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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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!
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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.
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!
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.
Avid listener on my daily commute!
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!
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.
"Anything read by Juliet Stevenson!"
Yes, because of Juliet Stevenson's performance.
Juliet's portrayal of Miss Bates, each and every time she speaks.
She brings each character to life!
Juliet Stevenson is brilliant. Emma is an annoying story in many ways but I would listen to anything done by Juliet Stevenson and know that I will be entertained and get quite a lot out of it.
"A complete delight!"
Jane Austen has been my favourite author since I was 13 and to hear it read, in such a superior fashion, by Juliet Stevenson, can only add to the pleasure! Not every actress can carry off Jane Austen - Juliet Stevenson does it superbly!
Really enjoyed this classic, the storytelling is good and the book is well read. Transplanted to a different time,great escapism.
I found this book a weaker work than Austen's other titles, as the characters are less differentiated between each other than, say, in "Pride and Prejudice" and Emma is frankly, a bit of a bitch, but Stevenson narrates this supremely, as she does all the other Austen novels. She is a wonderful character actress and it translates into her audio work as well. She especially shines in conveying Austen's dry humour and acerbic observations of seemingly mundane small town life.
"Narration excellent. Book itself - underwhelmed"
Yes. Have listed to Pride and Prejudice and loved it. Have not listened to any other book by Juliet Stevenson yet but plan to.
Yes. Have Sense and Sensibility in my library although I feel I need to take a break after reading Pride and Prejudice and Emma back to back.
Haven't listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances
The story line is there but I don't think so.
Was so looking forward to this book but was very disappointed overall
I thought I was 'missing something' but from looking online I am not the only one. Obviously the style of writing is excellent but the actual story itself.....The first 2 hours of the book were the hardest - Emma and Harriet and all the match making etc etc - so tedious. Once I got over that it did pick up the pace a little.
Saying that I loved Juliet Stevensons voice especially that of Mr Woodhouse and Mrs Elton - two of the more annoying/frustrating characters, whom I actually looked forward to as the novel went on.
Glad I read this classic but sad to say I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped.
"Probably the best audiobook I've heard yet"
Great use of tone and timing by Juliet. I felt like I was observing the whole glorious tale.
I have 3 versions of Emma on dvd, and have the book, but I'm ashamed to say I hadn't actually read it. Well, I don't need to now, having listened to the excellenttJuliet Stevenson reading Emma. There are so many detsils i n Jane Austen's book which you don't get in the dvds (fabulous as they are). I really enjoyed that once the wedding proposal had been made it didn't end there, Jane Austen gives us a further couple of chapters at least to give us a happy and satisfying ending. I know Jane Austen was concerned that readers may not get with Emma's personality, but she need not have worried. I really enjoy Emma's imperfections combined with her self honesty & willingness to admit when she gets it wrong - eventually!! You cannot miss this reading.
"Entertaining, funny and infuriating"
Amongst the best
When Emma is furious with Mr Elton.
Mrs Elton - a truly horrid character 'well played'
Laughter and surprise were my main emotions with this book
A thoroughly good period romp
"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.
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.
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