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Emma [Naxos] Audiobook

Emma [Naxos] [Audiobook]

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Publisher's Summary

One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

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    Linda Yacolt, WA, United States 03-28-15
    Linda Yacolt, WA, United States 03-28-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Outstanding narration"

    As much as I love language and the narration of audiobooks, I must admit that there were almost more words than I could cope with. You could sum up the story with "and they lived happily ever after." Were the setting of the story a modern one, the story could be termed "chick lit", not my favorite. Even so, because the narrator did an excellent job of using various voices and expression, I enjoyed the listen. I will look forward to listening to work by Juliet Stevenson.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Renner COLUMBUS, OH, US 03-26-15
    Christine Renner COLUMBUS, OH, US 03-26-15 Member Since 2016

    An accountant who listens to audiobooks while working on spreadsheets.

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    "Wonderful narration."

    She does a wonderful job of making Mr Knightly serious, Frank Churchill light-hearted and carefree and Mrs Bates the most annoying but gracious person you could ever hope to meet. Truly an enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Moschenross IL 03-25-15
    S. Moschenross IL 03-25-15 Member Since 2017

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    "My new favorite book"

    Excellently narrated. Each character is given a distinctive voice. I was enraptured. Loved it! Highly recommend this version on audible.

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    Kristin 03-06-15
    Kristin 03-06-15
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    "Lovely Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Emma the most enjoyable?

    I was in the mood for a lighthearted, well written story to enjoy while sitting in my cubicle longing to be outside enjoying the early spring sun. Emma was just the ticket.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character in the story is the heroine herself, Emma. I enjoyed her progression and growth during the story. She is misguided but lovable due to her warm regard for friends and family.


    Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favorite?

    This was the first novel I have listened to Juliet Stevenson narrate. I was blown away by her talent. She has an excellent range with which she brings so many individual characters to life. Juliet Stevenson was clearly familiar with the story, the characters and the various moods; the story was that much more enjoyable due to her inflection. I could not pick a single favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. J. Zannini Charlotte, NC USA 03-05-15
    P. J. Zannini Charlotte, NC USA 03-05-15 Member Since 2013

    Truthteller

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    "Great story, great performance."

    Well done all around. The narrator does an excellent job with getting all the voices just right, my favorite performance of this classic story.

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    Avaiyak 02-26-15
    Avaiyak 02-26-15
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    "This made me remember how much I love Austen"

    I red this book ages ago and haven't picked up another Austen since and this just makes me want to go through all other Austen novels.

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    paige 02-18-15
    paige 02-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Will listen again and again!"

    Love Jane Austin. Emma is a wonderful listen. The narrator was clear and her inflection was true to each character. Highly recommend!

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    Brent Battershell 02-14-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Captivating"

    Enjoyed it very much. Sorry it's finished. One of those books I will enjoy again.

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    Rebecca J. Leamon Ellsworth, ME United States 07-04-14
    Rebecca J. Leamon Ellsworth, ME United States 07-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The perfect delivery of one of Austen's best"

    Juliet Stevenson does an amazing job of presenting Emma: each character is distinct, and the infamous "Mrs. E." and the sweetly overwhelming Miss Bates are topnotch. I've read, seen, and listened to this work probably 6 times, and Stevenson's version does a fantastic job of highlighting the wit, insight, and satire of Austen's novel. Highly, highly, highly recommended on all fronts.

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 05-22-14
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 05-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A great story set in the end of an era"

    Jane Austen set all of her stories when the era of arranged marriages, balls being put on for young people and going to plays were fashionable. Here we meet Emma whose mother is dead and her father being no match for the mother can’t control her. Emma has decided not to get married as it would disrupt her life as she see’s it. So, she sets to arranging marriages or matches as the should be called. She goes through this throughout the whole book meeting a guy who is her equal, but plays to another for affection. In the end Emma learns a very valuable lesson that all should learn. Read to find out what it is and how it applies to our lives in the 21st century including Facebook and other social networks that say they can predict matches better than we can.

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  • M. R. Beaumont
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    4/15/17
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    "The power of love"

    This is a wonderfully told story of how a headstrong and opiniated young girl comes, through various tribulations, to see the error of her ways and to fall in love with her (loving) critic. Written with wit and insight.

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  • LynnD
    9/20/16
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    "Entertaining and lively with a contemporary feel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Emma [Naxos] to be better than the print version?

    Yes.<br/>Juliet Stevenson's naration brings the characters to life. Her characterisation is outstanding.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course it has to be Emma.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Mr Knightley's proposal.


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

    It was so enjoyable , I laughed out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    Strong interesting characters and a clever plot .A good description of social conditions in Jane Austen's time. A fabulous listen

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  • mindysthings
    8/23/16
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    "Anything read by Juliet Stevenson!"
    Would you listen to Emma [Naxos] again? Why?

    Yes, because of Juliet Stevenson's performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Emma [Naxos]?

    Juliet's portrayal of Miss Bates, each and every time she speaks.


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

    She brings each character to life!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
    8/16/16
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    "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!

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  • 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.

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  • Anfisa
    Cambridge, UK
    7/14/16
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    "Perfect narrator"

    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.

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  • Sean
    6/24/16
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    "Narration excellent. Book itself - underwhelmed"
    Would you try another book written by Jane Austen or narrated by Juliet Stevenson?

    Yes. Have listed to Pride and Prejudice and loved it. Have not listened to any other book by Juliet Stevenson yet but plan to.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Austen again?

    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.


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

    Haven't listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances


    Do you think Emma [Naxos] needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The story line is there but I don't think so.


    Any additional comments?

    Was so looking forward to this book but was very disappointed overall<br/>. <br/>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. <br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>Glad I read this classic but sad to say I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    3/12/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel OK
    Hampshire, Eng
    10/31/15
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    "Forever Emma"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mj
    7/30/15
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    "Entertaining, funny and infuriating"
    Where does Emma [Naxos] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Amongst the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Emma [Naxos]?

    When Emma is furious with Mr Elton.


    Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favourite?

    Mrs Elton - a truly horrid character 'well played'


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

    Laughter and surprise were my main emotions with this book


    Any additional comments?

    A thoroughly good period romp

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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