Arrogant, self-willed and egotistical, Emma is Jane Austen’s most unusual heroine. Her interfering ways and inveterate matchmaking are at once shocking and comic. She is ‘handsome, clever and rich’ and has ‘a disposition to think too well of herself’. When she decides to introduce the humble Harriet Smith to the delights of genteel society and to find her a suitable husband, she precipitates herself and her immediate circle into a web of misunderstanding and intrigue, from which no-one emerges unchanged. Juliet Stevenson, an incomparable reader, is for many the voice of Jane Austen
13 CDs | Running Time: 16h 40m | ISBN: 978-962-634-394-4 | Cat. no.: NAX39412 | RRP: £45.50RRP:£45.50 GBPSRP: US $ 81.98RRP:£45.50 GBP
Juliet Stevenson on Jane Austen
Having now read the majority of Jane Austen’s novels in abridged and unabridged form for Naxos AudioBooks, Juliet Stevenson talks to David Timson about all things Austen.
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I have already praised Juliet Stevenson’s understanding of subtle human comedy, but feel impelled to add that in her latest performance, Emma, the peerlessly snobbish, judgmental, self-regarding, manipulative heroine and her circle make perfect audio companions for a long drive, a marathon ironing session or, indeed, a nice cup of tea.
Karen Robinson, The Sunday Times