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  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,156

This Audible Original production is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt, Morgana Robinson, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Alexa Davies and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

  • By Cyberlucy on 09-11-18

Pretty disappointed

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Reviewed: 09-13-18

This is my first try at a dramatized reading and I was pretty disappointed at the result. I felt the performances to be fairly wooden. As if I was listening to a stiff BBC adaptation from the 70's and 80's before the actor's caught on that television acting was not the same as stage acting. This felt like a radio play with annoying and irrelevant sound effects. The male parts were miscast with Mr. Woodhouse sounding fairly young and health and Mr. Knightly sounding older and devoid of emotion. The proposal scene was abysmal. Even Emma Thompson's performance was subpar as she somehow managed to sap every bit of liveliness from the text. It made me think of how the soft elegant tone of Joanne Woodward's narration in the film version of The Age of Innocence reinforced the atmosphere of the movie. I would have expected someone with Thompson's thorough understanding of Austen's style to be able to provide the appropriate energy and liveliness of tone, but she totally failed. To me she just came across as matter of fact.

In all, this makes we want to stay away from dramatizations. As imperfect as they are when they have to do both male and female voices, I find that sometimes a single narrator (like Juliet Stevenson or Stephen Fry) can impart more true natural emoting that this ensemble cast was able to.

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