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Emma Audiobook

Emma

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Emma can be enjoyed as a charming love story, a detective story, and a comic and lively picture of English life 200 years ago.

Austen's beautiful, clever, wilful but fallible heroine Emma Woodhouse believes she knows best. Perfectly content with her life she sees no need for either love or marriage, yet nothing pleases her more than meddling in the romantic lives of others. But when she fails to heed the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and schemes to arrange a suitable match for her protégée, Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. She discovers that she understands the feelings of others as little as she does her own heart.

With a cast of unforgettable characters, it is a lively comedy of manners that explores the concerns of genteel women living in Regency times.

Jane Austen was an English writer known primarily for her six major novels which focused on the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Her plots often explore women's dependence on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security.

Narrator Biography

Jenny Agutter began her acting career as a child in 1964's East of Sudan and is well known for appearing in three adaptations of The Railway Children. She starred in the critically acclaimed 1971 film Walkabout as well as receiving a string of Hollywood roles. She won an Emmy for her role in The Snow Goose (1971), as well as a BAFTA for her role in Equus (1997).

More recently she has appeared in several television dramas, including Spooks (2002-2003), and Call the Midwife since 2012. She has performed in numerous theatre productions, including roles with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has also narrated audiobooks like Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle, and featured in the Doctor Who audio dramas inThe Bride of Peladon, and The Minister of Chance. In 2012 she was appointed OBE for her charity work.

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Birgit Hoersholm, Denmark 19/01/2012
    Birgit Hoersholm, Denmark 19/01/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Not good enough"

    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.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 13/11/2009
    13/11/2009 Listener Since 2009
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    "Very disappointed"

    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.

    28 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 07/01/2016
    Chris 07/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, poor arrangement"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Lilly 11/05/2015
    Chris Lilly 11/05/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Warm and Friendly Reading of a Great Novel"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Toni STEYNING, United Kingdom 29/03/2015
    Toni STEYNING, United Kingdom 29/03/2015
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    "My attempt at experiencing the classics ...."

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Red Kitty Yorkshire, England 22/03/2015
    Red Kitty Yorkshire, England 22/03/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K.Suffolk 17/04/2016
    K.Suffolk 17/04/2016
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    "poor quality recording"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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 .


    What other book might you compare Emma to, and why?

    Mansfield Park read by Juliet Stevenson was a much better experience bringing a loved classic to life.


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

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Emma?

    I wouldn't dare.


    Any additional comments?

    gives speed reading a whole new meaning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron 25/05/2015
    Ron 25/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A classic RomCom book"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Elizabeth
    Sherman Oaks, CA, USA
    14/05/10
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    "pure pleasure"

    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!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mannum, Australia
    05/02/13
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • rebecca moore
    narberth, pa United States
    15/01/17
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    "Love Story - performance, not so much"

    I have read all of Ms. Austen's books many times. Recently listened to Pride and Prejudice and thought it was great - allowed me to enjoy the genius of her writing in a whole new way. So looked forward to this version of Emma. What a disappointment. Voice is shrill, story telling lacks nuance and overall is read too quickly. I won't finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Josie
    north central AZ
    05/01/17
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    "Very Disappointed"

    What a disappointment! I was all set to enjoy Emma, really my first non-movie Austen, when it became apparent Jenny Agutter, an actress of some experience, has only one voice, her own. No way to even tell between male and female. Why do recording companies allow this?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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