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"excellent and excellently performed"
excellent novel beautifully rendered by Juliet Stevenson. A real joy to listen to. One to listen to over and over
This is my favourite Jane Austen novel, and anyone who is only familiar with Pride and Prejudice should definitely give this a try too. This version is well read by Juliet Stevenson, as her voice is easy to listen to and she uses different voices for different characters. I don't always like it when narrators do this, as sometimes the voices are silly, but I think Juliet Stevenson pulls it off. Recommended.
An exquisite reading by Juliet Stevenson, who understands each character so well.
"Lively and fresh"
This is a really nice version of Jane Austen's Emma. Emma can be a little harder to like than some of Austen's other heroines. However, Juliet Stevenson's reading breaths life into this in a really positive way - not playing down any of the negative characteristics of Emma, but not making you think that Emma was too much of a dolt.
I had forgotten how much more subtle Emma is than the film dramatisations manage.
As ever, Juliet Stevenson does a cracking job.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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