Airbox pak HighBridge Audio 1996
CS ISBN 1565111702 $16.95 Two cassettes
This production of EMMA is one of the most condensed abridgments available. Only three hours long, it's a faithful shorthand version of Austen's story. Thompson reads in a breathless, gossipy tone, which, as fans of Austen already know, suits the story well. This approach gives one the sense that Austen's Miss Bates, the chatty spinster aunt, is recounting Emma's history for us as though we were one of the neighbors of Highbury. This is not surprising since Thompson appeared in the film version of Emma as Miss Bates. This version is well edited and appropriate for those interested in the author who don't have time to devote to lengthy speeches and British civilities. K.R. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 97]
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