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I've known the novel for at least 30 years, and though it is not my favourite Jane Austen, I have enjoyed reading it and enjoyed the dramatisations of it, and was looking forward to the listening to it being read aloud.
Unfortunately Jenny Agutter goes through it as if she isn't really interested in it, like she's waiting for the bell to release her from the classroom. She speaks quite fast and does not use her voice much to characterise the different characters. She is a fine actress, but it seems that the combination of Jane Austen and Jenny Agutter does not really work. A great pity.
I would recommend you to try another recording of the book. They are better.
I love jane austen's Emma and Jenny Agutter. The two together don't work for me. It takes a long while for Jenny Agutter to get into the characters, and for the first part of the book its difficult to work out who is speaking. By the end she has mastered it - but her Mr Knightly is dull and boorish whilst Emma is silly and snobbish. I struggled through the last 2 hours out of duty rather than enjoyment. The saving grace are Miss Bates and Mrs Elton. They are both done excellently.
The chapters in the recording do not in any way match the actual chapters of the book, which makes this recording exceptionally hard to synchronise with a text you happen to be studying.
I am a great admirer of Jenny Agutter as an actor, and get great pleasure from listening to her warm, friendly English posh voice. However, there is an unsettling inaccuracy of diction, a failure to hit terminal 'T's that make this a lesser reading of Austen than Juliet Stephenson's, which is faultless.
I enjoyed the overall tale, although it took me a while to get into the style and and use of language of the era. I will definitely be listening to some more. Jenny Agutter is superb as the narrator
This is a great listen. Narration very good, with a good distinction between characters. Story is a classic and a book one can always keep going back to time and time again.
if the quality of the recording had been up to standard it would have been excellent. Jenny Agutter is one of my favourite narrators but the recording speed was very fast at times and this was intrusive and spoilt the narration .It was a shame .
Mansfield Park read by Juliet Stevenson was a much better experience bringing a loved classic to life.
I loved Music and Silence by Rose Tremain..beautifully read , haunting…A cold weather read though! oh , and Nancy Mitford's Love in a cold climate….a wonderful period feel to the narration.
I wouldn't dare.
gives speed reading a whole new meaning.
I've seen the film, heard various radios plays and watched umpteen TV / Film homages to Emma so though I'd listen to the book, via the Daily Deals. With the language concentration is upmost in this book, and a good knowledge of the story line i.e. I knew what was going to happen, so when I slipped in concentration I soon picked up what was happen. I enjoyed this book, but would have struggled if I hadn't known the plot, so beware on that front.
Jenny Agutter gives one of the best readings I've heard here. This is a wonderful, witty, and wise rendering of the novel. Her characterizations are subtle and smart; it's clear she's given such care and attention to the novel and to Austen's world. Her skill in delivering the meaning and emotion of the words makes this such a delightful journey. Loved it!
"Matchmaker thy name is Folly"
This age old favourite by Jane Austin is always pleasing. The characters are well drawn and interesting. The main character, Emma may be, " handsome, clever and rich" and have an exceptionally pleasant lot in life but she has some important lessons to learn.
Humility and being less judgmental of those around her are two for a start and then there is her profound belief that she is a matchmaker without exception!
Many of her views on those she believes beneath her station or attention might be held to be unacceptable today. However, at the time the book was written her views would have been considered quite correct and "proper" for a young lady born in her circumstances. For all her failings it must be said that she has a good heart and luckily for her she has Mr Knightly as her conscience and guardian angel so all ends happily.
I like Jenny Agguter but in this instance the speed at which she read the book was disappointing and had I not known the story so well I might have had to re-listen in some sections. Hence the 4 stars for performance.
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