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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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    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.

    41 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Theodore Kingston, Jamaica 10-15-11
    Theodore Kingston, Jamaica 10-15-11 Member Since 2015

    "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...

    34 of 35 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.

    13 of 13 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!

    8 of 8 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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" Royal Oak, MI, United States 08-10-12
    "unknown" Royal Oak, MI, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2011

    Female, love a good mystery, Victorian English literature and love to laugh (Dickens, Austen, Trollepe, Wodehouse, Gaskell, Elliot

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    "Who can resist Jane Austen's"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Emma to and why?

    Anything written by Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, or Anthony Trollope


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

    The emotion and personality of each character, male and female. She is a top-notch narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It is all good.


    5 of 5 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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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 5 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 5 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 10 people found this review helpful
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  • mollyeyre
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    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
  • John Henry
    2/12/15
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seasider
    Devon, England
    8/14/13
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    "Hard to beat"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Emma to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr Knightley - a good solid bloke!


    What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

    She makes every character come alive.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tora
    london, United Kingdom
    5/26/13
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    "Fav. Austen."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bycicletire
    Heathfield, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. G. Down
    Crediton, Devon, UK
    12/28/12
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    "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.

    0 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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gilbert
    Bradford, United Kingdom
    11/23/11
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia Grundy
    Ossett, West Yorkshire, UK
    1/6/15
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    "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.

    So disappointing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Petal
    Berkshire
    7/14/14
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    "Fantastic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Emma to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Emma?

    A collection of moments stand out - just how many times can Harriet Smith fall in love with different men?!


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

    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!


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

    I reacted emotionally to different parts of the book, but am always overjoyed when Emma gets her Mr Knightly in the end...


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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