the movie and have now listened to it narrated most beautifully by Juliette Stephenson. It never gets old, never fails to delight.
Anything written by Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, or Anthony Trollope
The emotion and personality of each character, male and female. She is a top-notch narrator.
It is all good.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
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!
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!!
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.
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.
"Austen's finest excellently read"
The narration was fantastic - wonderfully expressive, clear and varied. The novel, of course, is a must read. Superior to P&P IMO!
"Hard to beat"
You can't beat Jane Austen whilst on a long car journey (or at any other time either for that matter). Emma accompanied me all the way from my daughter's house in Italy to my home in the UK, all except for the last 50 miles! Looking forward to Pride and Prejudice on my next trip, this time read by Emilia Fox, and not by her mum as in my current version - you can never hear P and P too many times.
Mr Knightley - a good solid bloke!
She makes every character come alive.
Emma is one of the funniest books I know.
It never fails to entertain and this audio is no exception with really good narration.
Juliet Stevenson (Who I thought was a very good mrs.Elton) is just the right amount of shrill with out taking it to far.
"Brilliant Version of a Classic Tale"
I was happily surprised when I brought this addition of Emma. I already knew and loved the story but Juliet Stevenson's reading of it brought the story alive in new and exiting ways. She narrated the story excellently and brought life and vibrancy to already known and well loved characters.
"Not So Bad"
After reading Pride and Prejudice I thought I would listen to Emma, unfortunately not as good, as dramatic or engaging, and the ending was too contrived for my liking. Though of course very romantic. That's what comes of not reading the book first. This not to say it was not narrated well, Juliet Stevenson did an excellent job.
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.
I cannot agree with the other reviewers who liked Juliet Stevenson's interpretations of various characters' voices. After two chapters I couldn't continue listening. It is one of my favourite novels but future readings of it would have been ruined for me by my memory of this interpretation. Emma is given the high-pitched voice and swooping and soaring intonation of a simpering flirtatious schoolgirl, and I found it tiresome to listen to. Can't help thinking Mr Knightly would have found it tiresome too.
"Excellent narration of the most boring story"
Really struggled with this one. Had it been a book I'd have given up!
Awful, unlikeable, stuck up, arrogant and selfish characters everywhere. Emma's father is so miserable I just wanted to shake him!
The first ⅔ of it were painfully slow. Nothing happened until the very end, except for insufferable social gatherings.
Every aspect of the story seemed extremely long winded but it probably didn't help that I just wanted to get away from all these snobbish, awful people as quickly as possible.
It's been a while since I read the print version of Emma, but the audiobook doesn't disappoint. Juliet Stevenson narrates this so well, you feel as if there are many narrators rather than just one! Miss Bates comes across perfectly, and Mr Woodhouse is also captured brilliantly by Juliet.
A collection of moments stand out - just how many times can Harriet Smith fall in love with different men?!
I have listened to Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion, both narrated by Juliet Stevenson, and both done just as well as Emma. I will be looking for more of her narrations in the future!
I reacted emotionally to different parts of the book, but am always overjoyed when Emma gets her Mr Knightly in the end...
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